The latest updates to procedures and meetings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Effective April 02, 2020.
Jefferson County Offices will be closed to the public. The offices will be open for business via phone, fax, or internet. We will have a drop box at the Courthouse ADA entrance. The Courthouse Security Officer will monitor the drop box. County offices will receive documents and will return these to customers via U.S. Postal service. We are working on other procedures to assist our residents and will provide this information on here when available. This is a joint effort cooperatively with the elected officials of the courthouse and the county clerk. Please note the Kiosk for tag renewal is open 24/7 at the White Pine Police Department. Should anyone have questions you may call the appropriate office during regular business hours.
Several offices are working with temporary procedures at this time, please either call the office or check their area of the website for information.
County Commission Work Session scheduled April 13 and Regular Session April 20 are canceled.
Update Thursday, March 26, 2020:
Jefferson County declaration of emergency during the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
COVID-19 is sweeping the nation and the world. Mayor Mark Potts addresses the coronavirus and how the county is responding in a video for the residents of Jefferson County and all interested!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions?
Contact the Tennessee Department of Health at 1-877-857-2945.
Jefferson County Health Department is offering assessments for COVID-19.
People who have concerns they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can contact the health department at 865-397-3930 and press 0,for consultation and to talk through potential options for testing in their area.
If you are ill and experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (fever and cough, shortness of breath or breathing problems) it is recommended you call either your health care provider or the health department first so they can arrange for your arrival to minimize the risk of exposing others to an illness
There are many things the public can do to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub) for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue
- Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces regularly
- Practice social/physical distancing from others, be safer at home
The East Regional Health Office has an information line for local residents and healthcare providers to call with questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The information line is 865-549-5343, and is designed to provide callers with trusted information related to COVID-19. Residents with medical questions will be referred to their health care provider or a public health nurse. The information line is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TDH has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.
The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Executive Orders by Governor Lee
Updated Monday, March 30, 2020:
Executive Order No. 21
Full Text: Executive Order No. 21 – COVID-19
An order amending Executive Order No. 17 to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by limiting non-essential services and gatherings.
Executive Order No. 22
Full text: Executive Order No. 22 – COVID-19
An order directing Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in essential activities to limit their exposure to and spread of COVID-19.
Cancellations & Closures
Update Wednesday, April 1, 2020:
Effective Thursday, April 2, 2020, all Jefferson County offices will be closed to the public. Offices will be open regular business hours by phone, fax, or internet.
Update Tuesday, March 31, 2020:
The Property Assessor’s office is currently closed due to the coronavirus.
Update Monday, March 23, 2020:
Courthouse offices are open. We encourage residents to utilize alternative methods of correspondence, i.e. telephone, internet.
The following measures are effective immediately:
- The ADA entrance on the north side of the building is the only entrance.
- Please see the Courthouse Security Officer upon entry.
- The security officer will contact the department you need and someone from that department will come and assist you.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
Notice of Cancellation of Animal Control Oversight Board meeting Friday, March 27, 2020.
Update Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Jefferson County Office on Aging and all five (5) Senior Centers will close effective March 17, 2020, indefinitely. Any senior needing help with food or meals, please contact the Office on Aging at 865-397-3197. Visit their page for more information and other resources.
Original: PUBLIC NOTICE – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all County Commissioners and residents of Jefferson County, TN, and to all other person who might be interested,of cancellations and closures for the months of March and April.
Are you a business that has personal protective equipment (PPE) and would like to donate it?
The following items are currently priority in the effort against COVID-19:
- hand sanitizer
- cleaning wipes
- Tyvek suits
All items must be new and unused.
Donations may be dropped off at the National Guard Armory in Jefferson City from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time, Monday – Friday.
National Guard Armory
270 E. Old Andrew Johnson Hwy
Jefferson City, TN 37760
Update Friday, March 20, 2020 Regarding Tuesday, March 24, 2020, County Commission Meeting:
Due to concerns regarding exposure to the COVID-19 virus the following steps are being implemented for the March 24, 2020, County Commission Meeting at 6:30.
Through Executive Order 16 signed by Governor Bill Lee. Tennessee Legislature has approved the capability for us to conduct business with a virtual meeting. This meeting is limited to County Commissioners and people with an item on the agenda. You will be to attend this meeting through You Tube.
We appreciate your understanding as we all work together through this challenging time. We are providing this so that citizens, employees and the press can still attend our meeting.