City of Goodlettsville News Releases

Moss-Wright Park to Partially Re-open to vehicular Traffic
Posted May 8

After careful consideration, the City of Goodlettsville has made the decision to partially re-open Moss-Wright Park to vehicular traffic beginning Monday, May 11, 2020. The main gate will be open, and vehicles will be permitted to park in designated parking areas throughout the park. Certain roadways and parking lots will remain closed at this time. A detailed map of road and amenity closures can be found here.

“Thank you to all of the park users who have worked hard to get us to this point. We are not in the clear yet, but as we slowly work toward re-opening areas within our parks, we ask for your patience and help. Continue to practice social distancing. If the park looks full, consider going to a different park. If you are sick, stay home. Most importantly, respect the space of those around you,” said Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Sarah Jennings.

City parks will continue to operate on a modified schedule (7:00am-8:30pm) until further notice with the following restrictions:

  • Practice Social Distancing: Park users must follow social distancing guidelines as defined by the CDC.
  • Avoid Group Gatherings: Groups larger than five people are not permitted inside any City park. Families with more than 5 immediate family members are permitted as long as social distancing recommendations are followed.  Any group not abiding by this rule will be asked to leave the property and is subject to citation under Municipal Code 2-104 and 2-105.
  • Prepare for Closed Amenities & Restricted Areas: All amenities within the park are closed to park users. This includes ball fields, courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, the dog park, restrooms, and water fountains.

In order to keep these recreation areas open for continued use, it is imperative that proper social distancing and health precautions are followed as set out by the CDC. Additional information concerning social distancing in parks can be found here.

An updated list of closures and cancellations can be found online at www.goodlettsville.gov.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Request for Consistency for Businesses within the City of Goodlettsville
Posted May 7

Businesses that operate within the corporate limits of the City of Goodlettsville have recently experienced frustration and confusion surrounding the re-opening phases that have been laid out by the Governor and the Metro Health Department. The Davidson County portion of the city is required to follow the Davidson County Health Department’s orders, outlined in the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, while businesses in the Sumner County portion of the city are required to follow those of the State of Tennessee, outlined in the TN Pledge.

Last night Mayor Duncan signed the attached letter, drafted by the Goodlettsville Economic Support and Recovery Task Force (ESRTF) and City leaders, to be sent to Mayor Cooper’s office and the Metro Health Department. The intent of this letter is to request consistency for the businesses within the City of Goodlettsville as it pertains to the re-opening of our economy, since the plans do not currently coincide. 

“When our businesses suffer, the entire community suffers. As City leaders, we hope that our plea will help shed light on our unique situation here in Goodlettsville,” said Julie High, Assistant City Manager and ESRTF Chair. 

Mary Laine Hucks, Director of Economic Development added, “We are hurting for our business community. These people are our friends. We hope with this request we can truly make a difference and affect positive change in the Goodlettsville community.”

In the meantime, the City of Goodlettsville stands ready to assist any business through this time of re-opening to customers. Anyone with questions may call 615-851-2200.

Letter to Mayor Cooper..


Pleasant Green Pool 2020 Season Cancelled
Posted May 5

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and change the way we go about everyday life, the City of Goodlettsville has been faced with making tough decisions about an uncertain future. Most recently, we have discussed the 2020 opening of Pleasant Green Pool. Throughout the pool conversations, we have discussed topics involving public health, requirements for social distancing, adequate staffing, financial impacts, and the safety of pool users. City Administration has been working the past few weeks to determine a viable plan that would allow us to open the pool while implementing social distancing guidelines and ensure patron safety. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in finding a suitable plan that we were comfortable with, resulting in the decision to keep Pleasant Green Pool closed for the 2020 season.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly. There are many moving pieces that work to make the pool a safe place for users each year, and adding a global pandemic to the mix created an extremely difficult path to navigate.

You may find yourself asking, are we pre-mature in making this decision, and can we not wait until mid-summer to open in hopes that health regulations are lifted? The answer is no. One of the moving pieces to opening the pool is the hiring and training of lifeguards and concession workers. If we open mid-summer, we risk not having enough trained staff to properly run the pool. This would put both our staff and the public at risk. Additionally, it is not reasonable to think that the pool can be opened at a moment’s notice. Typically, we are already underway in the opening of the pool at this point. To get the pool up to code, at minimum, the cover has to be removed and chemicals need to be balanced and ready for health department inspection, and that all takes time. It is not fiscally responsible to prepare the pool for opening with uncertainty about the future; thousands of dollars have the potential to be lost if we prepare the pool and cannot open on time or cannot open at all. Again, we have talked through many scenarios, but we could not find one that we could confidently put into place this summer.

While Pleasant Green Pool will remain closed through the entirety of 2020, it is the intention of the City of Goodlettsville to open the Splash Pad at Peay Park this summer. An opening date will be determined based on local, state, and CDC recommendations and announced at a later date.

An updated list of closures and cancellations can be found online at www.goodlettsville.gov.


Goodlettsville Business Reopening(s) Plan(s)
Posted April 30

As many are aware, Governor Lee has authorized the re-opening of restaurants and retail facilities under specific restrictions as a part of his Executive Orders and the TN Pledge.  The Governor’s plan is effective throughout 89 counties in our state. The counties of Davidson, Shelby, Hamilton, Knox, Madison and Sullivan all operate separate health departments from the State, therefore making them exempt from the State of Tennessee business re-opening orders. While the Davidson County Health Department has created a plan to re-open businesses, outlined in the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, it has not authorized phase I of the re-opening to begin yet. 

Many people have asked what this means for businesses that operate within the corporate limits of the City of Goodlettsville since the plans do not coincide.  Unfortunately, the answer is the Davidson County portion of the city will have to follow the Davidson County Health Department’s orders, outlined in the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, while businesses in the Sumner County portion of the city will be required to follow those of the State of Tennessee, outlined in the TN Pledge.

“I understand that this matter may be very confusing and possibly create varying issues for our local businesses. However, as we all work through this tough time together, we will create a much stronger local commerce than what we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Tim Ellis, City Manager.

Mary Laine Hucks, Director of Economic Development added, “We are hurting for our businesses that are affected by this life-altering pandemic. Please use us as a resource during this time.”

The City of Goodlettsville stands ready to assist any business through this time of re-opening to customers. Anyone with questions may call 615-851-2200.


Roadmap for Reopening Davidson County Businesses
Posted April 30, 2020

Davidson County businesses are encouraged to participate in webinars today, April 30th, offered through Mayor John Cooper’s Office. There are two; one focuses on restaurants and the other focuses on other small businesses.

