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Polk County, Charleston responding to COVID-19

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Government authorities in communities surrounding Cleveland continue to urge caution regarding the fight against the coronavirus, and economic and education slowdowns remain in force.In Polk County, …

CDB doors to be locked Monday

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Effective Monday, March 30, the Cleveland Daily Banner offices — located at 1505 25th St. N.W. — will be closed to the public until further notice.We will continue to maintain normal business …
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Homer Baker

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Homer Baker, 86, a  of Cleveland, died Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the family residence. The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel will announce survivors and Funeral …

Donnie Black

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Donnie Black, 78,  of Polk County, died Saturday morning, March 28, 2020, at the family residence. The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services Wildwood Chapel will announce survivors and …
Business Updates: COVID-19

CDB doors to be locked Monday

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Effective Monday, March 30, the Cleveland Daily Banner offices — located at 1505 25th St. N.W. — will be closed to the public until further notice.We will continue to maintain normal business …

COVID-19 Closures and Business updates

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In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, if you have a business that is changing its hours, or an event that has been changed, please let us know so we can inform the community.

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 AFC Urgent Care: AFC  in Cleveland, at 170 Mouse Creek Rd N.W., has rolled out Telehealth so patients can visit with the doctor from the convenience and safety of their own home. Patients can go to to schedule an appointment.

• AR Workshop: DIY TO GO! Choose your designs and pickup curbside for at home projects.  Go to Perfect to keep the kids and adults entertained.

 Bank of Cleveland: All Bank of Cleveland branches have their drive thru open during normal business hours and the lobbies are by appointment only. For an appointment, call 478-5656.  It is a great time to take advantage of Mobile Banking, Mobile Deposit, enhanced ATM deposit features and Internet Banking. The safety of customers and staff are a top priority. And as always, Bank of Cleveland is here for you.

• Belk: Temporarily closing Bradley Square Mall store through March 30.

 BBB: The Cleveland office of the Better Business Bureau is closed to visitors until further notice but we are still available by email and at 423-464-5969 .  Any of our services are also available at

• Blackwell Law Office: Available for in-person meetings, internet conferencing or telephone conferences.  Call 423-472-3000 or email or you can obtain basic information at

 Bowater Credit Union: For the safety of its members and employees, Bowater Credit Union lobbies are temporarily closed. It still offers service via drive-thru, online, and by phone at 423-336-7268.

  Bradley Medical Equipment:  While Bradley Medical Equipment is open, in efforts to help protect our community and minimize the spread of  COVID-19,  will not be open to walk-ins. Free deliveries and curbside pickup are available. Customers are encouraged to call 423-472-4300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to arrange pickup or delivery of their supplies. 

• Bradley Square Mall: is temporarily closed.  Dunham’s Sports (423-339-9857) is currently open. Dicehead Games is taking curb side orders at Southern Grace Boutique is also taking online orders at We will reevaluate on March 30th, with a tentative reopening date of March 31st.

• Carroll Printing Company: Open normal business hours and offering delivery if needed. Available for apparel and printing needs, as well as designs for digital posts and communications and signage. 

  Claim Cops Public Adjusters: Is ceasing all in-person meetings. Still running new homeowners claims, but with drone inspections and email-based document signing. Contact at or 423-303-0852.

• Cleveland Daily Banner: will close its office at 1505 25th St. N.W., to the public beginning Monday, March 30. The newspaper will continue to maintain normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but with limited access by appointment only. Staff can be contacted at 423-472-5041, through their individual email accounts or — for newsroom personnel — via the Banner's general news account at  

  Cleveland Utilities: Has closed its lobby at the Guthrie Drive main office, but the drive-thru window remains open, with extended hours of 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Transactions can also be done at one of CU's four kiosks, online at or by phone at 423-472-4521.

