Some Dickson businesses have created a tab at three restaurants so that local policemen, firefighters and medical staff (doctors, nurses and EMTs) don’t have to pay for meals there. 

Shoney’s on Mathis Drive, House Blend coffeehouse on North Main Street and Back Alley BBQ on College Street each have at least a $500 tab so those workers can pick up a meal or coffee. ERA Real Estate, Buster’s Garage and Blankenship CPA donated the money to start the tabs.

Because of a recent executive order from Gov. Bill Lee, the meals and coffee are available only for takeout. Some of the workers who have already used the program showed their appreciation by posting pictures online and simply saying thank you.

“This idea actually came from another ERA office in Maryland,” ERA Dickson office owner Judy Walters said. “But this community is responding and helping push this a long way. We want to do everything we can to help those on the front lines saving lives and fighting the virus.”

To donate to the tab, call (615) 446-8999.

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