Here is the information directly from the Nashville.gov website:

Roadmap for Reopening Restaurants Webinar

4/30/2020
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Mayor John Cooper and the Metro Nashville Covid-19 Task Force are pleased to present two Roadmap for Reopening Nashville Webinars.

This webinar is for restaurant owners and operators.

Welcome: Michael Caldwell, MD., Director of Public Health

Nuts and Bolts of Operating in the Age of Coronavirus: Alex Jahangir, MD, Chair COVID-19 Task Force

Making your Workplace Safe: Hugh Atkins, Public Health

Keeping your Employees Safe: Martha Boyd, JD, Baker Donelson

Peer to peer: Benjamin Goldberg, Strategic Hospitality, and Derrick Moore, Slim & Huskeys

Question and Answer Period

Attendees can attend the restaurant webinar, using the case sensitive password: Metro2020

Mayor’s Office Roadmap for Reopening Small Businesses Webinar

4/30/2020
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Mayor John Cooper and the Metro Nashville Covid-19 Task Force are pleased to present two Roadmap for Reopening Nashville Webinars.

This webinar is for small business owners and operators.

Welcome: Michael Caldwell, MD., Director of Public Health

Nuts and Bolts of Operating in the Age of Coronavirus: Alex Jahangir, MD, Chair COVID-19 Task Force

Making your Workplace Safe: Hugh Atkins, Public Health

Keeping your Employees Safe: Martha Boyd, JD, Baker Donelson

Peer to Peer: Manuel Delgado, Delgado Guitars, and Mark Faulkner, Vireo Systems

Question and Answer Period

Attendees can attend the small business webinar, using the case sensitive password: Metro2020.

*The Metropolitan Nashville/ Davidson County Health Department is the regulatory agency in matters associated with COVID-19 and the re-opening of businesses within Davidson County.


Goodlettsville Offers Recreation Opportunities at Home
Posted April 22, 2020

Join Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation each week for new ideas on recreation opportunities at home. This week, you will find interactive activities such as the Nature Color Hunt, Sidewalk Chalk Backdrop and more:

  • Nature Color Hunt- We’re going on a Nature Color Hunt! This simple color activity is a great way to get out and explore nature in and around your home. Download and print a color finder, or pick one up from one of our Free Little Libraries and let the hunt begin! Click here to get started.
  • Sidewalk Chalk Backdrop- Sidewalk chalk can be an easy, and creative way for your kids to get outside. Why not make it a photo opportunity? Create a photo backdrop using chalk, and have your child pose for a snap shot! Create the photo op at the end of your driveway or on the sidewalk so your neighbors can snap a picture using the backdrop too! Click here to get started.
  • Other Opportunities- There are many other organizations offering great at home recreation opportunities such as Virtual National Park Tours and Nutrition Classes. A link to these opportunities can be found here.

At home recreation activities can be found on our website at www.goodlettsville.gov by clicking read on at the top of the page, and selecting the Recreation Ideas at Home button.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Sharing GOODNews Amid COVID-19 
Posted April 21, 2020 

Goodlettsville, TN – With uncertainty and confusion about the future, we can all agree, good news is needed. Becoming consumed with COVID-19 is not hard to do. Everywhere we turn, we are reminded of the virus and the impacts that it continues to have on our lives. In all the uncertainty, there are plenty of good things happening all around.

The City of Goodlettsville has developed a webpage to showcase GOODNews stories from our citizens, shining a light on the good things happening within the community. Citizens have the opportunity to submit their stories to be shared on City social media and on the website. To submit a story, click here.

Visit us online at www.goodlettsville.gov to read about the good happening in Goodlettsville.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Now that the Paycheck Protection Program has run out money, here are two new options for small businesses affected by COVID-19
Posted April 20, 2020

Save Small Business Fund – Opens today, April 20th

Applications open today for the Save Small Business Fund, created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to offer short-term relief for U.S. businesses which employ between 3-20 people, are located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Goodlettsville zip code of 37072 does apply.

Main Street Lending Program – Not ready yet, but the Federal Reserve is working on the Program infrastructure.

U.S. businesses will be eligible for loans if they meet either of the following conditions:

1. The business has 10,000 employees or fewer; or

2. The business had 2019 revenues of $2.5 billion or less. Loans would have a four-year maturity, and principal and interest payments on the loans will be deferred for one year. Eligible lenders may originate new loans (under MSNLF) or increase the size of (or "upsize") existing loans (under MSELF) made to eligible businesses.

The City of Goodlettsville will update information as it becomes available.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Parks re-open to walkers and runners
Posted April 14, 2020 

Goodlettsville, TN – After careful consideration, the City of Goodlettsville has the made decision to re-open Moss-Wright Park and Pleasant Green Park to users for walking and running purposes only on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. City parks will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm until further notice with the following restrictions:

  • Practice Social Distancing: Park users must follow social distancing guidelines as defined by the CDC.
  • Avoid Group Gatherings: Groups larger than five people are not permitted inside any City park. Any group not abiding by this rule will be asked to leave the property and is subject to citation under Municipal Code 2-104 and 2-105.
  • Prepare for Closed Amenities & Restricted Areas: All amenities within the park are closed to park users. This includes ball fields, courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, the dog park, restrooms, and water fountains. Vehicular traffic is prohibited inside Moss-Wright Park. The Visitor’s Center Parking lot and the upper parking, next to the dog park, will be open.

In order to keep these recreation areas open for continued use, it is imperative that proper social distancing and health precautions are followed as set out by the CDC.

“The safety of our citizens has been at the forefront of the discussion throughout all of this, and we urge you to do the same and consider the safety of those around you when using City parks. Respect others space. If you are sick, stay home. If the park looks full, go to a different park. Do your part, and we will all get through this together.” -Sarah Jennings, Interim Director of Parks and Recreation

An updated list of closures and cancellations can be found online at www.goodlettsville.gov.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


City of Goodlettsville Community Development Services Department update regarding COVID-19 
Posted April 10, 2020

The Community Development Services Office at 318 N. Main Street is temporarily closed to public access. The Codes, Planning, Engineering, Economic Development, and Stormwater Management staff are available by phone or email as listed below.

Building/Property Maintenance Codes - Rhonda Carson and Larry Diorio - Requests for building permits and inspection appointments are to be made by calling (615) 851-3741 or by email at rcarson@goodlettsville.gov or ldiorio@goodlettsville.gov .

Engineering - Greg Edrington (615) 851-3461 or gedrington@goodlettsville.gov

Economic Development - Mary Laine Hucks (615) 851-3211 or mlhucks@goodlettsville.gov

Planning - Addam McCormick (615) 851-2202 or amccormick@goodlettsville.gov

Stormwater Management - Warren Garrett (615) 851-3462 or wgarrett@goodlettsville.gov

Check the City’s website at www.goodlettsville.gov for Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals rescheduled meeting dates.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updates regarding COVID-19
Posted April 8, 2020

Continuing our efforts to keep our residents informed, we wanted to direct you to the source of information regarding the latest updates regarding COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an active website with a variety of articles and information on the COVID-19 virus. You can read about cloth face masks and how to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick, and also review their frequently asked questions page.

Find the latest information on travel, cases around the country, and daily life and coping with the way we are adjusting to living, working and going on with our essential tasks.

Visit www.cdc.gov for informative articles and graphics on the COVID-19 virus and the latest updates on this rapidly changing pandemic.


Be the Light
Posted April 8, 2020

Tonight, Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation will join our neighbor, Hendersonville Parks and Recreation, along with parks and recreation agencies and schools across the country in the #bethelight movement.

The Be the Light Movement was formed to honor the class of 2020 and to let the students know that they are not forgotten. 

A student’s senior year of high school is oftentimes one that will never be forgotten. From prom to Senior Night to playing Spring sports, the senior year of high school is a time of excitement, honor, and reflection for both students and student-athletes alike. The senior class of 2020 will remember this year forever, but for different reasons. This year, members of the class of 2020 are making the ultimate sacrifice by staying home and keeping safe. As uncertainty for the future looms, we want to honor the sacrifice that these students have made to help their community, to let them know their sacrifice is not going unnoticed.

Tonight, Wednesday April 8 at 8:20 PM, every light in Moss-Wright Park will be turned on at 20:20 military time for 20 minutes and 20 seconds in honor of the Senior Class of 2020. We encourage our community to get involved while practicing social distancing. To safely do that, it is our hope that all of the residents and neighbors of Goodlettsville will turn their porch lights on in support of this effort.  

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Small Business Loan Programs Update, Regarding COVID-19 Response
Posted April 7, 2020

Small businesses may apply for both of the EIDL and the PPP loan offerings through the Small Business Administration, but only PPP may be used for payroll if you apply for both.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan for COVID-19 – (EIDL)

As a review, the EIDL – Economic Injury Disaster Loan for COVID-19, is a loan for small businesses for up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other operating expenses. The interest rate is 3.75 for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. The loans offer long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

The EIDL has a possible advance of up to $10,000 that is based on the number of employees you have ($1,000 per employee), and currently the SBA is saying businesses will not have to repay the advance. However, the portion of the advance that is accepted will be deducted from the non-repayment portion of the PPP Loan, if that is also utilized.

Apply for the EIDL – Live link is: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Paycheck Protection Program – (PPP) 

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks, and the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

Employers can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. You can also search by zip code for lenders in your area on the US Treasury’s website.

Search for a lender by zip code – Live link is: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.

The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Employers and lenders may visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website at home.treasury.gov/ for more information and loan applications.


Goodlettsville Offers Recreation Opportunities at Home
Posted April 7, 2020

Let’s face it, the effects of COVID-19 have drastically changed everyday life, and that can be hard. Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation wants to alleviate a little bit of the stress by providing at home recreation opportunities for you and your family. Within the City website, we have created a page specifically dedicated to sharing recreation activities that you can do from home. It will be updated weekly, sharing new ideas and different ways to stay active and enjoy recreation.

This week, you will find interactive activities such as the Window Easter Egg Hunt, Pen Pals, and Family Bingo at Home:

  • Window Easter Egg Hunt- We want to keep everyone safe but still have access to traditional customs like an Easter Egg Hunt. So, we need your help decorating eggs and displaying them at your home! Visit our website to download a template, decorate your egg, and display in a window at your house. It is as simple as that! Click here to get started.
  • Pen Pals- During times of uncertainty, it is important to connect with others to let them know that they are not alone. We live in a world with many different sources of communication, but we often times forget about the simplicity of putting pen to paper and writing a personalized letter. We realize that seniors are limited to who they can see at this time, and we want to create opportunities for them to connect with others, to let them know that they are not alone. Are you interested in being a Pen Pal to a senior? If so, we have created a way to get you connected. Complete a Pen Pal Request From on our website, and we will send you information, connecting you with a senior. Click here to get started.
  • Family Bingo at Home- Family Bingo Night is an exciting time for us, and we want to keep the excitement going even though the event was cancelled this month. So, we are bringing the bingo to you. Get the family together and join us for an interactive round of bingo. Bingo begins on Thursday, April 9th and will end next Thursday, April 16 at 11:59pm. Visit us online to find out the rules and download a bingo card. Click here to get started.

At home recreation activities can be found on our website at www.goodlettsville.gov by clicking read on at the top of the page, and selecting the Recreation Ideas at Home button.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


City of Goodlettsville Offers Payment Options to Customers
Posted April 7, 2020

Goodlettsville, TN – The City of Goodlettsville continues to offer the following ways to pay your utility, property tax, or traffic citations during this State of Emergency:

  • City of Goodlettsville Utility Payments- The City has suspended late fees and penalties through May 30 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We strongly encourage those who are able, to continue to pay their monthly bill to avoid a large, possibly unmanageable balance later. 
    • Online Bill Pay
    • You may register, or choose the “quick pay” option without registering.  You will need your utility account number and your last payment as added security features.  If you register, going forward with future payments, you will not need to verify your last payment.
    • We also offer automated draft from a bank account by ACH and automatic credit card drafts for utility payments.  All of those forms may be accessed on the City’s website, Utility Billing page-
    • Utility Billing Services
    • The City also offers payment by phone at the following number telephone number-1-833-264-1116. 
    • We have a drop box in the parking lot of City Hall that staff checks often throughout each weekday if you prefer to deliver your payment.

Of course, we accept payments by mail as indicated on the utility statement-Goodlettsville Utility Billing, P.O. Box 306063, Nashville, TN  37230-6063.

  • City of Goodlettsville Traffic Citations- The City’s website has a page dedicated to traffic court and how to settle an offense (citation), as well as offers on-line payment processing. The City’s municipal court dates have been cancelled for March and April, as well as driving schools.  Letters have been sent to anyone with an assigned court date or driving school during this time.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City will not turn any unpaid violations over to the State for suspension during this period.
  • City of Goodlettsville Property Tax payments- The City’s website has instructions on paying your property taxes online.  These may also be mailed to 105 South Main Street, Goodlettsville, TN  37072 or dropped in the payment drop box in the parking lot of City Hall. 

