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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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.


The city celebrated the grand opening of the new police headquarters on Heritage Way in April. (Photos courtesy city of Brentwood)
City of Brentwood debuts $29 million police headquarters

The $29 million project, which is funded through the city’s capital improvement program, features more than 56,000 square feet of space, a far cry from the department’s existing offices at Brentwood City Hall. The department is expected to move employees to the new space by June 1, according to the city.

Owners Robin and Shawn Davis opened the Franklin location of Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish on Murfreesboro Road in 2014. (Photos courtesy Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish)
Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish offers a hot take on fried chicken and fish

While heat levels range from the original, no-heat option to Death Row, owner Shawn Davis said he recommends first-time diners start with a lower heat level and work their way up.

Three incumbents retained their seats on the Brentwood City Commission. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
3 incumbents re-elected to Brentwood City Commission

Results from the May 4 Brentwood city elections are in.

Three spots on the Brentwood City Commission are up for grabs this year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Incumbents take early lead in Brentwood City Commission election

See live coverage of the Brentwood City Commission election here.

Fire damage caused the Red Pony to temporarily shut down its Main Street location in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Red Pony reopens at temporary location while completing repairs from fire

The restaurant's location on Main Street has been closed since late January, when a fire caused damage to the building.

Work on the Southeast Municipal Complex is underway in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Transportation updates: 3 road projects in Franklin, Brentwood to watch

Take a look at local road projects coming down the pipeline.

There are a number of eateries in Franklin and Brentwood to find breakfast dishes and pastries. (Courtesy Sugar Drop)
GUIDE: 18 places to get breakfast and brunch in Franklin, Brentwood

Which one of these brunch spots is on your list to try?

Buff City Soap opened in Franklin May 6. (Courtesy Buff City Soap)
Buff City Soap now open in Franklin

The shop sells handmade soap bars in a variety of scents.

Tori Cozert and her mother, Tammy Ringenberg, took ownership of AR Workshop Franklin last July. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mother-daughter team makes creative environment for crafting in at AR Workshop Franklin in Cool Springs

Projects at the workshop include wood items, such as painted boards, planters, pillows and lazy Susans, as well as soft items, such as pillows, canvas tote bags and knit blankets, a popular item in colder months.

The city of Brentwood's police and fire departments will host a blood drive May 5.  (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Brentwood to host Battle of the Badges blood drive May 5

The drive comes as the American Red Cross is reporting a critical need for blood donations.

Active cases in Williamson County have dropped by 33% in the last month. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop to lowest levels since September

Active cases have dropped by 1/3 in the last month, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health.

County residents can now call the health department with COVID-19 questions. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County closes COVID-19 call center

After fielding more than 22,000 calls, the line was shut down April 30.