ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – As we embrace the presence of COVID-19 and limitations designed to “flatten the curve,” some local government entities, groups and businesses are adjusting their hours and policies.

Below is a shortlist of scheduling changes that continues to grow. If your business, group or government office is closing/opening or changing hours, email the info to notices@SmokeyBarn.com Announcements must come from a corresponding business/company email address. This will help us as each notice will need to be confirmed by Smokey Barn News staffers. New info will be added to this report.

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***********Scroll below for family resources, license and plate renewals, blood drives, marriage licenses, property tax info and more…

 

 

DAILY COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS FOR ROBERTSON COUNTY

Click here for the latest total COVID-19 case numbers in Robertson County. The numbers are updated daily.

Springfield Baptist Church and Smokey Barn News are teaming up to create a temporary COVID-19 assistance alliance designed to connect people with needs to people with resources that are willing to help. Read more…

 

General Sessions Court

A note from Judge Perry…

“The Robertson County general sessions court will resume operation on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 9 AM. Social distancing practices will be implemented and masks and gloves are encouraged.”

 

 

Sidewalk service will resume May 5 at Stokes Brown Public Library 

Reopen plan

Thank you to all our patrons and supporters who have reached out to us to let us know how much the library means to them. We are glad to announce a plan to resume sidewalk service starting May 5th.

On that date, we will begin taking new holds through our online catalog at https://library.support:8480/… or via phone. We will call to let you know when your items are ready for pick up and the hours during which the service will operate. When you arrive to collect your items please walk up to the White Street (side) entrance. There will be a book drop for any items that need to be returned and the staff will check your reserved items out to you. For your health, please do not hand returns directly to the staff person as we are not able to maintain a proper social distance in that situation.

We wish to assure everyone that the health of Robertson County is a top priority for the library. We will isolate returned materials for 3 days before they are returned to circulation. Do not be alarmed if you see returned items still out on your account during this 3 day time span. Fines due to this delay will be waved automatically by the system.

Will will announce plans for reopening the building and Summer Reading soon.

As always, please feel free to use the Wi-Fi on our porch or browse for items on the Friends of the Library free table.

Thank you once again to all our wonderful patrons! We have missed you and look forward to seeing you again. Even if it has to be from 6 feet away for now. Anyone with questions about their account can e-mail me directly at director@gorhampl.org and I will try to assist you.

Thank you, Michelle Adcock

 

 

Farmers with Hispanic Farm Laborers

The NC State Extension Farmworker Health and Safety Education Program has developed a series of introductory videos in Spanish focusing on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and farmworkers. T

hey were developed as a resource for farmers, farm labor contractors and farmworkers to learn about the coronavirus and to promote preventative behavior within the overall farming community.

The videos are in Spanish and use very simple and direct language to help everyone in our farm community understand the coronavirus pandemic.

Each video addresses a specific topic.

Jeff Smith
Ag Agent & County Director
UT Extension – Robertson County
408 N. Main Street Springfield, TN 37172
Office: 615-384-7936
Email: jsmith49@utk.edu

 

 

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD REOPENING PLAN

Beginning Monday, May 4, the City of Springfield will reopen city buildings to the public to conduct business according to strict guidelines and recommendations from state officials and health professionals.

Safety measures include creating a physical separation between customers and employees as well as limiting the number of customers allowed inside at one time to ensure social distancing. Customers are encouraged to continue to utilize the phone, e-mail, and drive through service capabilities whenever possible. Customers are also encouraged to follow CDC guidelines which include wearing masks or facial coverings.

Beginning Monday, May 11, the City of Springfield will reopen The Center to the public according to Governor Lee’s guidelines with only the exercise room and walking track available for use at 50% occupancy and with social distancing in place. Locker rooms, showers and water fountains will not be available. Customers are encouraged to bring their own water and small bag and maintain responsibility for their belongings.

Basketball courts and other park facilities remain closed. Youth sports and leagues remain postponed.

Please continue to visit the city’s website (www.springfield-tn.org) for the most up-to-date information.

 

COVID-19 Creates Hardships, How To Ask, How To Help

 

City of Greenbrier, Tennessee – Traffic Court

The April 1, 2020 and May 6, 2020 traffic court has been rescheduled for June 3, 2020.

The time listed on your citation will be the time you are scheduled on June 3, 2020.

Traffic court will be held at Greenbrier City Hall. For more information, call the Greenbrier Police Department at 615-643-4467.

 

Portland Strawberry Festival Update…

After extensive consideration and in following the guidance from the centers for disease control CDC it is with great disappointment the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 middle Tennessee strawberry festival.

We did not take this decision lightly. The city of Portland’s responsibility is to protect the safety of our residents and visitors. The middle Tennessee strawberry festival has been a part of Portland since 1941, canceling only during World War II.

