East Ridge To Close Non-Essential Businesses Due To Coronavirus Outbreak; Lakesite Follows Suit

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Late Wednesday afternoon, the city of East Ridge issued a Civil Emergency and Proclamation Order regarding additional safety precautions and business restrictions.  In addition to an earlier proclamation that closed gyms, fitness centers, and limited restaurants to carry-out or drive through orders only, East Ridge will now be requiring all non-essential businesses to temporarily close.  This proclamation will take effect at 11 p.m. on Thursday.

“This order basically does not permit services which require close contact,” said Chris Dorsey, East Ridge city manager.  “This includes businesses such as spas, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, and tanning salons.  Businesses that cannot regulate social distancing requirements are also restricted, such as movie theaters, concert venues, and retail shopping malls.”  

East Ridge City Mayor Brian Williams added that any business considered essential, such as “brick and mortar stores,” grocery stores, drug stores, and service stations, will remain open but are asked to follow safe social distance requirements with their customers.

This includes maintaining reasonable efforts to keep customers six feet apart and frequent use of sanitizing products on common surfaces. 

All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people occurring outside a household are prohibited until further notice. 

For more information, go to the City of East Ridge website at www.eastridgetn.gov or contact City Hall at 423-867-7711.

Also, city of East Ridge officials announced that they are issuing a public notice in accordance with Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order No.16 permitting participation of City Council members by electronic or other means of communication.  It will be Thursday at 6 p.m.

Public access to the physical location of the City Council meeting is limited solely to the following individuals: 

1) Mayor and City Council Members 2) City Manager and Assistant City Manager 3) City Attorney 4) City Finance Director 5) City Recorder.

A copy of the City Council Meeting's Agenda is available at the city's website at www.eastridgetn.gov

Since there will be no opportunity for live citizen comments during the meeting, any citizen desiring to address the City Council may submit his or her comments via E-mail to the following address: mayor@eastridgetn.gov.  Emails will only be accepted from East Ridge Citizens on Thursday between the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

All emails must have the name and address clearly identified in the correspondence. The city will make sure that all emails are made available to members of the City Council, but the City Council will use discretion concerning reading emails not related to city business or do not meet ethical or moral standards. 

The video of the March 26 City Council Meeting will be accessible via YouTube on Friday at the following City website link:  http://eastridgetn.gov/Government/Meetings-Notices/City Video-Archive.aspx

Public access to the City Council meeting will be available electronically with video/audible live access to the meeting. The public may access the meeting electronically with the following instructions: Live access via Facebook Live. Sign into Facebook at www.facebook.comIn the search bar, type "City of East Ridge -  Government". Click on the link for the live meeting. 

Also, the city of Lakesite issued a joint Civil Emergency Proclamation and Executive Order in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.  The order follows Governor Lee’s Executive Order 17, issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. 

Executive Order 17 prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people and also enacts the following provisions regarding restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments:


Restaurants are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency.  Establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery (with the purchase of food) in closed containers to those who are age 21 and up.


Gyms and fitness/exercise centers or substantially similar facilities are to temporarily close and suspend in-person services until further notice. In the interim, these businesses are encouraged to pursue digital programming if possible.  


The order also pursues additional measures to keep vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with underlying conditions safe.   Visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes, and long-term care or assisted-living facilities is now limited to visits involving essential care only.  Businesses are encouraged to enact policies that take extra steps to assist vulnerable populations by considering measures such as shopping hours exclusive from the general public.

 

This proclamation will remain in effect until further notice.  For more information, go to Lakesite, TN – City Government Facebook page or website www.lakesitetn.gov or call 423-842-2533.

 

 


Walker County Arrest Report For March 23-29

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Alabama Now Has 4 Coronavirus Deaths; Jackson County Is Up To 5 Cases


Here is the Walker County arrest report for March 23-29: MITCHELL SHIRLEY LEE W/F 29 OFFICER KIRBY SIMPLE BATTERY, BATTERY – FAMILY VIOLENCE MIZE WILLIAM CLYDE W/M 34 OFFICER WEBBER WILLFUL ... (click for more)

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: CAL, SHANNA P 2000 E 5TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- CORNETT, ... (click for more)

Alabama is up to 830 coronavirus cases and now has four deaths. The first was a part-time employee at the Jackson County Courthouse. Jackson County, the Alabama county closest to Chattanooga, ... (click for more)




Breaking News

Walker County Arrest Report For March 23-29

Here is the Walker County arrest report for March 23-29: MITCHELL SHIRLEY LEE W/F 29 OFFICER KIRBY SIMPLE BATTERY, BATTERY – FAMILY VIOLENCE MIZE WILLIAM CLYDE W/M 34 OFFICER WEBBER WILLFUL OBSTRUCTION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS – MISD LONG HAILEY MARIE W/F 21 OFFICER WEBER PROBATION VIOLATION – FELONY, PROBATION VIOLATION – MISD, FAILURE TO APPEAR – MISD GRIFFITH WENSDY ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: CAL, SHANNA P 2000 E 5TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- CORNETT, HEATHER ELIZABETH 4811 BILL JONES RD APISON, 37302 Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Police Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- DAVINO, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Focus On Treating COVID-19, Not The Blame

Our novice senator needs a lesson in first responder process. The house is on fire and she has run off to find who brought the matches. There will be plenty of time to do this hunt of witches. Now is the time to focus on what the whole of Tennessee needs from the good senator. That being hospitals, care facilities and health departments having the tools and supplies they need ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: More Suicides Than Virus

In a week where six Tennesseans died of the coronavirus, it is disheartening indeed to learn more people in our state died of suicide last week. While the actual number of those who took their lives across the state isn’t yet known, the fact that nine in Knoxville died by their own hand within a 48-hour period last week is frightening. What is worst is the prediction the coronavirus ... (click for more)

Sports

Dalton State's Randy Bell And Kevon Tucker Named NAIA All-Americans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dalton State senior guards Randy Bell and Kevon Tucker were named to the NAIA All-American team on Wednesday. Bell garnered first team honors, while Tucker was named honorable mention. Since the Roadrunners became eligible for awards and postseason play in 2014, at least one men's basketball player has made the All-American list. Bell led the Roadrunners ... (click for more)

3 UTC Amigos: Ryan, Vila, Jean-Baptiste Completed Rare Feat

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball 2020 edition did a few special things throughout the season. The squad made its mark in the history books while going 20-13, 10-8 in the Southern Conference, and finishing a whisker away from their 24th SoCon Tournament Championship game appearance. GoMocs.com takes a look at this crew’s historical touches. Today’s installment focuses on ... (click for more)