Sheriff Chad Partin

Chad Partin took office on September 1, 2018.

Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin made a heartfelt request on social media for the public to obey Gov. Bill Lee's March 30 Safer at Home order.    

"(T)oday the Governor basically begged the good citizens of this state to take responsibility of your lives," Partin wrote on a post that was shared on the Department's official Facebook page.

"Yes the Governor can shut the state completely down or a County Mayor can shut down an entire county down under the state of emergency act. There are a whole bunch of things that empower levels of state and local governments under an declaration of emergency." 

Partin warns that " if and when a shut down order is issued," how hard it would be to enforce.

"For me, the only way I can describe the handling of this in Coffee County would be like herding cats or pushing log chains. Can you vision all of our law enforcement having to go street to street road by road 24/7 on a loud speaker telling you to get inside. Stopping you and asking you what your reason for being out is and why. Putting up hundred of barricades around both of our cities not letting you, my friends, my loved ones, or my citizens in or out," he wrote. 

Partin said that the governor and the president has the weight of the state backing him.

"This evening I ask the citizens of this county to respect the decisions and steps Governor Bill Lee is taking. Go back to the beginning from the first order to the one today and you can clearly see how things are trending and getting tighter with your freedoms. I hope you see what’s coming," he wrote.

Shut down is coming, Partin warns. "Roads and jobs will be closed. Money and businesses will be lost.... All I ask you to do before the blame is placed, look in the mirror and ask that person you see, what did I do today to stop the virus."

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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