We greatly appreciate your consideration and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. Vendors and ticket holders will receive an email within the next 48 hours. We hope to see you May 7-8 2021! www.middleTnStrawberryFestival.com orwww.Portlandcofc.com

For questions, email: kristen@portlandcofc.com

 

(UPDATED) FOOD, LOCAL Family/Community Resources

District and Family Resources

Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 Click Here

FOR FOOD EMERGENCIES:

The Family Resource/Parent Center will be open to provide assistance to families in need.
El Centro de Recursos para Familias/Padres estará abierto para brindar asistencia a las familias necesitadas.
700 Bransford Drive, Springfield
615‐382‐3104

Opened for emergency food needs – please email or call for assistance prior to arrival. teresa.leavitt@rcstn.net or Lisa Cobb
at 615-289-6945 or 615-382-3609.

Family Resource & Parent Center
Bransford Elementary School
Extended/Emergency hours through the closure:
Monday – 9:00 to 1:00
Tuesday – 2:30 to 6:30
Wednesday – 9:00 to 1:00
Thursday – 9:00 to 1:00

Horas de Operación
Lunes‐ 9:00‐1:00
Martes‐ 12:30‐6:30
Miercoles‐9:00‐1:00
Jueves‐9:00‐1:00
Viernes‐ 9:00‐1:00

Food & Nutrition DepartmentClick Here
Departamento de Alimentación y Nutrición

Centers for Disease Control – Click Here

Middle TN 2‐1‐1 – Click Here
Operated by United Way, Nashville
615‐279‐1410

United Ministries Food Bank of Robertson County
615‐384‐8306
808 South Main Street, Springfield

Offers USDA food boxes once monthly, with an option to return once during the month for food from community donations. Please call ahead. Volunteers staff this service so hours vary.

Ofrece cajas de alimentos del USDA una vez al mes, con la opción de regresar una vez durante el mes por alimentos provenientes de donaciones de la comunidad. Por favor llame con anticipación. Los voluntarios contratan este servicio por lo que los horarios varían.

HOPE Food Bank
615‐672‐8006
212 Portland Road, White House

Offers a food pantry among other resources. Please call ahead.
Hours of operation: Tuesday‐Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ofrece una despensa de alimentos entre otros recursos. Por favor llame con anticipación.
Horario de atención: Martes a Viernes de 9:30 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.

COPE, Inc.
615‐384‐1465
810 South Main Street, Springfield

Offers financial assistance to those in need.
Tuesday ‐ Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Please call ahead. Resources are limited.

Ofrece asistencia financiera a los necesitados
Martes a Sábado de 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
Por favor llame con anticipación. Los recursos son limitados.

Mid‐Cumberland Community Action Agency
615‐384‐1086
505 Hill Street, Springfield

Offers financial assistance & commodities boxes during scheduled times. Call ahead.

Ofrece asistencia financiera y cajas de productos durante los horarios programados.
Llamar con anticipación.

Blessing Box, Springfield First United Methodist Church
511 South Oak Street, Springfield (across the street from main entrance)

Help yourself. No staff monitors the box. Items are made available by community and church members.

(al otro lado de la calle desde la entrada principal)
Ayudar a sí mismo. Ningún personal vigila la caja. Los miembros de la comunidad y la iglesia ponen a disposición los artículos.

Master’s Table
615‐384‐4480
619 Central Avenue, Springfield

Meals provided Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Carryout meals only.

Comidas proporcionadas de Lunes a Sábado de 10:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. Solo comidas para llevar.

The Pantry at East Robertson High School
158 Kilgore Trace, Cross Plains

If you are in need, please email Mary Cook at mary.cook@rcstn.net

Si usted está en necesidad, envíe un correo electrónico a María Cook a mary.cook@rcstn.net

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Care & Share Closet
615‐654‐6067
7109 TN‐25, Cross Plains

Open for meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00‐2:00.
Delivery is available on Thursdays.
Please call the helpline at the number above for additional assistance.

Abierto para recoger comida los Lunes y Miércoles de 10: 00‐2: 00.
La entrega está disponible los Jueves.
Llame a la línea de ayuda al número anterior para obtener asistencia adicional.

Patriot Pantry at White House Heritage High School

Hours of operation
Monday 10AM – 2PM
Tuesday through Friday 3PM – 6PM

Horas de operación
Lunes 10AM ‐ 2PM
Martes ‐ Viernes 9PM ‐ 1PM

Curbside pick-up for food boxes.

Habrá recogidas de comida y cajas de comida a la orilla de la banqueta.

Legal Aid Society to Offer Free Legal Advice by Telephone
in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced that it will be offering free legal advice over the phone in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Middle Tennessee residents facing a civil legal issue, such as questions about housing and renters’ rights, bankruptcy, medical bills, debt collection, domestic violence, applying for SNAP benefits and applying for unemployment benefits can call a dedicated phone number during any of the following times:

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 615-780-7131)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 4–6 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4–6 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3–4:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Saturday, April 11, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 4:30–6:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 4–6 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3–4:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Monday, April 27, 2020, 4–6:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Additional times will be open to veterans only, through a partnership with Operation Stand Down, on April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Call 1-800-238-1443.)

After a short eligibility screening, callers will receive a call from a volunteer attorney within 30 minutes who will be able to offer assistance for their specific questions.