  Comics Unlimited: Local comic book store Comics Unlimited (204 Grove Ave. S.W., Cleveland) will be closed for shopping, but will continue to serve customers by mail and curbside pickup. Customers should call 423-790-0225 or email to place an order. A live show on Facebook is planned to allow internet shopping.

•  Clarity Property Management: has decided to close its lobby, but are still available by phone (423) 458-2600 or by email at during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). They are still showing vacant properties by appointment only and processing applications for move-ins. 

 Crawford's Pharmacy:  In an effort to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Crawford's Pharmacy will be restricting all access to the store. Free delivery service is offered to everyone in the greater Cleveland area, plus the drive-thru will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Curbside service will be offered during those hours as well. Customers can call 479-8601 and someone will come out to greet you and assist in getting your prescriptions and other healthcare needs. 

• Dollar General: DG Corporate office announced plans to dedicate the first hour (8 to 9 a.m.) of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours by closing an hour earlier (9 p.m. locally) in order for employees to clean and restock shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.

 Dollywood: Based on daily changes in the status of the coronavirus pandemic and guidelines by the CDC, officials are delaying the opening of Dollywood and suspending the operations of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa as of March 24. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins remains open at this time.

Dollywood will continue to watch the conditions within our region, consult with medical experts and follow CDC guidelines to determine the re-opening date for the parks and resort. For guests with resort reservations or tickets for this period of temporary closure, please contact 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for rescheduling information.

• Element: Open normal hours at 60 N. Ocoee St., or shop with Jodi via FaceTime.

• Ever After Bridal & Formal Wear:  Open normal business hours, by appointment and with precautions.  No walk-ins and bridal appointments that book have a limited amount of guests. 

 GEICO: The local GEICO office has temporarily closed the lobby but remains available by phone at 423-894-2600 during regular hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

• Glassworks & Church Street Candle:  closed until further notice 

• Grit & Grace Market in the Old Woolen Mill: store is closed, but check Facebook page for virtual shopping sprees! 

• Haskell Interiors:  The Haskell Interiors Showroom is closed until at least April 1. Staff is still available to take phone calls.  472-6409. Any other interactions will be by appointment only.

• Hearthside Hearth & Home: is dedicated to serving our customers during the COVID-19 crisis. Our retail showroom is closed until further notice, however all sales and customer service staff is working normal business hours (8 a.m.– 5 p.m.). We are available by telephone at (423) 614-5525 and email We are continuing to sell product and our installation crews continue to safely install fireplace products in new homes.

• Home Depot: The Cleveland store is temporarily adjusting store hours to close at 6 p.m. Opening hours will remain unchanged.

• Hyderhangout Quilt Fabric & More:  Open normal business hours with curbside and delivery availability.

 Kitchen Technician LLC: is open and serving our community. Still available to new clientele  in Bradley County. Commercial cooking equipment same-day repairs since 2011. Contact at 423-599-9960. 

• King’s Furniture and Décor:  Open regular hours at 120 Inman St., with delivery available.

• Logan-Thomspon P.C. Attorneys: Open regular hours, call for appointment.  Teleconferencing or video conferencing is available on request. 

 Joe Rodgers Office Supply:  Open regular business hours. Furniture Showroom is open during regular business hours. Delivery service as normal both on packages and furnishings. Orders can be placed as follows:  Call in: 423-476-7527; Fax in: 423-478-3793; email:

• Misty Allen, Agent — State Farm Insurance Companies: Temporarily suspending all in-person office visits by closing the office lobby. In-person office visits will resume once it is determined safe and appropriate to do so. Call or text: 423-790-5656, email:, Online: In new location across from the Elks Lodge at 242 1st St. N.E., Cleveland, TN 37311. 

  Ooltewah Farmers Market: Will remain open so that customers may continue to have access to fresh local foods. In the best interest of everyone's safety, the market will strive to comply with CDC recommendations.

  Premier Surgical-Cleveland: located at 2175 Chambliss Ave NW Suite D, Drs. Wenger, Dunn, Worthington, & Beierle are open for non-elective surgical care Monday-Thursday  8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment. Contact the office at 423-472-5423.

