published Friday, October 11th, 2013

Tennessee looking into reopening Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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.

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