Henry County, Paris Mayors Declare States of Emergency
PARIS (April 8) — According to a joint press release Wednesday, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell issued Local State of Emergency Declarations for Henry County and the City of Paris effective Thursday, April 9, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The release states that the declarations empower the county and city governments to take “whatever action is prudent and necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community.” The State of Emergency remains in effect for seven days and can be renewed as needed to protect the community.
Citing Henry County’s six confirmed COVID-19 cases at the time, the mayors implore citizens to continue to follow Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders and the Center for Disease Control guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
County Mayor Greer and Mayor Gerrell emphasize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, which healthcare officials are calling “a serious situation.”
Henry County Medical Center has reported an increase in patients needing treatment for COVID-19 and has urged local governments to take additional action to mitigate the spread in Henry County. COVID-19 testing continues to be available locally through local clinics, Henry County Medical Center, and the Henry County Health Dept. The health department is closed on Friday, however, the Assessment and Testing Services will be available from 9 a.m. until noon. Citizens are encouraged to continue to give blood when donations services are available.
The state of emergency declarations order Paris and Henry County residents to “Shelter at Home” and require residents to follow Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders pertaining to COVID-19. Violations may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In short, Henry Countians are required to stay home unless they are engaged in an Essential Activity or Essential Service. When away from home, Henry Countians should follow social distancing and CDC guidelines to protect themselves and each other.
Henry County and the City of Paris are taking steps to limit staff and public from COVID-19 exposure while continuing essential government business. Citizens are encouraged to call government offices for instructions on how to receive services.
Public access to Paris City Hall is limited to phone access during the regular business hours of 7:30-4:30 Monday through Friday. Any business that requires in-person assistance will be by appointment only. Any non-essential services may be limited or suspended during this time. Emergency services will not be limited.
Phone numbers of interest and assistance are:
Paris City Hall — 641-1402
Police Department non-emergency — 642-2424
Public Works — 642-0473
Paris-Henry County Landfill — 644-1737
Paris-Henry County Animal Shelter — 642-5024
WG Rhea Public Library — 642-1702
The Courthouse and Courthouse Annex will operate on an abbreviated schedule during the State of Emergency; public access to those buildings will be limited to 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Other county services will be available by appointment only. Other county facilities will also limit public access, and some services may be reduced during this time. The Henry County Recycling Center will be open from 7-11 a.m. each day, and the drop-off area will remain open after hours.
Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson and Chancery Court Clerk Mary Burns jointly announced the court clerks’ offices will operate on the same abbreviated schedule as the Courthouse. By prior order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, most in-person court proceedings have been postponed through the end of April.
Wilson explained, “This simply means we will continue to operate our court clerk business offices as we have but with less open hours per day. If you have any questions about an upcoming court date, please follow up with your attorney or call the appropriate court clerk’s office. We will be glad to assist you. Each court clerk will continue to maintain open office hours even if abbreviated for as long as we are able. If the situation should change, we will make those changes known through our local media and other outlets available to us.”
Any questions regarding county- or court-related matters may be directed to the appropriate office listed below:
County Mayor — 642-5212
Chancery Court — 642-4234
Circuit Court — 642-0461
General Sessions — 642-0461
Juvenile Court — 642-5271
County Clerk — 642-2412
Central Building — 642-3758
Election Commission — 642-0411
Highway Department — 642-3162
Property Assessor — 642-0162
Register of Deeds — 642-4081
County Trustee — 642-6633
Office On Aging — 642-2619
Recycling Center — 642-5170
Sheriff’s Department — 642-1672
Veterans Services — 642-5055
Everything needs to close down in the whole state for two weeks. At Walmart on Easter babies, children and adults buying food and non essentials. Spitting on the floor at self scan and giving the cashiers a hard time trying to do there job. I realize it’s the uniform and uneducated people doing this. That’s why we need to protect everyone we can.