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Shutdown's End Means Federal Workers Return

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Cages Bend campground sits on Old Hickory Lake and for nearly two weeks has been pretty much abandoned.

Thursday, workers were back cleaning things up because the end of the government shutdown means the public can return.

Park ranger Noel Smith, like many employees, spent the time furloughed.

"It created lots of times of uncertainty, confusion and just glad to be back now," Smith said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened all day-use parks and 11 campgrounds at 3 p.m. Thursday. They are Canal, Hurricane Creek, Lock A, Defeated Creek, Dale Hollow Dam, Seven Points, Cages Bend, Cedar Creek, Kendall, Waitsboro and Fall Creek.

It was also the first day back to normal at the federal building downtown. The Corps' Nashville District headquarters now has employees back who have to figure out logistics of getting hundreds of reservations going again.

"Just making sure the communication is clear to the customers who still want to get out and recreate," said Natural Resources Specialist Mark Klimaszewski.

For senior mechanical engineer, Jay Sadler, it meant an unexpected two-week period with family while always keeping an eye on lawmakers to decide when he'd return.

"I find it fascinating the way that Congress works so it's kind of entertaining to be watching that and seeing what's going on in trying to figure out what the next move is going be by Congress," Sadler said.

It doesn't seem to matter if they work in an office, or in the field federal workers at the Corps seem happy the shutdown is over so they can get back to having things the way they're supposed to be.

"I'm glad things were resolved. I'm glad to be back and I'm back at work," Smith went to say.

Any reservations impacted by the shutdown should be eligible for a full refund. Use Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 for details.

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