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Tenn. lawmakers react to Ga. plan to sue for access to river

8:49 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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Tennessee lawmakers say there's no way they'll give up land and water to Georgia. Georgia wants to access the Tennessee River near Chattanooga for drinking water.

On the House floor Thursday, Rep. Jason Powell of Nashville went on a rant about Georgia's plans to sue Tennessee if the state doesn't agree to give up that water.

"We might be the Volunteer State, but I believe in no way should we surrender part of our state, particularly land and water that we have possessed for nearly 200 years," said Rep. Powell. "As far as I'm concerned, Georgia can keep its greedy hands off our land and its thirsty mouths away from our water."

Earlier this week, Governor Haslam joked that Tennessee would trade the water in exchange for the Atlanta Braves.

You can view Rep. Powell's entire rant at

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