From WATE Knox News: Government shutdown hurting Knoxville development projects More ways the government shutdown is having an impact here in East Tennessee. Kenny Johnson, a local geologist, says furloughs to organizations like the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are leaving some development projects here in East Tennessee at a standstill.

From  House Leaders and White House Closer to a Short-Term Deal on Debt Limit, Shutdown

From POLITICO (Forwarded by Jackson Jones, NASCOE Leg Committee Co-Chair): D.C. moving toward fiscal deal despite bumps

From WATE Knox News: Gov. Haslam looks to use state funds to reopen National Parks 

From WBIR 10 NEWS: TN Ponders Paying to reopen Great Smoky Mountains   State officials in NY have reached an agreement to pay to reopen the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, officials in East TN are considering whether to pay to reopen our national parks including the Great Smoky Mountains.

From WLTV 8 News: National Park closure has cost $33 million in tourist spending

From Knoxville News Sentinel: Rep. John Duncan backs using Tennessee money to reopen Smokies U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr.. will participate in a congressional hearing next week on the ongoing closure of national parks during the partial government shutdown and would “very much support” use of state resources to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


TRUCKERS RIDE FOR THE CONSTITUTION: A few dozen trucks bearing the hallmarks of a planned trucker rally on the Capital Beltway have made their way into the D.C. area.
The Truckers Ride for the Constitution started before dawn Friday, with truckers planning to drive the 64-mile Capital beltway in eight hour shifts until Sunday afternoon. The Ride for the Constitution is a grassroots effort of tractor-trailers and pickup trucks expressing their frustration over trucking industry regulations and the government shutdown in a way that was guaranteed to get attention: They slowed traffic on Washington’s Beltway in a rolling protest. Organizers had hoped for a better turnout. Facebook page for the rally had more than 59,000 likes and about 3,000 RSVPs — a far cry from the number of actual participants.

From ABC News: Trucker Protest in DC

From WSMV 4 News Nashville: Protesting truckers begin slowing traffic in DC

From FOX News: Truckers Ride for the Constitution