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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month with green ribbon
Word cloud of emotions that impact mental health such as anxiety, grief, etc.
Word cloud of emotions that impact mental health such as anxiety, grief, etc.

May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States since 1949 to reach people through various media, local events, and available resources and screenings. Mental health is something we all should care about. While 1 in 5 will be directly affected by mental illness during their lifetime, we all face challenges, especially now, that impacts our mental health. Mental Health America provides tools for all segments of our society to help care for ourselves and each other.#breakthestigma allows us to share our stories and connect with others

https://mhanational.org/staying-mentally-healthy

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness

During May the National Alliance of Mental Health joins the medical community to raise mental health awareness – fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public, and advocating for policies to assist those with mental illness and their families.

Using the #NotAlone hashtag, personal stories can be shared, increasing awareness and building connections with digital tools – especially during this climate of physical distancing.

There is ALWAYS a community, you are not alone!

National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Never forget the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) is ALWAYS available to ANYONE. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Find Hope Franklin
Find Hope Franklin

Locally, Find Hope Franklin, offers a starting point for finding multiple resources easily anytime. Find Hope Franklin is a byproduct of City of Franklin’s Mayor Ken Moore’s Blue Ribbon Task Force. It was formed in 2019 to address mental health and substance use issues in Franklin and Williamson County.

On the website, there is a link at the top of the home page to “find help now” for those in immediate crisis. This provides multiple 24/7 crisis phone and text lines.

Source: https://www.franklintn.gov/Home/Components/News/News/9709/1354

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Tuesday Book Brunch First Meeting!

Tues Book Brunch
Grab your coffee or tea and let’s settle down to talk about what books we are reading. This is an informal book chat where we talk and share about the books we are reading. All readers are welcome (just not too many at once), print or audio.
Registration is required and limited to 15 readers so click the ticket link to go to the sign up page. I need an email to send you the link to join the meeting.
You will need a computer with a mic and hopefully a camera (we don’t judge and don’t care if you have pants.) We’ll have a waiting list and can spin off another group.
As this is our first meeting, the meeting will be with the staffer calling on each attendee in turn to introduce themself, talk briefly about what they like to read and share about a book that they are currently reading. Everyone will get 5 minutes which puts the meeting at 45 minutes more or less so plan on hanging out online for about an hour. We can see how it goes after we’ve all tried muting and unmuting our mics (no judging! We can do better than Congress, right?).
Participants will get an email with the link to join on Monday, May 11 by 1p.

Online Storytime with Ms. Barbara

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Well you know, once Ms. Liz did it, Ms. Barbara couldn’t resist.  She’ll be online on Friday mornings at 10a on the Children’s Department Facebook Page.

Check under videos on their page to see our previous storytimes and look at the events for more fun live storytimes with our staff!  We miss your kiddos and hope they can join us!

Online Story Time with Ms. Liz, Thursday, May 14

Williamson County Public Library Storytime with Ms. LIz Thursday May 7th at 10 am

Join Ms. Liz on the Children’s Department Facebook Page for a live preschool story time at 10a!

Follow our Children’s Department Facebook Page to see our past storytimes and for more fun live storytimes with our staff!

 

Cloth Masks to be Distributed at the Williamson County Agricultural Center COVID-19 Testing Site

MASK DISTRIBUTION

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is distributing free cloth masks at the Williamson County Agricultural Center at 4215 Long Ln, Franklin, TN 37064. Masks will now be distributed at the site, along with continued COVID-19 testing, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.

Those visiting the site can opt to receive a cloth mask, a COVID-19 test, or both.  The cloth masks will be distributed on behalf of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group (UCG) and is the first wave of a larger mask distribution effort in Tennessee.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come to the Williamson County Ag Center to receive testing for COVID-19 or to receive a State distributed cloth mask,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Director. “Masks and tests will be provided at no cost, and those who come to the Agricultural Center may remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

Nurses and/or National Guard medics will continue to collect nasal swabs from those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.

The Franklin and Fairview Health Department Clinics will continue to provide WIC (phone counseling only), primary care services and immunizations for children. COVID-19 testing mask distribution will be provided at the Williamson County Agricultural Center. 

