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Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings in Williamson County, Tennessee Book Publication Announcement

What was Special Collections doing during the covid-19 shelter-at-home mandate?

We’re glad you asked! Your Special Collection librarians were right here, working hard on compiling and editing a new book for our department, and for you! As much as we didn’t like the circumstances, we welcomed this time to focus on bringing our work to completion. We fully intend to have our new book available for purchase and/or perusal sometime in June, barring any unforeseen circumstances. 

What is the title?

The long title is: 

Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings: A Further Look at the Popular Series, “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen,” Published in The Review-Appeal, 1966-1968, in Franklin, Tennessee

What made you compile a book? 

Inspiration. It’s as simple as that. Nearly two years ago, an old box of donated items provided  hours of delight and entertainment as we combed through its contents. Among the assorted papers, we found a nearly complete set of Review-Appeal “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen” clippings which, we soon discovered, ran as a series between the years 1966-1968. We were intrigued by this Review-Appeal appointed group of outstanding citizens, so highly regarded that each face was individually hand drawn by Tennessean staff artist, Bill Duke. 

Why these citizens?

Each generation recognizes those among us who stand out, the ones getting things done, the ones everyone either knows or “knows of.” How the Review-Appeal “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen” series came into being is a bit of a mystery, as well as their selection process. It seemed to have just appeared out of the blue, with no introduction and no conclusion. However, once re-discovered, we quickly recognized that this collection of citizen portraits gave us a unique snapshot of Williamson County and some, but not all, of the more visible citizens of the late 1960s, and that in itself was significant. While our nation was in the throes of political turmoil and cultural revolution, it would seem that business and life went on as usual in Williamson County.

Why is this book important?

As we began to wonder how the lives of these “Excellent Citizens” played out and what it would look like to read their end-of-life story, we set out to locate their obituaries and other articles. After compiling a fair amount of additional material, it was easy to see the treasure we had unearthed. We knew if we could get this all into a book, it would become an important resource for present and future researchers in finding family connections and aiding their understanding of these citizens and their place in our midst. For added interest, we threaded in ads of the era found in the Review-Appeal, The Williamson Leader, and the local Franklin phone directory. We also used quotations and excerpts from other local sources whenever possible.

Are any of the Excellent Citizens still living?

Yes, only about 10. For those citizens who are still living, we sent letters or called asking for their help, or their family’s help, in creating an updated entry for them. Most were happy to do so. And as word got out, some families of those citizens already gone were eager to help as well. In that way, we were able to amass original and important additional content for many of our living and deceased Excellent Citizens.

Are there other books about local people from Williamson County?

Yes, there are quite a few wonderful biographies, and several narratives of life in Franklin which are very  entertaining as well as factual. We are eager to point out to our readers works such as Who’s Who in Williamson County by Jane Bowman Owen, Who’s Who in Williamson County by Nat Osborne, Jr., and Who’s Who in Williamson County by Derry Carlisle, reprints of the Review-Appeal column of the same name published over a span of 35 years, all colorfully written and re-published by Rick Warwick. We also encourage our patrons to read the narratives of locals who have chronicled their own lives in Williamson County during this era, and in doing so, have animated the lives of many other citizens, some featured in our book. Look for works by Leonard Isaacs, Russ Farnsworth, Bill Peach, Bobby Langley, Jimmy Gentry, W.C. Yates, and others. Many of these are available to check out at WCPL.

Why are these 143 citizens important?

In today’s world, we have “social media” and “influencers,” but these men and women of the late 1960s were influential — they were doers, and their lives reflected their interaction with and influence in the community. For a time, they were all here in this one place, together, the stalwarts of their day. We hope this book, which we have painstakingly compiled and edited, will provide its readers and researchers with a useful resource as well as a source of memories of a time gone by, now known as The Sixties. 

Watch for details about our new book, Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings, coming out soon!

From the Special Collections Department

Marcia P. Fraser and Ashleigh M. Florida

Williamson County COVID-19 Testing Site Closed for Memorial Day

The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) COVID-19 testing and mask distribution site at the Williamson County Agricultural Center will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.

