Henry County's government offices will remain closed Wednesday, County Mayor John Penn Ridgeway announced Tuesday afternoon.

Hazardous road conditions remain from Monday's winter storm.

Offices that will be closed include the courthouse, courthouse annex, Health Department, Central Community Service Center, Recycling Center and the Henry County Airport.

Tuesday's County Commission meeting will be held via teleconference at 5 p.m. with a few persons in attendance at the county 911 offices on North Brewer St.

"Henry County is again under a winter storm watch beginning this evening (Tuesday) for a winter storm that is looking to produce another 4-8 inches of snow on top of the snow already on the ground.  We will monitor weather conditions and hopefully, be able to reopen our offices as quickly and safely as possible this week although it is not looking likely," Ridgeway said.

"The National Weather Service is forecasting 3-5 inches of snow Wednesday night and another 1-3 inches of snow on Thursday with continued frigid temperatures.  This will once again make travel hazardous," said Ronald Watkins, county emergency management director.

The Inman Middle School tornado shelter remains open for persons needing a warm place to go until temperatures rebound hopefully this weekend.  Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff's Department personnel are monitoring the shelter while persons are there. The shelter is located at 400 Harrison St.  Anyone needing assistance can call the Sheriff's Department at 642-1672.

COVID-19 vaccines have been suspended because of winter weather conditions, according to Tracy Byrd, Henry County Health Department director.

"The health department will be contacting persons directly to schedule their appointment as soon as we can reopen vaccination points," Byrd said. "Persons who have had to miss an appointment due to weather or persons who are now due for a second dose, will be contacted directly for an appointment as soon as the weather allows us to resume vaccinations."

Current phase of dispensing includes: Persons 70 years old and older, teachers, first responders and health care workers.  Persons who would like to receive their first vaccine dose can schedule an appointment online at https://covid19.tn.gov/vaccine_phase/henry-county/ or call 866-442-5301.

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