published Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Georgia access to Tennessee River: No deal

Staff Photo by Tim Barber
Light to moderate traffic travels along Interstate 75 at the Tennessee/Georgia line on Tuesday  morning.
Staff Photo by Tim Barber Light to moderate traffic travels along Interstate 75 at the Tennessee/Georgia line on Tuesday morning.
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NASHVILLE — Bring it on, Georgia.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today indicated he has no interest in going along with Georgia’s latest attempt to get access to the mighty Tennessee River to help slake the Peach State’s thirst for water.

That despite Georgia lawmakers’ threat to march into the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the nearly 200-year disputed state boundary issue if Tennessee won’t grant access to the river in Marion County.

“The governor will continue to protect the interests and resources of Tennessee,” Haslam spokesman David Smith said via email today.

The Georgia Senate on Monday passed a House resolution offering to claim just a tiny unpopulated portion of Tennessee at Nickajack Lake, enough to withdraw water from the river.

The resolution, which goes back to the Georgia House for concurrence in a change, also directs Georgia’s attorney general to sue.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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