Community Response


As we move towards less social interaction, the Messenger is putting together lists of businesses and organizations open or closed status. The information in this issue is current as of Thursday, March 19, at noon, which is the time we send the newspaper to the printer. If there are any major updates, we will post those on our website . Understanding that many do not have reliable internet service or even email, those updates will also be printed in the next regular issue.

In this issue, March 20, 2020, for meeting cancelations, go to page 3. For Church News, go to page 4. For community and school news, please start on page 5.

If your organization, business or church is operating on a different schedule and is not listed in this issue, please get in touch by phone (931) 598-9949 or via email . We need to work together to keep our community up-to-date and informed.

Please follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control . 

1866 Revival will still have normal hours as of now, Wednesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. .

American Legion Hall is still available for events. Contact Mike Roark at  or call (931) 273-9814.

Big A Marketing is operating with regular busines hours, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. .

Bill Harper has put together an ad hoc group of seven young, healthy volunteers who are willing to run errands for community members who are sick or elderly and don’t want to leave their house. Instacart is an online service that can deliver from Kroger or CVS and is the preferred provider for those with computer access. Contact person for any errands or food delivery outside the Instacart service is Steve Simpson .

Bodyworks Youniversity will not hold classes or private sessions through March 22, and will have more information soon. Call (423) 322-1443.

We here at Citizens Tri-County Bank value our customers and employees and we want you to know we understand the apprehension you may have at this time with the threat of the Coronavirus. CTCB will continue to be here for you and your needs. We wanted to remind you of all the products and services we provide to help limit human interaction: Online Banking, Online Bill Pay, Mobile Banking, Mobile Deposit, Digital Bill Pay, 24/7 Phone Banking, as well as ATM’s along with Drive Thru access at your local Offices for your convenience. If you are not enrolled for these services give us a call at (423) 949-4804 and we will get you enrolled. For info, visit our website  along with all our Social Media sites as well.

Community Action Committee will distribute food to anyone who needs it. Betty Carpenter will be in office Monday–Friday, 9–11 a.m. as usual, but no volunteers will be coming.

If you know of folks visiting the mountain, there are rooms available at the DeRosset House. Follow them on Facebook.

Fine Arts on the Mountain in Sewanee will be continuing lessons at the store. On-line classes are available. Store hours are Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. .

Frame Gallery in Sewanee is currently operating with regular business hours, Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Appointments may also be made (931) 463-2300. .

Franklin County Senior Center in Winchester will be closed until March 31.

Hallelujah Pottery/Full Circle Candles is open during the week, as is the little food pantry/library out front. There are online options for candle gifts and free local pick up for the community. Hours are Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. .

Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions is in business to serve our clients and team. They have implemented many new safety precautions. Call them at 598-5565 .

Mountain Valley Bank .

Mooney’s Market & Emporium will be offering curbside pickup at the store. Hours are Monday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Call them at (931) 924-7400. .

Monteagle Sewanee Realtors will be open 9–noon, and by appointments. Call (931) 924-7253 .

OctoPi Pizza and Wine Bar current hours are Thursday–Sunday, 5–9 p.m. until March 22. Takeout is available. Call (931) 598-9000 .

Public Utilities offer online payment options, and drive through services. Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, (931) 598-5228; Sewanee Utility District, water and sewer, (931) 598-5611; Elk River Public Utility District, natural gas, (931) 967-2110.

Regions Bank In the interest of public health, to reduce the spread of the virus, and remain available for our customers, Regions will move all branch locations to a pandemic control service model. This will allow us to remain open to serve our customers and remain vigilant in the fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic. Effective Thursday, March 19, Regions will adjust the following ways we do business:

Lobby service will be by appointment only, which may be made via, the Contact Center (1-800-Regions), or speaking with a branch associate. This will allow Regions to limit lobby exposure to both customers and non-customers. Regions Sewanee Branch can be reached directly by telephone at (931) 463-3960.

Drive-thru service will remain available to complete all customer transactions typically completed via drive-thru. In addition, to accommodate a broader customer base, we will implement some temporary service extensions, including some services for certain non-customers.

ATMs will remain available to process transactions, unless the machine is inside a branch lobby or otherwise closed building.

Sewanee Inn The restaurant at the Sewanee Inn will offer takeout only (and room service for Inn guests) through Sunday night. The bar and restaurant area will be closed during this period .

Sewanee Realty will keep their office open. Call (931) 952-2468 if you would like to make an appointment. .

Shenanigans in Sewanee will remain open with a modified schedule. Hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. There are takeout and some home delivery options. Call (931) 598-5774 .

Signature HealthCARE in Monteagle has canceled all volunteers and visitors until further notice.

South Cumberland Farmers’ Market is offering Tuesday market pickup at curbside. Ordering takes place each week from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 10 a.m. at . There is also an option for home delivery.

Taylor’s Mercantile is currently on spring break. .

St. Mary’s Sewanee is closed to the public. For information about St. Mary’s Sewanee’s policies for rescheduling or cancelling reservations or retreats, please go online to , email  or call (931) 598-5342.

Tea on the Mountain in Tracy City is taking all the necessary precautions, and is currently open for business as usual, Thursday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Call (931) 592-4832. 

The Blue Chair in Sewanee is currently operating with a normal schedule. There are takeout options available. Call 598-5434. .

The Lemon Fair is closing the store for in-person shopping. There is an option to shop online .

The Sewanee Community Center is suspending all activities until April.

The Sewanee Mountain Messenger will still be delivered to area post offices and businesses, and available online, on Fridays. The office is currently closed to visitors. Call us at 598-9949, or send an email to . .

The Sewanee Senior Center will be serving meals until further notice, only offering takeout and delivery to shut-ins until April 3. Please call 598-0771 by 9 a.m. to order lunch, Monday–Friday. Until the end of April, the following activities will not meet: Exercise Class, Bingo, and Game Day.

Tower Bank If you have any questions about our pandemic operational plans, please don’t hesitate to email us at . .

University Realty in Sewanee is open regular hours and is offering virtual tours for clients who do not want to walk into multiple houses. Call (931) 598-9244. .

Woody’s Bicycles in Sewanee will remain open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Call 598-9793, .