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  • As of Monday afternoon, January 25, Fannin County had been notified of a total of 2,226 confirmed cases and 431 probable cases, with an estimated 2,453 recoveries and 76 fatalities related to COVID-19. According to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Fannin County suffered 10 deaths in the past week due to complications related to the novel coronavirus. The county currently has an estimated 166 active cases, with 89 in the local state prisons. Active cases in the state prisons have doubled in the past week.
  • Pursuant to 23 C.F.R. §771.123(a), FHWA, on behalf of TxDOT, is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for a proposed transportation project to construct the Spur 399 Extension, an eight-lane freeway on new location connecting United States Highway (US) 75 south of McKinney to US 380 north of McKinney, in Collin County, Texas. The public is requested to identify in writing potential alternatives, information, and analyses relevant to this proposed project. Such information must be received by Mar. 10, 2021.
  • In its first full year of operation, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Anti-Trafficking Unit (ATU) received 42 leads that led to one illicit (unlicensed) massage establishment closing its doors, two criminal arrests and two survivor outcries. Because TDLR regulates massage therapists, massage establishments, cosmetologists and nail salons, the agency has a potential nexus with human trafficking.
  • Eleanor McCalpin and Reid McCalpin rehearse. The Young Actors Guild presents an outdoor performance of a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On.
  • Willow Wild Cemetery Association is soliciting bids for grass mowing and trimming at Willow Wild Cemetery, located at 1220 West 7th Street, Bonham, TX 75418 for a period of one year.
  • 1825 – The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears." American settlers had been pressuring the federal government to remove Indians from the Southeast; many settlers were encroaching on Indian lands, while others wanted more land made available to the settlers. Although the effort was vehemently opposed by some, including U.S. Congressman Davy Crockett of Tennessee, President Andrew Jackson was able to gain Congressional passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which authorized the government to extinguish any Indian title to land claims in the Southeast. The Trail of Tears was part of a series of forced relocations of approximately 100,000 Native Americans between 1830 and 1850 by the United States government known as the Indian removal. Members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations (including thousands of their black slaves) were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern United States to areas to the west of the Mississippi River that had been designated 'Indian Territory'. The forced relocations were carried out by government authorities after the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830. The chief of the Choctaw tribe, George W. Harkins, wrote to the citizens of the United States before the removals were to commence: "It is with considerable diffidence that I attempt to address the American people, knowing and feeling sensibly my incompetency; and believing that your highly and well-improved minds would not be well entertained by the address of a Choctaw. But having determined to emigrate west of the Mississippi river this fall, I have thought proper in bidding you farewell to make a few remarks expressive of my views, and the feelings that actuate me on the subject of our removal...We as Choctaws rather chose to suffer and be free, than live under the degrading influence of laws, which our voice could not be heard in their formation." The relocated peoples suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation while en route to their newly designated reserve. Thousands died before reaching their destinations or shortly after from disease. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher, witnessed the Choctaw removals while in Memphis, Tennessee in 1831: "In the whole scene there was an air of ruin and destruction, something which betrayed a final and irrevocable adieu; one couldn't watch without feeling one's heart wrung. The Indians were tranquil but somber and taciturn. There was one who could speak English and of whom I asked why the Choctaws were leaving their country. "To be free," he answered, could never get any other reason out of him. We...watch the expulsion ...of one of the most celebrated and ancient American peoples."