Government shutdown hurting the bottom line of some Kentucky businesses

10/09/2013 09:33 AM

CAVE CITY — As the government shutdown rolls into its ninth day, it’s no longer just furloughed federal workers and Washington, D.C.-area businesses feeling the pain.

Many of the hotels, tour companies and other businesses around the closed Mammoth Cave National Park in southern Kentucky are taking a hit at a crucial time in their year. The park’s shutdown coincides with fall break for many students and the end of what had been a healthy tourism season.

The result: reservations have been canceled, workers have been sent home and stores and hotels are like ghost towns, which has a ripple effect on the local economy in Hart, Edmonson and northern Barren counties.

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