|Published: 8:34 AM, 10/17/2013
||Last updated: 8:54 AM, 10/17/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The United States Congress reached a short-term deal Wednesday
night that ends a government shutdown and will allow the nation's national parks, including the
Great Smoky Mountains National park to reopen.Actually, the National Park Service announced Tuesday
it has entered into an agreement with the State of Tennessee that will allow Great Smoky Mountains
National Park to temporarily reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 16, after being closed for 15 days due to the
partial government shutdown. The park began opening facilities at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The state
of Tennessee, working in partnership with Blount and Sevier counties, agreed to donate funds to the
National Park Service for the sole purpose of enabling National Park Service employees to reopen and
manage Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The agreement would have funded the park for a period of
5 days, running from Oct. 16 through Oct. 20 at the donated amount of $300,500. For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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