The Jackson County Mayor’s office will provide residents with 4,000 free customized face masks.
Mayor Randy Heady said the plan is to get the community excited to wear a mask and start a trend in the county.
“We are proud people, and the community spirit is strong here,” Heady said. “I am hoping they are proud to put that mask on and wear it proudly in the community. If it encouraged one person to wear the mask, it is worth it.”
The masks are black with an Explore Jackson County Tennessee logo. Heady said wearing the mask while visiting other areas will also help Jackson County gain more exposure.
“If somebody from Davidson or Rutherford came to Jackson County, they take the mask back with them and somebody sees the Explore Jackson County logo, they might search for ExploreJCTN.com,” Heady said.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the county for the cost of the masks but not for the printing. Heady said the masks cost around 50 cents each but is worth the price.
“I want people to know that I am going to do my best,” Heady said. “If I can hand out these 4,000 masks, then I am hoping I can buy 4,000 more. If it encourages people to wear a mask, then it is worth it.”
Heady said he still recommends people at-risk or in groups of people wear masks. The first shipment will come in Friday. A plan for distribution is unknown at this time.