Rutherford County TN

Response to COVID-19


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.