Amazon to test delivery robots, bars to close by 10 p.m.: News from Nashville

Amazon announced plans to launch a field test of Amazon Scout, its new electric autonomous delivery robots, in Franklin on July 21. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon announced plans to launch a field test of Amazon Scout, its new electric autonomous delivery robots, in Franklin on July 21. (Courtesy Amazon)

Amazon announced plans to launch a field test of Amazon Scout, its new electric autonomous delivery robots, in Franklin on July 21. (Courtesy Amazon)

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Franklin-Brentwood

Amazon to test autonomous delivery robots in Franklin

Amazon has announced plans to launch a field test of Amazon Scout, its new electric autonomous delivery robots, in Franklin on July 21.

Williamson County Schools expected to make decision on return to school in the next few days



A decision on how students will return to school for the start of the 2020-21 school year is expected to be made by the end of the week, according to a July 21 update from Williamson County Schools.

Aldi to open two new locations in Brentwood as part of nationwide company expansion

German grocery chain Aldi announced July 21 plans to open two new store locations in Brentwood as part of a coast-to-coast expansion that will add more than 70 new stores across the U.S.

Williamson County school officials call for state to waive TNReady requirements for 2020-21 school year, express concern for funding

With many districts across the state planning a mix of virtual and in-person learning at the start of the 2020-21 school year, Williamson County-area school officials are expressing concerns about how districts will administer state-mandated testing as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to add active cases to the region.

Vui's Kitchen opens on Liberty Pike

Vui’s Kitchen opened a fourth location in Franklin on July 1 at 1201 Liberty Pike.

Franklin Special School District approves 2020-21 budget; property tax will remain flat despite tough budget year

Despite a tough financial year for the district, the Franklin Special School District approved a flat tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21 during its July 20 board meeting.

Southwest Nashville

Davidson County coronavirus cases rise by 322 in 24 hours

Coronavirus cases in Davidson County have risen to 16,545 as of July 21, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper: Restaurants, businesses that serve alcohol to close by 10 p.m.

Nashville restaurants and businesses that serve alcohol will soon close by 10 p.m., Mayor John Cooper announced at a July 21 press conference.

Las Paletas closes after 19 years in Nashville's 12 South neighborhood

Las Paletas announced July 15 that the frozen treats shop, which had operated in various locations in 12 South for nearly two decades, has closed at 2911 12th Ave. S., Nashville.

Alex Hosey, Wendy Sturges and Dylan Aycock contributed to this report.



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Middle Tennessee hospital leaders project 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations by next week

With Thanksgiving just days away, hospital leaders are urging residents to forego holiday gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus as case numbers and hospitalizations rise.

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Graceworks Ministries Inc., One Generation Away to hold mobile food pantry events Nov. 21

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are a number of options where residents can shop locally during the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
GUIDE: 18 places to find holiday gifts in Franklin, Brentwood

The holiday shopping season is here, and it is more important than ever this year to shop locally.

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Middle and high schools in Williamson County Schools to go remote for 1 week after Thanksgiving break

Over the last two weeks, 23 out of 49 campuses in the district have already transitioned to remote learning.

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages. 

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district. (Courtesy Fotolia)
10 new schools, additions and more: Williamson County School approves 2020-26 5-year plan

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district.

The company launched in the Greater Nashville area in September. (Courtesy Medical House Calls)
Medical House Calls now serving Franklin area

The company specializes in urgent care and other medical visits in the patient’s home for an annual flat fee.

Williamson County Schools is raising its substitute pay rates to help attract more teachers to the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

The district requires individuals to have a high school diploma and additional training from the district once they are hired, according to district staff.

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See key dates from Williamson County Schools' approved 2021-22 calendar

Superintendent Jason Golden said the calendar is usually approved later in the year; however, district officials wanted to give parents more notice and time to plan.

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools officials express concern over postholiday COVID-19 rise

As families prepare for the holidays, local officials are preparing for the effect gatherings may have on the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Active coronavirus cases reach all-time high in Williamson County

More than 240 active cases were added to the county's total in the past 24 hours, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.