Any online payment will be assessed $1.25 by the processor, the City does not assess or control this, and thus cannot waive it. However, the City has waived credit card fees of 3% during the COVID 19 State of Emergency.


How to Dine “Out” in Goodlettsville During COVID-19
Posted April 6, 2020 

Goodlettsville, TN – As we navigate thru this unchartered territory of social distancing from crowds and dining out, the City of Goodlettsville Tourism Department also known as Visit Goodlettsville, would like to call attention to local restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery.  “Several of our fast food restaurants already have drive-thru windows and appear to be doing well,” Kimberly Lynn, Director of Tourism said, “We want to bring attention to those restaurants who rely on walk-in traffic that have made adjustments to their business operations so their customers may still enjoy their favorites during this time.”

The City of Goodlettsville offers a web page at the top of http://www.goodlettsville.gov dedicated to COVID-19.  Within this page, click on City of Goodlettsville Restaurant Takeout Blitz for a list showcasing Goodlettsville restaurants that offer takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery.  The page features more than 15 restaurants with their telephone numbers and is refreshed daily.  To minimize contact with others and minimize wait times, customers are encouraged to call the restaurant in advance with your order.  Several restaurants have adjusted their hours of operation during this time, so please verify the hours with a phone call as you plan your meal.  Others have adjusted their menus with family meal packs or daily specials.

Supporting these establishments will help our favorite local restaurants continue to provide jobs for their employees as well as food for the community.  Gift cards are a great way to “pay it forward” so consider purchasing a gift card when picking up your meal.  Other ideas are to purchase meals for first responders or healthcare employees and have those meals delivered.  What about those family members, neighbors, or friends who may be isolated at home alone?  Could you have a surprise meal delivered to them?

As we continue to practice social distancing from crowds, pick up the phone and place an order at one of your favorite restaurants or at a new restaurant you have been wanting to try but never had the time.  This is how we continue to find the GOOD in Dining “Out” in Goodlettsville!

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Governor Lee issues Executive Order 23
Posted April 3, 2020

As many people are aware Governor Bill Lee yesterday announced the issuance of Executive Order 23 amends Executive Order 22 by now REQUIRING Tennesseans to stay at home unless engaging in essential activity or essential services.

Businesses or organizations that perform close-contact personal services shall not be open to members or the public. Such businesses or organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Barber shops;
  • Hair salons;
  • Waxing salons;
  • Threading salons;
  • Nail salons or spas;
  • Spas providing body treatments;
  • Body-art facilities or tattoo services;
  • Tanning salons; or
  • Massage-therapy establishments or massage services.

Entertainment and recreational gathering venues shall not be open to members or the public. Such venues include, but are not limited to:

  • Night clubs; 11. Bowling alleys;
  • Arcades; IV. Concert venues;
  • Theaters, auditoriums, performing arts centers, or similar facilities;
  • Racetracks;
  • Indoor children’s play areas;
  • Adult entertainment venues;
  • Amusement parks; or
  • Roller or ice-skating rinks.

Executive Order 23 is an order Requiring Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in essential activities. This order does the following:

  • Safer at home. Because staying at home as much as possible for a temporary period of time will protect the health and safety of Tennesseans by limiting the spread of COVID-19 and preserving health care resources, all persons in Tennessee are urged to stay at home, except for when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services as defined in this Order.
  • Closure of non-essential businesses for public use. Businesses or organizations that do not perform Essential Services shall not be open for access or use by the public or its members. Such businesses or organizations are strongly encouraged to provide delivery, including delivery curbside outside of the business or organization, of online or telephone orders, to the greatest extent practicable, and persons are encouraged to use any such options to support such businesses during this emergency.
  • Essential Activity and Essential Services should be limited. Even though Essential Activity and Essential Services are permitted under this Order, all persons are strongly encouraged to limit to the greatest extent possible the frequency of engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services. For example, all persons are strongly encouraged, among other things, to use thoughtful planning, careful coordination, and consideration of others when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services in order to minimize the need and frequency for leaving their place of residence or property. When engaged in Essential Activity or Essential Services, persons shall at all times follow the Health Guidelines to the greatest extent practicable.
  • Essential Services businesses should follow Health Guideline. For those offices, workplaces, and businesses that remain open as permitted by this Order, employers should take steps to the greatest extent practicable to equip and permit employees to work from home, and employees and their customers should practice good hygiene and observe the Health Guidelines and necessary precautions advised by the President and the CDC to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Employers shall not require or allow employees with COVID-19 to work. An employer, through its supervisors or appropriate management personnel, shall not require or allow an employee who the employer knows has tested positive for COVID-19 to report to work until that employee has satisfied the conditions for discontinuing home isolation under CDC guidelines, which are available at the following web address: https:/ /www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-aresick/steps-when-sick.html.
  • Essential Activity. For purposes of this Order, Essential Activity means:
  • Engaging in activities essential to a person’s health and safety or the health and safety of family or household members, persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or pets, including, but not limited to, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or assistance, obtaining medication, obtaining non-elective medical care or treatment or other similar vital services, or visiting a health care professional;
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies for persons and their family or household members, persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or pets or delivering those services or supplies to others, including, but not limited to, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies required to work from home, automobile supplies (including dealers, parts, supplies, repair, and maintenance), and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
  • Providing, facilitating, or receiving delivery or curbside carry-out delivery of online or telephone orders from businesses or organizations that do not perform or are not necessary for the performance of Essential Activity;
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, provided that persons the Health Guidelines to the greatest extent practicable, including, but not limited to, driving or riding in a vehicle, walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, golf, tennis, or other sports or recreational activities that can be performed while maintaining the aforementioned precautions or utilizing public parks and outdoor recreation areas; provided, however, that congregating or playing on playgrounds presents a unique risk for the spread of COVID-19 and is therefore not covered as an Essential Activity;
  • Caring for or visiting a family member, friend, or pet in another household, or transporting or traveling with family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Order; provided, that the Health Guidelines are followed to the greatest extent practicable;
  • Visiting a place of worship or attending a wedding or funeral; provided, that the Health Guidelines are followed to the greatest extent practicable. However, it is strongly encouraged that the public celebration component of weddings and funerals be postponed or attended only by close family members; or
  • Engaging in Essential Travel, as defined below.
  • Essential travel. For purposes of this Order, Essential Travel means:
  • Travel related to Essential Activity or otherwise permitted by this Order;
  • Travel related to performing Essential Services;
  • Travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
  • Travel to and from outside of the State of Tennessee; or
  • Travel required by law, law enforcement, or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.

