Government Shutdown Over, Residents Say They're Relieved

Deneisha Pearson

JACKSON, Tenn -- Now that a deal has been reached in Washington, West Tennesseans are ready to move forward.

Three days ago, Annie Bridgeman was turned away from the Social Security Office in Jackson because of the government shutdown. "I was trying to get proof of income, so I can get help on these high utility bills this winter," Bridgeman said.

Rae Roberson, who depends on federal help to pay for her husband's cancer treatments, said everyday she was worried about not getting that check in the mail. "He had to go to the hospital, Friday. I was thinking oh God, I hope they don't turn us away," Roberson said.

In order to get married Charles Ross needed a copy of his birth certificate and social security card, But couldn't, because government offices were closed. "We went to some churches and they told us no because of the fact of the shutdown," Ross said.

Ross got married but had to drive six hours away to his hometown, to get the necessary documents.

To make matters worse, Ross said his social security benefits were cut in half during the government shut down. The lack of income almost cost him his house. "But today hopefully now that its open hopefully it's a good day," Ross said.

Though a deal has been reached some are still worried about the future.


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