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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Seven days into the federal shutdown the front gate at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington looked busy as usual Monday morning, but was it?

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According to Congressman Steve Cohen's office, the base is part of the Department of Defense and it employs both uniformed and civilians. Both are part of the necessary support for our military troops all over the world.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said after reviewing the Pay Our Military Act on Saturday, most of Defense's civilians placed on emergency furlough would head back to work Monday. The lifting of the furlough would affect about 400,000 DOD civilians nationwide.

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But in Millington, it is unclear when they will return to work. The longer it takes the base's employees to return to work, the more area businesses will feel the economic crunch of dwindling sales.

"Business is just really slow Saturday," said Lisa Anderson, a server at Old Time Restaurant, which started to feel the lack of business days after the federal government shutdown. "I think maybe be we had 10 tables in here at most all day.

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"Saturday is normally pretty busy," Anderson added. "You have a crowd that comes in and goes out to do what they want to do. That is their day for shopping, spending money, eating lunch, relaxing, and nobody was out shopping, no relaxing. No one was out eating."

Old Timer's executive chef Joey Marcello said the slowdown started in the middle of last week.

"Thursday they canceled a party from the base," Marcello said. "We do parties almost every day from the base for different divisions over there and almost every day last week, including Saturday and Sunday, we had parties anywhere from 10 to 20 to 40 canceled, and hen just the regular people coming in."

The good news is the people who work at the base have started going back in.

"We heard Saturday and talked to a few of them that came in, that 80 to 90 percent of the base was going to be back up and running between Monday and Tuesday," Marcello said.

Another source says all base employees will be back to work by Friday, Oct. 11.

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