Chattanooga mayor sends drought message to Ga.: bottled water

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga's mayor says a truckload of bottled water he plans to send to Georgia lawmakers along with a declaration offfering a "cool wet kiss of friendship" is intended to be humorous.

Mayor Ron Littlefield said he considers the region's extended drought to be a serious situation but he has never taken seriously a move to change the states' boundaries to get access to the Tennessee River.

The mayor said he hopes his "Give Our Georgia Friends a Drink Day" proclamation and delivery Wednesday in Atlanta are accepted in the humorous way he intended.

The proclamation compares Georgia leaders to "Children of Israel in the desert" and says "tomorrow they might come for our Jack Daniels or George Dickel" -- both brands of Tennessee whiskey.

Georgia Sen. David Shafer called the move "posturing" and said he would prefer a meeting of a boundary commission to resolve Georgia's claim.

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