• Project Free2Fly:  shop online at

•  Publix: Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, from 7 to 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. Publix Pharmacy will also open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve our senior population.  According to the CDC, individuals over the age of 65 are at increased risk of complications from the coronavirus. Publix is offering these expanded hours to better support our elder community.

 Rock City Gardens: Rock City and the Battles for Chattanooga Museum will remain closed until further notice. Clumpies Ice Cream has closed its scoop shops for the time being, but will continue to offer online ordering and local delivery service. Starbucks on Lookout Mountain will remain open for carryout service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at this time.

 Stamper’s Furniture:  Showroom at 80 2nd St. N.W., on the Courthouse Square, is open regular business hours, home delivery service is operating.

• Target: Is reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests — including elderly and those with underlying health concerns. Target is encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe. All stores will close at 9 p.m. local time to allow even more time for teams to clean and restock store shelves. The chain has implemented a number of steps to protect guests and its team, including ensuring guest-facing surfaces like checkout lanes and touchscreens are cleaned at least every 30 minutes.

 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: remains closed through April 9. In keeping with the Governor's Executive Order, the museum is extending its suspension of all public rides with a hoped for reopen date of April 10. Dinner, Summerville Steam, Chickamauga Turn and Hiwassee trains however, will remain closed at that time with no specific reopening date at this time. Plans now are to begin operating the Missionary Ridge Local on April 10. The museum will be offering to transfer ticket holders, through April 9, to future train rides or a refund. Updates to the schedule of rides will be posted on the website at and on social media channels. 

"Day out with Thomas" has been postponed to Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23. Ticket web will be managing all refunds. The event will be both Thomas and Percy and plans are for the exact same schedule as had been set for May. 

The museum is contacting each ticket holder for rides through April 9 to process transfers or returns. Please allow 48 to 72 hours for all refunds to be processed.

• The Town Squire: located at 1717 Keith St. N.W., The Town Squire is open for regular business hours, Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed Sunday. 

 TVFCU: Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union has temporarily suspended lobby services at all of its branches, but the customer drive-thru stations remain open as usual (7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays). Members are also encouraged to visit interactive teller machines at in-store branches inside  select Food City locations and at most branch drive-throughs to connect with a personal teller.

  VW: Volkswagen Chattanooga will remain closed next week, extending the shutdown period which began March 21. We plan to resume production Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Employees who are able to telework, such as office staff, will continue to do so. We’re asking all employees to self-quarantine and maintain social distancing as directed by the CDC. 

• Waste Connections:  Currently fully operational regarding service. Please bag and tie household trash to limit exposure to staff and others so that the company may continue to provide service. Please mail payments, access our online bill pay at or call 423-476-2293 to make a payment over the phone.

 Wedgewood Accounting, PLLC: The Certified Public Accountants of Wedgewood Accounting at 4395 N. Ocoee St., are still available despite the office and front lobby being temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Contact at 423-476-5581 or at In-office appointments, if deemed necessary, will be rescheduled the week of April 6 at the earliest. CPAs are strongly encouraging the use of electronic means for document delivery during this time. Otherwise, feel free to use the mail slot on the front door for dropping off information. If picking up completed tax returns, call the office number when you arrive. Someone will bring your packets out to your vehicle.

 VEC: Volunteer Energy Cooperative shows flexibility to members facing financial hardships, not only in response to the current situation but as a standard cooperative practice. Anyone experiencing a difficulty resulting from a loss of employment or a reduction in work hours should contact their local service center to discuss their situation. Customer service representatives will offer solutions on a case-by-case basis, according to need. VEC service center numbers are: Benton 423-338-2569; Cleveland 423-476-6571; Corporate 423-334-1020; Decatur 423-334-5721; and Georgetown 423-344-8382. 


