LIST: Free resources for furloughed federal workers in and around Knoxville

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Internal Revenue Service employees, front row from the left, Brian Lanouette, of Merrimack, N.H., Mary Maldonado, of Dracut, Mass., and Maria Zangari, of Haverhill, Mass., display placards during a rally by federal employees and supporters, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in front of the Statehouse, in Boston, held to call for an end of the partial […]

The partial government shutodown has affected local federal workers in East Tennessee. Some work at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, others the airport and other government-contracted industries impacted by the shutdown. 

Some workers have started their independent domestic services groups to get quick work using their other skillsets, while others have been trying to cut corners where they can to endure while going without paychecks until they can go back to work and receive back-pay. 

There are also community options being offered by local businesses and organizations. 

The following are links to social posts offering free or discounted services/products for furloughed federal workers in and around the Knoxville and East Tennessee area: 


Broadway Barber Shop Knoxville is offering free haircuts to federal employees with ID or uniform proof of employment. 

Belleza Salon & Spa –  offering free haircuts and waxing.

Pigtails & Crecuts Haircuts for kids, Turkey Creek – offering free haircuts, by appointment only.

Tennessee School of Beauty is offering free haircuts for government employees furloughed or otherwise impacted by the partial government shutdown. Contact the school at 865-588-7878 for appointments.


K-Town Tavern – 50% discount off 4-person meal bill.

Yassin’s Falafel House – free food for workers & their families.

Whole Earth Grocery in Gatlinburg – offering free food.


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley – offering temporary childcare scholarships for furloughed federal workers. 

KyBRa Athletics is offering free classes for furloughed government employees, just let them know. 

Labor Finders Knoxville – offering aid in finding temporary work during the shutdown.

The Muse is offering free admission to federal employees affected by the government shutdown. Federal employees can show their federal IDs at the desk to recieve free admission. 


Garza Law  is offering free legal help for workers affected by the government shutdown.

National Offers

A national list of free and discounted deals is also available here. 

Check this list for updates as more resources are added should the partial government shutdown continue. 

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