|Published: 9:41 AM, 10/02/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
The clock stuck midnight on the federal
government Tuesday morning with no budget in place.
An impasse in Congress and no budget
meant a shutdown at the federal level took place for the first time
in 17 years.
Federal officials say "essential" programs like national defense and others will be funded.
But some areas of the federal
government have lost funding, including national parks and national
forests, such as the Cherokee National Forest, which takes up much of
Monroe County Tourism Director Julie
Morgan said the National Forest has two employees on the East
Tennessee Human Resources Agency program that she has agreed to work
at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center until the federal government
re-opens. The two ladies will be working on funding through ETHRA,
The Forest Service's campgrounds and
ranger station is closed, but Morgan said you can still drive through
the National Forest on the Skyway or River Road because there are no
gates like there are in the national parks.
City and state governments could be
affected if the shutdown lasts for more than a few days. Sweetwater City
Recorder Jessica Morgan said the city's money for paving projects and
grants for ongoing projects has already been allocated, however some
grant applications on pending projects for towns and cities could be
The have been concerns and wide media
reports that the Women, Infants, Children feeding and nutrition
program, better known as WIC, would loose funding, but the Tennessee
Department of Health has told the local Monroe County Health
Department that will not be the case.
See full story in the Wednesday, Oct. 2, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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