Knox County mayor: County will comply with Executive Order 23, warns against more government control

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Shortly after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced a new executive order to ensure Tennesseans only leave home on essential business, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs made his own announcement: the county would cooperate with the order.

Lee said that law enforcement agencies were given guidance on how to enforce the executive order. It came after officials found data that travel in the state was rising to pre-coronavirus outbreak numbers.

Jacobs warned of increased government control in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

“During another crisis, Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth,’” Jacobs said during a live stream on Facebook. “Knox County will, of course, comply with this executive order. However, with our response to COVID-19, I fear that we may be testing the very limits of President Lincoln’s notion.”

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