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VIDEO: Williamson County COVID-19 Testing PSA

Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

 

COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Sites Relocated Due To Increased Community Turnout

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD), in partnership with the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (WCEMA), have relocated the COVID-19 drive-through testing locations to the Williamson County Agricultural Center at 4215 Long Ln, Franklin, TN 37064. The location change was due to an increased community turnout for testing.

On Saturday, April 18th the Department performed 663 COVID-19 tests during the state-wide testing event at the Franklin Clinic.

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Testing will be available at the Agricultural Center at the following times:

  • Monday, April 20th – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 21st through Friday, April 24th – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Nurses and/or National Guard medics will continue to collect nasal swabs from those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come to the Williamson County Ag Center to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Director. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing may remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

The Franklin and Fairview Health Department Clinics will continue to provide WIC (phone counseling only), high risk primary care services and immunizations for children and high risk populations. COVID-19 testing will be provided at the Williamson County Agricultural Center.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

 

Coronavirus Testing Drive-Thru

TN Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department are offering Covid-19 Assessment and Testing. Available at the Franklin and Fairview Clinics Monday to Friday from 9a-3p and Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 3p in Franklin only. Franklin Clinic, 1324 West Main Street (615) 794-1542 Fairview Clinic, 2629 Fairview Blvd (615) 799-2389 Drive-thru image

TN Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department are offering drive-thru Covid-19 Assessment and Testing. Available at the Franklin and Fairview Clinics Monday to Friday from 9a-3p and Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 3p in Franklin only. Franklin Clinic, 1324 West Main Street (615) 794-1542 Fairview Clinic, 2629 Fairview Blvd (615) 799-2389

Williamson County Coronavirus Resources

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Find information about what is happening in Williamson County, prevention advice from the CDC, updates from the Tennessee Department of Health, and more with these links to their coronavirus pages:

LOCAL:

Williamson Ready 

Williamson County Health Department 

Williamson County Schools

City of Franklin 

City of Brentwood

City of Spring Hill

Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Williamson Medical Center 

Williamson Inc.

Blood Assurance Covid Plasma Donations

Food Pantries.org in Franklin and Williamson County

Restaurant Map for takeout, curbside, and delivery

TENNESSEE:

Tennessee Department of Health

Governor Bill Lee 

TDH Close Contact Coronavirus Guidance  https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/CloseContactGuidance.pdf

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

NATIONAL:

CDC Covid-19  

White House Coronavius 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

HHS – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Small Business Administration

 

Music Scenes in Franklin

By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Department

We all know that Nashville is called “Music City” with all the concerts and venues that take place all over Nashville and Davidson County, covering so much more than country music these days, too.  But, Williamson County is catching up and has quite a few venues that may interest you.  From the annual Pilgrimage Festival to summer concerts to weekly and daily music venues, Franklin and Williamson County have much to offer!

If you want to relax and have a meal while listening to music, try out these restaurants in the area:

The Bunganut Pig does have a strange name but it has good food.  It’s been in Franklin for over twenty years; there’s a sign out front that boasts the “best burger in town.”  It is a laid back place to eat, with a varied menu.  There is live music on the patio in the summer, and dance bands perform on the weekends.

Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant started in Leiper’s Fork as a small restaurant in the 1950s; word spread and now there are six area restaurants.  The original one is still in in Leiper’s Fork, and next Franklin, then spreading out to Nashville, Columbia and Murfreesboro.  Franklin also boasts Puckett’s Boat House, which is actually in a refurbished boat house.  All of the locations have live music most days of the week.

From VisitFranklin.com

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, is more than just a place to enjoy a good meal. It’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. With mismatched tables and chairs and an eclectic clientele of tourists, farmers, songwriters, and country music stars, it’s a restaurant serving up a dining experience unlike any other.  It is even on the National Register of Historic Places in America!  Founded by the Puckett family in the 1950s, Puckett’s served as a country store to several communities in Williamson County. From fresh groceries and a good southern meal, to a tank of gas and a place to catch up with friends, Puckett’s has become a staple in the Leiper’s Fork community.

