Plains businesses struggling due to government shutdown - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Plains businesses struggling due to government shutdown

Jan Williams speaks with WALB reporter Josh Rhoden about how the government shutdown is affecting her business Jan Williams speaks with WALB reporter Josh Rhoden about how the government shutdown is affecting her business
PLAINS, GA (WALB) -

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site draws thousands of tourists to Plains every year.

"They can get to see the boyhood home where President Carter grew up from the time he was four years old, till he went off college, then you can see the school he and Ms. Carter went to from the time they where in first grade until they graduated until the 11th has been made into a museum, and then you can see the depot where he had his campaign headquarters," said Jan Williams, Manager, Plains Historic Inn & Antique Mall

But the town is pretty empty these days.  All the sites run by the National Park Service are shut down.  That means few customers for Jan Williams at her antique shop.

"Our tourists are not stopping, the national park sites are not open," said Williams.

Williams tells WALB that on a typical day, business would be booming.

"On a normal day we have anywhere from 50 to 100 guest a day, on the weekends we have more, and now today if we had 20 people in town we are lucky," said Williams.

Since visitors can't get an official history lesson at the Jimmy Carter sites, Williams and other locals are trying to share the story of Plains with the few tourists who are showing up.

"As far as seeing what Plains is about, you can't go to the sites, but maybe you can find someone you can just talk to, we try our very best to tell the people the history although they really can't go and see it," said Williams.

Williams says Washington politicians aren't listening to the people, and they just need to do their jobs.

"If these people don't do their jobs, then maybe the people in Washington shouldn't be paid until they get their act together," said Williams.

She's hoping her business can get back to thriving and visitors can come back to Plains.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Town Hall Saturday for grant eligibility

    Town Hall Saturday for grant eligibility

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:21 PM EST2018-02-23 18:21:51 GMT
    Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)
    Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)Low-income families in Albany can qualify for grants to help repair their homes. (Source: WALB)

    Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard is hosting a town hall for all residents on Saturday morning.  The city's community economic development director will be speaking about grants many Albany residents qualify for from the federal and state government.  

    More >>

    Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard is hosting a town hall for all residents on Saturday morning.  The city's community economic development director will be speaking about grants many Albany residents qualify for from the federal and state government.  

    More >>
  • Irwin Co. man pleads guilty to 2016 murder

    Irwin Co. man pleads guilty to 2016 murder

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:15 PM EST2018-02-23 18:15:36 GMT
    Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)
    Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder in Irwin County. (Source: Ocilla PD)

    An Irwin County man will spend the next 30 years behind bars.  Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder last week in Irwin County. 

    More >>

    An Irwin County man will spend the next 30 years behind bars.  Patrick Thrower plead guilty to murder last week in Irwin County. 

    More >>
  • Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:31 AM EST2018-02-23 16:31:46 GMT
    Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly