OPINION: Water Wars: Don’t mess with Tennessee

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 02:56 PM.


It is feared that if today they come for our river, tomorrow they might come for our Jack Daniel’s or George Dickel.” —Proclamation from Tennessee


CHATTANOOGA, TENN — Georgia is thirsty and is looking to sip some of Tennessee’s water. It must be because of all of those crackers. 

Georgia wants to take land on the Tennessee/Georgia border that it does not own and drain the Tennessee River. Tennesseans see no reason to give Georgians the straw through which they can drink the Volunteer State’s milkshake.

Thus, the battle line is drawn. The dispute involves a government survey done by Georgia 200 years ago that it now says was a mistake. It seems that the survey was “good enough for government work” at the time, but it was off by a mile.

Thirty thousand Tennesseans live in the area that Georgia wants to take in this retroactive land grab. Those residents get to go from paying no state income tax to paying 6 percent in Georgia. And for what? Maybe Georgia could spend the money on a better surveyor.

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