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Caney Fork closes lobbies

By Chris Simones

An announcement on Caney Fork Electric’s website Monday stated the electric cooperative will close all of its lobbies on Wednesday, July 22.

An update on the website from general manager Bill Rogers attributed that decision to recent increases in COVID-19 cases.

“We have made the difficult decision to close all Caney Fork Electric lobbies effective Wednesday, July 22, 2020 until further notice in order to minimize the risk of infection for all,” the update read. “While our lobbies will be closed to the public, we will continue to be on the job and here to serve you.”

The announcement says appointments can be made for in-person meetings by calling your local Caney Fork office and that “the use of a facemask is encouraged for all in-person meetings for everyone’s safety.”

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative has offices in McMinnville, Sparta, Smithville, and Spencer.

The lobby at McMinnville Water Department on Bell Street was closed Monday in accordance with an update to city operations sent out by city administrator Nolan Ming on Friday afternoon. 

“Our customers can pay their bill in a variety of ways,” said city recorder Shirley Durham. “There’s a drop box at 101 East Main Street and two drop boxes and a walk-up window at the Bell Street location.”

McMinnville Water customers can also pay their bill by mail, online, and over the phone. 

“They can even pay their bill at First National Bank, Security Federal, Homeland Community Bank, and Citizens Tri-County Bank,” Durham added.

Durham said all city employees are wearing facemasks and they are performing temperature checks on all employees and anyone entering municipal buildings.