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Tennessee says no-go to H20 for Georgia

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) -- Run to your bunkers, Georgia lawmakers: Incoming fire's heading across the border, courtesy of your Tennessee counterparts.

Tennessee House members cheered, whistled and noisily clapped today as a Nashville colleague launched a verbal barrage at Georgia's demands for access to Tennessee River water to slake the state's thirst.

"I believe that we might be the Volunteer state, but I believe in no way should we surrender any part of our state, particularly land and water we've possessed for nearly 200 years," Rep. Jason Powell, D-Nashville, said in his floor speech.

"Just because another state and a specific large city in that state has not done a better job for planning and development, they do not have a right to what the laws and the citizens of Tennessee [have]," Powell said. "As far as I'm concerned Georgia can keep its greedy hands and its thirsty mouths away from our water.

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