Chickamauga lock replacement not mentioned by president

photo Work on the Chickamauga Lock is stagnant in this February 27 view below the Chickamauga Dam.


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Politicians love to talk, but there's sometimes more meaning in what they don't say than in what they do.

President Barack Obama's speech on new jobs and infrastructure contained one key omission that East Tennesseans immediately noticed: any mention of the Chickamauga lock.

As part of the president's "fix-it-first" plan, Obama named the port in Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. 27 road widening project in Chattanooga as two "vital projects our businesses need." He praised repair work on the St. Louis Arch as one among a list of "projects vital to our national pride," and called out the nation's air traffic control system as in need of repair as well.