Gov. Bill Haslam
is working with Tennessee congressmen to assess the feasibility of
using state government resources to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park and three other areas closed by the partial federal
government shutdown, a spokesman said Wednesday.
"Our office is working with the congressional delegation to gather
more information about this," said David Smith in an email response to
"One of the many factors to consider is that the four large national
areas in our state straddle Tennessee's border with a neighboring
state," he said.
Besides the Smokies, which straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina
border, the three other federally owned areas closed by the shutdown
* Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Tennessee/Kentucky).
* Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (Tennessee/Georgia).
* Shiloh National Military Park in West Tennessee that has a related area at Corinth, Miss.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:25:56 GMT
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