COUNTY OF HENRY CITY OF PARIS
JOINT PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
April 8, 2020 Contact: Ron Watkins 336-3330. Henry County Emergency Management
(Paris, TN). Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and City of Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell will issue
Local State of Emergency Declarations for Henry County and the City of Paris effective 12:01
AM Thursday Morning April 9, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These declarations
empower the County and Paris City governments to take whatever action is prudent and
necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community. The State of Emergency
will remain in effect for 7 days and can be renewed as needed to protect the community.
Henry County now has six confirmed COVID-19 cases. Our citizens should continue to follow
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders and the Center for Disease Control guidelines
to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
County Mayor Greer and Mayor Gerrell emphasize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic,
which healthcare officials are calling “a serious situation.” Henry County Medical Center is seeing
an increase in patients needing treatment for COVID-19. Henry County Medical Center staff
have urged local governments to take additional action to mitigate the spread in Henry County.
COVID-19 testing continues to be available locally through local clinics, Henry County Medical
Center, and the Henry County Health Dept. The Health Dept will be closed on Friday, however,
the Assessment and Testing Services will be available from 9AM – 12PM. Citizens are encouraged
to continue to give blood when donations services are available.
The state of emergency declarations order Paris and Henry County residents to “Shelter at
Home” and require residents to follow Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders pertaining to
COVID-19. Violations may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In short, Henry Countians
are required to stay home unless they are engaged in an Essential Activity or Essential
Service. When away from home, Henry Countians should follow social distancing and CDC
guidelines to protect themselves and each other.
Henry County and the City of Paris are taking steps to limit staff and public from COVID-19 exposure
while continuing essential government business. Citizens are encouraged to call government
offices for instructions on how to receive services.
Public access to Paris City Hall is limited to phone access during the regular business hours of
7:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday. Any business that requires in-person assistance will be by
appointment only. Any non-essential services may be limited or suspended during this time.
Emergency services will not be limited. Phone numbers of interest and assistance are:
Paris City Hall: 641-1402
Police Department non-emergency: 642-2424
Public Works: 642-0473
Paris-Henry Co. Landfill: 644-1737
Paris-Henry Co. Animal Shelter: 642-5024
The Courthouse and Courthouse Annex will operate on an abbreviated schedule during the
State of Emergency; public access to those buildings will be limited to 8AM to 10AM Monday
through Friday. Other county services will be available by appointment only. Other county facilities
will also limit public access, and some services may be reduced during this time. The Henry
County Recycling Center will be open from 7AM to 11AM each day, and the drop off area will
remain open after hours.
Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson and Chancery Court Clerk Mary Burns jointly announce the
court clerks’ offices will operate on the same abbreviated schedule as the Courthouse. By prior
order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, most in-person court proceedings have been postponed
through the end of April.
Mike Wilson explained: “This simply means we will continue to operate our court clerk business
offices as we have but with less open hours per day. If you have any questions about an upcoming
court date, please follow up with your attorney or call the appropriate court clerk’s office.
We will be glad to assist you. Each court clerk will continue to maintain open office hours even
if abbreviated for as long as we are able. If the situation should change, we will make those
changes known through our local media and other outlets available to us.”
Any questions regarding county or court related matters may be directed to the appropriate office
Henry County Department Contacts:
County Mayor: 642-5212
Chancery Court: 642-4234
Circuit Court: 642-0461
General Sessions: 642-0461
Juvenile Court: 642-5271
County Clerk: 642-2412
Central Building: 642-3758
Election Commission: 642-0411
Highway Dept: 642-3162
Property Assessor: 642-0162
Register of Deeds: 642-4081
County Trustee: 642-6633
Office On Aging: 642-2619
Recycling Center: 642-5170
Sheriffs Dept: 642-1672
Veterans Services: 642-5055