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

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

March 26th, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

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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.