 Gum Springs Baptist Church: The church is suspending all on campus activities until end of the month. Worship will be conducted via Facebook at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 29. Find us on Facebock at Gum Springs Baptist Georgetown. The Easter musical "At The Cross" is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

 Bradley County Schools: Bradley County School are closed at least until April 24. BCS is distributing food via their school buses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning at 11 a.m. Food can also be picked up at Parkview Elementary and both Food City locations, via the Bradley Central and Walker Valley mobile food trucks.

 Cleveland City Schools: Cleveland City Schools are closed at least until  April 24. CCS is distributing food via their school buses daily beginning at 8:30 a.m. Food can also be picked up at Blythe-Bower Elementary, Candy's Creek Elementary  and Cleveland High School.

 UT/TSU Extension: The University of Tennessee Extension Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension is still in operation for Bradley County. Our physical location is closed, but our team is working remotely and creatively identifying opportunities to serve our community as needs arise.

We are still providing education! Here is a sneak peak of some of the good things coming in next week's newsletter:

Master Gardener Intern Class--moving to a digital delivery mode for on-time completion.
Master Food Volunteer Interest Meeting via video conference
Creating educational articles and blog posts for agricultural and family financial topics
Revitalizing the national award winning podcast "Blue Ribbons and Boots"
Planning for a Bradley County 4-H Alumni Association/Luncheon
Utilizing Google Classroom to connect with 4-H members via technology
Chick Chain project assistance with 4-H members
Planning online Pesticide Training
Working with local producers to assess needs and prepare for planting season.
Preparing for Farmer's Market season

Our team is highly connected and ready to partner with and serve our community. Call us at  423-728-7001 (our phone is forwarded to our team).


•  The 2020 Foundation House Ministries: The group's banquet, which is their primary source of financial support, has been postponed. Office hours have also been adjusted to Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All meetings will be by scheduled appointment only. Contact 423-464-5351 for any questions.  Donations can still be sent to P.O. Box 6056, Cleveland, TN 37320-6056 or online at

•  The 2020 Ramp Tramp: has been canceled, in accordance with the Department of Health and CDC recommendations, according to Greg Paxton, Extension Agent and Polk County Director of the UT-Extension Institute of Agriculture. 

•  Life Bridges: Spring Fling, which was scheduled for March 27, has been postponed until the virus crisis has subsided.

•  ACS: The American Cancer Society has announced its Chattanooga Boots and Bow Ties event, originally scheduled for March 27, has been postponed until July 24 at Chattanooga Whisky Event Hall. Follow ACSTennessee on Facebook for the latest information. 

•  Women United: has postponed its "Come Fly With Me" fundraiser, which was planned for April 3, until Saturday, Oct. 17.

•  HHWCD Day: For the first time in its 20-plus year history, the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHWCD) has been postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Slated for April 4th at the Bradley County Justice Center, the event will be rescheduled when a safer environment appears more imminent.

•  Bradley County Master Gardeners: BCMG has announced the cancelation of their Spring Garden Festival, originally scheduled for April 4. BCMG is currently working to determine whether to reschedule the event for 2020. Next year’s festival is already set for March 27, 2021.

•  FOCUS FEST: Considering safety concerns for all participants of the FOCUS FEST 2020 and for the general public who may attend, organizers are canceling the festival until further notice at this time. Organizers hope to be able to plan an event in the Fall but an alternate date has not been set.

For those who have already donated to FOCUS FEST 2020, refunds may be requested or applied to the next event.  Please inform organizers via email if you prefer a refund. Keep up with FOCUS via the Facebook page  as well as the Website:

• Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce: office is now closed to visitors for the near future. Almost every meeting has been canceled for the rest of March and most of April.

• City of Cleveland : all city boards and committees are canceled until after March 31.

