Hawkins Mayor declares state of emergency to take effect Tu…

Hawkins Mayor declares state of emergency to take effect Tu…

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All provisions pertaining to a county/municipal declaration of emergency are listed in Lee’s announcement below.

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Mayor Lee’s Declaration of Emergency

Pursuant to the authority in TCA 58-8-104, I, Hawkins County Mayor Jim Lee, declared a State of Local Emergency on the 31th day of March, 2020, granting to the County Mayor certain powers as allowed under TCA 58-2-110. This declaration gives political subdivisions of government, both City and County, the ability to waive procedures relative to “performance of public works and taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community.

1. All of the Constitutional Officers and County Department heads controlling or supervising facilities that allow the General Public physical access will be limited, beginning March 31, 2020 through April 7, 2020.

2. County offices will remain open and with limited staff. Certain court functions and filings will still occur; however, there will be limited public access to those buildings consistent with the Order of the Tennessee Supreme Court regarding access to the courts. All County facility doors will be posted with signage indicating the office phone numbers, extensions, website and online services access as well as other pertinent information for the transaction of the public’s business by phone, fax, internet, and/or other means that office or department may develop.

1. In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order #16 of the Honorable Bill Lee, Governor, the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America and the guidance of the CDC, to limit the spread of COVID-19 so that normal life and activities may resume as soon as possible do hereby further order the following:

a. As a reasonable measure to protect the safety and welfare of Tennesseans while ensuring that government business may continue in a manner that is open and accessible to the public, the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 8, Chapter 44, Part 1, are hereby suspended for all Hawkins County, Tennessee (the governing body) public meetings as necessary to allow a governing body as defined in Tennessee Cody Annotated, Section 8-44-102, to meet and conduct its essential business by electronic means, rather than being required to gather a quorum of members physically present at the same location. In doing so, the governing body will conduct that meeting electronically without any members of the General Public allowed, only the attending members of the commission, and staff directly related to the meeting will be in physical attendance as determined by the Chair, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans considering the COVID-19 outbreak, subject to the following conditions:

b. The governing body meetings conducted by electronic means under this Order shall remain open and accessible by public attendance by electronic means, as follows: Hawkins County will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the public access to the meeting via electronic means is live access, but if the governing body cannot provide such live access despite reasonable efforts, the governing body will make a clear audio or video recording of the meeting available to the public as soon as practicable following the meeting, and in no event more than two (2) business days after the meeting; and

c. This Order does not in any way limit existing quorum, meeting notice or voting requirements under law, and governing bodies will provide the public with clear notice of the meeting agenda and how the public can access the meeting electronically at a time and location reasonably accessible to all members of the public; and

d. All other provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 8-44-108(c), remain in effect; and

e. All such meetings shall be conducted in a manner consistent with Article 1, Section 19 of the Tennessee Constitution. This provision (3), and all subparts, is taken directly from the Executive Order #16 with the proper outline and notice of procedures for compliance.


Whereas the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a communicable respiratory disease, presents with similar symptoms to those of influenza, and can lead to serious illness or death; and

Whereas the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all states and territories implement aggressive measures to slow and contain transmission of the COVID-19 in the United States; and

Whereas on January 21, 2020, the Tennessee Department of Health designated COVID-19 as a reportable disease in Tennessee; and

Whereas on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of internal concern related to the COVID-19; and

Whereas on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic; and

Whereas on March 12, 2020, the Governor of the State of Tennessee issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 58-2-107(e)(1); and

Whereas on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas on March 24, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Hawkins County, Tennessee; and on March 27, 2020, the second confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Hawkins County, Tennessee; both parties had no known recent travel out of the area or contact with other COVID-19 positive patients; and

Whereas on March 22, 2020, the Governor of the State of Tennessee issued an executive order temporarily suspending select state laws and limited social gatherings, dine-in services, gym use,

exposure to nursing homes and retirement homes, and adjusting state law regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants; and

Whereas COVID -19 continues to present a severe danger to public health.

1. Safer at Home. All individuals currently living within the County are required to stay at their place of residence unless engaged in Essential Activities as outlined in this Order. For purposes of this Order, residences include, but are not limited to, hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times, as reasonably as possible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses as defined in this Order. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this section, but are strongly urged to seek safe shelter, and governmental and other entities are strongly urged to make such shelter available as soon as possible and to the maximum extent practicable (and to use COVID-19 risk mitigation practices in their operation). Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are permitted and urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location.

2. Travel Restrictions. All travel, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except Essential Travel and travel for Essential Activities as defined in this Order, is…

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