“Please join us in using this holiday to reflect on the sacrifices that our military personnel have made for our Country,” said Williamson County Health Department Director, Cathy Montgomery.  The health department has been using national and state guard medics and administrative personnel to assist in their testing efforts.

Free COVID-19 drive-through testing and mask distribution will resume on Tuesday, May 26th. Following Memorial Day, the Department will continue to provide testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

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: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html

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 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

COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Continues in Williamson County

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is continuing to offer free COVID-19 drive-through testing and mask distribution for the community on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

MASK DISTRIBUTION

Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will collect nasal swabs for 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.  Individuals do not have to present symptoms to be tested.  Masks will continue to be distributed while supplies last. 

In an effort to plan for potentially high testing turnout, large businesses recommending their employees be tested are encouraged to call the Williamson County Public Information line at (615) 595-4880. The line is operational Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses are asked to provide an approximate number of employees that desire to receive a test.

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: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to the  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 www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.htmlFind 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

Williamson County Clerk’s Office Promotes Online Services

Williamson County Clerk Online Services Page

Williamson County has been moving toward a phased reopening of its offices, while continuing to do its part to assist in the protection of the health and safety of citizens and employees. In an effort to promote continued physical distancing and health best practices, the Williamson County Clerk’s Office would like to remind individuals of the online services it provides.

The Clerk’s Office offers an online portal for tag renewals and marriage license applications. To utilize online services, visit: https://secure.tncountyclerk.com/index.php

Individuals who cannot access the online portal, can visit one of the five Renewal Kiosks at the Williamson County recreational facilities:

  • Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Boulevard
  • Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road
  • Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood, 920 Heritage Way
  • Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, 2909 Commonwealth Drive
  • Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville, 7250 Nolensville Road

Each facility is open according to the following modified schedule:

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Sunday: Closed

Renewal Kiosks are located in facility lobbies.  Whether entering the clerk’s office or a recreation center lobby, a temporal scan will be administered and every individual must answer 5 questions prior to entering a facility. Any person with a temperature registering greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or a positive confirmation to any of the health questions will not be allowed in the facility. Entrance will be based on limited occupant capacities and social distancing practices will be required. Once full occupancy is met, entrance will only be allowed as patrons exit the facility. Patrons are encouraged to bring masks and other protective gear to ensure everyone’s safety.

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

or Text WCCOVID to 888-777 for developing information. 

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

 

Williamson County COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Continues Monday through Friday

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing for the community on Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

Copy of Williamson County Agricultural Center (2)

In an effort to plan for potentially high testing turnout, large businesses who plan to recommend their employees to be tested are encouraged to call the Williamson County Public Information line at (615) 595-4880. The line is operational Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses are asked to provide an approximate number of employees that desire to receive a test.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Health 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.

Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will collect nasal swabs frothose 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. Registration is not required.

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to the  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 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

COVID-19 DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing event for the community on April 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center on 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

Copy of Williamson County Agricultural Center (4)

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come this weekend to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Health 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.”

WCHD continues to provide testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Agricultural Center. Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will 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.

Testing at the Williamson County Ag Center

Individuals can subscribe to the  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 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

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.

willco ag expo testing

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

COVID-19 DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing events for the community April 18, 2020. Nurses and/or National Guard medics will 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 one of these locations this weekend 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.”

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

Sample collection for testing will be offered at the following locations and times in the Mid-Cumberland Region:

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Dickson County: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dickson County Health Department, 301 West End Ave., Dickson

Montgomery County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Montgomery County Health Department, 300 Pageant Lane, Clarksville

Robertson County: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Robertson County Fairgrounds, 4635 US-41, Springfield

Rutherford County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Rutherford County Health Department, 100 West Burton St., Murfreesboro

Williamson County: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Williamson County Health Department, 1324 West Main St., Franklin

Wilson County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wilson County Health Department, 927 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Sumner County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Gallatin High School, 700 Dan P. Herron Drive, Gallatin

Tennessee’s Coronavirus Public Information Lines are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., CDT daily at 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945.

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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Williamson County Emergency Management has provided a Coronavirus website to utilize for up-to-date local information. Individuals can also text keyword WCCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in to text updates or call the Williamson County COVID-19 Public Information Line at (615) 590-4880 Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.
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