February, 6, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Some Georgia lawmakers are trying to reopen an
1818 border dispute to get access to the Tennessee River.
The 652-mile long river that flows tantalizingly close to the
Georgia line. By some accounts, part of it should be within
Senator David Shafer has submitted a resolution that says a
flawed survey in 1818 mistakenly marked Georgia's border one mile
south of the 35th parallel.
The Tennessee River has a flow about 15 times greater than the
Chattahoochee, which supplies Atlanta with its water.
The resolution would not change Georgia's borders, but it would
create a "boundary line commission" that aims to resolve the
dispute. It was co-sponsored by all of Georgia senators, and a
similar proposal was introduced in the House.