When students at all five local high schools left school on Friday, March 13, they thought they would enjoy spring break the next week and be back at school on March 23 to finish the school year.

Greene Countians are increasingly working or spending more time at home as local and state officials urge people to restrict their movements to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.


While the coronavirus has altered many aspects of daily life, Thrive Church in Greeneville has been leading the way in getting creative to continue providing services and outreach programs in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines.

Citizens are reacting positively to a Facebook post by Greene County Sheriff Wesley Holt asking the public to follow Gov. Bill Lee’s recommendations to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A Bulls Gap bar operator was issued a criminal summons Friday night for violation of an emergency declaration for remaining open in violation of Gov. Bill Lee’s stay at home order relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Friday launched the Paycheck Protection Program, a $349 billion emergency loan program created last week with President Donald Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as CARES.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Monday announced the State of Tennessee will allocate $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to the novel coronavirus.

Following recommendations from state and local health officials, Racks by the Tracks Festival, the SPF 5K/10K Races and the Spring Wing Fling have been rescheduled for August 14-15, at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market.

The Shepherd's Table meal scheduled for April 20, at Cedar Hill C P Church, 4170 Newport Highway, Greeneville, has been canceled.

The Tusculum City Park pavilion has been shut down and tables are being moved to open areas in keeping with Centers for Disease Control guidelines for parks and trails, city police Chief Danny Greene said in a news release.

In a recorded message sent to Greeneville City School students and families, Director of Schools Steve Starnes announced that beginning on Monday, the school system will begin providing seven days worth of meals to children 18 and under who are participating in the meal service.

The Greene County YMCA has extended the temporary closing of its facility through April 26 and will continue to monitor the recommendations of local, state and federal health officials regarding the COVID-19 virus prior to the possibility of re-opening April 27, according to a news release.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation today announced it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas to the public effective April 4 through April 14, in support of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 23.

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MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee strengthened a stay-at-home order Thursday after initially resisting a statewide mandate despite pleas from the medical community that more robust action was needed to confront the coronavirus.

Local emergency response agencies report they have been able to obtain an adequate supply of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus pandemic grows, even as federal officials acknowledge the national stockpile of PPE items is nearly exhausted.

COVID-19, the coronavirus, continues to shape actions and discussions for the public and government alike and Wednesday’s meeting of the Greene County Commission’s Budget & Finance Committee was no different.

Caution tape wound around playground equipment Wednesday at Hardin Park, a visible reminder of another way that the coronavirus is changing normal life for Greene Countians.

All Greeneville Parks and Recreation facilities, including Hardin Park, are closed effective Wednesday in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, according to a news release.

The Greene County Partnership has temporarily closed its offices in accordance with Gov. Bill Lee's "Safer at Home" order and out of an abundance of caution for the health of its staff, volunteers and visitors.

As costume director for Tusculum University Arts Outreach, Erin Schultz is accustomed to using her sewing machine to turn fabric into dynamic clothing for actors to wear on stage.

With the coronavirus bringing to the forefront the need for people to protect themselves, Schultz is using her creativity for another type of fashion. She has developed about 300 masks for people in a variety of circumstances to wear so they can prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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 announced a series of operational changes that went into effect March 26.

The community can go online and purchase cookies to donate or purchase for delivery at a later date, when it is safe to do so. This will help local troops in our community move their cookie inventory and fund their Girl Scout experiences for the year. Community members may also choose to purchase cookies for donation to food banks, first responders, healthcare workers or assisted living facilities.

Greene County and Greeneville officials are urging all residents to obey Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order #22, a “Safer at Home” order for its citizens, which also calls for the closing of all non-essential businesses.

Early Saturday afternoon it appeared that Greene Countians were heeding the call to stay home and maintain physical distancing as the Tusculum City Park was quieter than typical on a warm, sunny spring day.

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Due to the coronavirus, the Greeneville Christian Women's Club has canceled the Christian Women's Prayer Connection scheduled for April 3, and the Christian Women's Luncheon scheduled for April 17.

The Greene County Board of Education met on Thursday evening, with board member Minnie Banks attending via video, to hear a report about the ongoing meal services for children and vote on multiple items related to COVID-19 that were added to the agenda in an addendum.

Law enforcement agencies and the court system are doing what they can to help keep the inmate populations at the Greene County Detention Center and Workhouse manageable as authorities try to rein in the spread of novel coronavirus cases.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is reaching out to retired social work professionals and students studying advanced degrees to meet potential challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Greeneville Sun has adopted revised office hours during the novel coronavirus pandemic. New hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. For circulation-related matters, call 423-638-4182. If you have an inquiry about your account, or need to report a missing or torn paper, leave a message after the tone with your name, phone number, address and the nature of your call.


Greene Countians are learning new work routines, finding time to complete “to do” projects, meeting together and keeping in touch online as they learn to be “homebodies" in response to the call to stay home to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Tennessee Supreme Court this week reiterated an order stating that all state courts will remain open during the coronavirus outbreak, but extending the suspension of most in-person judicial proceedings through April 30.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III this week filed an emergency petition asking the Tennessee Public Utility Commission to prohibit the utilities it regulates from disconnecting service for nonpayment during the State of Emergency invoked by Governor Bill Lee.

The Tennessee Department of Education is partnering with the state’s Public Broadcasting Service stations to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students during COVID-19 school closures.

The State of Tennessee Thursday launched a public service announcement campaign that urges all Tennesseans to adopt preventive health measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, a news release said.

The Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club will be holding their meeting on the radio only on April 7, with club President Ian Bible, who will lead the net that night at 7 p.m. (19:00), on Amateur Radio frequencies 145.390 and 443.200. These are AJARC owned repeaters.

The global demand for personal protective equipment in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic has created a severe shortage of equipment across the world, a Ballad Health news release Tuesday said.including at the local healthcare system.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tennessee State Parks will transition to day-use schedules for all 56 state parks, including David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Greene County, opening daily from 7 a.m. — 6 p.m. The new schedule goes into effect Thursday and will be in place until at lea…

As the Greene County YMCA remains closed with an uncertain timeline for its reopening, the organization plans to continue drafting monthly dues from the accounts of members who pay in that way unless they opt out, Executive Director Mike Hollowell said in a news release.

NASHVILLE — While the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, Tennessee’s farms remain an ideal source for fresh and local produce, dairy products, and meats, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said in a news release.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.