Cutting Room Floor

Growing Georgia

Georgia's Lake Lanier, a year ago versus now.

Georgia's Lake Lanier, a year ago versus now. Source: Brian Hursey hide caption

itoggle caption Source: Brian Hursey

For some reason, I'm pretty into the Southeast drought story. Briefly, if you're unaware, the Southeast is in its worst drought in more than a century. It's especially bad in Georgia, and the state legislature's got an idea to ease the pain... move the border. Apparently, Georgia and Tennessee have long agreed that the border they've shared for 200 years isn't quite in the right place, that Georgia should extend a bit more than a mile into what's now Tennessee. But no one has ever really cared, until now. Turns out, if Georgia moved the border to reclaim that land, they'd get to tap into an incredibly precious resource: the Tennessee River. It's a huge, important river that could alleviate some of the drought in Georgia... but what of all the Tennesseeans who'd suddenly have new addresses... legislators... schools... identities? Now, I'm biased — I love Georgia, and hate to see her suffer. Plus, Tennessee's flip response was to challege the Dawgs to a football game for the border, and that raises my hackles (though I'm completely confident in a Dawg victory, should the Vols really take the field). And, of course I think Tennesseeans would be lucky to be insta-Georgians. But seriously... what if you woke up one morning, suddenly in a different state, having never left your bed?

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Too bad this one is on the "cutting room floor" as it's labeled. I would love to hear this story.

Although day-to-day things probably wouldn't change, lots of little bureaucratic things (taxes, voting system, liquor laws, etc.) would certainly be a strange overnight change, as if one had moved without physically changing location. Also, given the identity that most people having living in particular states - I would say especially in the South, where families are more likely than other parts of the U.S. to have stayed in the same town or region for generations - suddenly being Georgians might be difficult for some people to accept if they still identify with being Tennessee residents. Some people might think that sounds silly, but I think it's a factor that shouldn't be brushed aside here.

Sent by JP | 2:11 PM | 2-21-2008