Day One: Millington Businessman Hit After Government Shutdown

Day One: Millington Businessman Hit After Government Shutdown

Day One in the government shutdown, and the Mid-South is already feeling the impact.

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MILLINGTON, TN (localmemphis.com) -- Day One in the government shutdown, and the Mid-South is already feeling the impact. 

"It was very slow, I didn't have much business," said Kal Alkhettab, who owns Jetway Market, just down the street from the Millington Navy base. 

"I can't last longer than two months," he said.

On Tuesday, around 1,600 civilian workers came to work, signed some paperwork, and then headed home. 

"All my regular customers that work on the base, I haven't seen any of them," said Alkhettab.

"It is going to be tough, especially for these young couples," said Roxanne Shively. 

Shively said her son-in-law was one of those furloughed. 

"They have a family, it is going to be tough, I think it is going to be hard road," she said. "I just think it needs to get straightened out."

On Monday, there was hope in Millington Congress would figure everything out. That hope turned to frustration on Tuesday.

"I think one party is trying to hurt the other party, but they are really hurting the people," said Mac Jones. "I don't understand that."

"It is a wait and see deal, wait and see if they come to their senses a little bit," said Jimmy Hindman, as he laughed.

Back at the Jetway market, Alkhettab said he hopes things pick up.

"Disappointment, lot of people disappointed," he said. "That's the talk of the town, disappointment."

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