Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine said if he’s elected he’ll meet with Tennessee’s new governor to discuss ways Georgia could gain access to the Tennessee River.

If negotiations fail, he vowed to take his request to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Oxendine, one of seven announced Republican candidates for governor and the state’s fire and insurance commissioner, visited Chattanooga on Wednesday and spoke with Times Free Press reporters and editors.

Oxendine is scheduled to be in Chattooga County today to speak to the local Optimist Club.