Rutherford County TN

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Rutherford County essential offices will be open with limited staffing, but closed to the general public until April 19. Learn More.

Rutherford County COVID-19 Responses




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Mayor's Office Updates

The Rutherford County Mayors formed a task force that led to the activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to the COVID-19 virus.

4/03/2020

Case Count in
Rutherford County



Restaurant Status Dashboard

Find who has Take Out, Curbside, and /or Delivery and support our local businesses as they follow the restrictions set forth in Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 17

Restaurants are encouraged to add their services. If you do not see all the available restaurants on the map, please check back as they are being added. We have opened it for submissions on 3/27/20.

Restaurants wishing to be included on the map can do so by filling out our survey.


How to Help

Find ways you can help those around you during the COVID-19 crisis.
As additional opportunities are made available, they will be added to the list.


Find ways to get help

  • Rutherford County Schools is currently providing breakfast and lunch to any child 18 and under at no charge while the district is shutdown for COVID-19. Additionally, adults will also be served for $2 at breakfast and $3.80 for lunch. Exact change is needed for payment. View locations and hours

  • Murfreesboro City Schools – CHOW Bus Learn More

Unemployment
You can learn if you are eligible for, and how to apply, for unemployment benefits at the TN.GOV Labor & Workforce Development website

After applying, Updates are available 72 hours post filing an Unemployment Insurance claim. Once a claim is filed for Unemployment Insurance, the agency, claimant, and former employer have responsibilities that assist with its progression. While it may take up to 4 weeks for a decision to be finalized, claimant's have the ability to track their claim and review status information at their convenience. You can track your UI Claim here.

Taxes
The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.
Learn more about Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments from the IRS

Information on Student Loans
From StudentAid.Gov:
"On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers." Learn More.

Information for Businesses
Economic Impact Payment
Learn about Employer Tax Credits

Anxious about Coronavirus? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
Learn More about this resource. Here, you can also donate, or train to be a crisis counselor to help others.

You can call 211 or visit the Crisis Connections website if you need help accessing food, social services, or other emergency assistance.


FAQ

The question has been raised as to why Rutherford County has not issued shelter in place or other restrictions on businesses in the County. Rutherford County, like all counties in the State of Tennessee that are not metropolitan governments, is limited to those powers and authorities expressly granted by the State of Tennessee. The powers of the County Mayor in a state of emergency are limited to evacuation of the unincorporated areas of the county or suspending procedures and processes pertaining to the procurement and contracting for the continued provision of government and emergency services. The County Mayor is also responsible for county buildings, except the jail, courthouse, library and landfill. Outside of these specific areas, the County Mayor does not possess the authority to close or restrict private business or the movement of the citizens of Rutherford County, Tennessee.

The Mayor supports the actions of the Governor and Mayors of the cities of Rutherford County in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Rutherford County is committed to taking actions within its legal authority, to aid in containing this virus.

If you are having a medical emergency (such as severe respiratory symptoms that are impairing your ability to breathe), always call 9-1-1. If you are having symptoms but they do not rise to the level of a medical emergency, you should contact your primary healthcare provider by telephone or televisit. The Tennessee State Department of Health also has a Public Information Line at (833) 556-2476 available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. CT daily.

If you are having a medical emergency, always call 9-1-1.

If you are not having a medical emergency, you should contact your primary healthcare provider. The Tennessee State Department of Health also has a Public Information Line at (833) 556-2476 available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. CT daily.


County Department Responses

Agriculture Extension

Admission to the Rutherford County Extension Office has limited access in response to the COVID-19 from March 20, 2020 - April 30, 2020. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 615-898-7710 or You can visit our website for a list of agent emails at rutherford.tennessee.edu

Building Codes

4/2/20 Update

During this unprecedented time, the Rutherford County Building Codes Department wants our citizens to know that we are committed to providing continuity of service to all our customers during this challenging time. Our office staff and field inspectors are now working alternating shifts as part of following social distancing strategies outlined by Federal, State and Local guidelines. Our staff will be available during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to assist you; however, the office lobby will be closed to the general public from April 1, 2020 through April 19, 2020.