Individuals may find the full text of both Executive Orders, as well as, Attachment A of Order 22, by clicking the emergency alert at the top of www.goodlettsville.gov and selecting the Executive Orders by Governor Bill Lee button.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


CARES Act temporarily adds the “Paycheck Protection Program” to the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program
Posted April, 3, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program loan applications just rolled out today, April 3, 2020. These loans are fully forgivable if guidelines are followed.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks, and the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

Employers can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.

The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Employers and lenders may visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website at home.treasury.gov/ for more information and loan applications.


Park use update to include closure of Moss-Wright Park
Posted April 2, 2020

After careful consideration, the City of Goodlettsville has the made decision to close Moss-Wright Park and Pleasant Green Park. At the close of business today, April 2, 2020 the park gates will be locked and remain locked through April 14. A decision on extending this closure will be made on Friday, April 10, 2020 and not before. This decision was carefully made after consideration of all local, state, and federal recommendations, and in accordance with the most recent Executive Order issued by Governor Bill Lee.

Prior to this closure, the parks have remained open with minimal amenities available. As COVID-19 continues to spread, there has been a surge in visitors within City parks, and the City believes that it is in the best interest of the residents to discourage social gathering within these heavily used parks.

“It is not an easy decision to close parks, specifically a facility that we consider the core of our parks system within Goodlettsville, but we are determined ensure all precautionary measures are being taken on our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Don’t let this closure discourage you from spending time outside. We encourage you to continue to enjoy outdoor activity in your neighborhood and around your home. We will get through this together,” said Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Sarah Jennings.

As of now, the other parks within the City will remain open and proper social distancing and health precautions should be followed. An updated list of closures and cancellations can be found online at www.goodlettsville.gov.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Regarding the CARES Act and Unemployment: What employers and employees need to do now
Posted April 2, 2020

Note from Mary Laine Hucks, Director of Economic Development for the City of Goodlettsville:

“The following information has been compiled from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. We will do our best to inform the business community of current federal and state rollouts during this difficult time.”

CARES Act – What your small business needs to do now

Last week, Congress passed the CARES Act which allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. The initiative provides 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that maintain their payroll during this emergency. Furthermore, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payroll during the crisis.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – available at https://uschamber.com/sbloans. The guide outlines the steps small businesses should take now.

Filing unemployment for your employees – Mass Claim

If your business is reducing hours or closing due to COVID-19, you may expedite the unemployment claim process for your employees by submitting an Employer-Filed Mass Claim. Follow the instructions on the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development website here: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employers.html.  

Filing for unemployment if you are self-employed or a contract worker 

If you are self-employed or a contract worker in TN, you should apply for unemployment now, despite showing no wages. As soon as the federal government provides guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, TN will start processing those claims and paying benefits. The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. If your employer filed a claim on your behalf, do not file an individual claim. There is also a Job4TN app. If you are uncertain if your employer has filed a claim, call your employer to confirm. Check the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development website at https://www.tn.gov/workforce for more information regarding all of the above.


Goodlettsville Police Department approach to COVID-19
Posted April 2, 2020

The primary goal of the Goodlettsville Police Department is to provide for the safety of our community, and we do this while balancing the need to maintain the safety of our employees. During these unprecedented times this desire brings greater challenges that require us to make changes in how we respond.

We will continue to have officers respond to all emergency calls that require an officer to be present. We try to maintain the 6 feet distancing unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

For all non-emergency calls that do not require an officers’ presence we will answer those calls by telephone if possible. If we must respond we are asking the complainant to meet us outside for both their and our protection. We will then observe the 6 feet distancing for everyone’s protection.

The Police Department headquarters located inside City Hall is closed to the public. If anyone comes to the Police Department and requires assistance they should call dispatch at the non-emergency number 615 851-5111. An officer will either respond or call as the situation dictates.

As always the appropriate numbers to utilize are 911 for all life threatening emergencies. Direct emergency line to GPD dispatch is 615 859-3405. All non-emergency situations please call 615 851-5111.

“We are thankful to serve a community that allows us to provide for their protection while cooperating with these alternative call responses that help keep our employees safe.”  - Police Chief Gary Goodwin


Goodlettsville Fire Department approach to COVID-19
Posted April 1, 2020

As we all work through the new normal related to COVID-19, we wanted to provide our citizens with an update on your fire department.

We are doing everything possible to maintain the health and safety of the responders. We are still going to all the same emergency calls as before but with a few changes we incorporated as part of our own version of social distancing.

We no longer allow visitors to the fire hall but walk up emergencies are still greeted in the lobby. We hope anyone needing assistance in Goodlettsville will dial 911 because there are times when we are all out on calls. 911 will be answered and the closest available responder sent, even if that’s from our automatic aid partner Nashville Fire.

On medical calls, we treat everyone as a potential COVID-19 patient. We make direct patient contact with the smallest number of firefighter / EMT’s that is appropriate for the situation. If the ambulance arrives with us, the firefighters will only approach if needed. Mask, gloves, and gowns compliment nicely the body substance isolation practices we have always used.

Despite all the reports of PPE shortages, we are doing well so far. We are using considerable amounts of PPE and cleaning supplies but are ahead of the curve on that for now. We are linked directly to TN Emergency Management for more when we need it.

Early on we initiated conversation with the five nursing facilities we respond to and developed plans with them to again, expose the smallest number of firefighter / EMT’s as is appropriate. This one is more for their safety than ours but it works both ways. So far, it is working well but that population is obviously our greatest concern and we remain ready to work with them in new and inventive ways if necessary.

Our free smoke alarm install service is still on-going but during this time only, we’ll give you the alarm to install yourself. If residents have trouble with that, we’ll make a connection to a local volunteer to assist with putting them up. Fire alarm calls and working fires are being handled the same as always, we just have to speak a little more loudly from 6 feet away.

Fire Chief Kenneth Reeves asks that you all take this time of awareness and focus on safety to take stock of your personal preparedness to all hazards inside your home. Fire, tornado, and flood are realistic hazards we all face and a little planning and preparation can make recovery much smoother than no planning at all. Visit https://www.ready.gov/ for incremental steps we can take to be more prepared.

This period in our lives will pass. When it does, let us be a stronger and more resilient Goodlettsville for the future.

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


City of Goodlettsville expands facility closures to include City Hall
Posted March 31, 2020

As the City of Goodlettsville works diligently to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it has now become necessary to close the city hall facility to the public.   City staff will still be available to take all of your calls and to assist you through other electronic means. If you should need to make a payment or drop off any other documents, you may do so at one of the two drop boxes on site. 

