ATLANTA — Two Georgia legislators want Tennessee to share water from its river with Atlanta.
Republican Senator David Shafer of Duluth and Republican Representative Harry Geisinger of Roswell say they will introduce legislation today that would in effect move Georgia’s northwest boundary a mile north. That would mean a section of the Tennessee River would flow into Georgia.
The two cite what they call an old survey that placed the marker below Tennessee’s Nickajack Reservoir when it should have been situated in the middle of the river.
The joint resolution also calls for creating boundary commissions between Georgia and Tennessee and between Georgia and North Carolina.
The Tennessee River is 652 miles long. It snakes from Knoxville, through Chattanooga, into northern Alabama and Mississippi before returning to western Tennessee and joining the Ohio River in Kentucky. The federal Tennessee Valley Authority manages the river.
See tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.