N.C., Tenn. pay to reopen Smokies
(Asheville Citzen-TImes) North Carolina and Tennessee became the latest states to pay to reopen a national park as businesses feel the pinch of the lingering federal government shutdown. Great Smoky Mountains National park, which straddles the two states, will open today. The states will pay operational costs through Oct. 20. North Carolina will spend $75,000 and Tennessee, and two of its counties, will spend $305,000 to reopen the park during the peak fall tourism season. North Carolina’s funding comes from tourism advertising dollars.
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