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From The Williamson County Health Department release dated June 29, 2020:
All COVID-19 tests and masks are free to the public, regardless of county of residency. Individuals do not have to present symptoms to be tested. Test results are currently being provided within 4 to 7 days of testing.
“We would like to remind the community that if they are coming to receive a test, they should plan on self-isolating until their test results come back to prevent transmission if results are positive,” said Williamson County Health Director Cathy Montgomery.
WCHD would like to remind the community to follow CDC guidelines by physically distancing and wearing a mask while in public settings. Businesses should continue to follow Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Guidelines which can be found here:
For developing information, individuals can subscribe to Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.
TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at
Find additional information at http://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and
Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.
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What is Juneteenth?
It was June 19th, 1865 (two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had legally freed slaves on January 1, 1863) that Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and slavery. Slave owners had withheld that information from slaves to be able to get another harvest out of them. Granger’s General Order Number Three left no doubt about the fact:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absoluteequality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters andslaves and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes thatbetween employer and hired labor. The Freedmen are advised to remain attheir present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will notbe allowed to collect at military posts; and they will not be supported in idlenesseither there or elsewhere.
Juneteenth is a day of commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, it is often referred to as the Black Independence Day. It is recognized as a state holiday or observance in forty-seven states and the District of Columbia. Although the push to have it named as a Federal holiday has not been successful, the last four U. S. Presidents have made remarks about its observance. Over the course of 155 years, Juneteenth has become a global event.
Observances are usually community events, including parades, cookouts, picnics, festivals, marches, and prayer vigils. Given the current protests concerning the systemic racism that permeates our American culture – with the focus on police brutality and a biased criminal justice system, June 19th or Juneteenth takes on special significance. This day is to recognize African American freedom and achievement and take the time to promote and cultivate our appreciation of the diversity of cultures. In recent years, the celebrations have been global, as the sacrifices to achieve freedom are still ongoing.
The state of Tennessee passed legislation in 2007 (Tenn. Code Ann. §15-2-113 (2007) to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.
In Multnamah County in Oregon, June 19th is now a paid holiday.
Juneteeth Books in WCPL Collection
Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction
Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth” by Robert Conner available online as an ebook.
The top title, Becoming a Man by P. Carl is an anecdotal account of a transgender man, physically and legally transitioning at the age of fifty. While it is satisfying that he is able to finally be perceived as the person he is on the inside, it is somewhat tragic that he had to wait so long – that he had to live so much of his life portraying a persona that he was expected to be. Along this topic, I have also recently read Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie, in our YA section (YA B BERTIE). Alex chronicles his journey to gender transition as a teenager in the UK. Not only does he expose the limitations of the British medical care system for gender transitions, but there is also a section of the book that is written by his mother – and the mental transition she has to navigate to support her child in this difficult undertaking.
Except for Becoming a Man, it is obvious that I am in a crime/true crime phase. After finishing Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, I pulled his first book, Lost Girls. I had heard of the story behind this book (unlike Hidden Valley Road, which was fresh news for me), but even so, Kolker manages to give life, a biography, to each of these unfortunate young women buried on the beach in Long Island. They are intertwined in life as they became in death. I find Robert Kolker to be as compelling with this account as he was with the Gavin family members in Hidden Valley Road. He is an unusually thorough and dedicated true crime writer.
Gone at Midnight, the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson is another true crime account of the Vancouver student missing after checking into the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles – a place with a 90-year history of tragedy and scandal. This is a disturbing narrative penned by a journalist trying to uncover the facts behind Elisa Lam’s death which eventually became a macabre internet meme. The book becomes laborious with the intermingling of fact, conspiracy theory, mental illness (on part of the subject and the author), and plain old paranormal speculation. Anderson kept moving off on tangents and had a difficult time interconnecting different supposition with his initial hypothesis, in other words, he was all over the place, but the grim story held my interest enough to finish the book.
The Man From The Train: the Solving of a Century-old Serial Killer Mystery, I have not started yet – it is next on my to-read list. It is also a true crime story (naturally) about baseball writer and statistician Bill James as he uses his unique skillset to solve a series of murders (of entire families!) that occurred in the Midwest between 1898 to 1912. I cannot wait to get into it.
My guilty pleasure has been the 25 years of the In Death series by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts); she produces, on average, two of these a year. They have a strong lead character, a female detective in the NYPD. The stories occur in a somewhat post-dystopian universe, set in the late 2050’s to the early 2060’s. The characters have evolved, in their world, over the course of five years, along with real world forensic technology. Robb has done a great job at progressing the tech to make it feel as if you are in a future world. And, of course, there is a tiny bit of spicy romance. Echoes in Death is the 55th in the series of 61 in death books, including 11 anthologies. There are two more to be released, one in the fall and one next year. I read them sporadically – they are fairly good who-done-it mysteries.
May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day; a day designated by the United Nations to recognize and celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom. This year’s conference originally scheduled the last weekend in April at the World Forum in The Hague has been postponed until October, in the same location.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), headquartered in Paris, is launching the 2020 global campaign on media and social media channels focusing on Journalism without Fear or Favour with special emphasis on:
- Safety of Woman and Men Journalists and Media Workers
- Independent and Professional Journalism free from Political and Commercial Influence
- Gender Equality in All Aspects of the Media
Proclaimed in December 1993 by the UN General Assembly, World Press Freedom Day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to freedom of the press. It is also a day for media professionals to reflect about current issues surrounding press freedom and professional ethics.
The stated purpose of the World Press Freedom Day is to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
World Press Freedom Day was chosen to highlight freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. As agreed by the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Article 19 says “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Access to information and media freedom contribute to human empowerment, which in turn helps people gain control over their lives and their communities. These are achieved through access to fair, accurate, and unbiased information, representing many opinions. The ability to have unfettered access to information and to relay it throughout their community allows active collective participation. These freedoms must be protected by rule of law and the populace must be educated in the information literacy that supports civic engagement by the citizens of all countries allowed into the United Nations.
Book available at WCPL:
War on words: who should protect journalists? by Joanne M. Lisosky and Jennifer R. Henrichsen (323.445 LIS)