Savannah is not quite the greatest Southern town. At least according to Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Southern Towns” bracket. The March-Madness style online contest started off with 32 Southern towns. This week, Savannah made it into the Final Four, and then the final two as it faced off against Franklin, Tennessee. Friday, the magazine announced Savannah lost in the championship round to Franklin. Plenty of online voters in Georgia were disappointed (including us here at GPB), but it was all friendly competition in the name of online fun. Sarah McCammon, GPB’s Savannah Bureau Chief, talked to Kim Alexander, digital media director for Garden & Gun, about the contest, the results, and the #SouthernTowns buzz on social media.
Georgia lawmakers have hatched a plan to resolve a 195-year border dispute with Tennessee. They say it’s not the first time they’ve tried to patch things up, but it might be the last before they take Tennessee to court.
Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act. The fine settles possible violations during highway expansion projects. U-S Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials say, the Tennesse company and the Georgia agency will pay $1.5 million in penalties and spend $1.3 million more to resolve environmental issues.
A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee. In his idea, Ralston says Tennessee would get better connections to Georgia’s transportation links. In return, Georgia would get access to water from the Tennessee River.