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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. 

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

~DD

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

st with ms Barb

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!

 

Library2Go Updated to Improve Service at Main Library

board with tiles that spell thank you on it

We have had an overwhelming response to our Library2Go curbside service and are adjusting to the demand. In order to alleviate some of the congestion on our phone lines, we want to ask patrons not to call to let us know when they are here in the parking lot.  Please pull up along the sidewalk at the entryway.  We are putting up signage so you will know where to stop. Library staff will be at the door to take your name, go back inside to put your items on the Library2Go table, then step back inside so you can retrieve them.

Free masks will be on the Library2Go table too, courtesy of the Williamson County Health Department and the State of Tennessee.

Updated Library 2 Go service*:

Hours:
Monday-Tuesday, 9-5
Wednesday 9-1 and Thursday-Sat, 9-5

1. Call us at 615-595-1277 to request up to 10 items per family or to pick up your item(s) currently being held on the hold shelf**.

2. Staff will find the items and check them out to you.

3. Staff will call you to let you know when your items are ready for pickup and to come to the Main Library in Franklin from 9-1 and 2-5, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday plus 9-1 on Wednesdays.

4. Staff will instruct you to drive up to the front door where they will take your name.

5. Staff will go inside, get your bag and put it on the “Library 2 Go Pick Up” table between the sliding glass doors. Your checkout slip will be in the bag with your books.

6. Once the inside doors close behind the staff member, you may retrieve your items.

8. Return items such as books, dvds and audiobooks may be put in the outside return book drop.

*Your Library account must be in good standing with not more than $3 in fines and no overdues. Staff will discuss when you call if this is a barrier to service.

**Items on hold prior to the “safer at home” initiative are still on hold and may be picked up.

 

We currently are not able to place holds and route books via the courier. If there is a book you want at one of our branches, you can contact them to request it and pick it up curbside at their location. Our Nolensville, Fairview, & College Grove Branches are operating their curbside service from 10-4, Monday-Friday. Beginning Tuesday, May 12, our Bethesda & Leiper’s Fork Branches will be running their curbside service from 10-4, Tuesday-Friday.

This service is “use at your own risk.”  For your own safety, we recommend wearing gloves when picking up your items.  Library Staff wipe down the book covers when received and wear gloves as we handle materials but we have no method for cleaning pages.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200320192755.htm

Our goal is to maintain a manageable level of items going in and out that we can disinfect and loan with the number of staff on duty.  These guidelines may be changed based on new information during the current pandemic and/or due to the need to adapt the procedure as it is implemented.  Your understanding of the current limitations is greatly appreciated.

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

 

Looking for Tax Help?

anonymous person with binoculars looking through stacked books

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

vita virtual

 

When you go to the website, unitedwayfilefree.com , you will be asked to select one of three regional hubs for middle TN.  It will take you to a secure, online portal which can be accessed via smartphone (recommended) or computer.

You will answer questions and upload your documents by taking photos.

Once your submission is received, one of the VITA volunteers will prepare the return and another one will do a quality check.

When it’s ready, they will you a copy of their tax return in a secure manner and go over it with you.

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

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Series: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Puzzle with the Alzheimer on it and missing pieces

This general overview of Alzheimer’s and dementia explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, identifies FDA-approved treatments available for some symptoms, looks at what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research, and offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Presented online by the Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter. Each presentation is about an hour long, so the second hour of each program will be devoted to Q&A, gathering resources, one-on-one conversations, and planning sessions.

Plan to attend online with  your phone, tablet or computer on April 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Registration with a valid email address is required.  The day before the event, we will send an invitation with a  link for you to join the program.

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