Rutherford County TN

Response to COVID-19

5/6/20 • Visitation with inmates reopens Monday 05/11/2020.

Rutherford County Adult Detention Center will reopen video visitation for visits with inmates Monday, said Jail Administrator Chris Fly.

Visits begin on the hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and last 45 minutes.

To schedule a visit, family and friends may register with the following link.

Attorneys will continue video visits with their clients housed at the detention center.

4/8/20 • Defendants in Circuit Court who were supposed to serve their sentence on non-violent misdemeanor or felony case or violation of probation in April should report 30 days later, the Circuit Court judges ordered Monday.

People convicted of violent offenses of crimes against people and children, aggravated burglary, DUI third offense or higher and all domestic assault cases must begin serving their sentence on the assigned date.

Non-violent misdemeanor cases include first and second offense DUIs, non-violent Class C, D and E felonies and probation violations based solely on a:

  • Showing a positive drug screen or admitting using illegal drugs.

  • Failing to show up for supervision for four months or less.

  • Being arrested for any misdemeanor case other than DUI third offense or higher) or domestic assault.

  • Failing to pay court costs, restitution, supervision fees or other payment as a condition of probation.

  • Failing to complete a class or assessment.

  • Violating rules of probation, other than a new felony arrest or a new misdemeanor arrest for DUI third offense or higher or domestic assault.

Circuit Court Judges David Bragg and Barry Tidwell and Chancellor Howard Wilson signed the order after monitoring developments of the pandemic and under the Tennessee Supreme Court orders.

“The high population density of the local jail during the COVID-19 pandemic poses a special problem for those incarcerated and the corrections officers, sheriff’s deputies, law enforcement officers, healthcare workers and other professionals who regularly come in contact with inmates,” the judges stated.

4/8/20 • Police chiefs and the sheriff in Rutherford County remind citizens in this video they are #SaferAtHome while trying to prevent COVID-19.

Sending the message are Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen, Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold, La Vergne Police Chief Mike Walker, Eagleville Police Chief David Breniser, MTSU Police Chief Buddy Peaster and Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

4/3/20Joint Statement from Law Enforcement Agencies of Rutherford and Cannon Counties


In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 22, Mayor Ketron announced that Rutherford County essential offices will be open with limited staffing, but closed to the general public beginning Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 am through 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 19. Learn More.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office lobby will be open for limited business while other county offices are closed to citizens until April 19.

Limited business includes cash bonds and warrants.

Safe distances practices will be used in the Sheriff's Office lobby.

The visitation lobby will be closed.

Family and friends can use video visitation from home to communicate with inmates in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Citizens may check out the Sheriff’s web page at for video visitation and additional information.


No evictions will be conducted until at least May 6 under a Tennessee Supreme Court order issued Wednesday.

The Supreme Court justices posted the order “given the increasing economic issues caused by this pandemic.”

Judges, clerks and court officials shall not take any action for evictions for failure to make rent, loan or other similar payments “absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by a judge.”

Supreme Court justices also encouraged judges to work with court clerks and law enforcement officers to “develop policies severely limiting or eliminating any new garnishments during this time.


As a precaution against the COVID-19 virus, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Adult Detention Center are implementing measures to protect citizens and inmates, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

“We are well aware of the implications of COVID-19 and will be taking all precautions possible for our employees, citizens and the inmate population,” Fitzhugh said. “We are constantly in touch with the medical staff and the Rutherford County Health Department to make sure we are apprised of the most current information.”

Jail Administrator Chris Fly said the medical staff continues its practice of conducting assessments for each inmate who is booked into the Detention Center.

As a precaution, video visits at the Adult Detention Center will be canceled until April 1 when the staff will review the status of the virus.

Inmates will be allowed to have two free remote visits per week. They will have regular phone calls and texts.

“We are looking for additional methods for inmates to communicate with their families at no cost or lower costs,” Fly said.

Attorneys may communicate with their inmate clients through video visitation at the detention center.

Programs were suspended as well.

Additional sanitation will be done in the main lobby and visitation lobby for both visitors and employees.

The booking area and booking cells where inmates are processed will be scrubbed with bleach every four hours.