Check IRS.gov for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time
IR-2020-61, March 30, 2020
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
Who is eligible for the economic impact payment?
Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.
How will the IRS know where to send my payment?
The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible.
For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.
The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?
In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.
I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?
Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.
How can I file the tax return needed to receive my economic impact payment?
IRS.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information instructing people in these groups on how to file a 2019 tax return with simple, but necessary, information including their filing status, number of dependents and direct deposit bank account information.
I have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment?
Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return.
I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available?
For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.
Where can I get more information?
The IRS will post all key information on IRS.gov/coronavirus as soon as it becomes available.
The IRS has a reduced staff in many of its offices but remains committed to helping eligible individuals receive their payments expeditiously. Check for updated information on IRS.gov/coronavirus rather than calling IRS assistors who are helping process 2019 returns.
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has released the following COVID-19 resource guide for Tennesseans.
Our Tennessee Workforce
Have you recently been laid off, or has a reduction in compensation made it difficult to make ends meet?
ØVisit the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website to file for Unemployment Insurance and other forms of assistance:https://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment/apply-for-benefits.html.
Are you worried about making payroll?
ØThe Paycheck Protection Program provides eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to small employers who keep paying their employees during this emergency.
Do you have questions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?
ØThe U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employees:https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave.
ØQuestions and Answers: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions.
Tennessee Employers and Small Businesses
Need help to make payroll or to keep the lights on?
ØThe U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations:
ØThe IRS is extending payroll tax credits to eligible small and midsize businesses: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus.
Questions about unemployment benefits?
ØVisit the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website:
Questions about new federal paid leave requirements related to COVID-19?
ØThe U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employers:
ØQuestions and Answers: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions.
ØField Assistance Bulletin on the Labor Department’s 30-day non-enforcement policy:
ØRequired Poster for Employers to Fulfill Notice Requirement:
Additional information for businesses is available through the Small Business Administration.
ØVisit their website: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
Our Health Care Workers
Are you a volunteer health care worker?
ØThe CARES Act includes Senator Blackburn’s Good Samaritan clause to protect you from frivolous lawsuits as you volunteer during this public health emergency.
Federal Taxes and Rebate Checks
Questions about how COVID-19 affects your federal incomes taxes?
ØThe IRS has delayed Tax Day until July 15. Visit the IRS resource page for more information:
Questions about the immediate cash relief Tennesseans will receive?
ØThe IRS will send recovery rebate checks to eligible Americans: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
Competitive Federal Grants
How will this pandemic affect federal grant applications and awards?
ØCheck the awarding agency website for announcements and reach out to the agency regarding extensions and other inquires.
ØVisit our grants website to request support for your competitive federal grant application:
What resources are available to help Tennessee students, graduates and schools?
ØVisit the Department of Education’s COVID-19 resource page: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus.
Living or Traveling Abroad
Are you abroad and need assistance from the U.S. State Department?
ØEnroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): https://step.state.gov/.
ØContact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada) or 1- 202-501-4444 (from overseas)
Are you considering traveling internationally?
ØThe U.S. State Department has issued its highest level advisory, urging all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html.
Are you considering traveling in the United States?
ØThe CDC has issued guidance to consider before domestic travel:
The Volunteer Spirit
Looking to help your fellow Tennesseans during the COVID-19 pandemic?
ØTennessee Emergency Management Agency is seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) donations from the private sector: https://www.tn.gov/tema/news/2020/3/23/private-sector-ppe-donations.html.
ØIf you would like to donate, sell, or produce medical supplies and other goods for the federal government visit www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.
ØTennesseans looking for volunteer opportunities and ideas can also visit
Still have questions? Our offices are ready to help you. Give us a call at (202) 224-3344.
A sharable version of this resource guide is available here.
Today, Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts regarding COVID-19 relief.
Executive Order 22 – Statewide Safer at Home Order
Today, Gov. Lee issued Executive Order 22, implementing safer at home guidelines in every Tennessee county to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect Tuesday, March 31 at 12:01 a.m. CDT and will extend to April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. This is not a mandated shelter in place, but instead urges Tennesseans who are in non-essential roles to remain at home.