Puckett’s in Franklin is focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality. They built a name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples.  They offer live music Tuesday through Saturday.

Puckett’s Boat House is in Franklin’s old Boat Locker at 94 E. Main Street; they offer by-the-shore dishes that are reminiscent of the Gulf coast and the Big Easy, plus Southern staples. They also offer an oyster bar and a wine bar.  Every Tuesday through Saturday they offer live music.

From VisitFranklin.com

Kimbro’s opened in 2005 as a pickin’ parlor by songwriter Ron Kimbro. In 2007 Will Jordan became a partner and changed it to a music venue. In 2014, Jordan became the sole owner. In 2013, Kimbro’s won second place behind The Ryman Auditorium for “Best Live Music Venue” in The Tennessean’s 2013 reader’s pole and second place behind The Bluebird for “Best Open Mic” in The Nashville Scene’s reader’s pole.  In addition to incredible music, Kimbro’s also offers a fantastic menu of homemade foods from specialty salads to gourmet burgers, delicious sandwiches and fantastic sides. It also features more than 30 different varieties of imported and domestic beer and draft options are all made by local brewers; they also have a complete wine selection, mimosas, sangria and ciders.

The Whiskey Room at King’s Bowl at the Galleria is a relative newcomer to the area. Kings Bowl was founded in 2002 as a mission to create a new dining and entertainment experience that revitalizes the charm and nostalgia of bowling and other social games that have faded in America since their heydays. Not your average bowling alley, Kings Dining & Entertainment takes a restaurant-first approach with amazing scratch dishes from its chef-driven, award-winning kitchen in a classic retro environment. At King’s Dining & Entertainment, you can dine in one of three premium bars, on a 60-seat patio with fire pit and beer garden, or right at your bowling lane.

The Whiskey Room LIVE, part of the King’s Bowl complex, is a 120-seat entertainment stage with state-of-the-art audio and lighting.  “Music is part of our DNA,” the owner said, and the Nashville area just seemed like an ideal location to introduce our first Whiskey Room and music venue.”

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Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers was established in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia as a single pizzeria; the headquarters are still there.  This downtown restaurant has live music in the summer on the square.  Sixty-Four, a Beatles cover band, will be playing every second Saturday!

The Gray Drug Co. was a landmark pharmacy here for nearly a century. In 2013, after careful restoration, the three-story Gray’s on Main was unveiled, honoring Tennessee’s cultural heritage through fresh spirits, flavors and sounds.  The menu reflects the best of the South in food, with a focus on locally and regionally sourced ingredients. The second floor bar and music hall features live performances from the best musicians in the area.

The Pond is a local neighborhood bar with music; they also offer happy hour daily from  to 7 p.m.  The bar is for 21+ and they do allow smoking.  And for those who like late nights, they are open until 3:00 a.m.

Arrington Vineyards opened its doors July 1, 2007. Since then, we have been providing a “wine country experience” of award winning wines set among the picturesque rolling hills of middle Tennessee.  Arrington Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines every year from April through October every Saturday and Sunday. To view the entire schedule, check the event calendar.  They offer two live music locations on the property; they host live jazz groups in the courtyard and live bluegrass bands by the Grand Barn.  Both music events are free!

from visitfranklin.com

The Franklin Theatre was established in 1937, but time caught up with the theatre and in 2007 it closed.  Thanks to a community wide effort, headed by the Heritage Foundation, the theatre was restored.  It now shows standard movies, recorded music and now also has live music.  Featuring well known groups and singers, the theatre has reclaimed its place in downtown.

Music City Roots, Live From The Factory is a weekly, radio show and webcast that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to about 9:30 pm, CST, Music City Roots showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. The show is broadcast live over WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM from Middle Tennessee State University and webcast in Livestream.

Graystone Quarry in Thompson Station is just beginning to be an outdoor music venue and there will be outdoor music concerts coming soon!

And we can’t leave out the big annual music festival at Harlinsdale Farm!  The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival is become a well-known outdoor music concert.  2018 will be the 3rd year, and it continues to grow and have popular musicians.

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