Read the full statement.

Convenience Centers

The Solid Waste Department provides solid waste and recycling collection areas. The collection areas are for the use of Rutherford County residents only. The department operates fourteen (14) Recycling Centers (formerly known as Convenience Centers) throughout the county and provides recycling and waste collection and transportation service for all the County and City schools.

Limited disposal services are provided by the operation the Rutherford County Landfill. The Rutherford County Landfill accepts off-the-rim waste tires and brush.

Recycling services are coordinated by the department. The department operates a recycle only site within the county. Haley Road accepts electronic waste for recycling Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays.

Learn More.

County Clerk

Vehicle Registration Expirations and Driver License Expirations Extended due to COVID-19

Until further notice, the County Clerk will NOT have their Eagleville office open on Mondays. The Murfreesboro office will renew tags at their drive-up window.

Notice of Suspension of Vehicle Emissions Testing

Vehicle emissions testing is suspended until further notice. The Division of Air Pollution Control will update this notice with details as to when vehicle emissions testing services will resume. The Division of Air Pollution Control will work to ensure that testing services are available in enough time for vehicles to be tested prior to the extended registration due dates.

County Library System

The Rutherford County Library System remains closed through April 25th. Pause in curbside service. Learn More.

County Schools
Parks and Recreation

Rutherford County Recreation Winter Open Gym will be suspended until the end of March. Decisons about re-opening will be made at the end of the month. Visit their website for more info on delays or closings for rec sponsored sports.

Planning & Engineering

4/9/20 COVID19 Update
The rezoning public hearings that were to be heard at the April 16, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting will be rescheduled to a later date. The BOC meeting is still occuring, but there will be no public hearings.


County offices have been closed to the public, effective April 1, 2020 through April 19, 2020. Although we are closed to the public, limited Planning and Engineering Staff will be working to process requests. Please abide by the information below:

  • All of our forms are available on our website, which can be found at http://planning.rutherfordcountytn.gov/. Under "Menu" select "Application Forms"

  • You can submit applications for to the following e-mail address: [email protected] These applications can include, but are not limited to, zoning compliance forms, plats/site plans, and rezoning/BZA applications

  • Credit card information can be taken over the phone for payment. For cash/check, please call our office ahead of time

  • In addition to the zoning compliance form, you will also need your lot's septic information to obtain a building permit. TDEC septic information can be requested at [email protected] or on their website: https://tdec.tn.gov/filenetsearch/.

  • The Board of Zoning Appeals (April 8, 2020) and Planning Commission (April 13, 2020) meetings have been canceled.

Please be advised that during this time, it might take longer to respond to your request. We appreciate your understanding and patience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 615.898.7730.

Property Assessor

4/6/2020 • The Rutherford County Property Assessor office continues to be closed to walk-in services and are operating with limited staff until further notice. As per Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 23 (Order 23) and Mayor Ketron’s directive that all County essential offices will be open with limited staffing but closed to the general public until April 19, 2020 (this date may be extended). It is imperative we take whatever steps we can to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and operation of government services. Assessor Rob Mitchell encourages residents that have questions or need other assessment related services to utilize the below resources as applicable. Read More

Recycling Centers

The Solid Waste Department provides solid waste and recycling collection areas. The collection areas are for the use of Rutherford County residents only. The department operates fourteen (14) Recycling Centers (formerly known as Convenience Centers) throughout the county and provides recycling and waste collection and transportation service for all the County and City schools.

Limited disposal services are provided by the operation the Rutherford County Landfill. The Rutherford County Landfill accepts off-the-rim waste tires and brush.

Recycling services are coordinated by the department. The department operates a recycle only site within the county. Haley Road accepts electronic waste for recycling Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays.

