Fri February 22, 2008
Georgia Eying Tennessee River
By Greg Collard - West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Charleston, WV – In 1796, Congress designated the Georgia-Tennessee border at the 35th Parallel. Years later, Georgia commissioned a mathematician to officially mark the boundary. He ended up creating a new boundary about a mile short of the 35th parallel.
Now, Georgia lawmakers want to fix that error. This week, the Georgia General Assembly approved a resolution that aims to reclaim that lost territory, which consumes 50-some square miles. Doing so would put the border in the middle of the Tennessee River. Georgia has been suffering from a drought, and it wants access to that river.
State Senator David Shafer sponsored the resolution. He spoke to West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Southern Radio Network's Greg Collard from his office at the Georgia State Capitol.