A shutdown will affect people in every part of the country, including East Tennessee.
Dr. Bill Fox, with UT's Center for Business and Economic Research, said federal employees won't be the only ones who see things change in our area. He said the consequences could trickle down to our local economy.
"If you happen to run businesses," he said. "I saw a barbershop that's heavily frequented by people who work in federal establishments. You would be impacted."
The federal government impacts less than two percent of workers in the Knoxville area, according to Fox. That is around 4,900 people.
The National Park Service has already alerted more than 200 of its employees they could be furloughed Tuesday.
But, Fox says most Knoxville federal employees will not be affected by a shutdown.
"The post office will continue to work for example, FBI agents will continue to work, and so most of the people who will be here will be unaffected," he said.
But, he says a government shutdown is not the biggest concern.
"I don't see the government shutdown being sufficient to cause a recession," he said.
Fox says in about two weeks, a much bigger problem awaits: the debt ceiling. The US Treasury said it will run out of money to pay the country's bills by no later than October 17. Unless Congress raises the country's debt limit, many experts, including Fox, worry the country could slide back into a recession.