Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander and the Trigg County Fiscal Court declared a state of local emergency Tuesday at its regular meeting.

“We want to protect our citizens,” Alexander said. “But we want to make sure that we protect our employees as much as possible too.”

This order closed all local government buildings to the public.

“We will continue day-to-day operations as normal,” Alexander said. “We will still be here to answer the phones. We will be here to answer emails, to deal with questions or problems as they arise.”

Many events have been canceled in the county already, but this order will cancel all others until the order is removed.

“Buy what you need to stock up, but don’t hoard,” said Magistrate Cameron Sumner. “There are a lot of single parents and other people who live paycheck to paycheck that can’t afford to buy for three and four weeks at a time. If other people are buying up everything in the store, it doesn’t leave much for those who can’t buy up everything they need for several weeks. Buy what you need, but please don’t hoard.”

In other news:

The court approved the $60,000 budget of the Trigg County Soil Conservation District. Barry Alexander, representing the district, presented the budget to the court. The district asked for the same amount over the past five years.

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