Governor Bill Haslam tells the Associated Press that talks about re-opening the Great Smoky Mountains will continue this week. He says the price tag would be about 60-thousand dollars a day.
Several businesses we spoke with say they're seeing a shift in the types of visitors making the trip to towns surrounding the park. Rather than out of state visitors-- more local day trippers are taking advantage of businesses offering specials.
The owner of Davy Crockett Riding Stables in Townsend says he remembers the last government shut down in the 1990's-- but this time it's worse because roads are also closed and that means restricted access to his business. He says he thinks they're faring slightly better than the hotel and restaurant industry, but the last several days have been difficult.
It wasn't that way at first though-- right after the shutdown... Aaron Vananda says they saw a surge in business.
"Initially I think we got a little bit of a pop out of it because I think there was a lot of people in town when they government shutdown happened and they closed down all the roads in the park. But since then I think a lot of people have canceled reservations, they've not come to town they're not in the area. And as you can see it's crickets here," said Vananda.
He also says this has impacted his employees. It's supposed to be their third busiest month of the year. But he says without customers he doesn't need to pay people to lead those trail rides.