Government shutdown hurting Knoxville development projects

Government shutdown hurting Knoxville development projects

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"They need to do whatever it takes to get this solved, you know, whatever waking hours they can spend to get this resolved," geologist Kenny Johnson said. "They need to do whatever it takes to get this solved, you know, whatever waking hours they can spend to get this resolved," geologist Kenny Johnson said.
Johnson's inspection results are supposed to go to federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior, which are both partially closed because of the shutdown. Johnson's inspection results are supposed to go to federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior, which are both partially closed because of the shutdown.
Even the websites for several of those federal agencies aren't working, with some parts down altogether and others indicating they haven't been updated since before the shutdown. Even the websites for several of those federal agencies aren't working, with some parts down altogether and others indicating they haven't been updated since before the shutdown.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville geologist told 6 News the government shutdown is delaying local development projects.

It all comes down to the resources of the federal agencies that weren't considered essential once the government shut down.

"They need to do whatever it takes to get this solved, you know, whatever waking hours they can spend to get this resolved," geologist Kenny Johnson said.

Johnson works for contractors looking to build on undeveloped land.

His role is to inspect the land and check things like soil condition to make sure it's ready for development.

However, the government shutdown has put a temporary stop to two of the projects he's working on now.

"It slows everything down and prevents cash flow from happening," Johnson said.

Johnson said the shutdown changes the whole timetable for a development project, affecting everyone from the construction workers to the painters.

Johnson's inspection results are supposed to go to federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior, which are both partially closed because of the shutdown.

"We don't have the folks to look at the documentation that we submit to them and actually render an opinion and that in turn slows down the development or project and we really can't really move forward without that knowledge," Johnson said.

Even the websites for several of those federal agencies aren't working, with some parts down altogether and others indicating they haven't been updated since before the shutdown.

"The websites are really what's critical for other aspects of our work, where historical information they keep online, we use as part of the documentation," Johnson said.

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