The executive order restricts businesses that cannot safely operate during COVID-19 including businesses like barber shops, salons, recreational and entertainment outfits. It also provides for the continuation of essential businesses throughout every county to protect the economy.
Unified Command Engaging Entrepreneurs
Unified Command announced a partnership with LaunchTN to work directly with Tennessee businesses and entrepreneurs who are willing to switch production to make lifesaving PPE and medical supplies, as well as other important health care functions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current Department of Health Testing Results (as of 2 p.m. 3/30)
State PH Lab
Non-State PH Lab
For more information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The TN Department of Health will have COVID-19 assessment sites available across the southeast region starting Friday, March 27. Following the CDC testing guidelines, patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, travel to impacted areas, or contact with a known case should consult their private provider and then call any of these health departments. If, after a phone assessment, testing is found to be appropriate arrangements will then be made.
The Department of Health can test at any county health department should individuals have trouble getting to one of the sites below. Residents are, however, encouraged to utilize these larger sites. They have the most test kits, personnel, and protective equipment.
Bradley County Health Department
201 Dooley Street
Cleveland, TN 3711
Franklin County Health Department
266 Joyce Lane
Winchester, TN 37398
McMinn County Health Department
393 County Road 554
Athens, TN 37303
Rhea County Health Department
344 Eagle Lane
Evensville, TN 37332
Sequatchie County Health Department
16939 Rankin Avenue
Dunlap, TN 37327
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 05:00pm
Today, Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts regarding COVID-19 relief.
COVID-19 Unified Command
On March 23, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee established the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military. This group launched a website today which includes helpful resources, FAQs, and local and global data related to COVID-19.
Public Service Announcement Campaign
Today, the State of Tennessee launched a public service announcement campaign that urges all Tennesseans to adopt preventive health measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. “Do your part, stay apart” features Governor Bill Lee, First Lady Maria Lee and dozens of music artists, athletes and sports organizations who collectively reach millions of Tennesseans. View Governor and First Lady’s video here. Additional information can be found here.
Tennessee is experiencing an unprecedented number of unemployment claims through the Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Since last week, Tennessee has received 39,096 claims and counting compared to 2,702 the week prior, a 1,300% spike in unemployment.
The state is spearheading a public-private partnership with the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, Tennessee Retail Association, and Hospitality TN to create the Tennessee Talent Exchange powered by Jobs4TN.gov.
The goal of the exchange is to quickly match Tennesseans who are out of work due to COVID-19 with companies currently experiencing a surge in business and making immediate hires. The Department of Labor & Workforce Development has modified the state’s workforce development website to quickly post job openings and match job seekers with employers. Additional information can be found here.
Executive Order 20
Today, Gov. Lee signed Executive Order 20 to ensure Tennessee can further mobilize health care workers to fight COVID-19.
The executive order accomplishes the below actions, among others:
· Loosens restrictions around retired medical professionals to help get qualified individuals back in the workforce.
· Temporarily suspends continuing education requirements so professionals can continue working through the pandemic.
· Calls for the availability of phone assessments for individuals with mental illness or emotional disturbances.
· Expands telemedicine efforts so that all licensed providers may utilize telemedicine during COVID-19 as long as they are practicing within their normal scope of practice.
Current Department of Health Testing Results (as of 2 p.m. 3/26)
State PH Lab
Non-State PH Lab
For more information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is closing the campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice. A surge in the number of campers is creating safety and health concerns for the public and forestry staff.
“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending overnight camping at these state forests,” State Forester David Arnold said. “We do not take this decision lightly. Our forests provide passive recreational opportunities like hiking and hunting, and are great places to enjoy the natural world. However, large numbers of people are closely congregating at these campsites, and we want to do our part to minimize potential spread of illness.”
Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests remain open for daytime use. The Division of Forestry joins the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health in encouraging residents to avoid discretionary travel and only visit state forests close to home.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture urges all visitors to follow CDC guidelines for good health and to preserve the forest.
- Unlike many parks, state forests do not have restroom facilities or running water. Plan accordingly. Clean hands with liquid sanitizer or wipes with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Don’t congregate in a group. Maintain distance of at least 6 feet between you and others while walking, hiking, or biking.