For more information, call Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands at 615-244-6610 or visit www.las.org.

For more resources, click HERE

 

 

An update from the Robertson County Clerk’s Office: Recent Changes in Red

Angie H. Groves, County Clerk

Our building is closed to the public but we are offering ALL services through the drive thru.

• RENEWALS: Through Executive Order No. 15, Governor Bill Lee extended the deadline for obtaining registration renewals, disabled placard renewals and temporary operating permits that expire in March, April or May. The new deadline for obtaining these renewals is June 15, 2020. Such requirements shall return to their original schedule in subsequent years.

• VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS: The Tennessee Department of Revenue, Vehicle Services Division has worked with the Tennessee Department of Safety regarding leniency for certain circumstances in which a registration or temporary operating permit cannot be obtained. It has been requested to allow the acceptance of a bill of sale or signed title in hand as proof of vehicle ownership from an enforcement standpoint. Law enforcement will honor this request for the time period that coincides with the June 15, 2020 date.

BOAT REGISTRATIONS: Following the Governor’s Executive Order and any further direction given through future Executive Orders, the TN Fish and Wildlife Commission has authorized Agency personnel to temporarily forgive those who aren’t registered because of these closures. As such, it is advised that you keep a photo copy of your bill of sale in your vessel until such time that clerks reopen and taxes may be paid. This will allow you to present proof of ownership to an officer should you be stopped.

BUSINESS TAX – Filings and payments have been extended. Business licenses issued during 2019 will not expire until thirty days after the extended due date for the 2019 business tax return. The due date for December fiscal year filers tax return is now June 15 NOT May 15, the actual license won’t expire until July 15. Businesses in federal disaster area counties affected by the tornadoes can apply to the Department of Revenue for an extension that they will consider on a case-by-case basis.

SALES TAX AND OCCUPANCY TAX Sales and occupancy tax are still due by the 20th of the following month.

MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS are still being processed. Applicants should complete the online application, then call our office when you arrive to complete the transaction. Marriage License obtained between 3/12/2020 – 5/31/2020 are valid until June 30th 2020

PASSPORTS are still being processed through the Drive Thru only. Robertson County Clerk, Angie H. Groves said “We are doing everything we can to keep serving the citizens of Robertson County. Governor Bill Lee has helped tremendously by extending the deadlines at a time when the public has limited access to our office. We will continue to serve the best we can while keeping everyone’s safety as our top priority.” For updated information on all services and/or forms please visit our website at robertsoncountytn.org or call the Clerk’s Office at 615-384-5895. The mailing address is 511 S Brown Street, Springfield, TN 37172 if you would like to renew by mail.

For updated information on all services and/or forms please visit our website at robertsoncountytn.org or call the Clerk’s Office at 615-384-5895. The mailing address is 511 S Brown Street, Springfield, TN 37172 if you would like to renew by mail.

 

 

Deadline for and April Tennessee Vehicle Registration Renewals is June 15th

Tennessee Vehicle Registration Renewals due in March or April have been extended to June 15th, 2020 due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee extended the deadline for obtaining these renewals through Executive Order No. 15.

 

 

Payne Chevrolet (Springfield, TN) – COVID-19 Response

“To stay up-to-date with State Regulations, we have made a few changes…

*At this time, we are no longer accepting cash payments, but we will conduct all billing over the phone.*

SERVICE:
We are no longer allowing customers to come into the Service Office to drop off vehicles. Customers can now use the Overnight Drop Box (regardless of what time it is) to leave vehicle keys in a sealed envelope with name and phone number written CLEARLY so that we can call to discuss vehicle needs. Saturday Service Dept hours-CLOSED.

PARTS:
At this time we are conducting CURBSIDE parts delivery to cut down on exposure and contact (for our safety and for customer safety). For parts questions, please call our phone number 615-384-5573 and we will get you connected to our parts specialists who will bring your desired parts right out to you!

SALES:
As a result of new guidelines, we have temporarily closed the customer lounge and showroom. We will now be greeting customers outside of the building, and continuing to conduct test drives with clorox/disinfectant wipe downs in between each interacting person.

We are also continuing our online shopping experience through Shop.Click.Drive.

For any and ALL questions please call 615-384-5573!

 

 

Thank you for your understanding!”

City of Adams, TN

** Update on City Hall & Museum Hours **

Adams City Hall & Museum hours effective immediately

Monday thru Friday – 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Until May 1st, 2020

 

 

Waffle House is offering Carry Out 24/7.

Just call (615) 384-0567 or come in and place your order to go.

NEW Hours:
Monday thru Thursday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Open Friday 24 hours until  Sunday  at 3 p.m.

 

 

City of Millersville – Updated info…

Due to the CDC’s recommendation regarding the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, the City has decided to take the following precautions EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

• The City Hall Business Office will be closed to the public to preserve the public health and to limit in-person contact. Payments for services may be made by phone, online, or placed in the drop box outside the building.

