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Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopens to visitors

(Oct. 17, 2013) -- Kathy Latham, who runs several stores in Cherokee near one of the entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is hoping she can salvage fall foliage season now that North Carolina and Tennessee decided to pay the federal government to reopen the park, writes USA TODAY.

CHEROKEE, N.C. — Kathy Latham, who runs several stores in Cherokee near one of the entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is hoping she can salvage fall foliage season now that North Carolina and Tennessee decided to pay the federal government to reopen the park, writes USA TODAY.

The park reopened its gates Wednesday, and the states will pay staffing and operational costs through Sunday, says USA TODAY. North Carolina is spending $75,000, and Tennessee and two of its counties are spending $305,000, with no chance of federal reimbursement.

USA TODAY writes that North Carolina and Tennessee are not alone; Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New York and South Dakota also agreed to pay costs to reopen a dozen national parks last weekend.

For the complete story from USA TODAY, click here.

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