As Monroe County and communities across the nation begin to reopen while continuing to face the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to continue to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These recommendations include frequent and proper hand washing,…

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a “new” normal around the world. Here, in Monroe County, children are out of the classrooms, some individuals are without employment, sport seasons have been cancelled and social distancing and isolation both continue to take place. Routines for everyone hav…

Chota Community Health Services recently received 50 StatPAQs from the East Tennessee Regional Health Office. Each pack contained a variety of personal protective equipment, which is critical to Chota during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Shown here, Dr. Thomas Cox uses one of the StatPAQS t…

After Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced last week he would not be extending the COVID-19 stay at home order past April 30, Cleveland State Community College President Dr. Bill Seymour knew he wanted to put a plan in place.

DENSO Manufacturing has joined efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis across the North American region. One example of their multiple efforts include the production and distribution of face shields to protect local health care workers. Chota Community Health Services recently received 100 of …

Executive Director Bernard Childress and the TSSAA state office staff are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on interscholastic athletics in Tennessee.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has invaded all aspects of life as many know it — from toilet paper to stock market levels to high unemployment levels. Local food pantries are seeing a higher demand from new clients, while still trying to serve their existing clients.

Recently, Monroe County EMS received a donation of 50 face shields from DENSO and 60 masks from Mastercraft to aid in safety against COVID-19.

Volunteer Behavioral Health (VBH) officials detailed their system-wide strategy Tuesday for managing the coronavirus threat while prioritizing their commitment to treating community members.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that Tennessee small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for loan assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The Tennessee Department of Education is partnering with PBS stations across the state to offer 1st through 8th grade students up to 30 hours of standards-aligned instructional lessons per week during times of COVID-19 school closures.

The Advocate & Democrat runs most community calendar and church calendar items free of charge. Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Items will run as space is available and we cannot guarantee items will run more than one time. Submissions can be emailed to news@advocateanddemocra…

On April 1, Gov. Bill Lee started his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic by recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and giving a call to action for all Tennesseans to be vigilant in reporting any cases of suspected child abuse or neglect.