The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause closings and postponements among local businesses and organizations.
If you are making changes to your business hours, operations or event schedules, email The Post-Intelligencer at www.parispi.net or call 642-1162 to let us know so we can get the word out.
The newest local cancellations, closures and changes in schedules include:
ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE
The Henry County Election Commission office in the Weston Hall building on the Grove School campus remains open and will continue to be since this is the middle of an election year.
The office would shut down if the Secretary of State/Division of Elections shuts it down.
Any potential candidate who has a petition out has until April 2 (qualifying deadline) to turn it in.
DeLaina Green, county administrator of elections, said she has called everyone who has already picked up a petition and informed them that now is not the time to procrastinate. She said they should turn in their petitions sooner rather than later.
“Anyone can turn the petition in for the candidate and they can easily just drop it off and we will call them to let them know the outcome. If more signatures are needed we will have them to return for their petition. Get extra signatures just to be prepared,” Green said.
Anyone wanting to register can do so online at www.govotetn.com.
Anyone who does not have access to internet can call the office and they will mail the form. If they do not have access to stamps, with their request the office will include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Many people receive a registration form by mail when they update their drivers license. It’s important they know that the Department of Safety sends copies to the office when they do update. So the forms they receive in the mail do not have to be returned.
“We do not start processing absentee requests until May 8,” Green said. “Anyone needing a form can call and we will mail. There are very few things a person needs to come in person for. Please call 642-0411 before coming to the office.”
KRIDER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
A showing of the film “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” has been postponed from April 3 until sometime in the fall.
A Confederate Railroad concert scheduled for April 4 has been moved to June 11.
A Women’s Empowerment Expo scheduled for April 5 has been postponed until more public health information is released.
NORTHEAST HENRY COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT
As of Friday, the Northeast Henry County Utility District lobby at 11 Rice Lane in Springville will be closed until further notice.
Business may be conducted on the telephone at 642-3391. Payments may be dropped in the drop box at the building.
Owner Rick Conger said Paris Karate has canceled all classes for the remainder of March.
LEE ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS
Lee Academy for the Arts will be closed as of today and will remain so until it is recommended by Gov. Bill Lee that educational institutions in Tennessee reopen to serve the public, according to Gioia Fazzini of the academy.
NATURAL GAS COMPANY
The Paris-Henry County Public Utility District office at 215 W. Wood St. will be closed to the public effective immediately. Based upon Centers for Disease Control recommendations, the office will reopen on April 6.
Appointments for new natural gas services can be made by calling 642-5635.
The natural gas company has temporarily suspended disconnections for non-payment. No services will be disconnected for non-payment through April 15.
Monthly bills will continue to be generated during this time.
Customers will continue to be responsible for their natural gas bills, according to Tae Eaton, general manager.
“At this time, penalties will continue to accrue if not paid in full by the due date. On an individual basis, we will evaluate penalty waivers for customers impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis,” Eaton said. “We encourage customers to continue to make payments on your account. By doing so, it will help customers once the non-payment disconnections resume.”
Payments can still be made by mail, Night Drop, online at www.parisnaturalgas.com, or by phone. If customers pay by cash at the Night Drop, they need to include their billing statement stub and a contact number in case there are questions.
For more information, call 642-5635.
RHEA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Rhea Public Library closed beginning Saturday and will remain closed through at least April 5.
“This is not an easy decision. We care deeply about our community and feel that the best way we can serve you now is to help prevent COVID-19 from entering Henry County, especially as our patrons include many seniors and other individuals at high risk,” said Kathy Collins, library director.
“We understand the library is an essential resource for many, so we are taking steps to support you during this temporary closure,” she said.
Curbside delivery on books and movies will be available through online reservation. See the library’s Facebook page, its website or call 642-1702 for more details on this service.
The library’s digital collection of books, magazines, movies and audiobooks is always available through READS and Libby.
Wi-fi 24/7 is always available and reaches all corners of the library parking lot.
The library will continue to provide renewal services by phone. No late fees will be generated on patron accounts. All due dates will be automatically extended. All items on hold will remain on hold for patrons through the reopening.
CITY CEMETERY CEREMONY
A dedication ceremony for David Edward Jackson grave markers that had been scheduled for April 11 at the Paris City Cemetery has been postponed.
P-I EASTER COLORING CONTEST
The Post-Intelligencer will still have its Easter coloring contest for children age 10 and younger. However, entries should not be brought into the P-I office in person.
Children should color the age-appropriate picture, take a photo of it and then email it to: email@example.com.
The entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 3.