Unescorted public access to navigation locks suspended in parts of Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – In light of recent terror attacks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has suspended unescorted public access to all navigation locks on the Tennessee River, including the Wilson Navigation Lock.

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

“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.

A specific threat has not been made to any lock on the Tennessee River, but the Corps is restricting unescorted access to the lock as a precautionary measure while it reviews security procedures in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority, who owns and operates the dams adjacent to many of these locks.

The Corps originally restricted access to its locks following Sept. 11, 2001 as a security precaution.

The Wilson Lock reopened in May 2014 following security enhancements, according to officials.

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