06/15/2012

Tenn. agencies consider sites for shared training facility

Officials hope to construct a facility that would cost between $3 million to $4 million and include 25 stalls for officers to qualify in firearms

By Beth Burger
Chattanooga Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA — After decades of shooting into an earthen bank on a 12-acre piece of land next to the Tennessee River, local law enforcement officers are forced to find a new place for target practice.

The Moccasin Bend National Park site will revert to the park by the end of the year, according to an agreement signed about 30 years ago. The site is used as a training ground for law enforcement shooting, tactical maneuvers and disposal of explosive materials.

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