• The Community Center Building will be closed and all scheduled events canceled through April 30, 2020. Refunds will be issued to those who have paid rental fees for those dates.

City Parks and Playgrounds are closed until further notice.

• All City Court proceedings including Traffic Safety School have been suspended until April 30, 2020.

• Keep checking back for additional information and/or updates.

For more info on COVID-19 click here

 

 

Orlinda – Byrum Porter Senior Center

We will move our Opening date at this time to May 4th This can change as we get updates from the Federal Task Force. We want to make sure we are following all the guidelines. For all our regular dancers from our Thursday night dances I will tell you that I miss this a lot. You all know how I like to dance. Our futures will be different and we will have to make some adjustments but I know that we will come back stronger just different. Please stay safe.

Sheri misses all her classes of exercise

If you need to borrow a book, movie or puzzle call me and if I am at the center you can come in the side door and not be in contact with anyone.

Everything is being sanitized (615-654-3161)

I miss all of you

 

 

Driver Services (Drivers Licenses) Online

For current Driver Services Centers and Self-Service Kiosks closed or unavailable, please click here.

During this time, we encourage as many customers as possible to utilize the e-Services portal for available online services rather than coming into a Driver Services Center.

March 25, 2020

• Extending the expiration of Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL) and Commercial Driving Permits (CDLP). These licenses will be extended until June 30 if set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. All non-CDL licenses will expire six months from the date the license is set to expire. This does not apply to an individual with a Class X license.
• Suspend non-CDL knowledge and skills tests until May 18, 2020.
• Tennessee will temporarily suspend the issuance of REAL ID credentials effective March 25, 2020 through May 18, 2020.
• The requirement that new Tennessee residents obtaining a Tennessee driver license within 30 days of becoming a resident has been extended to June 17, 2020.
• Allow Med-Cert extension for CDL holders with a medical card expiring between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. CDL holders have until June 30, 2020 to submit their new Med-Cert to the Department. The extension is available to CDL holders with a medical card that is currently valid for more than 90 days.

With the above changes going into effect, Driver Services Centers will still be able to process:

• New and returning residents
• Photo identification licenses (including voter identification credentials)
• Reinstatements
• Handgun carry permits
• CDL knowledge and skills tests
• Renewal and duplicate transactions for non U.S. citizens with legal presence.

We encourage everyone to utilize our e-Services portal for available online services such as renewals, duplicates, paying reinstatement fees, and changing your address. The e-Services portal can be accessed here.

 

 

The City of White House Police Department

The City of White House Police Department would like all citizens to know that most reports can be purchased online directly from the comfort of your home or phone. All crash reports can be purchased from the following link: https://apps.tn.gov/purchasetncrash/

If you need to purchase any other type of report this most likely can be handled via email. You will only need the ability to scan/send or fax printed forms to our office so we can send requested reports electronically.

If you need a report or document please contact our office at 615-672-4903 prior to coming in person and we will try to assist in any way possible the online or electronic transaction of this.

 

 

The Robertson County Joint Airport Board

As our nation mobilizes its strength in defense of this novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are obliged to implement strict precautions set forth by the CDC.

We are closely monitoring the situation in concert with City and County officials and taking every step practicable to protect the health and safety of our airport staff and all that use airport services for both business and pleasure.

Please keep an eye on this spot for updates and/or changes to airport operations as we move forward.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and compliance.

– The Joint Airport Board

 

 

Coopertown Police Department/City Hall
A message from Chief Haley regarding COVID-19

First, I want to thank you for visiting our page. As most of you are aware, COVID-19 has made its way to this area as there has been several confirmed cases in Middle TN, more specifically, Robertson County. I want to urge each and every citizen to practice social distancing and please wash your hands and be clean. Additionally, make sure to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), this includes but not limited to gloves, mask, and eyewear. Please be careful during this time and remember to stay at least six feet away from people.

Second, Coopertown Police is still here for you. We will be responding to emergency calls when necessary. Also, if you call in for a report, do not be surprised if an officer calls you in lieu of responding to your house. If the situation dictates, an officer will respond, depending on the circumstance. We are here to serve and protect the citizens of this community and will continue to do so. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 615-382-7007 and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Last, city hall has been temporarily closed, if you need to pay a citation, you can do that online as well as signing up for traffic school. If you need a copy of a report, call the office at 615-382-7007. We are monitoring the situation closely as it changes day by day. Thank you all for the continued support through this time and may this pandemic end soon.

Respectfully,
Tyler Haley
Chief of Police

 

 

City of Cross Plains TN – AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MAYOR FAULKNER

I wanted to take this opportunity as the Mayor of Cross Plains to communicate with each of you. First and foremost BE SAFE. Please stay at home as much as possible for the next few weeks. This will help end this virus much faster. There are no known cases of Covid-19 in our city, data suggests that this temporary measure is in the best public interest of our city.

Until further notice, we are taking each of the following steps and/or specifically asking for the following actions of our citizens:

​The city is requesting that gatherings of 10 or more be ceased within the city limits. We have suspended all meetings through April 15, 2020.

​The city will be limiting person-to-person public access to City offices and facilities and to develop and implement alternative work arrangements and schedules to protect City employees during this pandemic;

​The city may suspend certain procedures and formalities otherwise required under the city code or Tennessee law pertaining to how the City conducts its operations. All affected parties will be notified if these suspensions/delay apply to them;

​The city is requesting that all members of the public and businesses follow and comply with guidelines and directives issued by the federal CDC as well as the State of Tennessee department of health;
​The city is encouraging all members of the public to resist panic/bulk purchasing, consider their neighbors who have need, and to look after and help those most at risk to this pandemic to include the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems; and
​The city is asking for help in sourcing n95 masks, surgical gloves and any other relevant hospital-grade personal protective equipment to be gathered and provided to our County’s medical facilities.

Many of our local businesses have preemptively closed or have reduced their commercial offerings to help in minimizing communal spread of this virus.

The City is committed to keeping everyone safe with fire and ambulance protection as always. We ask that non-emergency calls be addressed to the county response number 615-384-4911. This will insure a better response time to 911 emergency needs. You may also reach City Hall at 615-654-2555. I would like to personally thank our local churches, businesses and schools which have stepped up in this time of need. We will continue to work closely with our citizens as more information becomes available and in providing guidance on how this order may shift or change over time. I know that Cross Plains will come out of this pandemic a better and stronger community.

Sincerely,
Barry Faulkner
Mayor, City of Cross Plains

 

 

City Of Orlinda, Tn To Suspend Operations Due To Covid-19

City Of Orlinda, Tn To Suspend Operations Until April 6 Due To Covid-19

ORLINDA TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The city of Orlinda has released its plan for day-to-day operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the Tennessee Medical Association, and the Tennessee Governor’s Office, the City of Orlinda will be suspending all non-emergency indoor operations involving Orlinda city government beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to be reevaluated at a later time.

Orlinda City Hall, the Orlinda Fire Hall, the Orlinda Community Center and the Byrum Porter Senior Center will all be closed for the aforementioned dates.

The Orlinda Public Library will open twice a week to provide reading materials and movies to entertain residents who are sheltering at home. The Library will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm on Tuesdays and 10 am to 12 noon on Saturdays. Only 2 family members will be allowed inside at a time, others will wait outside in their cars.

The Orlinda Volunteer Fire Department will, of course, continue to respond to emergency medical and fire calls made to 911. The night deposit box located at the front entrance to City Hall may still be used by those who wish to deposit payments for Whitehouse Water and Springfield Gas utilities. Those payments will still be processed on time if paid by check or money order only. Cash will not be accepted.

City Hall voice mail will be checked daily, and calls of an urgent nature will be returned within 24 hours. Orlinda City officials understands this may inconvenience some residence, but this is an unprecedented decision for an unprecedented time.

We believe it is our responsibility to protect our residents and employees and do everything in our power to control the spread of Covid-19.

We also ask that all our residents ask responsibly. Stay safe, Stay Healthy, Stay home.”

Thank-you
Kevin Breeding, City Manager

 

 

Robertson Schools Food For Kids Program:

Robertson Schools Food For Kids Program To Begin March 23rd

See updated schedules and detailed information for FREE breakfast and lunch for students as well as information for emergency food needs. Click HERE

 

 

Robertson County Republican Party Meeting…

In compliance with social distancing guidelines, given by the CDC, our President and Governor, we are canceling our monthly Robertson County Republican Party Meetings until further notice.

 

 

Springfield Cleaners – New Hours

The Springfield Cleaners located at 1006 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN 37172 will be changing their hours to 8Am to 4PM Monday thru Friday and Saturday:  8AM to 12 Noon

 

 

Local Kroger Store Changes:

– New Hours for the Kroger in both White House & Springfield will be from 7AM to 9PM.
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– The White House Kroger will be offering special shopping hours for Seniors Monday thru Thursday from 7Am to 8AM. (Seniors over 60, and other higher-risk customers, as defined by the CDC.)
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– Springfield Kroger management says they will be discussing special shopping hours for Seniors and make an official announcement as early as Monday.
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Kroger is currently stocking limited quantity items upon arrival. If you can’t find your item on the shelf, unfortunately, it is not in the back room. Please check back tomorrow, as we receive trucks daily thank you for your patience.
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To support our customers, we will be limiting the number of water, cold and flu, liquid and bar soap, vitamins, hand sanitizers, household cleaning including air care, bleach, bath tissue, paper towels, facial tissue, gloves, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, thermometers, first aid, analgesics, Aloe vera, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence, baby diapers, and baby wipes product to 1each per family. Limited varieties and sizes are available in some of these categories. To support our customers, we will be limiting the number of ground beef, bread, eggs and milk products to 3 each per family. Limited varieties and sizes are available in some of these categories.

 

 

RiverGate Mall Takes Steps to Address Coronavirus Concerns

RiverGate Mall is temporarily closed. Our top priority is the health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Mall Events

In support of federal, state, and local efforts to control the coronavirus, all mall marketing programs and events, including group mall walking, are suspended until further notice.

