Georgia Offers Tennessee a Deal on Water Access

Georgia lawmakers are moving closer to final passage of a resolution seeking to redraw the state line with Tennessee in hopes of gaining access to water from the Tennessee River. The Georgia Senate voted 48-2 on Monday to ask Tennessee to transfer a thin strip of land leading to the river southwest of Chattanooga as a compromise. But it also approved a provision directing the Georgia attorney general to sue for the entire area in dispute if no agreement is reached with Tennessee by the last day of next year’s General Assembly session. The Georgia House approved a similar bill last month but now must take up the Senate-passed version, the Nashville Business Journal reports. The May 2008 edition of the Tennessee Bar Journal took an extensive look at the issue.