Haslam, Others Reject Georgia Effort to Access Water

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam quickly rejected Georgia’s latest effort to move the state border and gain access to water from the Tennessee River, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Haslam, through a spokesman, said he has no interest in going along with Georgia’s latest legislative attempt to access the river. Bill Johnson, the new CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, also weighed in saying the TVA board of directors would have considerable input on the issue since federal law gives the agency authority over the river. He also raised the specter of years of environmental litigation over permits. And at least one state lawmaker from Chattanooga indicated his willingness to let Georgia sue. "Well, they've threatened to take us to court, so I guess we'll let the AG's office take care of it and go to court with them," said House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick.