Henry County government officials will be limiting public access to county buildings and facilities as a precaution against the COVID-19 outbreak.

County general government officials met Friday to discuss the outbreak and, because of current Centers for Disease Control recommendations, officials decided to implement precautions to limit public access to county facilities.

“We want our citizens to know county services will remain available, however, there could be an inconvenience due to limited access to some offices and services,” said Henry County Mayor Brent Greer. “This plan will greatly reduce coronavirus exposure to both our employees and to the public.”

Officials are asking the public to call ahead of any visit to county facilities for instruction on alternative service methods. These methods include over-the-phone service requests, online payment options, credit card payments by phone or to arrange for an office visit to conduct needed business.

Both the courthouse and courthouse annex will have drop boxes available for the public to drop off correspondence for any office.

All doors to the courthouse and the courthouse annex will be locked during business hours, and access will only be available through the front entrances of both facilities off West Washington Street.

CLERK CHANGES

County Clerk Donna Craig said Gov. Bill Lee has suspended March, April and May vehicle registration renewals. Those will now expire on June 15.

License plate renewals will only be issued online, by mail or by phone. Craig’s office is online at henrycountyclerktn.com.

For motor vehicle and title transfers, the public may call the office to get a quote by phone and send the documents by mail. The office will work with the customers by appointment if necessary.

Marriage license applications can be filled out online. If you’re getting married in the next 30 days, you must complete the application online, then call the office to make an appointment to sign and pick up your license.

Courtesy services won’t be conducted until further notice. That includes driver’s license renewals, hunting and fishing license renewals and boat renewals. All Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency transactions can be made online at www.tn.gov/twra.html.

Notary applications may be mailed or emailed to the office and paid with a check or money order or on the phone with a credit card.

Business licenses may be applied for online, by mail or sent by email, but will need to be paid for on the phone.

Boat ownership changes will be issued by appointment only. Contact Craig’s office for more information.

OTHER COUNTY CLOSINGS

Other county facilities with limited lobby access are the airport, Highway Department, Central Community Service Building, Election Commission office, archives, Rhea Public Library and recycling center. County emergency response and essential services will continue to provide services as needed.

Ron Watkins, solid waste manager, said the recycling center will continue pickup services of cardboard. However, to limit exposure, drive-up service to the building will be suspended. The public is being asked to bring materials to the center by using the after-hours drop-off area at the front gate. All other customers are asked to call the center for instruction on other recycling services, such as electronics, paint, used oil and paper shredding. County trash pickup services will not be affected at this time.

A list of Henry County government phone contacts includes:

• County Mayor: 642-5212.

• Chancery Court: 642-4234.

• Circuit Court: 642-0461.

• General Sessions Court: 642-0461.

• Juvenile Court: 642-5271.

• County Clerk: 642-2412.

• Central Community Service Center: 642-3758.

• Election Commission Office: 642-0411.

• Highway Department: 642-3162.

• Property Assessor: 642-0162.

• Register of Deeds: 642-4081.

• County Trustee: 642-6633.

• Office on Aging: 642-2619.

• Recycling Center: 642-5170.

• Sheriff’s Department: 642-1672.

• Veterans Services: 642-5055.

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