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.   


Bicyclist Hit By BMW In North Chattanooga Files $250,000 Lawsuit

A bicyclist who was hit by a BMW BX3 in North Chattanooga has filed a $250,000 lawsuit. Joel Hunt sued Julian B. Bell III and Riley Bell, driver of the BMW. In the incident last Aug. 23, the suit says Riley Bell "approached the intersection at Frazier Avenue and Tremont Street. Riley Bell proceeded through the intersection hitting Mr. Hunt's bicycle knocking Mr. Hunt off his ... (click for more)

Former Tennessee State Museum Employee Uses Scheme To Take Thousands

A new investigative report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury reveals that a former administrative services assistant with the Tennessee State Museum took $61,892.04 in taxpayer money. The Comptroller’s Office worked with the chief investigator from the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General to complete its investigation. In February, investigators began to ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House?

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chief Delmore: ‘You Blew It!”

Far more than 50,000 people, most police officers and law enforcement authorities, have gone to a website, “LawOfficer.com” to read a scathing letter that first appeared on Sunday. Veteran lawman Ed Delmore, who became the Police Chief in Gulf Shores, Ala., after a brilliant career as the “Top Cop” in St. Louis (which he still loves), has written what was entitled, “An Open Letter ... (click for more)

McCallie's JaVaughn Craig Still Improving At Quarterback

(This is the 14th in a series of preseason stories on new high school football coaches, or veteran coaches at a different school, and top players in the Chattanooga area) JaVaughn Craig was the starting quarterback for McCallie all season a year ago, but it wasn’t originally planned like that. Craig was a wide receiver when he resumed his football career ... (click for more)

Hixson Beats Silverdale For Second Volleyball Win

There's something about that second set that gives the Hixson Lady Wildcats trouble. Hixson lost the second set in Monday's volleyball opener against Sale Creek.  They did the same thing against the Silverdale Seahawks on Tuesday, but just like Monday's match, the Lady Wildcats came out on top, 3-1. Hixson won the first set with ease, 25-11.  Silverdale evened the  ... (click for more)