For individuals needing police assistance, they may still do so by accessing the red phone in the south vestibule of the City Hall entrance.

The prescription drop-off bin and the Census computer kiosk are also closed to the public at this time.

“I sincerely appreciate everyone’s understanding in this matter. These are times like we have never experienced before, and taking actions like this have become a necessity in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Working together we will get through this difficult time,” said Tim Ellis, City Manager.

For a full list of City of Goodlettsville facility and program closures please visit: www.goodlettsville.gov 

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Governor Lee Issues Executive Orders 21 and 22
Posted March 31, 2020

As many people are aware Governor Bill Lee yesterday announced the issuance of Executive Orders 21 and 22. Each of these orders further enhances the States ability to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Both Executive Orders are in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2020.

Executive Order 21 actually amends a previously issued Executive Order in which it now prohibits the following:

Businesses or organizations that perform close-contact personal services shall not be open to members or the public. Such businesses or organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Barber shops;
  • Hair salons;
  • Waxing salons;
  • Threading salons;
  • Nail salons or spas;
  • Spas providing body treatments;
  • Body-art facilities or tattoo services;
  • Tanning salons; or
  • Massage-therapy establishments or massage services.

Entertainment and recreational gathering venues shall not be open to members or the public. Such venues include, but are not limited to:

  • Night clubs; 11. Bowling alleys;
  • Arcades; IV. Concert venues;
  • Theaters, auditoriums, performing arts centers, or similar facilities;
  • Racetracks;
  • Indoor children’s play areas;
  • Adult entertainment venues;
  • Amusement parks; or
  • Roller or ice-skating rinks.

Executive Order 22 is an order directing Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in essential activities. This order does the following:

  • Safer at home. Because staying at home as much as possible for a temporary period of time will protect the health and safety of Tennesseans by limiting the spread of COVID-19 and preserving health care resources, all persons in Tennessee are urged to stay at home, except for when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services as defined in this Order.
  • Closure of non-essential businesses for public use. Businesses or organizations that do not perform Essential Services shall not be open for access or use by the public or its members. Such businesses or organizations are strongly encouraged to provide delivery, including delivery curbside outside of the business or organization, of online or telephone orders, to the greatest extent practicable, and persons are encouraged to use any such options to support such businesses during this emergency.
  • Essential Activity and Essential Services should be limited. Even though Essential Activity and Essential Services are permitted under this Order, all persons are strongly encouraged to limit to the greatest extent possible the frequency of engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services. For example, all persons are strongly encouraged, among other things, to use thoughtful planning, careful coordination, and consideration of others when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services in order to minimize the need and frequency for leaving their place of residence or property. When engaged in Essential Activity or Essential Services, persons shall at all times follow the Health Guidelines to the greatest extent practicable.
  • Essential Services businesses should follow Health Guideline. For those offices, workplaces, and businesses that remain open as permitted by this Order, employers should take steps to the greatest extent practicable to equip and permit employees to work from home, and employees and their customers should practice good hygiene and observe the Health Guidelines and necessary precautions advised by the President and the CDC to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Employers shall not require or allow employees with COVID-19 to work. An employer, through its supervisors or appropriate management personnel, shall not require or allow an employee who the employer knows has tested positive for COVID-19 to report to work until that employee has satisfied the conditions for discontinuing home isolation under CDC guidelines, which are available at the following web address: https:/ /www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-aresick/steps-when-sick.html.
  • Essential Activity. For purposes of this Order, Essential Activity means:
  • Engaging in activities essential to a person’s health and safety or the health and safety of family or household members, persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or pets, including, but not limited to, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or assistance, obtaining medication, obtaining non-elective medical care or treatment or other similar vital services, or visiting a health care professional;
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies for persons and their family or household members, persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or pets or delivering those services or supplies to others, including, but not limited to, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies required to work from home, automobile supplies (including dealers, parts, supplies, repair, and maintenance), and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
  • Providing, facilitating, or receiving delivery or curbside carry-out delivery of online or telephone orders from businesses or organizations that do not perform or are not necessary for the performance of Essential Activity;
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, provided that persons the Health Guidelines to the greatest extent practicable, including, but not limited to, driving or riding in a vehicle, walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, golf, tennis, or other sports or recreational activities that can be performed while maintaining the aforementioned precautions or utilizing public parks and outdoor recreation areas; provided, however, that congregating or playing on playgrounds presents a unique risk for the spread of COVID-19 and is therefore not covered as an Essential Activity;
  • Caring for or visiting a family member, friend, or pet in another household, or transporting or traveling with family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Order; provided, that the Health Guidelines are followed to the greatest extent practicable;
  • Visiting a place of worship or attending a wedding or funeral; provided, that the Health Guidelines are followed to the greatest extent practicable. However, it is strongly encouraged that the public celebration component of weddings and funerals be postponed or attended only by close family members; or
  • Engaging in Essential Travel, as defined below.
  • Essential travel. For purposes of this Order, Essential Travel means:
  • Travel related to Essential Activity or otherwise permitted by this Order;
  • Travel related to performing Essential Services;
  • Travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
  • Travel to and from outside of the State of Tennessee; or
  • Travel required by law, law enforcement, or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.

Individuals may find the full text of both Executive Orders, as well as, Attachment A of Order 22, by clicking the emergency alert at the top of www.goodlettsville.gov and selecting the Executive Orders by Governor Bill Lee button.


People Checking on People
Posted on March 31, 2020

As our country’s main focus has shifted to social distancing, it can be assumed that some may begin to feel isolated and alone.  Right now, more than ever, we need each other. Uncertain times can lead to depression and anxiety, and it is important that we check-in on our neighbors, co-workers, and friends to ensure their needs are being met and reassure them that they are not alone. A simple phone call could make a huge difference in the life of another.

“Practice social distancing, but don’t forget to check on your neighbors. Especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Develop a support system within your community like a neighborhood Facebook Page, post flyers in your neighborhood offering help with getting groceries or supplies, or set up a weekly Skype/FaceTime call with your neighbor to help them not feel isolated. I encourage you to reach out but do it safely. Remember, we will get through this. Together! Above all stay safe and be kind to one another,” said Jeff G. Duncan, Mayor.

During this time, it is important to ask for help when you need it. There are many local resources available that are ready to assist when called upon, so do not be afraid to use them. While there are many resources out there for those who need assistance, the City of Goodlettsville designated the phone number (615) 851-2200 as a hotline to serve as a one stop shop for resource dissemination. When calling the hotline, you will be directed to a trained staff member who can connect those in need to a volunteer organization that can assist with picking up groceries, prescriptions, and any other personal needs. The hotline is active Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

C.S. Lewis once said “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” Remember, you are not alone. Reach out to those around you, and together we can make it through this difficult time.

