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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…
In a couple of years, travelers headed east on U.S. Highway 64 in Polk County, Tennessee, will get their first glimpse of the world-renowned Ocoee River from a new $12.6 million “signature bridge” that will create an official entry into all the Cherokee National Forest and Ocoee River Gorge have to offer.
“The project is a signature bridge that is meant to be a gateway to the Ocoee region,” Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said.
The new bridge is scheduled for completion by May 20, 2022, with a price tag of $12.6 million, according to TDOT.
For a driver, it’s easy to miss the Ocoee River flowing beneath the current Highway 64 bridge a couple of miles west of the Cherokee National Forest. Most motorists’ heads are filled with visions of the whitewater torrent of the Ocoee and national forest as they approach the Appalachian Mountains looming ahead.
But with the new span, which will be constructed on a new alignment alongside the old bridge, they’ll see the Ocoee River emblem, rock finishes, an aesthetic bridge rail and lighting that will highlight travelers’ entrance into the Ocoee River Gorge and Parksville and Ocoee lakes, officials said.
Officials said two travel lanes will be open throughout the project with the exception of short-term lane closures to install the concrete spans and for demolition of the old bridge. There will be no need for detours, according to TDOT.
From WRCB Channel 3…
Chattanooga police and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officers are working to recover a body from the Tennessee River near Moccasin Bend on Wednesday night.
TWRA spokesperson Mimi Barnes says the discovery of the body was first reported to Chattanooga police.
CPD and TWRA officers responded to the scene around sunset and were working to determine if the body is from a boating incident.
Also from WRCB Channel 3…
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the man accused of shooting two people, including a local deputy, has been captured on Wednesday night.
Authorities say 29-year-old Dalton Lee Potter is accused of shooting a Whitfield County deputy on Labor Day morning and then fleeing the scene.
On Wednesday, Potter was spotted in Gordon County, where he’s accused of shooting a man in the area of Cline Road.
The GBI says Potter is also wanted in Texas.
Authorities say Potter was found in the woods and taken into custody without incident.