- Instead of visiting the most popular locations, like Snooper’s Rock at Prentice Cooper State Forest, try a path less traveled.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Take everything out that you bring in to protect the forest and forestry staff.
- If you feel sick, do not visit a state forest.
You can access the latest information on Tennessee’s response to COVID-19 online at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html. Follow @TNAgriculture on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation stopped disconnections of electric service for non-payment on March 19 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These actions were taken in recognition of the financial hardships some members may face due to the coronavirus outbreak. We understand electricity is essential for the health and safety of you and your family during these difficult times.” said Duck River Electric Membership Corporation President & CEO Scott Spence.
All members will still receive regular monthly electric bills, and payment is appreciated by the due date as Duck River Electric must continue to pay the wholesale power bill for the power consumed. Payment by the regular due date will help keep future rates as low as possible.
“We cannot solve many of today’s national or international problems, but we want to do what we can to help you,” Spence said. If you have questions, please call our office for more information.
Alexander: President Signs Into Law Bill to Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers and Relieve Financial Burdens For Americans Hurt By COVID-19
Unprecedented legislation will provide $1,200 checks for individuals, increase unemployment compensation, defer tax and student loan payments, generate trillions in economic support to keep businesses open and billions to help hospitals buy medical supplies and speed development of tests, treatments and vaccines
“This is an unprecedented action because this is an unprecedented circumstance. Never before in our history has our government literally shut down our economy in order to contain a disease. And so, if the government's going to do that, the government has to help to pay for it.” – Senator Lamar Alexander
MARYVILLE, Tenn., March 27, 2020 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said legislation the president signed into law today provides “sweeping relief to keep paychecks coming for workers, to relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19, and especially, to contain the disease.” Alexander voted for and the Senate passed the legislation Thursday by a vote of 96-0.
The senator said that this unprecedented legislation will provide $1,200 checks for individuals, increase unemployment compensation, defer tax and student loan payments, generate trillions in economic support to keep businesses open and billions to help hospitals buy medical supplies and speed development of tests, treatments and vaccines.
“This is an unprecedented action because this is an unprecedented circumstance. Never before in our history has our government literally shut down our economy in order to contain a disease. And so, if the government's going to do that, the government has to help to pay for it,” Alexander said. “The legislation the president signed today provides sweeping relief to keep paychecks coming to workers, to relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19, and especially, to contain the disease. The most important thing we can do to get the economy back is to make sure everyone can get a test as soon as possible, that the hospitals are fully equipped, that we identify those relatively few people who were sick and isolate them and care for them, and then the rest of us can go back to work and out to eat.”
Alexander, chairman of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said the legislation has three goals: One, keep payroll checks coming to workers during the crisis; two, relieve financial burdens on Americans during the crisis; and, three, contain the disease.
Keep Payroll Checks Coming to Workers:
- $350 billion to support loans to small businesses, and if they use the loan to pay wages and employee benefits the loan will be forgiven (Paycheck Protection Program)
- Authorizes the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department to create trillions more in financial support for states, cities, and large businesses so they will be able to stay in business
- Expands the emergency paid sick and family leave to workers who were laid off and later rehired by their employers
- Checks to individuals and families:
- $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for a couple
- $500 for each eligible child
- Federal income taxes don’t have to be filed until July 15, estimated taxes can be delayed until October 15, and will make it easier to use retirement savings without penalty
- Student loan payments delayed for 6 months for 95% of students
- Gives states the ability to provide unemployed workers an additional $600 per week in Unemployment Insurance benefits, waives the waiting week, and expands eligibility to self-employed and independent contractors
- $339.8 billion for programs that will go to state and local governments, including:
- $274 billion for states and local communities to respond to COVID-19
- $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant to states
- $13 billion for K-12 education
- $14 billion for higher education
- $5.3 billion to help children and families, including $3.5 billion for Child Care Development Block Grants, which will provide immediate assistance to child care centers
Contain the Disease:
- Make all COVID-19 tests free
- Nearly $127 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund:
- $100 billion for hospitals
- $11 billion for diagnostics, treatments and vaccines
- $16 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile
- $4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- $1.5 billion for state and local preparedness and response grants
- $500 million to improve public health surveillance
- $80 million for the Food and Drug Administration for diagnostics, treatments and vaccines
- $1.32 billion for Community Health Centers (1,400 centers with 12,000 sites) for COVID-19
- $20 billion for veterans health care
Click HEREfor full text of the legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
From Stephen Miller
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During a time of crisis and fear, the Music Department announces that our faculty violin virtuoso Peter Povey and indefatigable accompanist Zach Zwahlen will stream quasi-live on Sunday night, 6 p.m. performing from the Guerry stage. Selections will be drawn from--
- Paganini Caprice no. 24 (with Auer version accompaniment)
- Fauré, Après un Rêve
- Drigo, Valse Bluette (Heifetz version)
- Shostakovich (arr. Fortunatow), Three Selections from the Ballet Music and Jazz Suites
- Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
Selections not heard Sunday may feature in a soon-to-follow next installment in the recital series we're calling, Come Together: Music Live from Sewanee. I hope you can join us virtually at this link.
