County Mayor’s Notes – August 17th, 2020

Today’s COVID-19 update follows tonight’s meeting summary below.  There is also an important update to the Census and door knocking that has begun.

The Cumberland County Commission met for the August 17th, 2020 regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 PM in the large meeting room at the Courthouse.  All Commissioners were present.  I had to miss due to my quarantine, so Chair Pro Tempore Rebecca Stone ran the meeting.  Many thanks to Beth Davis and Rebecca Stone for filling me in on the details for the newsletter.  I appreciate it!

RESOLUTION 08-2020-1 – APPOINTING A JUDICIAL COMMISSIONER FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN (GIBSON).  It was the recommendation of General Sessions Judge Larry Warner and Judicial Commissioner Director Len Blevins that Pamela Waltenberg be reappointed to a two-year term as a Judicial Commissioner.  The resolution was approved unanimously.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-2 – RE-APPOINT A MEMBER TO THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY RAILROAD AUTHORITY (FOSTER).  This resolution originated with me and recommended that Wendell Wilson be reappointed to the Railroad Authority.  The resolution was approved 17-0-1 with Wilson abstaining.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-3 – RE-APPOINT MEMBERS TO THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY “E-911” EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS (FOSTER).  Everett Bolin, David Hassler, and Dr. Mark Fox were reappointed to the E-911 board unanimously.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-4 – APPOINT MEMBERS TO THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (FOSTER).  Trey Kerley (4 years) and Terry Lowe (2 years) were reappointed to the regional planning commission 17-0-1 with Holbrook abstaining.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-5 – SUPPORTING TDOT AND FHWA’S SECTION 4(f) DE MINIMIS FINDING REGARDING THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY OWNED OBED RIVER PARK (FOSTER).  TDOT will be replacing the bridge on Highway 70 just past the entrance to the Obed River Park. The work will require a small piece of right-of-way along Highway 70.  The resolution was approved unanimously.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-6 – PLACING COLD SPRINGS ROAD SECTION 2 BACK ON THE OFFICIAL COUNTY ROAD LIST TO BE MAINTAINED BY CUMBERLAND COUNTY AND OPEN FOR PUBLIC TRAVEL (BALDWIN).  You may have read about this resolution already.  Cold Springs Road had two sections that were placed on the road list back in 1996.  This road leads to a family cemetery.  Somehow, the second section was inadvertently left off the road list in 2005.  Recently TWRA inquired and found out the section was not on the road list and built a gate that is closed 24/7, which impedes the entrance to the cemetery.  This resolution put the road back on the county road list.  County Attorney Philip Burnett informed the Commission that TWRA had advised him that they have no desire to impede County efforts regarding the road, and there is no need to reimburse for the improvements to the road.  The resolution passed 18-0 with a friendly amendment to ensure the road goes at least to the cemetery.  County Attorney Burnett noted that TWRA may request more law enforcement in the area if possible.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-7 – ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE RACING IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY (THREET).  This resolution was intended to regulate public and private racetracks by placing noise restrictions on them.  The resolution proved to be quite controversial and, after much discussion, was sent back to the Environmental Committee for more discussion in a 11-7 vote.  Commissioners Norris, Kyle Davis, Gibson, Seiber, Jack Davis, Cooper, and Blaylock voted against the motion.

RESOLUTION 08-2020-8 – ACCEPT OFFER(S) TO PURCHASE DELINQUENT TAX PROPERTY OWNED BY CUMBERLAND COUNTY (HYDER).  The following delinquent tax properties were approved for purchase and will now go back on the tax rolls.  The commission approved unanimously.

Offerer(s)PropertyPriceAdvertising Fee
James D and Linda A Phillips90E E 013.00 | 113 Charles Place, Fairfield$255.60$45
Micheal Matthews112L J 017.00 | Peachtree Dr, Hideaway Hills$264.00$45
Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews113A A 016.00 | Westheria Dr, Hideaway Hills 113A A 017.00 | Westheria Dr, Hideaway Hills 138H E 011.00 | 520 Yuchi Dr, Tansi 138J B 003.00 | 7004 Talahatchie Dr, Tansi 138J B 005.00 | 7008 Talahatchie Dr, Tansi$275.60 $281.20 $274.30 $270.10 $270.10$45 $45 $45 $45 $45
Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews Micheal Matthews138J B 009.00 | 7016 Talahatchie Dr, Tansi 138J B 022.00 | 7044 Talahatchie Dr, Tansi 138J B 026.00 | 7052 Talahatchie Dr, Tansi 112E H 011.00 | Cedar Dr, Hideaway Hills$265.40 $266.40 $262.70 $262.20$45 $45 $45 $45

There was no financial report this month as numbers have yet to start coming in.

