April 23 COVID-19 Update: Four Things You Should Know

{Graphic Credit: TN Dept. of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 8,266 cases and 170 deaths. According to the state, 4,193 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 51 percent of reported cases. As of today, 123,100 of Tennessee’s 6.6 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top five things you need to know for today:

1| State numbers jumped by over 400 for the second day straight. Yesterday’s number increased by 448 cases and today’s number jumped by another 424 cases. Since April 21, the state’s been reporting about 7,000 new tests each day.

2| Moore County’s confirmed COVID-19 remains at three. On April 15, Moore County reported it’s first official COVID-19 case. Three days later, the state confirmed our second case and a third case appeared in the April 22 numbers. According to the report, as of today, 93 people from Moore County have been tested.

3 | Bedford County’s numbers jumped significantly this week. On Monday, Bedford County reported just 76 cases. By Tuesday that number skyrocketed to 105. Thursday’s count was 128. According to multiple news reports, the spike comes from a large number of positive cases at the Tyson Chicken plant in Shelbyville. The plant employees around 1,000 people.

4 | Governor Bill Lee plans to reopen 89 of 95 counties on May 1. On Tuesday, Governor Lee announced his plan to let his Stay at Home order expire on April 30 and re-open large portions of the state on May 1. Some business will be allowed to re-open as early as Monday, April 27 but the governors office has yet to release guidance for which businesses. Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Sullivan counties – where there are the largest concentration of cases – will re-open on their own timelines.

To view the state’s complete report, click here. •

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New jobs coming to Bedford County as Newell Brands expands

BEDFORD COUNTY — Over 100 new jobs and an $11 community investment is headed to Bedford County. Newell Brands – whose produces consumer brands like Paper Mate, Graco, Coleman, Yankee Candle, and Ball – announced recently that they will be expanding their Shelbyville operations to keep up with growing demand. The company will expand into an existing 211,000-square-foot facility in Bedford County.

“It is with very great pleasure that we, the City of Shelbyville, commend Newell Brands on its current expansion. We thank Newell Brands for the confidence the company has placed in our community, for the workforce we have and the workforce we continue to grow. This investment in our community does not go unnoticed by our citizens and our surrounding communities,” said Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright.

Newell Brands is a southern company headquartered out of Atlanta. To learn more about the company, click here. There is a Careers page, which offers more information about jobs as they come available in the area. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Jack Daniel relics featured at Bedford historical meeting

Jack Daniel once owned this copy of the The Life and Explorations of Dr.Livingston. It now exists in the personal collection of Mike Northcutt. {Photo Provided}

REGIONAL NEWS | Shelbyville — Jack Daniel relics owned by two local long time collectors will be featured at the Bedford County Historical Society meeting on Monday, September 16. Two collectors, Mike Northcutt and David Cauwel, will bring items from their personal collections. Northcutt owns a copy of the The Life and Explorations of Dr. Livingston that once existed in the personal library of Jasper Newton Daniel, otherwise known as Jack Daniel.

Those interested in local history are invited to the meeting as well as anyone interested in having their own items authenticated by Northcutt and Cauwel. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting at 7:300 p.m. The program will begin afterwards.

The meeting takes place at the First United Methodist Church just off the public square in Shelbyville. For more information contact Mary Ruth Simmons at 931-580-6538 or Al Simmons at 931-680-6313.•

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}