Few employees are on campus, and still fewer students, but on Sunday evening we can join in solidarity to celebrate the power of music still made on the Domain.
Come Together: Music Live from Sewanee
Sunday, March 29, 6 p.m. (Central Time)
Teaching Asst. Prof. Dr. Peter J. Povey, violin, accompanied on piano by Asst. Univ. Organist, Mr. Zachary Zwahlen
March 27, 2020
In a message to the Sewanee community last Saturday, University Vice-Chancellor John McCardell announced the formation of a working team (the Community Team) focused on community integration and support–including providing regular communication. This message includes a few important reminders as part of that effort.
- Sewanee has joined communities across the state and the country in following a Safer at Home protocol to combat the spread of COVID-19. This directs all Sewanee residents to limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. You can find more information about that directive, as well as facilities information, other resources and helpful links, on the covid19.sewanee.edu website. We must each do our part to reduce the likelihood of spreading within our community the virus that causes COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 Community Team has prepared a survey for the Sewanee community to help identify both community volunteers and community needs. Please complete the brief form found here.
- If you have a question, submit it via this form, and we will do our best to respond promptly. Commonly asked questions will be integrated into the FAQs, which will be located at covid19.sewanee.edu.
The COVID-19 Community Team
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 27, 2020 – Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced today that it will be offering free legal advice over the phone in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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)
Tennessee State Parks, in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to serve Tennesseans, is joining the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health by encouraging residents not to travel, but to visit only their nearby parks. The park system is also announcing a series of operational changes effective March 26.
Our state parks are part of the fabric of Tennessee communities and have been an important place of renewal during this crisis,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “The measures announced today will continue to provide healthy outdoor spaces for Tennesseans while providing more protection for our neighbors and our staff. We can do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to provide open spaces when our neighbors need it most.”
Tennessee State Parks will transition to day-use schedules for all 56 state parks, opening daily from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. The new schedule goes into effect on March 26 and will be in place until at least April 10.
During this period, all public gathering spaces such as visitor centers, shelters and playgrounds at state parks will be closed. Additionally, parks cabins, lodges and campgrounds close. Future reservations with arrival dates between now and April 9 will be canceled. The parks will waive cancellation fees during this time.
Camps catering to large groups will be closed during the same period. Golf courses and clubhouses in the parks will also be closed. Parks events of greater than 10 people will be canceled or postponed, in accordance with Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 17. All park-hosted events have been canceled through April 15. Restaurants, cafes and bars will remain closed until at least April 10.
Along with the new schedules and closures, Tennessee State Parks strongly encourage guests to practice social distancing and follow guidelines for hygiene while visiting the parks. Limited restrooms and bath houses remain open that will be cleaned based on established cleaning protocols in the parks.
Tennessee State Parks will continue to assess the implications of COVID-19 and will alert the public when dates are determined for the reopening of public facilities and overnight accommodations. For up to date information about Tennessee State Parks or your local park, Tennesseans are encouraged to visit the Tennessee State Parks website at tnstateparks.com and visit h
by Cliff Wilson, chief executive officer of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System- Winchester/Sewanee
Our community – along with communities around the world – is navigating unprecedented challenges as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The cycle of our lives and neighborhoods has been altered, and we are all working to accommodate an ever-changing new normal. Fear and uncertainty complicate our collective abilities to do this.
Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is dedicated to helping everyone in our region navigate the COVID-19 environment in which we are all living right now. We have received many questions from our patients, partners and neighbors about how people can assist our efforts to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible.
Here are some important actions everyone can take:
Stay home. In times of trouble, our first instinct is to reach out – to come together and help one another. That’s why so many people are struggling with the best and most crucial advice healthcare experts are giving: stay at home and keep your distance from friends, neighbors, and even family. But we all must listen to and follow this advice. People’s lives depend on it – especially our healthcare workers and those who are over 60 or already live with underlying health conditions.
We encourage everyone to stay in your own home as much as possible. Only go out if you have to, and choose a time to go to the grocery or pharmacy when it’s not crowded. If you see other people, try to stay at least six feet away from them, and don’t touch them. No handshakes, hug, or kisses. Remember: a lot of people who are carrying this virus won’t show any symptoms. So, the surest way to avoid catching it is to maintain social distance and cancel all gatherings, even small ones.
Follow medical guidance. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, we recommend that you self-monitor for fever or symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days. If you begin to experience fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, and they are mild enough that you can manage them at home, you should remain at home in isolation.
Be alert to any changing symptoms and seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen. If you feel you need to visit your healthcare provider, call ahead before you arrive to tell them you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. This will allow your provider’s office staff to properly prepare for your visit and take the necessary precautions to keep others from being infected or exposed.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and notify the dispatch agent that your emergency is related to possible COVID-19 symptoms.
Donate medical and protective equipment and supplies. Hospitals across our nation are bracing for shortages of medical and protective equipment and supplies such as disposable masks, gowns, gloves and shoe covers. These are essential in protecting our staff on the front lines of caring for patients. If you have supplies and equipment such as these, please consider donating them to regional hospitals. Those with unused supplies and equipment to donate may contact the STRHS Winchester/Sewanee Incident Command Center at (931) 967-8208 to arrange delivery.
Donate blood. In addition to potential supply shortages, healthcare providers are preparing for blood shortages. Many communities have had to cancel blood drives due to COVID-19, so blood in many regions is in short supply. Donating blood is a safe process, and you can help out by visiting redcrossblood.org to find a donation location near you.
Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is grateful for our community’s ongoing support and cooperation as we work to protect local families from the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate all that you do and will continue to provide information on what we know about the virus and how you can help us keep our region healthy. Visit SouthernTNWinchester.com for more information or call (931) 967-8200 with any questions you may have.
As we move towards less social interaction, the Messenger is putting together lists of businesses and organizations open or closed status. The information in this issue is current as of Thursday, March 26, at noon, which is the time we send the newspaper to the printer. If there are any major updates, we will post those on our website http://sewaneemessenger.com and our Facebook page. Understanding that many do not have reliable internet service or even email, those updates will also be printed in the next regular issue.
In this issue, for meeting cancelations, go to page 3. For Church News, go to page 4. For community and school news, please start on page 5.
If your organization, business or church is operating on a different schedule and is not listed in this issue, please get in touch by phone (931) 598-9949 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org We need to work together to keep our community up-to-date and informed.
Please follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov.
1866 Revival will be open by appointment. We will still be selling via Instagam and Facebook @1866revival. We are starting an online auction on Sundays at 7 p.m. http://1866revival.com
American Legion Hall will not be available for general use or rental. We will resume normal operations as soon as possible.
Beauty by Tabitha in Sewanee is closing until further notice, 598-5800.
Big A Marketing is operating with regular busines hours remotely, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. His shop is closed to visitors at this time. http://bigamarketing.com
Bodyworks Youniversity will be holding all regularly scheduled classes in Angel Park in Sewanee. I will be using Zoom so that you can see and participate in the class virtually. Call (423) 322-1443. email@example.com
Community Action Committee will distribute food to anyone who needs it. Betty Carpenter will be in the office Monday–Friday, 9–11 a.m. as usual, but no volunteers will be coming.
