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Shutdown impacts businesses, tourists and even wedding parties as Smokies park closes shop

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National Park Service Ranger Phil Basak explains to a visitor that the Cades Cove Loop Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed because of the government shutdown on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel National Park Service Ranger Phil Basak explains to a visitor that the Cades Cove Loop Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed because of the government shutdown on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
GATLINBURG, TN (News Sentinel) -

If the 533 current members of Congress do not solve the budget impasse that has partially shut down the federal government, there will be 28 very disappointed brides.

With the park shutting down to all but through traffic on U.S. Highway 441, the Gatlinburg Spur and the Gatlinburg Bypass, this will mean plans may have to change for those brides-to-be who had plans to wed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"In the first two weeks of October, there are 28 weddings permitted," park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said Tuesday. "We're beginning to reach out to the permit holders to let them know if the day of their event comes and the government is still shut down, then their permit will be canceled."

Schroer said if this does happen, refunds would be given to those individuals as well those who have other events scheduled in the park.

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