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Mississippi feels effects of government shutdown

The government shutdown has been affecting the whole nation, and Mississippi has noticed it mainly on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019 8:13 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2019 9:04 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The government shutdown has been affecting the whole nation, and Mississippi has noticed it mainly on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Because the Parkway is owned by the government, no federal employees have been working during the shutdown.

But on Monday, the National Park Service was required to pick up trash due to hazardous concerns, even though they were not supposed to be working.

Residents in the area who use the Trace every day are disappointed.

"You've got places like the Trace right up here, and it is a beautiful place," said James Gregory of Houston. "No one is working it, and people are throwing trash everywhere. It is a disgrace."

The National Park Service left notes on the doors stating they do not have enough staff to keep everything maintained. That is why trash has been overflowing out of garbage cans.

The Trace is open to drive, but restrooms and sites will remain closed.

Mississippi is said to be one of the most affected.

The workers who cleaned up are hoping to get back-pay when the government reopens. Reports state this is the third largest government shut down in history.

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