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Unescorted public access to TN River locks suspended

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Unescorted public access to the navigation locks on the Tennessee River has been suspended, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

Access was originally suspended following the September 11, 2001, attacks as a security precaution. Officials reopened Wilson Lock in Florence, AL in May 2014 following security enhancements.

Although no specific threat has been made for any lock on the Tennessee River, the recent increase of terrorist attacks have the Corps is again restricting unescorted access as a precautionary measure.

A security review, in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority, is underway. The TVA owns and operates the dams near many of these locks. 

“In light of recent events both worldwide and here in the United States, the Corps of Engineers and the
Tennessee Valley Authority both agreed that a precautionary review of our security and public access policies
was warranted,” said Lt. Col. Stephen F. Murphy, Nashville District commander.

Visits by escorted group tours are still allowed by contacting the appropriate lockmaster in advance for guidance and
availability.

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