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(WBIR-Knoxville) As the shutdown continues, more people are feeling the effects.

WBIR spoke with residents of Sevierville, Oak Ridge, and Knoxville to get a better idea of how the shutdown has impacted them.

At the Smokies Official Welcome Center, workers say 300,000 visitors stop by the center each year. But that number will be down by at least 50,000 due to the shutdown.

"We've handed out lots of Knoxville Zoo fliers... explaining to some people the restaurants, Market Square, Old City and actually explained how to get there," said Brandon LaRoque, with Willcoxon Ventures.

While Market Square was packed for the weekly Friday night movie, not everyone is convinced the shutdown is helping Knoxville business.

"Our shop business has definitely been slower, we've noticed the past few days. For whatever reason, whether that is because less people are coming up to the Smokies, I'm not sure but it's definitely slower than it was," said Katie Coffey with Rococo Boutique.

In Oak Ridge, Homeland Food Cafe's Carlos Avila said business has been normal.

"We were closed down last week and this week we opened back up and business has been steady. It's been good so far," Avila said.

Also in Oak Ridge was Jim Keiser, who works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"The uncertainty about funding has an effect. We don't know what our funding is for the coming year. We're living on carryover funds right now," Keiser said.

"I think there's too much, 'My side and your side.' It shouldn't be a political game," said Dorothy Senn, of Oak Ridge.

Robert Grey, who was visiting Sevier County from Eastern Kentucky, said, "They're going to do what they're going to do anyhow, regardless of my opinion on it."

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