I don't know if it has made the national news yet, but as of midnight CST, the state of Tennessee is officially closed for business. Because political content is taboo around here, I'll just summarize the situation by saying that, like many states, we face a major deficit ($800 million), but our legislators seem incapable of agreeing on a solution. As a "non-essential" employee of the university of Tennessee, I (and 4000 others) have been told to not report to work until there is a balanced budget in place. Fortunately, I have built up some annual leave, but I'm sure that many hourly employees will be really struggling. What a messed up situation. I can't believe that I live in a state that has closed its universities. Again, please don't discuss particular issues. but I am curious to know if any other HTF Tennesseans are effected.