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Delta Queen gets 6 month extension

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Delta Queen manager LehAnn Inrgam says she was blind sided when Mayor Andy Berke announced last week the historic steamboat may have to leave Chattanooga.

The mayor's office claims the business owes more than $10,000 in space rental fees.

Today Channel 3 analyzed financial records from the Delta Queen and the city audit.

Delta queen was unable to prove to the city they made full payments that equal the amount owed.

After crunching the numbers, we found the city is owed about $1,000 less that it claimed initially, and the boat's owners still insist the city's numbers are wrong.

Randy Ingram says, "We don't feel like we owe what they say. It came as a surprise to us and it came with no prior notice."

Tuesday the city announced the Delta Queen could stay for six months, but needs to pay its bills.

Travis McDonough says "We have confidence in the records our city employees maintain and we are looking at how the Delta Queen can be an asset to the city."

Nicole Martin has been enjoying the delta queen for many years and says she looked at the possibility of getting married on the deck someday.

She hopes the money matter will get worked out soon and it stays.

Delta Queen management insists they are not in financial trouble.

The Ingram's also claim the city has not met with them to discuss the issues.

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