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Recent Knowledgebase Articles

Eligibility of Chamber of Commerce Employees for City-Provided Benefits

A legal opinion was requested of MTAS addressing whether individuals who work for the local Chamber of Commerce are legally eligible for benefits provided to employees of the city.

MTAS Guidance on the Limited Reuse of N95 Respirators

With the severe shortage of N95 respirators, many municipalities and other organizations are faced with the dilemma of reusing N95 respirators, using a lessor form of protection, such as a surgical mark, trying to make their own mask or respirator, or going without any respiratory protection.


Use of Municipal Property as Community Garden in the city of Harrogate, Tennessee

Forms related to the operation of a community garden on municipal property in the City of Harrogate, Tennessee. Includes resolution to adopt rules and regulations for the community garden, the garden rules and regulations, and a community garden waiver, release and hold harmless agreement.

N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection Q & A: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities

With the shortage of N95 respirators, which is the type of respirator recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for respiratory protection against the coronavirus, MTAS has received questions about the reuse of N95 respirators and alternate types of respirators and masks. This hot topic provides information on N95 respirators and other types of respiratory protection. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any products. Cities should use this information as a resource when making decisions for their operations.

Fire Stations and Coronavirus Precautions: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities

Firefighters understand the concept of hot, warm, and cold zones in fire stations when it comes to keeping turnouts and fire contaminated gear out of the living areas of the station. But what about viruses and other pathogens? The practices used for fire contaminated gear do not work with pathogens. Therefore, firefighters need to practice more extensive contamination control to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus while at the fire station.

Non-Compliance with Governor Lee’s Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22: Guidance for Tennessee Municipalities

Guidance for municipalities on a course of action for business owners who may refuse the guidelines of Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21, and 22.

2019 Projected COLA Adjustment Survey

Seventeen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their proposed 2019 COLA numbers.

An Ordinance Establishing Qualifications for the Position of City Judge for the Town of New Market, Tennessee

The Town of New Market, Tennessee required an ordinance establishing qualifications for the position of city judge.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: A Summary for Tennessee Municipalities

A summary of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (signed into law March 18, 2020) to assist employers and employees during the pandemic.

Alcoholic Beverage Sales on Election Days

A Tennessee city requested information on whether or not it is legal to sell alcoholic beverages on election day. The author responded to the question letting the city know that neither the General Assembly nor the ABC have restricted sales on election days.