Out of an abundance of caution, Cherry Hill (our operating partner) has decided to cancel the Easter bunny experience.
We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and respond accordingly.

We encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines for keeping yourself and your family healthy

Thank you for shopping at RiverGate Mall. We will get through this, together.

 

 

City of Springfield, TN – Government – Due Dates Suspended

Pay By Phone Or Online Springfield city officials remind the public that due dates have been suspended

*******Credit card fees, late fees, and disconnects have been suspended until further notice.

Customers can drop off payments at the night deposit box, pay by phone by calling 877-768-5046 or pay online.
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Robertson County Emergency Medical Services

As a preventative measure to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the citizens of our county, our administrative offices at 1305 Hill St. in Springfield will be closed to the public until further notice.

If you need assistance for an administrative/billing issue, please call our office at 615-384-2186 between the hours of 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

And as always, for medical emergencies dial 911.

 

 

UT Extension-Robertson County suspending activities 

Update…Take virtual tours, consider future careers, play games and more while learning about Agriculture. Click Here

All UT Extension public events and educational programs will be suspended until further notice.

No meetings can be held at the Extension Office. Master Beef classes are cancelled.

The office is open and we are answering phone and emails; but that is subject to change.

Call (615) 384-7936

Email:  kbfinley@utk.edu

 

 

(UPDATE) The Springfield Stokes Brown Public Library – Changes 

The library is now closed to the public and is no longer offering curbside service.

Please visit our website for more information & updates as things develop.

If you have any questions or concerns you may reach me at director@gorhampl.org.
Thank you all, Michelle Adcock

 

 

Robertson County Solid Waste & Recycling

The transfer station and convenience centers are operating on normal schedules at this time.

We are rotating staff and schedules to reduce our employees contact with the public.

Contact: email – kdrake@robcotn.org You May call our automated service (615) 384-0683 for hours of operation.

Thank you!
Korey Drake Stewart
Solid Waste Director

 

 

West Robertson Water Authority is at West Robertson Water 

Your water is safe

Right off the bat, the most important thing we want to let our community know is that your water is safe. Our treatment processes at our water plant and operators monitoring for disinfectant in the water system means the coronavirus cannot survive once it comes into contact with your water supply from the West Robertson Water Authority (WRWA). Wash your hands often, practice social distancing by staying at home and know that your water is safe to drink.

The employees of the WRWA have not missed a single hour at work keeping everything running smoothly. Maintaining the supply of safe, healthy, and reliable drinking water for our community is our number one priority now and always.

Contingency plans are in place to move shifts and employees around as needed should we become short-staffed due to illness.

At this time, we will close our lobby to the public and limit customer interactions with all WRWA staff in an attempt to keep these essential employees away from the virus.

Pay bills

We offer many other ways to pay your bill, please see our website at www.wrwatn.com for more information.

COVID-19 has hit our entire country, we understand the absolutely necessity of maintaining everyone’s water supply in their homes as they isolate to help us beat this virus.

Suspend service disconnects

Effective immediately, the WRWA will suspend service disconnects until May 1, 2020. Billing will continue as normal otherwise and we will work with anyone directly affected by this crisis to help them get caught back up with payment plans as needed.

It is an absolutely blessing and the greatest motivator possible to work with people who care deeply for their community, everyone at the WRWA stands ready to do what it takes to keep your water safe and running at all times.

 

 

Ace Hardware’s (Springfield & White House) offering curbside service. 

In an effort to meet customer needs, both White House and Springfield Ace Hardware stores are offering curbside service.

This means you can simply call them up tell them what you need and when you arrive at the store they will bring out your items to you and Ring up your order.

“Stay safe and God bless,” Ace Hardware.

 

 

Robertson County Funeral Home

As the CDC, and our Federal and State governments are implementing additional requests, and in some cases additional restrictions, it is becoming highly necessary that all of us do what we can to help control the further spread of the Coronavirus. Robertson County Funeral Home ask that anyone experiencing any type of cold and or flu-like symptoms, including cough, fever, or problems breathing to please not visit anyone at any funeral home at this time.

Robertson County Funeral Home will continue to follow the CDC guidelines, to the best of our ability, which will include the social distancing request of maintaining a six-foot distance from other people, and that everyone use proper hand sanitizing methods at all times. Our funeral directors will advise and discuss with the families we serve of other suggested measures to be taken. These measures have been provided to us from the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association.

It is important at this time that everyone follow all possible measures so that this virus will not continue to spread as it has been doing. As always, we are available to assist in any way and answer any questions you may have.

 

 

TriStar Skyline Medical Center will not be allowing visitors, with a few exceptions. 

To reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, we are not permitting visitors at this time*. Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe environment for our entire community!

*EXCEPTIONS ARE:
– One dedicated parent or caregiver for pediatric patients.
– One dedicated caregiver for outpatient surgery and/or testing.

