As the United States faces the worst public health crisis in a generation, we want you to know we are here for you – and with you.

       Whatever happens, whenever it happens, your newspaper will be here for you.

       We’ll be there to let you know how our community is managing through this crisis – from business to government to the health care system and schools to the drastic impact on individuals and families.

       And we’ll be there to let you know about the good and extraordinary things happening in the midst of the crisis – the woman in Clifton sewing masks for health workers, the city and non-profit workers attending to the under privileged, the volunteers bringing food to elderly people who cannot leave their homes, the health workers putting themselves in harm’s way to care for the sick. Amidst the sadness and anxiety, there are uplifting moments that remind us of the resilience of the human spirit, and we’ll be there to document those too..

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said the coronavirus has created an unprecedented health and economic crisis in our state.

    “We need every Tennessean on board to beat this pandemic,” the governor said. “Success starts with swift, accurate information and we support the efforts of the press to keep every Tennessean informed.”

    We are here to help you make sense of the situation and to help you navigate it. Having fact-based, reliable reporting that provides public scrutiny and oversight is more important than ever.

       Together, across the decades, this newspaper and its readers have navigated horrific events – natural disasters, financial down turns, periods of extreme political and social division. This challenge is greater than any of those, but, rest assured, we’ll be here for you. Wayne County is a resilient community where people come together to build and rebuild. Let’s stick together, and we’ll come through this, too.