U.S. House Passes Bill To Allow Delta Queen To Return To The Waterways

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the Delta Queen riverboat to again ply the nation's waterways.

The bill still has to gain the approval of the Senate and get the signature of President Obama.

The Delta Queen is a "floating hotel" based at Chattanooga's Coolidge Park.

The administration of Mayor Andy Berke recently directed that the riverboat find another home, but later announced a six-month agreement for the Delta Queen to stay in place.

A group from Cincinnati has been working to raise some $4 million to again get the Delta Queen ready for renewed river cruises. That group wants to make Cincinnati its home base.

There are some advocates for keeping the Delta Queen at Chattanooga as a home base when it is not away on trips - if the bill is finally approved.

The vote on H.R. 1961 was 280 to 89.

The bill gives a 15-year exemption from a fire-retardant materials construction requirement.

Chattanooga Railroad Book Now Due Out About Oct. 20

The new book on Chattanooga area railroads being published by Chattanoogan.com had an unexpected delay and will now be out around Oct. 20, author John Wilson said. Railroads In and Around Chattanooga , with many photos by Chattanoogan.com photographer Wes Schultz, will have 568 pages and 1,546 photos and maps. It will be in the same softcover, 11 1/2 x 8 format as the ... (click for more)

Judge Greenholtz Picks Up Papers To Seek Election To Criminal Court Post

Tom Greenholtz, who was recently sworn in as judge of Criminal Court, Division II, has picked up papers to run in the March 3, 2016, election. He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam after Rebecca Stern stepped down in the middle of her term. Those picking up papers earlier were Assistant Public Defender Mike Little, Soddy Daisy Judge Marty Lasley and Assistant Public Defender ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffle bag full of automatic attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)

Healthy Silverdale Takes Down Grace For 5-1A Volleyball Title

With season-long injuries healed and a full contingent of players available, Silverdale Baptist Academy completed a run for the District 5-1A volleyball tournament championship by sweeping Grace Baptist Academy, 3-0, on Thursday. The game scores were 25-22, 25-20 and 25-18. The host Lady Seahawks advance to the Region 3-1A tournament on Monday at Sale Creek and will play ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Wins 7-AA Volleyball Over Notre Dame

Notre Dame and Signal Mountain seem to bring out the best in each other, at least when the sport is volleyball. These were the top two teams in District 7-AA this fall.  Signal got the top seed based on its 3-0 win at Notre Dame after the Lady Irish had taken a 3-1 match at Signal early in the season. But with all the chips on the line for the 7-AA tournament championship, ... (click for more)