Learn More.

Solid Waste Department

The Solid Waste Department provides solid waste and recycling collection areas. The collection areas are for the use of Rutherford County residents only. The department operates fourteen (14) Recycling Centers (formerly known as Convenience Centers) throughout the county and provides recycling and waste collection and transportation service for all the County and City schools.

Limited disposal services are provided by the operation the Rutherford County Landfill. The Rutherford County Landfill accepts off-the-rim waste tires and brush.

Recycling services are coordinated by the department. The department operates a recycle only site within the county. Haley Road accepts electronic waste for recycling Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays.

Learn More.

Trustee

The Trustee’s office in Smyrna is closed to payments. The Murfreesboro office in suite 102 of the Historic Courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. You can pay online or mail payments to Rutherford County Trustee, P.O. Box 1316, Murfreesboro TN 37133

This is an every changing situation so please continue to check our web site for updates.

Veteran's Services

3/31/20 Update

While working remotely, we can be reached at:
Cell: 615-663-2398
FAX: 615-713-3420
E-mail: [email protected]

Adult Detention

Updated 3/31/20

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office lobby will be open for limited business while other county offices are closed to citizens until April 19.

Limited business includes cash bonds and warrants.

Safe distances practices will be used in the Sheriff's Office lobby.

The visitation lobby will be closed.

Family and friends can use video visitation from home to communicate with inmates in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Citizens may check out the Sheriff’s web page at http://www.rcsotn.com/ for video visitation and additional information.

Animal Services (PAWS)

3/31/20 Update

Rutherford County PAWS Closed to General Public Effective April 1

  • Pet adoptions and reclaims will be accepted via appointment only.

  • Spay and neuter appointments are postponed at this time, and owners will be contacted ASAP to reschedule.

  • Rabies and microchip services will be unavailable.

  • The Pet Resource Desk will be closed to the public - staff will continue to accept and return calls to provide resources and tips to those in need.

  • Additionally, Animal Control Officers will be responding to high priority calls only at this time

Learn More

Community Care

3/31/20 Update

Revisions have been made to dropping things off. Read the post here.


Community Care posted on 3/18/20: "We still cannot have visitors. We will update with any changes to this policy, but at this time it’s too great of a risk for compromised immune systems. We are sorry and will help with Skype or even FaceTime if you will work with us and set up a time... Read the whole message here.

Juvenile Detention Center

4/1/20 Update

Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Lobby is Closed

Rutherford County Departments are open but closed to the public beginning 4-1-2020 to limit exposure to the Covid-19 virus. RCJDC’s lobby is closed to the public unless:

• Filing a Juvenile Petition with an on-duty Judicial Commissioner

• An Attorney of Record with a Pre-Scheduled Visitation

Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Visitation Update

Rutherford County Departments are open but closed to the public beginning 4-1-2020 to limit exposure to the Covid-19 virus. As such, we are temporarily suspending visitation with detained youth. The only visitation allowed will be between the detainees and their attorneys of record. Attorney visits will be no-contact via video or in the no-contact visitation room. These visits must be pre-scheduled during business hours Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm. As we are responding to rapid changes, the next scheduled re-evaluation of this closure will be on April 19th. As always, detained youth can receive communications via telephone.

Sheriff's Department

4/8/20

Defendants in Circuit Court who were supposed to serve their sentence on non-violent misdemeanor or felony case or violation of probation in April should report 30 days later, the Circuit Court judges ordered Monday. Learn More.


The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office lobby will be open for limited business while other county offices are closed to citizens until April 19.

Limited business includes cash bonds and warrants.

Safe distances practices will be used in the Sheriff's Office lobby.

The visitation lobby will be closed.

Family and friends can use video visitation from home to communicate with inmates in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Citizens may check out the Sheriff’s web page at http://www.rcsotn.com/for video visitation and additional information.

