Chickamauga lock budget cuts could be trouble for Riverbend Festival boaters
(TIMES FREE PRESS) - Thousands of spectators enjoy the Riverbend Festival from boats on the Tennessee River, but some of them may have trouble getting home this year if they stay too long after the show.
The Army Corps of Engineers said this week it is eliminating overtime for its staff in response to the federal sequester.
So boaters trying to return to Chickamauga Lake from Ross's Landing will face a curfew: Those who aren't through the Chickamauga lock before 3 a.m. will have to wait four hours for the lock to reopen.
The impact could hit hard on the final night, when nearly 200 boats are expected on the Tennessee River to view the fireworks show.
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