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TENNESSEE MAKES RAPID PROGRESS IN VACCINATING HIGHEST RISK POPULATIONS

Tennessee is making great progress in rapidly vaccinating those at highest-risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19. Within four weeks of Tennessee receiving its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, more than 221,000 people in the state have received vaccinations, and the Tennessee Department of Health is distributing COVID-19 vaccinations as rapidly as supplies are…

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TOP TEACHERS

TOP TEACHERS — Three teachers in the Union City School System have been chosen as Teachers of the Year at their respective buildings. The honorees are (from left) UC High School teacher Paige McMillan, UC Middle School teacher Allison Butner and UC Elementary School teacher Jessica Graham. They were chosen based on a specific set…

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HOUSE BURNS

HOUSE BURNS — A Troy duplex was destroyed in a fire that broke out at midday Sunday. The Troy Volunteer Fire Department was paged out at 12:21 p.m. to a blaze at 128 South Main St., where firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house. It was deemed unsafe for…

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SPECIAL DELIVERY

SPECIAL DELIVERY — Landon Matheny, 6-year-old son of Waylon and Maria Matheny of rural Troy, is surrounded by some of the nearly 4,000 Christmas cards he and his family have received since early December. A local woman’s late November request for the community to send cards to the youngster and his family has drawn overwhelming…

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SOCIAL DISTANCING

SOCIAL DISTANCING — Kayce Workman of Union City is The Messenger’s Photo of the Month contest winner for December 2020. The photo was taken at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport near Union City with a Nikon D7500. She said in the true fashion of 2020, the two red-tailed hawks waited patiently for their next meal while following…

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2021 BABY

2021 BABY — Proud parents Diawa and Caleb Borja of Union City paused to admire their new daughter, Xeraphina Rose Borja, who arrived at 6:24 a.m. Jan. 3 to become the first baby born in 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. The baby was…

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TENNESSEE CONTINUES COVID-19 VACCINATION Vaccination at Long-term Care Facilities Ramps up This Week Tennessee continues efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccinations as described in the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Tennessee county health department staff members administered more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccinations during the New Year weekend, and more than 157,000 total vaccinations have been administered statewide…

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Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum issues Executive Order 5

Today, Monday, December 28, 2020, Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum is issuing Executive Order 5, which extends the face covering mandate. After consultation with healthcare professionals, local and regional hospital representatives, the Tennessee Department of Health, Governor Lee and members of his administration, and a study of data as local active cases continue to climb; Mayor Jake Bynum has determined that it is appropriate to continue to require cloth or other face coverings in certain circumstances in Weakley County to slow the spread of COVID-19. After Governor Lee authorized County Mayors to require face coverings within their jurisdictions, Mayor Bynum issued a face coving requirement on August 11 due to escalating numbers of COVID-19 cases in Weakley County at that time. Weakley County was successful in reopening businesses, opening schools for inperson learning, and providing government services while for a time reducing the spread of COVID-19 through this and other health and safety measures. However, in the last 30 days, numbers have again significantly increased by over 750 new cases, putting the continued operation of businesses, schools, and public health in jeopardy. “No one likes the fact that it is crucial to reissue a mask mandate in our county. Unfortunately, the numbers can’t be ignored,” Bynum stated. The Mayor’s declaration containing the mandate, which is attached, will be effective Monday, December 28, 2020, at 12:01 AM through 11:59 PM on February 21, 2021, when Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 73 expires. Mayor Bynum said, “I appreciate the Governor granting us tools to address this issue. As an elected official, I swore an oath to protect the public welfare. In utilizing every resource to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Weakley Countians can take an active role in halting the current spike in cases including this measure, as well as practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding gatherings with those outside their household.” Mayor Bynum recognizes that there are many varying opinions on this issue. Still, he believes this mandate is a necessary safety measure for our local businesses and school to remain open in the coming months. For more information, visit weakleycountytn.gov. EXECUTIVE ORDER OF THE MAYOR OF WEAKLEY COUNTY NO.5  AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO EXTEND EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 1, A DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN WEAKLEY COUNTY, TENNESSEE REQUIREMENT TO WEAR MASKS TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19  WHEREAS, the President of the United States, the Governor of the State of Tennessee, and the Mayors of the numerous county and municipal governments throughout Tennessee have made emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic and have recognized it as a public health emergency; and WHEREAS, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) advise the use of cloth or other types of face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19; and WHEREAS, immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community will facilitate safer operation of governmental entities, healthcare facilities, businesses, and educational institutions, and WHEREAS, widespread use of face coverings is believed to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the chances of symptomatic and asymptomatic people transmitting the virus to others, especially when used together with other protocols including 6-foot social distancing and hand hygiene; and WHEREAS, on December 22, 2020, Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 73, declaring that a state of emergency continues to exist in Tennessee, and continues to strongly urge all persons to wear cloth face coverings or other similar coverings in public settings where being in close proximity to others is anticipated, and through Executive Order 73, extends the delegated authority to county mayors in the 89 counties that do not have a locally-run health department (including Weakley County) to issues requiring the wearing of face coverings within their jurisdictions, subject to certain limitations, for the purpose of slowing the spread of COVID-19; and WHEREAS, Tennessee law, including, but not limited to Tennessee Code Annotated 58-8-104 and 58-2-110, empowers the County Mayor to declare a local state of emergency and to take whatever action is prudent and necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community; and WHEREAS, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Weakley County and surrounding counties have significantly increased in the last 14 days; and WHEREAS, after consultation with healthcare professionals with West Tennessee Healthcare, the Tennessee Department of Health, local city mayors, and other state and local community leaders, the County Mayor finds that there is a consensus that the wearing of cloth or other face coverings should be required in certain circumstances, and that such a requirement should take effect as soon as possible for the health and well-being of the public; NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY DELEGATED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 67; GOVERNOR LEE’S RECOGNITION OF A CONTINUING STATE OF EMERGENCY AND MAJOR DISASTER RELATED TO COVID-19; and Tennessee Code Annotated 58-8-104 and 58-2-110, I, Jake Bynum, Mayor of Weakley County, Tennessee, hereby declare a local State of Emergency in Weakley County, Tennessee, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and further direct and order as follows: 1.Wearing of Facemasks Required. Subject to the exceptions herein, all persons in Weakley County (including those within the corporate limits of municipalities located in Weakley County) shall wear a cloth or other face covering over such person’s nose and mouth to impede the spread of the virus during speaking, coughing, sneezing, or other actions in public and publicly accessible areas of commercial business establishments and within publicly accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. A “commercial business establishment” means any establishment that sells goods and services, or a combination thereof, including but not limited to grocery stores, restaurants, lobbies and public spaces in hotels and other lodging, pharmacies, banks, bars, salons, retail stores, medical and dental offices, and entertainment and sports venues. 2.Exceptions. The requirement to wear masks does not apply: i. Within a residence or automobile, unless transporting others for hire; ii. To any child twelve (12) years of age or younger; To any person who has trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason for not wearing a face covering; iv. To anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance;…

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SEASON’S BEST

SEASON’S BEST — Union City High School senior Wes Tilghman has been named The Messenger’s Obion County Prep Football Player of the Year after an outstanding season as the Golden Tornadoes’ quarterback. Tilghman led the county in rushing with 1,447 yards on 162 carries and points with 120 on 20 touchdowns. He also had 28…

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