published Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis cheered by Tennessee legislators

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    Georgia Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, talks during an interview.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers gave rousing applause to welcome a Georgia senator who opposed a resolution calling for redrawing the border between the two states.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville introduced Republican Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, Ga., during a floor session on Wednesday.

Norris joked that Mullis was not in exile because of his position on the Georgia-Tennessee border dispute.

Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga gave Mullis a signed coffee cup of water to take back to Atlanta.

Georgia lawmakers argue that an 1818 survey misplaced what should have been the state line at 35th parallel. If Tennessee’s southern border stretched along the parallel, Georgia could take water from the Tennessee River.

The resolution calls for Georgia’s attorney general to sue if negotiations with Tennessee fail.

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