Georgia lawmakers continue to dispute border with neighbors

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Murray County Rep.

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – A northwest Georgia lawmaker joins the debate over the state’s northern border.

State Representative Jason Ridley of Chatsworth has been appointed to the North Carolina and Tennessee Boundary Line Commission.

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Georgia lawmakers are still trying to get concessions from their neighboring states over a botched border line 200 years ago.

A surveying mistake pushed the border further south than it should be.

The line should have gone to the Tennessee River and moved parts of modern day Chattanooga and East Ridge into Georgia (along with Copperhill, Red Clay State Park & much of East Brainerd)

“I’m honored that Speaker Ralston chose me to serve on this commission, and I am hopeful that my fellow commission members and I will come to a fair conclusion as to where Georgia’s northern boundary should properly fall,” said Rep. Ridley.

“Our state’s northern boundary line has been disputed for 200 years, and while many attempts have been made by the legislatures of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee to resolve this ongoing issue, the boundary line has never correctly been resurveyed and marked. It is time to set the record straight and establish Georgia’s rightful border, and I look forward to beginning this important task.”

 

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