A state of emergency was declared in Simpson County on March 17 as a result of the Coronavirus. Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes signed the executive order declaring the state of emergency.

A declaration of a state of emergency allows a county judge-executive to take measures to protect the heath, safety and welfare of the residents living in their county.

The declaration also allows the county to receive state and federal funds, if they are available, in the event a case of Coronavirus occurs in Simpson County or if the county uses funds to help prevent the spread of the disease.

A state of emergency was also declared in the city of Franklin as a result of the Coronavirus.

Franklin Mayor Larry Dixon issued an executive order on March 18 declaring a local state of emergency effective immediately.

The executive order was issued in joint cooperation with and support of the county-wide state of emergency declared by Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes.

The city’s state of emergency is retroactive to Barnes’ declaration and will continue until further notice.

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