Natchez Trace facilities, region’s national forests closed

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal Campers like Bryan Wilson, right, of Houston were turned away from the campground at Davis Lake near Houston after the government shutdown forced the National Park temporarily closed.

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal
Campers like Bryan Wilson, right, of Houston were turned away from the campground at Davis Lake near Houston after the government shutdown forced the National Park temporarily closed.

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High’s cross-country team moved practice from Chickasaw Trails on Tuesday as one local impact from the federal government’s partial shutdown.

The federal-lands trails were closed because of the shutdown and practice moved to Veterans Park off Veterans Boulevard.

In Washington, D.C., World War II veterans – some from Mississippi – defied yellow-taped barricades and broke through to visit the national memorial to their sacrifice.

Among them was Tom Lucas of Pontotoc, a U.S. Navy veteran, reports say.

Lucas’ daughter, Kathy Munn, spoke with the Daily Journal about learning her dad was there.

She said she got a big laugh out of it, and figured her father was in the middle of the veterans’ push to visit the monument.

Virtually all government monuments, museums and other tourist attractions in the nation’s capital were closed when Congress missed the midnight Sept. 30 deadline to agree on a new budget.

In Northeast Mississippi, the national forest and Natchez Trace Parkway campgrounds were closed and campers asked to leave. The Trace remained opened for travel but all restrooms, visitors centers and sites were closed, including Trace headquarters in Tupelo.

In addition, all Trace programs and events have been canceled, Acting Superintendent Dale Wilkerson said.