A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bracing for automatic federal spending cuts, set to begin March 1.
The Mountain Press reported park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson's office directed a reporter to National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson in Washington, D.C. Olsen provided a prepared statement that said visitors to all national parks should be prepared for reduced hours and fewer services.
NPS said cuts could include closing of campgrounds and hiking trails. Interpretive programs could also be curtailed.
Olsen said he could not comment on a leaked memo that indicated parks should prepare to cut back spending by 5 percent.
The cuts -- called sequestration -- would kick in if the president and Congress can't agree on a spending plan.
The Smokies is the most-visited of the nation's parks.
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