COVID-19 Update
I have been providing these updates three times a week via newsletter, and more frequently via social media.  The data I am distributing, and more, comes directly from the Tennessee Department of Health online here:

With the data readily available online and via many news sources, I am going to reduce my updates to once a week starting this week.  If something happens in County Government that requires an update, I will do so more frequently.

The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health for Cumberland County as of Monday, 8/17/2020 at 2:00 PM.  After a weekend of ups and downs in the positive count, today showed another jump in positive cases with very few recovered.  I firmly believe we are days behind on the reported recovered cases.  I will continue to investigate.

I encourage you to follow all State and CDC guidelines.  Wear a mask/face covering in public, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, and don’t go out if you are sick.

246 active cases
339 recovered
7 deaths officially reported
592 positive cases
32 hospitalizations *
14,074 negative tests
4.04% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
0.99% of residents have tested positive
0.41% of residents have active cases

These numbers are intended to be a brief summary of the information provided by the Tennessee Department of Health. More detailed information can be found here:

* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized.  This does not mean the patient was hospitalized in Cumberland County.  It means that a Cumberland County resident was hospitalized at some point.

Census Update
The US Census Bureau has begun Non-Response Follow-Up operations nationwide (door knocking). The Non-response Follow-up (NRFU) operation is the final stage of conducting the once-a-decade population count of everyone living in the United States. This is the largest peacetime operation that the U.S. Government conducts and nearly half a million enumerators have been hired to ensure success. Census takers will be visiting homes now thru September 30th to reach households that have not yet responded by phone, online or by mail. During the next seven weeks group-quarters, homeless and transitory location counts will also be conducted. Self-response options will remain available thru September 30th. It is not too late to respond via mail, online or by phone. Please encourage anyone you know to complete their 2020 Census. It is safe, easy, and important.

What Households Can Expect
Census takers will follow local public health guidelines when they visit. If masks are required in the area, census takers will wear them. Census takers must complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

Census takers will ask a few questions and will enter the answers on their secure Census Bureau smart phone. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.  In most cases, census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door. In addition, census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.

Census takers will go to great lengths to ensure that no one is missed in the census. After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, they will seek out proxy sources — a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with the housing unit — to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as they can.

How to Identify Census Takers
Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.  Tennessee is a part of the Philadelphia Region:

Fernando E. Armstrong, Regional Director
Philadelphia Regional Office
100 South Independence Mall West
Suite 410
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2320
(215) 717-1800 or 1-800-262-4236
FAX: (215) 717-0755
TDD: (215) 717-0894

Health Department Testing and Face Coverings
Masks/face coverings can help to slow the spread by slowing or stopping the droplets that carry the virus.  Free cloth masks are available upon request at the Health Department for those that want one. Stop by Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm to pick one up for each individual in your household.

The local Health Department (1503 South Main Street) is conducting drive through testing, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   No doctor’s order is required, and no appointment is necessary. Anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms.

Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor.  If you are interested in hearing my thoughts and views on news, events, and activities in Cumberland County, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you,

Allen Foster
Cumberland County Mayor

Published by allenfoster

Cumberland County Mayor

One thought on “County Mayor’s Notes – August 17th, 2020

  1. Mayor Foster, I read your post today, and I am dismayed that our county numbers of positive cases from Friday went from 530 to 592.  Since August 3 it went from 379 to 592.  From July 1 it went from 173 to 592.  I wrote you before about my concern in increase.  I realize that by percent of residents, it is sttill low, but it is striking that it growing exponentially.   I live in Fairfield Glade, a population of older folks.  My observation is that many think this virus is a not a problem.  It is.  And your stating that despite significant growth in numbers, you are now only going to post numbers weekly, because your constituents can find data on the state website is a joke.  I monitor the state website daily, and sometimes I can find numbers, but not always. I get my daily data from the Apple News App Covid 19 data site.  They are accurate.  Sir, I voted for you, but now is NOT the time to back off on posting data! PS I am a retired nurse. 

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