NASHVILLE (Times Free Press)—A crack appears to be opening in Tennessee's previously solid dam of opposition to letting some Tennessee River water flow into Georgia.

But whether it turns into a stream of water directed into Tennessee's increasingly thirsty neighbor remains to be seen.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's spokeswoman Yvette Martinez indicated Thursday the governor would not summarily reject overtures from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal that the two states work out a trade of Volunteer State water for Peachtree State transportation improvements.

"We are relying on our [environmental] experts ... to continue to monitor the issue in terms of what is in the best interest of Tennessee," Martinez said by email. "Governor Haslam has said that he is open to sitting down and discussing the issue with Governor Deal."

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