State of emergency continues

Friday, March 27, 2020

On Thursday, local government officials extended for seven more days their respective States of Emergency due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bedford County was notified of its first coronavirus case on Wednesday by Tennessee Health Department officials.

The extensions continue municipalities through Friday, April 3.

State law allows seven-day emergency declarations, which may be extended for additional seven-day periods as deemed necessary. The extension makes no functional changes to the original declaration but does acknowledge recent actions by Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Supreme Court.

Shelbyville City Manager Shanna Boyette said Thursday afternoon on behalf of Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright that the city has made no changes or directives to Gov. Bill Lee’s original order-one which was set to expire Friday.

“The city will implement Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 16 to allow for public meetings by electronic participation.”

Due to those stated public health concerns, Shelbyville City Council’s study session 6 p.m. Tuesday, will live stream on Facebook.

Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham, as well as Town of Wartrace Mayor Cindy Drake, have also signed their respective seven-day extensions to the governor’s March 20 proclamation.

Graham included in his renewed proclamation: “The county has not issued any sort of “shelter in place” order and is following the lead of state government in continuing to monitor and evaluate the COVID-19 situation.”

The mayor further stated that city and county officials continue to discourage local residents from panic buying related to the pandemic as such action would create hardships for those who cannot get access to needed staples.