Further exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

 

Springfield Walmart Trims Hours Again, Suspends Auto Service

The Springfield Walmart located on Tom Austin Hwy will be operating with new temporary hours beginning tomorrow, March 19 from 7:30AM to 8:30PM daily to focus on stocking and providing a clean store for customers.

AUTO SERVICE: In addition, we have confirmed with Walmart Management that the Auto Care Services will be suspended until further notice.

 

 

City of Greenbrier, Tennessee COVID-19 and the City – UPDATE 

We are encouraging everyone that can do business in the drive-thru to please do so. You can pay your utility bill over the phone or on our website www.greenbriertn.org.

GREENBRIER MEETINGS:
Meetings will resume in May. We will update if this changes.

GREENBRIER PARKS:
All parks are opened. The Spring baseball/softball season is on hold. We will update if this changes.

GREENBRIER UTILITIES:
To lessen the risk of exposure to illness for citizens and employees, the City is extending the water cut-off date for non-payment. Interest and penalties will still apply as normal. We will update if this changes.

GREENBRIER POLICE DEPT:
Due to the recent CDC recommendations, pertaining to COVID-19, Greenbrier Police Departments City Court, scheduled for April 1st, 2020, has been cancelled.

If you are supposed to appear at the April 1st, 2020 court date, you will be rescheduled for May 6th, 2020, at the appointed time on your citation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Greenbrier Police Department @ (615) 643-4467.

Please follow the CDC guidelines for this virus, we want all of our citizens to stay healthy during this.

 

 

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation – A MESSAGE TO CEMC MEMBERS 

With the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disrupting much of our daily lives, Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation wants to assure the communities we serve that we are prepared to continue our operations throughout the duration of this public health crisis. The health and safety of our employees and members is always our top priority and in an effort to carefully balance member service with the overall well-being of our communities, please be aware of the following:

• All CEMC lobbies will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice
• Drive-thru windows and our Call Center (800-987-2362) will remain open during regular business hours from 7:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• 24-hour payment kiosks are available at all CEMC office locations
• You can also conduct business with us via the SmartHub mobile app and online

Our operations personnel will continue to do their important work to keep the power system operating reliably. CEMC will continue to respond to outages 24 hours a day. Please report outages via the SmartHub mobile app or by calling us at 800-987-2362.

It is unfortunate that some will use events like this to take advantage of others. CEMC reminds our members to be aware of scams targeting utility consumers. Your co-op will never:

• Call to threaten disconnection
• Demand immediate payment with a prepaid card
• Show up to your home and request access indoors
• Ask for sensitive data like banking information via email or phone

This is a fluid situation, and we recognize that many businesses, individuals and families may be impacted by these unprecedented events. As this situation evolves, we are committed to being responsive to the needs of our members, employees and communities. Thank you for your support as we work to keep our communities safe.

 

 

Springfield Carpet One SHOP AT HOME:

Springfield Carpet One is open and taking proper precautions. We are sanitizing heavily touched areas and since we are a small, local business, you will most likely be the only customer in the showroom. We also offer shop at home services. Call and tell us about the flooring you want and we will gladly bring samples to your home. Shop our website

 

 

City of Portland Tennessee Announcement 

Effective immediately in the city of Portland Tennessee all court dates and Traffic classes in the city of Portland or suspended, you will be contacted for further information.

All organized sporting events at the parks and recreation department are canceled until further notice. Please note if you choose to use the park facilities you should follow the CDC guidelines for public spaces.

In an effort to preserve public health and to limit in-person contact the city of Portland business office at 107 North Broadway will conduct most of its business in the drive-through lanes.

Portland TN Police Department:

Effective immediately, the Portland Police Department building will be closed to public access. Please call 615-451-3838 for assistance.

We are also making an effort to limit face to face contact, so some calls that traditionally would result in an officer responding may be handled over the telephone. We are still being vigilant in the protection of our community, and any emergencies, or incidents that involve an immediate threat to public safety will be responded to as we always have. These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution, and regular service will be assumed as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

Pleasant View Volunteer Fire department Announcement/Postponements 

Pleasant View Volunteer Fire department is locking down all facilities and will not be allowing anyone who is not personnel to enter any building or apparatus.

We are so very grateful to the public and love when our neighbors drop in, but especially during this threat we simply want to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are united with the greater cause and urged the public to stay home. We believe that if we all work together we can squelch this threat quickly and all get back to life as normal very quickly which is why we are even asking our own personnel not to bring their families to the station or allow them to ride in our vehicles.

EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY

We would also like the public to be aware that based on recommendations of the CDC, PVVFD must hold all nonessential calls at this time. We will only be responding to calls that are true emergencies. Many people often forget or do not consider that emergency responders following all the right protocols and protecting ourselves to the best of our abilities still contact very sick people every day. We love to serve our constituents and will continue to go out of our way to do so but we all must ask ourselves if the reason we are calling for help is worth the weight of possibly exposing our families to what a first responder may already have. We wish to be extremely clear here. If you have a true emergency please do not hesitate to call 911 and we will be there for you. Our team is eager to serve so let’s join forces to beat Covid 19

Based on those careful deliberations, PVVFD has unanimously directed implementation of the following preventive measures:

Postponing of the Spring fling, Public open house for the new station 1 and any other department social gatherings until further notice.

