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Long road to economic recovery begins in Williamson County

Local officials are still working to determine the long-term economic effects of coronavirus on the region.


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Williamson County reports nearly $500M in visitor spending in 2019; tourism spending expected to drop in 2020

This year's record high does not reflect the economic issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic that has lasted throughout 2020.


Tennessee will have two tax-free holiday weekends this summer

Mark your calendar for two tax-free holiday weekends later this summer.



Franklin hotels offer discounts to Tennessee, neighboring state residents to help fill vacant rooms

Sixteen hotels in Franklin have announced discounted rates for residents in Tennessee, while 12 have announced discounts for residents of Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi


Visitors to Williamson County reached record-breaking 1.8 million in 2019

More than 1.8 million visitors came to the area last year, marking an increase of 5.23% from 2018’s 1.72 million visitors.


Coronavirus has 'staggering' effects on Tennessee's unemployment rate, new data shows

Data released May 21 shows the unemployment rate more than quadrupled from March to April.




Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.


Brentwood projects revenue growth despite coronavirus

Financial data from widespread business closures throughout the region due to the coronavirus is coming into focus as cities work to finalize budgets for the next year.


Franklin proposes 11% lower city budget amid coronavirus losses; no property tax increase proposed

In the fiscal year 2020-21 budget for the city of Franklin released May 14, staff proposes a 11.4% cut for its all funds budget due to losses sustained during the coronavirus pandemic.



MAY 13 ROUNDUP: News from the Nashville area

Read the latest news from the Nashville area.


Tennessee revenue drops by almost 40% in April; tax deadlines extended

The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration announced the drop of revenue for the state government by 39.75% for the month of April as compared to last year.





Gov. Bill Lee announces ‘Tennessee Pledge’ plan to reopen businesses next week

Gov. Bill Lee announced plans to begin reopening businesses throughout 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties starting April 27.


Tennessee restaurants, retailers to open at 50% capacity next week

Businesses will be allowed to reopen soon under modified guidelines.


Brentwood to follow state plans for reopening businesses

The city is expected to follow guidance from Gov. Bill Lee, which will be released in the coming days.


Nashville Mayor John Cooper lays out city's phased reopening plan

The plan to reopen Nashville's economy includes four phases.



Nashville Mayor John Cooper plans to extend safer-at-home order through May 1

Cooper said it is possible the city could begin reopening its economy in phases beginning in early May.


Gov. Bill Lee establishes economic recovery group to help declining state economy

The group is made up of individuals from across state departments, the state legislature and the private sector.


City of Brentwood to waive late fees for water and sewer bills

The city approved the use of the waivers through May.


Tennessee residents have filed nearly 250,000 unemployment claims in past three weeks

The state typically receives fewer than 10,000 new claims in a three-week period.



Middle Tennessee hospitality coalition creates relief fund for workers amid coronavirus-related closures

The fund will grant up to $1,000 to local hospitality workers and small businesses who are eligible for aid.


Tennessee sees 148% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28; nationwide claims up 100%

Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Tennessee climbed to more than 94,000 last week.