Updated 12/22/20


Richland Principal Micah Landers told the raider students on social media that a meeting will be on December 30th to discuss how  Giles County will open schools in 2021.
As Governor Bill Lee made a special address Sunday night describing the fight against COVID a "war" for the state, he addressed the immediate future for preps athletics.
Lee says that, while he feels it is important for prep athletics to continue in Tennessee, attendance will be limited at all state prep events through January 19th.
The executive order says that starting December 20th, spectators are not permitted to attend practices and games or competitions, with certain exceptions.
Those exceptions include, per the order, "game, school and facility administrators, athletics officials, coaching and team personnel, parents, guardians or other immediate household members of athletes practicing or competing at the venue on that date, media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity, and first responders."
"I believe high school sports are an important part of our kids' lives, and they should continue," Lee said, "but in coordination with the TSSAA, we are limiting attendance at indoor sporting events."
Lee's address Sunday comes as the country sees an unprecedented amount of COVID cases in part stemming from the post-Thanksgiving rise and most gatherings going indoors due to the colder weather.
 It is expected Christmas and New Year's gatherings could make the situation even worse and overwhelm Tennessee's health care system and health care systems countrywide.
While Lee did not implement a statewide mask mandate despite calls from the health care community to do so, he has restricted all indoor gatherings to 10 people maximum.