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PRECAUTION: Corps restricts access to TN River locks after terrorist attacks

A 12-barge tow enters Pickwick Lock in Counce, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2013 (Source: USACE/Fred Tucker) A 12-barge tow enters Pickwick Lock in Counce, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2013 (Source: USACE/Fred Tucker)
NASHVILLE, TN (KFVS) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended unescorted public access to all navigation locks along the Tennessee River after a recent increase of terrorist attacks. This includes the Wilson Navigation Lock.

The Corps reports there has been no specific threat to any lock on the Tennessee River. However, this is a security precaution that will remain in place for an indefinite amount of time.

During this time the Corps will review its security procedures in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority, who owns and operates the dams adjacent to 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.

In the past, the Corps restricted access to its locks following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as a security precaution.

District officials reopened the Wilson Lock in May 2014 following security enhancements.

The Corps does not anticipate that this review will have much impact since the off-season has historically low visitation rates.

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

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