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.



Nissan Altima Crashes Into Cleveland Habitat For Humanity ReStore

A white 1999 Nissan Altima crashed into the Habitat for Humanity's ReStore at 4605 North Lee Highway in Cleveland on Tuesday. The incident happened at 2:30 p.m. The driver, identified as Betty Rutledge, 77, and the passenger, Francis Swafford, 79, were both transported to SkyRidge Medical Center with minor injuries. No other individuals were injured in the crash. Property ... (click for more)

Trio Robs Gas Station In Cleveland

Three black males robbed a gas station in Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded to the Hi-Tech gas station and convenience store at 2293 APD 40 at 2:42 p.m. after a 911 call came in as a robbery in progress. According to witness statements, the men entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of money. They left in a black-colored vehicle thought to be a ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Judge Philyaw Is The Best

Tomorrow morning there will be a special gathering at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court that will prove to our community that we have perhaps the most innovative juvenile judge in America. Shortly after Rob Philyaw was hand-picked by our Hamilton County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Suzanne Bailey’s term 15 months ago, he found that truancy was a big problem in our schools. ... (click for more)

Vols Open 2018 Season Against West Virginia In Charlotte

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. All information related to kickoff date, time and tickets will be announced at ... (click for more)

Local Swimmers Excel At Georgia, Tennessee State Meets

Several Chattanooga-area swimmers had successful weekends in various meets this past weekend. The McCallie/GPS Aquatics team finished sixth out of 50 teams at the Southeastern Swimming Championship in Knoxville while swimmers from Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold also had memorable performances at the Georgia State Meet, also held last weekend. The McCallie/GPS team recorded ... (click for more)