As the United States faces the worst public health crisis in a generation, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you.
Whatever happens, whenever it happens, your newspaper will be there for you. We'll be there to let you know how our community is managing through this crisis — from business to government to the health care system and schools to the drastic impact on individuals and families.
And we’ll be there to let you know about the good and extraordinary things happening in the midst of this crisis — the woman here in Lafayette sewing masks for health workers at Vanderbilt Hospital, the school nutrition volunteers bringing food to children under the age of 18 who cannot leave their homes, the health workers putting themselves in harm's way to care for the sick.
Amidst the sadness and anxiety, there are uplifting moments that remind us of the resilience of the human spirit, and we'll be there to document those too.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said the coronavirus has created an unprecedented health and economic crisis in our state.
"We need every Tennessean on board to beat this pandemic," the governor said. "Success starts with swift, accurate information and we support the efforts of the press to keep every Tennessean informed."
We are here to help you make sense of the situation and to help you navigate it.
Having fact-based, reliable reporting that provides public scrutiny and oversight is more important than ever. Together, across the decades, this newspaper and its readers have navigated horrific events — natural disasters, terrorism, financial downturns, periods of extreme political and societal division.
In 2008 when our community was hit with a tornado, we saw first-hand the meaning of Tennessean’s relishing in the nickname of ‘Volunteers.’ We benefited and many of our residents have tried to ‘pay-it-forward’ with the recent events in Putnam, Wilson, and Davidson counties.
This challenge is greater than any of those, but, rest assured, we’ll be here for you. Macon County is a resilient area where people come together to build and rebuild. Let's stick together, and we will come through this, too.