NOTICE

Signs have been placed at the Judicial Building notifying the public that admission to the building is limited in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until April 30th, 2020. The notice states that, “Lawyers with jail cases will be admitted and any necessary persons, as determined by the trial judge.” The offices can be contacted for resetting court dates or for emergencies


4/8/20

Defendants in Circuit Court who were supposed to serve their sentence on non-violent misdemeanor or felony case or violation of probation in April should report 30 days later, the Circuit Court judges ordered Monday. Learn More.


Chancery Court Clerk
Circuit Court Clerk Civil

For Circuit Civil fax numbers and payments of court costs, visit the Circuit Court Clerk website.

Fax filing fees will be waived for the duration of the notice period.

Circuit Court Clerk Criminal

For Circuit Criminals fax numbers and payments of court costs, visit the Circuit Court Clerk website.

Fax filing fees will be waived for the duration of the notice period.

Domestic Violence Court
General Sessions Civil

For General Sessions Civil fax numbers and payments of court costs, visit the Circuit Court Clerk website.

Fax filing fees will be waived for the duration of the notice period.

General Sessions Criminal

For General Sessions Criminal fax numbers and payments of court costs, visit the Circuit Court Clerk website.

Fax filing fees will be waived for the duration of the notice period.

Jury Service

March 26th, 2020 Reporting for Jury Service has been Cancelled.
All Rutherford County jurors who are summoned to report for jury service on March 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. have been rescheduled to Monday, April 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Please complete the juror questionnaire to expedite the registration process. Please call the jury line (615-907-3566) after 4:30 p.m. weekly to listen for further updates. Should you have any questions, please call 615-907-3566 during business hours." Learn More.

Juvenile Court

4/1/20 Update


Update to Procedures

Juvenile Court Clerk

4/1/20 Update


Update to Procedures

Probation and Recovery Service
  • ALL in office appointments that have been scheduled including orientation, will need to report via web reporting, phone, or email. Keep your scheduled appointments for the same date and time with your Probation Case Manager, however instead of reporting in person, you will report via web, email, or phone for your scheduled visit.

  • Payments will be received via USPS at this time. All receipts will be available to pick up at a later date with your Case Manager, or we can scan and email your receipt upon request.

  • Classes will be completed with their Treatment Case Manager via phone or email during this time. If they have to have one on one interaction, that may be performed over the phone.

  • We have limited meal bags, snack bags, and hygiene bags still available for our Probationers for curbside pickup. Please let your Probation Case Manager know if you have any specific needs we can help with while you aren’t reporting in the office.

Recovery Court

Updated 3/31/20

Recovery Court will have all case managers work from home conducting classes remotely. Drugs screens will continue as usual. Just as before you will call the Drug Screen Hotline @ 615-849-5700 to get information on which drug phases are being called.

County Commission, Committee, and Sub-Committee Meetings

4/9/20 COVID19 Update
The rezoning public hearings that were to be heard at the April 16, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting will be rescheduled to a later date. The BOC meeting is still occuring, but there will be no public hearings.

3/31/20 Update

The next full commission meeting (April 16th) and all sub-committee meetings during this time will be held virtually. More information later.

On 3/17/20, a situation update was posted.

Concerning meetings:
"Ketron made the decision to limit public meetings to standing committees and full commission meetings until further notice. For committees, only committee members will be allowed in the meeting room, but the meeting will be broadcasted live into the main courtroom for others wishing to attend. “While all meetings are open to the public, we want remind the community that they can watch from home on RCTV or our YouTube Channel,” said Mayor Ketron. “If you do plan to attend in person, please be prepared to practice social distancing measures with a possible health screening at the door.” Read More

For a list of canceled or delayed meetings, click here.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

April 4th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event The Household Hazardous Waste Collection event has been canceled



Testing in Rutherford County

To be connected with resources and guidance the citizens of Rutherford County should contact the Rutherford County Health Department 615-898-7880 or 615-849-0347 on Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.


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