CVS offers online shopping, drive-thru services, and delivery. Go to http://cvs.com
If you know of folks visiting the mountain, there are rooms available at the DeRosset House. Follow them on Facebook.
DuBose Conference Center Taking the advice of the CDC and United States government, groups hosted at DuBose Conference Center have begun canceling or postponing previously scheduled events from now through the middle of April. Call (931) 924-2453. https://www.duboseconferencecenter.org.
Fine Arts on the Mountain in Sewanee will be continuing lessons at the store. On-line classes are available. Store hours are Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. http://fineartsatthemountain.com
Food Delivery News from Bill Harper: There has been a generous response by students and community members, particularly by the University athletic department, to volunteer for the effort to deliver food to the elderly and medically fragile in our community. Our volunteers have been instructed on CDC recommended hygiene procedures. Our services are being directed by Geoff Badgley, who has extensive disaster relief experience both as a member of the National Guard and as a volunteer. We suggest those needing food delivery check first with http://instacart.com, which sources food from Kroger in Decherd. We have identified other food sources, should they be required. For those outside Instacart’s delivery area, Folks at Home can take delivery and then bring food to your home. If you want our help, call Folks at Home (931) 598-0303.
Folks at Home Though working from home, staff will be available as usual by telephone (931) 598-0303 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org All regularly scheduled activities are canceled at this time. Folks at Home can help with getting set up for food and prescription online services.
Frame Gallery in Sewanee will be open by appointment only. I will continue to work on orders that I have in my shop and customers will still be able to pick up their finished work. With social distancing, I am happy to assist you with new framing projects. You can make appointments via email@example.com or you can call me on my cell at (919) 260-2021. http://framegallerysewanee.com
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce events are currently canceled. https://www.franklincountychamber.com Downtown Winchester program events are currently canceled.
Franklin County Senior Center in Winchester will be closed until March 31.
Hair Depot in Sewanee is closed until further notice.
Hallelujah Pottery/Full Circle Candles is open during the week, as is the little food pantry/library out front. There are online options for candle gifts and free local pick up for the community. Hours are Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. http://fullcirclecandles.com
The Hospitality Shop has made the decision to close temporarily. The safety and well being of our volunteers and dedicated customers are our first and foremost concern. We are asking the public to refrain from dropping off donations during this time. We look forward to your future donations.
Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions is in business to serve our clients and team. They have implemented many new safety precautions. Call them at 598-5565. http://josephsremodelingsolutions.com
Kroger offers curbside delivery, shipping, and in-store services are still available. Special instore shopping hours are 7–8 a.m. for seniors, first responders, expectant mothers, and those who have compromised immune systems. Go to http://kroger.com
Midtown Veterinary is offering drive-thru services for your scheduled appointments. Call 962-3411.
Monteagle Inn Order your quiches, cheese platters, fruit platters, etc. Curbside service. Call us at (931) 924-3869 to order.
Monteagle Sewanee Realtors will be open 9–noon, and by appointments. Call (931) 924-7253. http://monteaglerealtors.com
Mooney’s Market & Emporium will be offering curbside pickup at the store. Hours are Monday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mooney’s is now only allowing two people in the store at one time. They will start deliveries very soon. Cresent Cafe is closed. Call them at (931) 924-7400. http://mooneysmarketandemporium.com
Natural Bridge Events We are booking events here at https://www.naturalbridgeevents.com/. Call (931) 598-5566. Kitchen phone/leave voice mail. Calling/text Michael (423) 243-7566.
Piggly Wiggly in Monteagle is not offering delivery, but is stocked with a variety of food and products. Hours are 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
St. Mary’s Sewanee is closed to the public. For information about St. Mary’s Sewanee’s policies for rescheduling or cancelling reservations or retreats, please go online to http://stmaryssewanee.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (931) 598-5342.
