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Tennessee looking into reopening Smokies

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NASHVILLE — 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 an inquiry.

"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 are:

* 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.

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