City staff members have been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Mandatory Stay at Home orders were announced on March 27, 2020 by Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran and expires 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2020. Mayor Evans ratified Smith County Judge Moran’s Amended Order of a Local Disaster on April 1.  The Mayor’s ratification will automatically be extended as Judge Moran extends Smith County’s. This ratification covers the entire City of Overton, not just the Smith County portion. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at (903) 834-3171 or email

Social distancing and staying home are imperative in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Treat each person that you come into contact with as if they are a carrier of the virus. Please understand that you will continue to see traffic as employees from essential businesses are going to and from work. This stay at home mandatory order continues to allow citizens to obtain necessary supplies or services, e.g. groceries, medical prescriptions, household consumer products, banking. Citizens are still able to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, biking, hiking, and running as long as you practice social distancing. Please adhere to Judge Moran’s suggestions for the greater good of the community. Please click the link to see the differences between Essential vs. Non-Essential Businesses.

Rusk County has not yet issued a county-wide Stay at Home Order. However, Judge Hale urges Rusk County residents to stay home, stay safe, and to practice the social distances of 6 feet from others. Please remember to sanitize often and wipe down all surfaces multiple times per day while using gloves. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 903-834-3171 or send an email to