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The state is continuing its proactive approach toward combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, and members from the Governor’s Unified Task Force met Monday with emergency response personnel and city and county officials in the immediate southern Middle Tennessee area.

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 Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group recdntly announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant program to provide additional relief to small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Franklin County Library had some special guests Friday when Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Sen. Janice Bowling showed up to personally present the staff with two separate symbolic checks to aid the facility in its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Franklin County Director of Schools Stanley Bean maintains he would have problems following a move by other school districts requiring employees potentially exposed to coronavirus to report to work instead of isolating at home.

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A student has tested positive for COVID-19 this week, prompting the Franklin County School System to take additional protective action to limit the disease’s spread.

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With classes in progress and only one of Franklin County’s 11 campuses requiring coronavirus masks, School Board Member Sara Liechty has questioned whether they should be mandatory system-wide.

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With COVID-19 having significant medical and social impacts on Franklin County, the state and nation with businesses closed and people working from home in isolation, how do the blood collection agencies cope with the changes?

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