City of Goodlettsville offers guidance in how to cope with COVID-19 in our Community
Posted on March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 situation in our community can be very stressful on everyone.  Many people are self-quarantining, and this may impact mental well-being.  Everyone at times may need various levels of help and support, and no one has to go through this time alone.

“As we all work hard to eliminate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we may need assistance to get through this difficult time, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that,” said Tim Ellis, City Manager.

The City of Goodlettsville has compiled the following information that may assist you through these tough times.

Take care of your physical health to help lower your stress.  Take a break to focus on positive parts of your life and your loved ones.

Family and friends:  signs/symptoms, ways of coping, and tips for taking care of yourself

  1. Knowing some of the signs and symptoms of stress

What follows are behavioral, physical, emotional, and cognitive responses that are all common signs of anxiety and stress. You may notice some of them after you learn about an infectious disease outbreak.

Your Behavior - An increase or decrease in your energy and activity levels, an increase in your alcohol, tobacco use, or use of illegal drugs, an increase in irritability, with outbursts of anger and frequent arguing, having trouble relaxing or sleeping, crying frequently, worrying excessively, wanting to be alone most of the time, blaming other people for everything, having difficulty communicating or listening, having difficulty giving or accepting help, inability to feel pleasure or have fun

Your Body - Having stomachaches or diarrhea, having headaches and other pains, losing your appetite or eating too much, sweating or having chills, getting tremors or muscle twitches, being easily startled

Your Emotions - Being anxious or fearful, feeling depressed, feeling guilty, feeling angry, feeling heroic, euphoric, or invulnerable, not caring about anything, feeling overwhelmed by sadness

Your Thinking - Having trouble remembering things, feeling confused, having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating, having difficulty making decisions       

  1. Stress Management and Healthy ways of coping

Keep things in perspective – Set limits on how much time you spend reading or watching news about the outbreak.  You will want to stay up to date on the news of the outbreak, particularly if you have loved ones in places where many people have gotten sick.  But make sure to take time away from the news to focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control.

Get the Facts – Find people and resources you can depend on for accurate health information.  Learn from them about the outbreak and how you can protect yourself against illness.  Facebook and other social media are not a place to be looking for facts.

Keep Yourself Healthy - Eat healthy foods, and drink water, avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol, do not use tobacco or illegal drugs, get enough sleep and rest, get physical exercise.

Use practical ways to relax - Relax your body often by doing things that work for you. Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, wash your face and hands, or engage in pleasurable hobbies. Pace yourself between stressful activities, and do a fun thing after a hard task. Use time off to relax, eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, or talk to family. Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends often.

Pay Attention to Your Body, Feelings, and Spirit - Recognize and heed early warning signs of stress. Recognize how your own past experiences affect your way of thinking and feeling about this event, and think of how you handled your thoughts, emotions, and behavior around past events. Know that feeling stressed, depressed, guilty, or angry is common after an event like an infectious disease outbreak, even when it does not directly threaten you. Connect with others who may be experiencing stress about the outbreak. Talk about your feelings about the outbreak, share reliable health information, and enjoy conversation unrelated to the outbreak, to remind yourself of the many important and positive things in your lives. Take time to renew your spirit through meditation, prayer, or helping others in need.

Take care of your physical health to help lower your stress. Take a break to focus on positive parts of your life, like connections with loved ones.

Children:  signs/symptoms, ways of coping, and tips for taking care of yourself

Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions during or after this is over. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts, and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress. Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with a disaster calmly and confidently, they, can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

  1.  Common Reactions 

For Infants to 2-Year-Olds - Infants may become crankier. They may cry more than usual or want to be held and cuddled more.

For 3 to 6-Year-Olds - They may have toileting accidents, bed-wetting, tantrums and a hard time sleeping, or be frightened about being separated from their parents/caregivers.

For 7 to 10-Year-Olds - Older children may feel sad, mad, or afraid that the event will happen again.  Correct all misinformation the child may get from others.

For Preteens and Teenagers - Some preteens and teenagers respond to trauma by acting out or feeling afraid to leave the home. Their overwhelming emotions may lead to increased arguing and even fighting with siblings, parents/caregivers or other adults.

For Special Needs Children - Children with physical, emotional, or intellectual limitations may have stronger reactions to a threatened or actual disaster. Children with special needs may need extra words of reassurance, more explanations about the event, and more comfort and other positive physical contact such as hugs from loved ones.

  1. Helping Children Cope 

Set a good example by managing your own stress through healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. When you are prepared, rested, and relaxed, you can respond better to unexpected events and can make decisions in the best interest of your loved ones.

Assure your children that you are prepared to keep them safe.

Talk to your children about what is happening in a way that they can understand. Keep it simple and appropriate for each child’s age.

Give your children opportunities to talk about what they went through. Encourage them to share concerns and ask questions.

Encourage your children to take action directly related to the this so they feel a sense of control. For example, children can help others afterwards, such as volunteering to help community or family members in a safe environment.

Share Information - Because parents, teachers, and other adults see children in different situations, it is important for them to work together to share information about how each child is coping after a traumatic event.

Structure - Help your children to have a sense of structure, which can make them feel more at ease or provide a sense of familiarity. Once schools and childcare reopen, help them return to their regular activities.

If you feel you need to talk to someone or seek further assistance, below are some helpful resources. 

CRISIS HOT-LINE:   800-273-8255

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA

Screenings for anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.

www.Screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools?ref=MHAMT

REFUGE CENTER: 615-591-5262

Remote Counseling 

Stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.


Parks Use Update
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Goodlettsville, TN – As park use continues to increase, the Director of Parks and Recreation, Sarah Jennings, has cautiously updated the park rules to include the restriction of group gathering within the park. As of today, March 30, 2020, groups larger than five people are not permitted inside any City park. Any group not abiding by this rule will be asked to leave the property and is subject to citation under Municipal Code 2-104 and 2-105.

In repose to the increased use of the parks, additional sections of the park are now closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The following areas within all City parks are closed:

  • Restrooms
  • Playgrounds
  • Ballfields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Water Fountains
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Picnic Shelters

“While it is not our intent to restrict access to outdoor activity, which we consider essential to everyday life, we have had a large number of patrons gathering in groups within our parks without consideration for others. Please limit the use of park facilities and stay at home if at all possible. When using park amenities, please follow the guidelines as laid out by public health officials. By doing your part, we can all help flatten the curve.” – Sarah Jennings

To find out more on park closures and cancellations, visit us online at www.goodlettsville.gov.


Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation Update on Closures and Current Park Status
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Goodlettsville, TN – In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution and safety for our patrons, Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation has deemed it necessary to close several facilities and all playgrounds within the City of Goodlettsville. The following areas within the parks are closed: 

•    Peay Park Playground
•    Restrooms inside Peay Park
•    Delmas Long Community Center
•    Moss-Wright Park Playground
•    Moss-Wright Park Fitness Center
•    Restrooms at Moss-Wright Park with the exception of the restrooms at Field 1 and across from the football fields
•    Pleasant Green Park Playground
•    Restrooms inside Pleasant Green Park
•    Gateway Park Playground

Our parks and trails will remain open, but park users are urged to use proper social distancing techniques as laid out by the CDC. 

“Through all of this, we have seen a drastic increase in the use of our parks, which is what we love to see, but we want to be sure our patrons are following the suggested guidelines to ensure their safety and reduce spread of the virus. So, keep walking on the trails, playing frisbee in the greenspace, or hanging hammocks in the trees, but please do it with respect for those around you and in compliance with public health guidelines.” –Sarah Jennings, Interim Director of Parks and Recreation 

The City of Goodlettsville understands the importance of offering our residents viable recreational opportunities within our parks and we will continue to monitor the evolving risk of COVID-19 to ensure we are doing our part to help flatten the curve. To find out more on park closures and cancellations, visit us online at www.goodlettsville.gov. 


Goodlettsville small businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration
Posted on: March 26, 2020 

“As we navigate through the COVID-19 global pandemic, the City of Goodlettsville Economic & Community Development office will provide updates and resources for the business community as they are rolled out by Governor Bill Lee,” says Mary Laine Hucks, Director of Economic Development.

Currently, small businesses, defined as having under 500 employees, may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other operating expenses. The interest rate is 3.75 for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. The loans offer long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. Right now the SBA is saying there will be a deferment of payment for the first year; this is not set in stone yet.

“It is the goal of the City of Goodlettsville to assist our local businesses in any manner possible as we go through this downturn in our local economy as a result of the COVID-19 virus,” said Tim Ellis, Goodlettsville city manager.

Here is the link to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Delays are expected, and you may want to consider applying in off-peak hours, 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Applicants may also call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

All questions may be directed to the: City of Goodlettsville Economic Development Department 615-851-3211 mlhucks@goodlettsville.gov


City of Goodlettsville Reassures Citizens
Posted on: March 25, 2020

The City of Goodlettsville would like to reassure our citizens that we are open for business. Essential services such as police, fire, sewer, and trash are fully operational and will remain in operation to provide necessary public safety.

“Our citizens staying safe is our primary concern. We want them to continue to use the recommended safety measures from the health department and encourage the citizens to keep doing what you have been doing to help flatten the curve. I ask that you take the necessary safe actions that still allow you to support our local businesses by ordering take-out, curbside pickup, and home delivery from a number of our local establishments offering this service. Above all stay safe and be kind to one another.” – Mayor Jeff Duncan

In order to better serve any resident who may have needs or questions in regards to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Goodlettsville has designated the phone number 615-851-2200 as its COVID Hot-Line. When calling this hot-line number you will be transferred to a trained staff member who will offer assistance in: resource referral for answering medical questions, discussing the process for testing, and coordinating a volunteer to help with getting groceries, prescriptions, and any other personal needs.

Additionally, the City of Goodlettsville has deemed it beneficial to its citizenry to create a webpage dedicated to providing updates on the virus. This webpage serves as a single source to the latest information from the Center of Disease Control and the Tennessee Department of Health. It also includes the most up to date announcements as it relates to City of Goodlettsville facilities and programs, public safety announcements, and restaurants offering takeout services, as well as, all federal, state and local declarations. The webpage can be found by clicking the emergency alert at the top of our website www.goodlettsville.gov.

Please know that our plan is consistently changing, with the safety of our citizens at the forefront of the conversation. We are continuing to adapt our preparedness plan to specifically address COVID-19 through guidance from the TN Department of Health and other resources.

City Manager, Tim Ellis reassures citizens that “the City is concerned about the health, safety and well-being of our citizens and we will continue to provide essential services that are expected. During this time, please remember to stay the course and stay calm, because we are Goodlettsville and we will overcome.”


Goodlettsville Announces COVID-19 Utility Billing Notice
Posted on: March 23, 2020

The City of Goodlettsville recognizes the unexpected financial hardships of its residential and commercial utility customers as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Service interruption, penalties and/or late fees for sewer, sanitation and stormwater are temporarily suspended between March 26, 2020 and May 26, 2020.

Also, between March 26, 2020 and May 26, 2020, the City of Goodlettsville will waive the 3% credit card processing fee for all on-line payments. *Note-our credit card processor will continue to charge $1.25 per transaction.

Although we are making these adjustments, we still encourage our customers to make whatever payment they can during this time, to avoid building up a large balance that may be harder to pay off later.


GOODLETTSVILLE COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBER CREATED
Posted on: March 18, 2020

In order to better serve any residents who may have needs or questions in regards to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Goodlettsville is pleased to announce that it has designated the phone number 615-851-2200 as its COVID Hot-Line.  When calling this hot-line number you will be transferred to a trained staff member who will offer assistance in a variety of ways.  Some of the ways in which the hot-line may assist a resident is by the following:

  • Answering Medical Questions
  • Discussing the process for COVID-19 testing
  • Coordinate a volunteer to help senior adults and other adults with medical conditions in getting their:
  • Groceries
  • Prescriptions
  • Any other personal needs
  • Answer any other questions and concerns in regards to the COVID-19 virus.

The Goodlettsville COVID-19 Hot-Line will be become functional at 9:00 a.m.  on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and will be available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will remain in place until it is not longer needed.

Please remember that the City of Goodlettsville has created a webpage dedicated to the COVID-19 virus locally.  It is updated daily and contains information about closures, cancellations, restaurants providing curbside / carryout / delivery service, general information from the Center for Disease Control and national and state updates.


Goodlettsville Municipal Court Cancelled
Posted on: March 14, 2020

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed ALL in person Court proceedings in the state, including the City of Goodlettsville Municipal Court, through March 31.   Following/Below are the rescheduled dates for City of Goodlettsville Municipal Court March 17 dockets:

 8:30 a.m. Tuesday March 17 docket is rescheduled for 8:30 Tuesday April 21. 

 1:00 pm. Tuesday March 17 docket is rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. 

You may contact the City of Goodlettsville Customer Service Center at 615-851-2200.