 

CITY OF WHITE HOUSE:

In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our staff and patrons, we advise that anyone who is running a fever or using fever-reducing medications, to not enter City buildings. We ask those who are running a fever to self-quarantine until 24 hours have passed without a fever.

The City will continue to provide essential services. Formal public meetings – including Council and commission meetings – will continue as needed for essential business.

Specific information for public services is as follows:

Police and Fire Services:
·Police and Fire services will continue to operate at full capacity to serve the City.

Recreation Services:
·All City-sponsored recreation programs and activities suspended through Monday, April 6.

·Senior Center suspended through Monday, April 6.

·The gymnasium will be closed through Monday, April 6.

 

White House Public Library and White House Inn Museum:
·Effective immediately the White House Public Library and White House Inn Museum will be closed to the public until April 6th, 2020. The Library staff will be posting details about online services shortly.

***************A reminder that all Senior Center, recreation programs and open gym are suspended until April 6th, 2020 as well.

 

City Hall Services:
·City Hall will be open to the public for normal business transactions. However, we advise that anyone who is running a fever or using fever-reducing medications, to not enter City buildings. We ask those who are running a fever to self-quarantine until 24 hours have passed without a fever.

The Public Works Department will continue to provide services. Staff will be available over the phone (615-672-3654) for general and project-specific questions.

Planning and Codes Department will continue to provide services.

The City of White House will continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. To our knowledge, there have been no reported cases in the City of White House. We are in contact with governmental and medical leaders in our area.

White House Public Library – Changes

The library is closely watching the concerns over COVID-19. The library will no longer circulate items that are difficult to clean such as plush sets, steam packs, board games and puzzles. All regular items will be cleaned when they are returned. The building will be cleaned every three hours. Even with these preventive measures, the library feels it is best to stop all library programs until April 6th. We will continue to update you on any changes. If you have a fever, we ask that you not enter the building, but use the book return on the side of the building. One of the cleaning solutions we are using is Lysol. If you have an allergy to Lysol, we ask that you not enter the facility. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

 

Robertson County Senior Center Closes, cancels all activities 

Dear Seniors and friends,

The Robertson County Senior Center is a place we know you like to spend time with friends, learn new things, and socialize. As the situation continues to change locally and globally with the coronavirus, myself and our Board of Directors are monitoring developments closely.

We are working diligently to find a balance between meeting needs and supporting you, our Seniors, and not increasing the potential risks found when gathered together.

The Robertson County Senior Center’s main concern is the health and safety of each Senior.

ALL center-based activities & activities are canceled.

Our Telephone Reassurance program will still be ongoing so if you or someone you know is a part of this program – please know you will still be receiving those check-in phone calls.

We appreciate each one of you, and the joy you bring to each and everyone at the Center. I am grateful for your patience and understanding. I anticipate seeing you back, hopefully very soon. We will continue to update you as we receive guidance and updates.

We are here to support you. If you know of an older adult in need this week, please call me on my cell @ 615-516-9413.

Take Care,
Beth M. Felts, Executive Director

 

 

First Baptist Church, Portland, TN 

Pastor announces the cancellation of upcoming services. Pastor Tim and the Deacons hope you understand it is in everyone’s best interest at this time. You are loved and wish for everyone to stay well. The church office will be open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Thursday, each week. Call 615.325.2386 with any questions or concerns. Online giving is at www.fbcportland.org.

 

 

Milldale church will cancel services until further notice.

 

 

Springfield Baptist Church Community Announcement 

Dear SBC Family

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided to cancel Church Services until further notice. The Church offices will also be closed to visitors. Phone messages will be monitored and answered as soon as possible.

Conditions will be monitored and a decision for future activities will be announced by the end of the week. Please monitor Facebook and check emails for additional information. In addition we hope to stay in contact through Facebook, phone calls and emails. If you know of individuals who do not have email or Facebook, please call them to be sure all our congregation is aware of this decision.

Please understand that the health and safety of our members and guests must be our first priority. Join us in praying for our membership, our community, and our nation as this virus has become a threat that we do not feel we can ignore at this time.
This decision has been made with consideration of Robertson County School’s decision to close early for Spring Break and after consultation with the Pastor and Staff, Church Council members, Dr. Matt Browning, Security Committee, and others. By late next week we expect to know what the school district plans to do following Spring Break and we will have a clearer picture of where our local community stands. These will inform future decisions regarding next Sunday and beyond.

God bless you and please be safe and take proper precautions.

 

 

The 15th Annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Chili Supper and Fundraiser for Scholarships has been rescheduled due to unavoidable circumstances.

The new, correct date is Friday, July 10 at 6:00 pm at East Robertson High School.

This Fundraiser provides 3 college scholarships for local students attending a four-year university for an Ag degree.