Sewanee Holitic Health For hours and other availability please contact your practitioner directly. http://sewaneeholistichealth.com
Sewanee Inn is offering take-out https://sewanee-inn.com
Sewanee Realty will assist with real estate needs remotely when possible. To safeguard our agents and the public we will assist by: being available by phone or email with information or to schedule appointments; drive to scheduled showings in separate vehicles; maintain a safe distance from customers; wear gloves to prevent the spread of germs; wear masks when deemed warranted; sign documents remotely with electronic signatures. Our goal is to move forward with the business of our clients and customers with as little interruption as possible, but to do so safely. Call (931) 952-2468 if you would like to make an appointment. http://sewaneerealty.com
Shenanigans in Sewanee will currently remain open for takeout, curbside delivery and some home delivery options only. Modified hours are Monday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and 5–7 p.m. Dining room will be closed. Call (931) 598-5774. http://www.shenanigans1974.square.site/.
Signature HealthCARE in Monteagle has canceled all volunteers and visitors until further notice.
Smoke House in Monteagle is offering take-out and delivery options. Call (931) 924-2091. https://thesmokehouse.com/menus.
South Cumberland Farmers’ Market is offering Tuesday market pickup at curbside, at the Sewanee Community Center. Ordering takes place each week from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 10 a.m. at https://sewanee.locallygrown.net. There is also an option for home delivery.
Taylor’s Mercantile is closed to the public at this time. Call 598-5893. http://taylorsmercantile.com
Tea on the Mountain in Tracy City is offering carryout, Thursday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Call (931) 592-4832.
The Blue Chair in Sewanee is currently operating with a new schedule. The deli is open 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday. The tavern is open 4–8 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 1–8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead for takeout, 598-5434. http://www.thebluechair.com
The Lemon Fair is closed for in-person shopping. Call 598-5248. There is an option to shop online http://thelemonfair.com
The Sewanee Community Center is suspending all activities until April.
The Sewanee Mountain Messenger will still be delivered to area post offices and businesses as open, and available online, on Fridays. The office is currently closed to visitors. Call us at 598-9949, or send an email to email@example.com http://sewaneemessenger.com
The Sewanee Senior Center will be serving meals until further notice, only offering takeout and delivery to shut-ins until April 3. Please call 598-0771 by 9 a.m. to order lunch, Monday–Friday. Until the end of April, the following activities will not meet: Exercise Class, Bingo, and Game Day.
Thurmond Library currently has a no admittance sign on the door and the building in which the library is located is closed to the public. So this time of sheltering at home is a good time to explore reading e-books online. There are many options, some completely free without giving even your names. Two I am enjoying are overdrive.com and guttenburg.org with 61,570 books available, some in different languages. If as you sort through your own books and read, you want to set aside a bag or box full to recycle, Thurmond will be happy to have them after the coast is clear. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or (931) 636-4637.
University Realty in Sewanee is open regular hours and is offering virtual tours for clients who do not want to walk into multiple houses. Call (931) 598-9244. http://sewaneehouses.com
Woody’s Bicycles in Sewanee will remain open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We are curbside only, with no one allowed into the shop. No cash or physical credit card. Venmo or credit card by phone. Call 598-9793. https://www.woodysbicycles.com
Area restaurants offering to-go options
Altamont Coffee & Cafe: (931) 692-6781
Brown’s Dairy Bar (Gruetli-Laager): (931) 779-5168
The Blue Chair Cafe, Bakery & Tavern (Sewanee): (931) 598-5434
The Depot Cafe (Monteagle): (931) 924-2233
Dutch Maid Bakery & Cafe (Tracy City): (931) 592-3171
Fat Chunks and Dave’s (Coalmont): (931) 779-4080
Gallery 41 (Pelham) see Facebook
Hank’s Corner Grille (Tracy City): (931) 592-4499
Hardee’s, Monteagle: (931) 924-2175
High Point Restaurant (Monteagle): (931) 924-4600
Mountain Goat Market (Monteagle): (931) 924-2727
Northcutt’s Family Market (Pelham): (931) 467-2888
Papa Ron’s (Monteagle): (931) 924-3355
Shenanigans (Sewanee): (931) 598-5774
Simply Southern Cafe (Pelham): (931) 467-2600
The Lunch Box (Tracy City): (931) 592-4663
The Southern Oven (Palmer): (931) 779-6836
Jim Olivers Smokehouse Restaurant (Monteagle): (931) 924-2091
Up In Smoke BBQ Cafe & Gifts (Monteagle): (931) 212-4506