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Bedford Mayor has Not Issued Mask Mandate

On July 3, Gov. Bill Lee granted to mayors of 89 Tennessee counties the authority to issue and set local mask requirements in response to a recent statewide spike in COVID-19 cases.

Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham continues to closely study the local COVID-19 situation and has consulted with a variety of officials this week on the issue.

“Masks are not perfect,” said Graham. “They aren’t a silver bullet. They can be one of many useful tools in helping prevent the airborne spread of the virus, and I encourage Bedford County residents to use them whenever appropriate. But also, I realize that a legal mandate would present a variety of challenges, and I’m not ready at this time to take that kind of action.”

Graham and Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson are seeking more specific information from the state about Bedford County’s COVID-19 cases which would help him decide whether the recent uptick in cases is general or tied to a specific case cluster.

Graham and Johnson continue to monitor the situation.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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