Author: Brian Vandiver

Executive Order No. 23

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases being reported, Governor Bill Lee has issued Executive Order No. 23, requiring all persons to stay at home unless engaging in essential activity or services as defined in Executive Order No. 22. Hardeman County Sheriff’s Offices needs your help and would like to urge everyone to comply with this Order helping make Hardeman County and its citizens as safe as possible during this crisis.

Governor’s Executive Order No. 22

Recently, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 22, an order directing Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in essential activities to limit their exposure to and spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect on 3/31/2020 and will continue through April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

This executive order is not a mandate to shelter in place, but instead urges Tennesseans who are in non-essential roles to remain at home.

The executive order further restricts businesses that cannot safely operate during COVID-19 and provides for the continuation of essential businesses throughout every county to protect the economy.

To view or print the order please click on the link below.

Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 22

Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office Calendars for 2021

All American Calendars

Some businesses may have already received a call from All American Calendars asking for donations regarding a calendar for the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office. THIS IS NOT A SCAM! This company is working with us to create a calendar for the upcoming year and also to help us raise money for our DARE program. We would like to personally thank all of you for your generous donations in support of our Drug Education, Drug Awareness, and Drug Prevention Calendar Project this year.

CJC Dress Code

Effective immediately, any persons entering the Criminal Justice Complex shall adhere to Rule 4 of the Local Rules of Practice, General Sessions Court, Civil and Criminal, of Hardeman County, TN.

Rule 4 (B) All participants, witnesses, visitors, and spectators shall conform to strict standards of decency, dignity, etiquette, and propriety.

Rule 4 (C) Provides for all to be DRESSED APPROPRIATELY.

The following attire is considered INAPPROPRIATE:

  • Shorts
  • Halter Tops
  • Bare midriffs (cut off shirts)
  • See through attire
  • Muscle shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Clothing with obscenities


Persons not adhering to this rule will be denied entrance.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Renewing Our Commitment

A press conference was held today at the Criminal Justice Center in Hardeman County. The U.S. Attorney of the Western District of the State of Tennessee Michael Dunavant, along with Special Agent in Charge of the FBI-Memphis Division M. A. Myers, 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson, Special Agent in Charge TBI-West Tennessee John Simmons,, Sheriff John Doolen, along with others renew their commitment to solving the 21 year old murder of Michael Bell. There is still a $24,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the subject responsible. U.S. Attorney Dunavant announced new technology used by the FBI has allowed investigators to move closer to solving this case.

Church Safety Training

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office is now conducting training for local churches. Captain Brian Vandiver put together a training program which includes active shooter training, along with other safety issues that churches may face. We encourage churches to be proactive and begin preparing for such events instead of being reactive. If you would like more information or to schedule training for your church, please contact Captain Brian Vandiver at (731) 228-3004 or

Fighting Against Opioid Overdoses

Crossing all socioeconomic barriers, addiction does not just affect the poverty stricken, homeless, or street junkie. With the addition of opioids like Fentanyl and Carfentil, people are dying daily across the state of Tennessee. Fentanyl can be trasmitted by inhalation, ingestion, or even absorbed through the skin therefore, just touching the drug can kill someone.
Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. In order to prepare for possible opioid overdoses in the future, the Hardeman County Sheriff’s department took part in training to be able to receive Narcan (generic name is Naloxone), which is an opioid antagonist for opioid overdoses. All patrol cars are now equipped with these kits in an effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
The training was given on behalf of the State Targeted Response (STR) grant through the state of Tennessee.
This state grant allows for Narcan to be placed in the hands of our law enforcement, not only for their protection, but for the protection for the public.  If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and needs help, please call 1-800-889-9789.

$24,000 Reward

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, FBI and the 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant announced the reward Thursday March 23, 2017 in the unsolved 1998 murder of Michael Bell, according to a TBI release.

Bell was a clerk at the McKee’s Stateline Convenience Store at the time of his murder on July 23, 1998. The store is located on Highway 125 S between Middleton, TN, and Walnut, MS.

An unknown individual shot and killed Bell, then left the store in a 1990s General Motors sedan and drove toward Walnut, MS.

The robbery does not appear to have been the motive of the shooting, according to the release. They say Bell instead was the target of a coordinated murder.

The FBI has joined in the investigation, and the partnership has resulted in new leads in the case, according to the release.

Investigators believe there are people in the community who have information that can help solve the crime.

The reward is for information that directly assists law enforcement in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Bell’s death.

Anyone who has information is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Michael Bell