Mid-South News
6:27 am
Fri February 22, 2008

Georgia Eying Tennessee River

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.