Alexander Says Waterworks Bill Could Provide Permanent Solution For Fixing Chickamauga Lock

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Senator Alexander at Chickamauga Dam
Senator Alexander at Chickamauga Dam

Senator Lamar Alexander, in a press conference Wednesday morning held just below Chickamauga Dam, said a bill may see Senate action next week that could provide a permanent funding solution for the Chickamauga Lock.

Senator Alexander said the prospects are good that the American Waterworks Act will pass the Senate. It would then need to get through the House before reaching the President's desk.

He said the bill would replace the current funding formula under the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

He said the huge Olmsted Lock being built on the Ohio River has gobbled up some 90 percent of available lock funds, leaving Chickamauga Lock at a standstill after some work was started earlier.

Senator Alexander said the bill includes additional charges to lock users. He said barge owners want the lock fixed and have agreed to pay more.

He said the current lock only allows one barge at a time and takes up to six hours. He said the new lock will be able to handle several barges at a time in 1-2 hours.

Senator Alexander said if the bill gets through Congress, then work should resume on Chickamauga Lock in 2-4 years. He said it will then take five years of construction to build it.

The cost was put at $600 million.

He said if the lock fails, "Downtown Chattanooga would flood." He spoke as water was streaming from the dam due to recent downpours.   


80 Municipalities Qualify For Wine In Grocery Stores Votes

Registered voters in 80 Tennessee municipalities will vote Nov. 4 in referendums to allow the sale of wine in retail food stores, the Red White and Food campaign announced today.   “This is a tremendous accomplishment for the state’s retail food stores and for their customers who want to be able to buy wine while shopping for groceries,” said Susie Alcorn, Red White ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 4 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash At Soddy Daisy

One person has died in a wreck Sunday at Soddy Daisy in which four other people were injured. The wreck happened at 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the highway. A small red truck was badly damaged in the crash. It happened at 12130 Dayton Pike near Tavern Sports Bar and Grille. One person was airlifted, while the ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Fast-Starting Vols Gear Up For Another Mobile QB

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It’s a new week for Tennessee’s football team, but the challenge that awaits in Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon will be a familiar reminder of the one the Volunteers just completed. The Volunteers have a short week to prepare for Arkansas State, a team much like Utah State, which relies heavily on a dual-threat quarterback and a physical front line. ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)