Senate Passes “Steady Path” To Replacing Chickamauga Lock

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) announced that the Senate on Wednesday passed two major provisions of his plan to ultimately replace Chickamauga Lock, making a priority out of a project he said was “important to all of East Tennessee.”

“This legislation would put us, for the first time in several years, on a steady path to replace Chickamauga Lock before it fails,” Senator Alexander said. “This is not only important to Chattanooga, it’s important to all of East Tennessee because it affects commerce going up the Tennessee River to Knoxville, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, nuclear weapons facilities, nuclear plants and manufacturing facilities.”

Senator Alexander continued, “This legislation helps ensure that about 6.7 million tons of cargo can move through the lock, keeping 100,000 heavy trucks off Interstate 75.

This is essential to creating good jobs for Tennesseans in a competitive world.” 

Senator Alexander’s legislation – which passed the U.S. Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act and still must be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives – would prioritize funding for Chickamauga Lock in two ways. One provision would remove the requirement that Inland Waterways Trust Fund money go toward Olmsted Lock, an Ohio River project that Alexander said has “soaked up almost all the available money for lock replacement anywhere in the country.” A second provision would restate a capital development plan that outlines priorities for the fund.

Currently, Chickamauga Lock is composed of aging and severely deteriorating concrete. Infrastructure projects like rebuilding Chickamauga Lock are funded by the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which draws on fees that commercial users report and pay themselves. In addition to the two provisions the Senate passed on Wednesday, Senator Alexander said the $600 million project to replace the lock over five years would still require a fee increase that commercial users already support.

Senator Alexander previously introduced all three changes as part of the American Waterworks Act, but announced May 1 that portions of that legislation would come before the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The House has not yet taken up its version of the Water Resources Development Act.

 


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Lee Administration Making Additional $284 Million In Budget Cuts

Storage Building Destroyed By Fire Thursday Afternoon


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ABDU, ELIEL 7710 EAST BRAINERD ROAD CHATTANOOGA, 37421 Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT ... (click for more)

Governor Bill Lee’s administration on Thursday outlined new spending plans for state government that reflect significant revenue reductions due to the huge economic impact of COVID-19. Department ... (click for more)

Firefighters from the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded to 8121 Smith Road a round 4:30 p.m., on a possible barn/storage building on fire. Once firefighters arrived on the scene, ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ABDU, ELIEL 7710 EAST BRAINERD ROAD CHATTANOOGA, 37421 Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- BAKER, SHANNON ANTHONY 1209 GUNBARREL RD CHATTANOOGA, 37421 Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge PUBLIC INTOXICATION --- BARNETT, HONESTY PRESS 1614 ... (click for more)

Lee Administration Making Additional $284 Million In Budget Cuts

Governor Bill Lee’s administration on Thursday outlined new spending plans for state government that reflect significant revenue reductions due to the huge economic impact of COVID-19. Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley presented state lawmakers with the revised budget plans for the current fiscal year, as well as FY 2020-21, which begins July 1, ... (click for more)

Opinion

It's About Time Riverbend Was Cancelled - And Response

Since its inception, Friends of the Festival seemed bound and determined to make Riverbend a national event, ignoring the opinions of many Chattanoogans. Riverbend started as a local event drawing on the tastes and desires of local citizens yet has devolved into an outrageously expensive, super-crowded two-week-long free-for-all. Riverbend has drastically deviated from its original ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Rhea Migrants Vanish!

A promising online news website debuted last month from its statewide base in Nashville. Identifying itself as “Tennessee—Lookout,” the website has what appears to be sound leadership and creditable reporters. Its vow is that it hopes to become an “Independent non-profit news site dedicated to covering Tennessee government, policy and politics. Hard-hitting but fair.” I wish it ... (click for more)

Sports

Setting Screens And The Silver Screen: Derrion Elmore Balances Acting And E-Sports for Hawks Talon GC

Is Derrion Elmore an actor? Or maybe he’s a gamer? In reality, he is both. Elmore can dart around picks as a virtual point guard as easily as he can portray a fictional floor general on-screen. Long before he was a 23 year old professional video game player for the Atlanta Hawks NBA 2K affiliate (called ‘Talon GC’), Elmore was honing his skills as an actor, taking part in ... (click for more)

James Beach: Memories Of My Friend, Coach Majors

It was not the first time I had seen Spanish moss streaming down from a tree, but I know it was the first time it had caught my eye in such an impressionable way that scorching July day in the summer of 1988. The big majestic cypress trees which framed the picturesque Louisiana State University campus were full of the stuff, and in a way it reminded me of days past when I had seen ... (click for more)