The Barge in the Tennessee River Must Go

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Updated: 3/17/2014 11:48 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Chattanoogans who call the rundown barge on the north shore an eyesore just scored a victory.

The Army Corps of Engineers ordered it be removed, and they revoked the permit for the barge because of incorrect information.

Ron Harr of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is excited to move forward.
"We are very happy today to hear that the Corps of Engineers has asked the owner to removed it and get it out of our riverfront,” said Harr.

The barge brought here by Allen Casey now has only 60 days on the banks of the Tennessee River.
Many people called it an eyesore, but it was supposed to be a restaurant.

Harr said it was a good idea but it seemed to be a little too much for the man who brought the Chattanooga Choo Choo to town.

Harr said, “Just in this case he didn’t have the ability to make that happen

So he and other felt it was time to move on, and many like Bob Doak of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau were frustrated by time it took this to happen.

"And not only was this an embarrassment to our city for our locals, it was an embarrassment frankly for anyone coming into our town as a tourist,” said Doak.

Now that this stage is almost over, they are all awaiting to see what's next for the riverfront.

Allen filed for bankruptcy back in February.
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