COVID-19 Information for Blount County
Amendments Made to In-Person Court Proceedings
On October 16, the Blount County Circuit Court filed an order that details continuing amendments made to court procedures due to COVID-19. These amendments include self-screening questions for any person seeking entry to the Justice Center or Juvenile Court, stipulations about use of telecommunications, and the indefinite suspension of chamber matters. All matters that would ordinarily be handled in chambers must be dealt with by Zoom hearing or other electronic means, by telephone hearing, or in the courtroom.
Blount County Government Buildings Alter Access - EXTENDED
County Buildings, including the Courthouse, Justice Center, Operations Center, Animal Center and Adult Probation & Recovery Court, are continuing to limit in-person services. Government will continue to operate and employees are continuing to work for our citizens. Normal business hours at the Courthouse and the Justice Center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The County Clerk's Office does not require an appointment and is available for walk-in transactions.
All other Departments continue to operate by appointment only, and most Departments have on-line or alternative options for completing transactions. We respectfully ask that you call the Department you need to do business with directly to discuss your needs. The "Online Services" tab at the left of this page has more information about services available by Department.
Blount County Mayor COVID-19 Update
Our office has not rested during this time and has been working to get information to our citizens in as many ways possible, especially through our website.
I will continue strongly urging citizens to take personal responsibility and care for each other throughout this pandemic. Please understand that my recent decision not to mandate masks at this time does not mean I am against the use of face masks. With that said, I take my responsibility to our County very seriously. I take our freedoms very seriously. I take the health and safety of our citizens very seriously. I am in constant communication with local health officials, continuing to evaluate data and assess the best decisions for Blount County day-by-day. My decisions will always be made with the best interest of all of Blount County in mind and not based on election votes. There is no room for politics during this COVID-19 pandemic. This is a health crisis. I will do everything I am authorized to do within the oath of my office to keep Blount County safe.
I ask Blount County to continue moving forward responsibly and cautiously. I urge you to join me in wearing a mask where social distancing cannot be achieved. This simple action is a courtesy to your neighbors that helps keep others safe as we move about our community. Our community has sacrificed so much and our economy has suffered. We recognize our citizens’ need to work to support their families and we are encouraged by the community's response. While returning to normalcy might seem out of reach, let’s all take our individual responsibility seriously to keep the spread of COVID-19 slow. We do not want to undo all the progress we have made under the Executive Orders and invite restrictions back on our citizens. Let’s continue to do all the things that make Blount County the best place to live.