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Franklin police seeks voluntary compliance with Tennessee stay at home order

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 14:42:58-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Franklin Police Department has issued a release asking for voluntary compliance with Governor Lee's stay at home order for Tennessee.

Franklin police say they will work to ensure citizen compliance, following Franklin Mayor Moore's stay at home order for the city, as well as Governor Lee's Executive Order 23, requiring Tennesseans to stay home for all but essential activities.

When a business or person is found in violation, they will be warned. Any person or business who remains non-compliant will be cited.

With all of this, the Franklin Police Department says they are counting on citizens to voluntarily comply.

To report a suspect violation, you can call Franklin police at (615) 794-2513 or email CityofFranklin@franklintn.gov.

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