• City of Cleveland: is requiring reservations for all business visits and office services. Those who want to visit the office at the Municipal Building to conduct business, such as paying taxes or obtaining permits, the city is requiring residents to call ahead to make a reservation. All city business services are open. Residents may call the following numbers to make a reservation:

– Property Taxes: 423-472-4551
– Traffic Tickets/Municipal Court: 423-472-4551
– Business Taxes/Business Licenses:423-472-4551
– Building Permits: 423-479-1913
– Parks & Recreation Services: 423-479-4129

The city has numerous services available on online at:

• Tennessee Department of Human Services: The  Tennessee Department of Human Services has decided to move to appointment only for in-person services beginning Monday, March 23.

Local offices will have employees available to respond to questions or applications via telephone. Customers can find the number to their local office by going on online at program-snap/office-locator-family-assistance.html.

These changes will remain in effect indefinitely for offices in each Tennessee county until the COVID-19 state of emergency is reduced. No issuance of benefits will be impacted as a result of these office closures.

 USDA Forest Service: In response to guidance from State health officials and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all camping, cabins, group recreation sites, and restrooms in the Cherokee National Forest are closed. The closure will remain in effect until at least May 15, at which time it will be reevaluated.

This closure includes the Ocoee Whitewater Center, Chilhowee Day Use, Buffalo Mountain. ATV Trail, all campgrounds, cabins, beaches, shooting ranges, picnic pavilions and all restrooms.

Boat launches, most trailheads, and the general forest area, including trails and river corridors, will remain open to hiking, biking, boating, dispersed camping, hunting, fishing, etc. The use of trail shelters on the Appalachian Trail is discouraged. Please follow social distancing guidelines and Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash and refuse. 

• Cleveland Kiwanis Club luncheon for Thursday, March 26, has been canceled.

• Cleveland Ministry Network (Cleveland Net), has been canceled for several weeks.

• City of Charleston Commission meeting for Tuesday, April 14, has been canceled.

 DAR: The Ocoee Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has taken the following steps due to the virus: The April 3 meeting will not take place at the Elks Lodge. It will be conducted using the Zoom app and Facebook Live on the private Facebook Group for the Chapter; and the TSDAR State Conference scheduled in April has been postponed until August. 

• Sunrise Rotary: has been canceled for next week, according to the group’s Facebook account.


 Aubrey's: Located at 275 Ocoee Crossing NW, Aubrey's is open for take-out and delivery ordersThe governor has signed an executive order that allows Aubrey's to add alcohol to our delivery and take-out services. A food order is required, and of course, you have to be 21 or over.  Of course, as always, you can call 423-472-3030 with a take-out order or order online at In either case, staff will happily meet you outside with your order when you arrive, if you like.

• Bald Headed Bistro:  Open for curbside pickup and delivery only. Family dinners available — see the menu on social media or website. Call 423-472-6000 for pick-up orders and delivery is available for orders of $50 and up. If you’d like to support by purchasing gift cards for future use you can do so at

• Bear Brew Coffee: Open regular hours, curbside and delivery available plus download the Bear Brew Coffee App to order ahead.
• Café Roma: Carry out, curbside and delivery available 5-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Delivery – There are three ways to do it: call directly at 423-339-1488 and the Roma Staff will deliver your meal to your home; Dinner Delivered; or GrubHub.  Family meals and carryout wine, beer and beverages

• Catch Bar & Grill: temporarily closed. 

• Chick-Fil-A: Both of Chick-Fil-A's locations in Cleveland are now drive-thru only. Please visit the Keith Street and Paul Huff Parkway locations.

• Cobblestone Grille: temporarily closed.

• Cracker Barrel: Cracker Barrel, at 1650 Clingan Ridge Drive N.W., is doing business as usual with one addition — we now offer curbside pickup.

 5 Point Cafe: temporarily closed.

• Fork and Spoon Café: Open 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily; call ahead to 423-790-0035 for to-go orders and curbside pickup.

• Gardner’s Market: The walk-up To Go window is open. Walk up and order or call in an order for pick up at To Go window. Curbside delivery available. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 423-478-3906.

