Tennessee to get partial refund for Smokies

Tennessee and Blount and Sevier Counties will get back almost all of the $300,500 they committed to reopen Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gov. Bill Haslam's office said today.

The state's agreement with the National Park Service calls for returning four of the five days' worth of funding that Tennessee, Blount County and Sevier County ponied up to reopen the Smokies on Wednesday, Haslam spokesman David Smith said. The refund is due after Congress voted late Wednesday to end the partial government shutdown.

North Carolina, which committed $75,000 to reopen its portion of the park, will also received a partial refund


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