Chattanooga extends Delta Queen berth agreement

The Delta Queen docked at Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee in May 2003 (Jeremy Atherton, 2003.)

The Delta Queen docked at Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee in May 2003 (Jeremy Atherton, 2003.)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The historic Delta Queen riverboat has won a six-month extension by the city of Chattanooga, allowing it to stay at its downtown berth.

Riverboat operator Leah Ann Ingram told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Mayor Andy Berke's chief of staff, Travis McDonough, told her the city wants to work with the Delta Queen and is extending the berth agreement.

Berke had ordered the Delta Queen to leave the downtown spot on the Tennessee River by the end of the month due to an ongoing dispute over rent payments.

City documents show the Delta Queen owes more than $11,000 in rent. Riverboat operators, however, say the debt has been paid and accuse the city of bad accounting.

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