TRENTON, GA (WXIA) - It's a piece of land that some in Georgia would call 'occupied territory.' It's in the state of Tennessee, but claimed by the state of Georgia.

Nearby, there's a spike in the woods. It marks the corner spot where the states of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee meet.

Dade County CEO Ted Rumley and many others contend that a 19th century surveying mistake put the marker here, instead of a few hundred yards north at the 35th parallel. That mishap put the Tennessee River just out of reach of Georgia-eliminating a potentially bountiful source of water for metro Atlanta.

"And it is the 35th parallel. It is the northern boundary of the state of Georgia," Rumley said. "And the 35th parallel is in the middle of the Tennessee River."

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