It is perhaps worth mentioning that when government builds the roads- it also gets to close them whenever it feels like it (just because). The latest round of political theater from the Obama administration has hit in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. In an attempt to make residents of Tennessee suffer, the only safe road for school buses to travel on has been shut down. Furthermore, the feds have stepped in and shut down family cemeteries no longer allowing living relatives to visit their deceased loved ones.
The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the top tourist destinations in America. Blount County, Tennessee, a small mountain community, lays within the Great Smoky Mountains. The government shut down the park, thus cutting off the revenue stream for the county. It has been verified that the feds also shut down the Foothills Parkway, which is the main travel route for school buses in the community. Other alternative routes through the mountains are at extremely dangerous elevations with crumbling roads through the mountains’ cliffs. In fact, a school bus cannot even travel on the alternative roads. Regardless of the danger, the feds came through and shut down the road during school hours. This forced schools scrabbling to find a way to get children home safely.
Now, the schools are no longer running buses for the safety of children, and parents are being forced to take their kids up and down the treacherous alternative routes.
Purposefully putting children in danger at a calculated time wasn’t enough for the feds. They also went after family cemeteries.
Cades Cove is a beautiful destination in the Smokies. The community was donated to the federal government by hundreds of residents more than 75 years ago as a gift to the United States. The deceased have living relatives that still visit their graves every week. In the cemetery you will find veterans from the Civil War, WWI & WWII. You will also always find fresh flowers upon the graves. Now the feds have barricaded the churches and cemeteries within the park and will not allow loved ones to visit.
Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell has requested that the feds allow local government to manage the park during the shutdown at no cost to the federal government. The feds have not yet responded to his request.