So are Tennessee-Georgia state line protesters a thing now?

A man waves a sign outside a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg in Chattanooga on Feb. 12, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The larger-than-expected crowd that came to see Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg in Chattanooga last week included a handful of protesters unhappy with the former New York mayor’s past positions on stop-and-frisk policing and for not being sufficiently supportive of legalizing marijuana. But one man stood out by hoisting a sign reading: “Move the Tn./Ga. state line.”

It’s unclear why the man chose that venue to publicize his demands. As far as we know, Bloomberg has not taken a position on the issue stemming from a more than 200-year-old surveying error that denied Georgia access to the Tennessee River.

Congress in 1796 designated the 35th parallel as the southern border of Tennessee. But the surveying team sent by Georgia to chart the state line in 1818 missed the mark by 1.1 miles. Correcting that error today would slice off the southern portion of Chattanooga — and do the same to Memphis in the west.

Georgia lawmakers have nevertheless passed resolutions calling for the maps be corrected, demands that have largely been ridiculed in Tennessee.

6 Responses to So are Tennessee-Georgia state line protesters a thing now?

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    James White says:

    This is an example of why I say protests are tools of the left. In a protest (which could be a valid protest), the media will always capture the ‘kook’ or the different one or the ‘agent provocateur’.

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      WhitesCreek says:

      The “Left” wants Atlanta to conserve its water resources instead of allowing unlimited urban sprawl and golf courses. That’s the only reason for this nonsensical border dispute. As for protests being a tool of the left because of kooks and provocateurs, I’m pretty sure the folks n Charlottesville waving Nazi flags, confederate flags and giving the one armed Hitler salute are not on the left.

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        James White says:

        Your Left Right paradigm is not correct. Nazism, socialism, communism, fascism are all on the left, Total government, zero government is on the Right. Our republic is on supposed to be right of center. Anarchy (does not really exists) would be zero government.
        I am not saying this particular sign waver is wacky, but pointing out why conservatives should not hold public protest.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    protesting is the ONLY way us little people can be seen the media captures us and magnifies our voice

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    Jason says:

    That man looks like Basil Marceaux. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Marceaux

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