 Hardee's Restaurants: J&S Restaurants, which owns 43 Hardee's locations in Bradley County and surrounding areas, have closed their lobbies and will provide drive-thru service only. The situation will be monitored  with hopes of reopening for full service by March 28, if possible. 

 Jenkins Deli: Jenkins, at 2390 Spring Creek Boulevard, has adjusted hours of operation to 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., which is subject to change. They are offering curbside service on call-in orders, for patrons wishing to remain in their cars (call to let them know you are there when you arrive to pick up your order).

• Jersey Mike’s: Jersey Mike’s, on North Ocoee Street, will remain open, but dining areas will be temporarily closed to help limit person-to-person contact. Guests can place takeout orders in-store or for pickup through the website or the Jersey Mike’s app. Additionally, delivery is available in most areas through the Jersey Mike’s app or through third-party delivery partners.

 Logan's Roadhouse: The Cleveland location at 3940 Keith Street is temporarily closed. 

 McDonald's Restaurants: Smith Family McDonald's, which owns 11 locations, including five in Bradley County, has suspended eating in their dining rooms, but still provide provide drive-thru, pick up and delivery options.

• Panera Bread: Dining room is closed, but Rapid pickup and drive-thru services remain available.  Store closing hours have been adjusted to 7 p.m. each evening. The 375 Paul Huff Parkway location opens at 7 a.m. daily. Phone: (423) 472-5444 or place orders at

 Pap & Mimi's Wings & Things: located at 2699 Waterlevel Highway, a permanent food trailer located at The Cleveland Flea Market, remains closed until further notice to keep customers and family safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

• Pokey's Restuarant and Sports Bar: Will be closed until April 1.

 Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill: Open for take out and online orders as of right now. New hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday at our Paul Huff Parkway location. Catering services are still offered as well. 

 Shane's Rib Shack: Located in the Target shopping center, Shane's Rib Shack has closed it dining room, but still offers take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery (Uber eats, Dinner Delivered, and soon Doordash). Call 423-476-5970  or visit to place an online order for take-out or curbside.

• Stack Southern Bistro: at 166 1st St. N.E., is open regular hours (Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with curbside and delivery available. All your favorite burgers and the entire bourbon selection are available for curbside pickup or carryout.

•  Taziki's: has changed store hours for the time being, being open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Customers can order through the Taziki's app or website for delivery, curbside and pickup. We are using GrubHub and Dinner Delivered for delivery options. Our website is 

•  The Mill Coffee: temporarily closed.

 Tres Hermanos: Located at 2502 N. Ocoee St., Tres Hermanos is open regular hours for take out and delivery orders only. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  

Strolling Turkey

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MIKE WILLIAMS shared this photo of a turkey strolling through the woods near his home.

3-29 Sheriff's column — Continuing to keep our inmates safe and healthy

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Continuing to keep our inmates safe and healthy As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 situation one day at a time, I would like to update Bradley County on the procedures we have set in place at the Bradley County Justice Center. Above all, our first priority is to continue serving Bradley County as well as we are able. With that comes the responsibility of utilizing the proper protective equipment when interacting with the public; the reasons for this are twofold: to protect the public and our employees from the spread of any illness and to protect the Justice Center as whole from having any illness brought through our doors. It is imperative that we protect the health of our officers and employees so that we can continue serve you, the great residents of our county. Similarly, we have a responsibility to the inmates housed in our jail here at the Justice Center. There have many concerns in regards to the safety and health of our inmates, which is why I have put and will continue to put very intentional effort into our preventative measures. This first begins with limiting the amount of contact that our corrections officers and inmates have with the world outside of our walls. As announced on March 12, I set a two week hold on any outside staffing and in-person visitation, with the promise to reconsider this preventative measure March 27. At the close of the business week (March 27), the decision was made by myself, my command staff and jail administration to extend this hold until further notice.


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