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Rundown river barge not complying with permit as eyesore remains in Chattanooga

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The undeveloped and dilapidated barge tied to the Northshore continues to be an eyesore as Chattanooga's biggest riverfront festival approaches. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press The undeveloped and dilapidated barge tied to the Northshore continues to be an eyesore as Chattanooga's biggest riverfront festival approaches. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a rundown river barge moored across from Chattanooga's top tourist attraction isn't complying with its permit, which ultimately could lead to its removal.

But barge owner Allen Casey said he's working to gain the financing to revamp the barge and turn it into a floating restaurant amid other developments on an adjacent tract of riverfront land.

"We hope it will happen very soon," Casey said. "I'm embarrassed it has taken this long."

The corps' statement is the latest development regarding the barge that is across the river from the Tennessee Aquarium. It has been nearly a year since the barge was refloated last June after sitting half-submerged on the north bank of the Tennessee for months.

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