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GA asks to redraw TN border for access to Tennessee River

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Georgia lawmakers have approved a resolution seeking to redraw the state line with Tennessee in hopes of gaining access to water from the Tennessee River.

The Georgia Senate voted 48-2 on Monday for the legislation that asks for the transfer of a thin strip of land leading to the river southwest of Chattanooga.

Supporters of the resolution say the 35th parallel was the intended state line nearly 200 years ago, but a flawed 1818 survey wrongly put the border farther south of the Tennessee River.

"The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified the Tennessee River as a likely source of water for north Georgia. Yet, the state of Tennessee has used mis-marked boundary lines to block our access to this important waterway," said Georgia State Sen. David Shafer, R - Duluth, in a news release.

In the resolution, Georgia offers to accept the current border with the exception of a slice of land allowing for water withdrawals from the river.

"Georgia's streams and creeks feed the Tennessee River. In fact, over six percent of the water of the Tennessee River originates in Georgia," Shafer said.

Last month, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 171-2 to adopt the resolution, which now moves back to the House for a vote on Senate amendments.

Tennessee lawmakers have not commented on the Georgia resolution that also states the Georgia attorney general is to sue for the entire area of land south of the 35th parallel if no agreement with Tennessee is reached.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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