Smoky Mountain National Park Doesn't Expect Reimbursement

By Ka'Seana Blanton | 

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WBKO) -- Officials say they're not expecting to be repaid for the money they spent to help keep the Smoky Mountains National Park open during the Federal Government shutdown earlier this year.

North Carolina's Governor and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam paid to keep the park open during the Federal Government shutdown in October.

North Carolina spent $15,000 and Tennessee spent $60,000. Congress reached a budget deal and the Government shutdown ended the day after the park reopened.

Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, and Utah also paid to open Federal Parks during the shutdown.

Congress is considering legislation to reimburse the states the more than $3.5 million they spent.