CoolSprings Galleria owner files for bankruptcy and more top Franklin, Brentwood news from the week

The CoolSprings Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The CoolSprings Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The CoolSprings Galleria is located at 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top local stories from the past week in Franklin and Brentwood.

Franklin

CoolSprings Galleria owner, CBL properties, files for bankruptcy

CBL Properties, which owns more than 107 properties in 26 states, including the CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin, announced Nov. 2 that it has begun Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Brentwood



Pear Tree Avenue in Brentwood to close

Brentwood boutique Pear Tree Avenue announced Oct. 29 it will close its location at 237 Franklin Road, Brentwood.

Williamson County

Williamson County extends mask mandate through Dec. 29

Williamson County has announced its mask mandate meant to help limit the spread of coronavirus has been extended through Dec. 29.

DATA: Voter turnout totals over 80% in 2020 election; party lines shift slightly in Williamson County

November election turnout in Williamson County is typically higher in presidential election years, according to historic data from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office. However, preliminary data shows 2020 turnout as a new high mark.

Whitson, Casada and Ogles poised to keep seats following Nov. 3 elections

With precinct totals and early voting totals in from the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, all incumbents in Williamson County are expected to keep their seats following the Nov. 3 election.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Williamson County Schools has begun planning for online schools for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools to launch two online-only schools for 2021-22

The district intends to launch two online schools for students in grades K-8 and 9-12.

More than 3.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
25% of Williamson County residents fully vaccinated as Tenn. works to reach those hesitant to receive doses

The Tennessee Department of Health is working to overcome skepticism and hesitancy surrounding the vaccine statewide.

Mountain High Outfitters is now open at the CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mountain High Outfitters now open at CoolSprings Galleria

The shop offers outdoor clothing and gear.

The Cool Cafe Burger ($14) features a cast-iron cooked beef patty topped with fried onions, provolone cheese and a housemade steak sauce. (Courtesy Cool Cafe)
Cool Cafe in Franklin focuses on from-scratch fare

The eatery, renowned for its fried chicken and steak night, has been serving up comfort food since 2005.

Kate & Lulu's Kitchen opened in early October in Westhaven. (Community Impact Staff)
Kate and Lulu's Kitchen closes in Westhaven

The eatery had been open since October.

Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Waldo's Chicken & Beer coming to Franklin; county pools, splash pads to open May 1 and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Duck Donuts will open in Brentwood on April 18. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Get a sneak peek inside the new Duck Donuts in Brentwood

Duck Donuts offers freshly made doughnuts with signature flavors such as s'mores, Maple Bacon, Peanut Butter Paradise and Sunrise Lemon icing with raspberry drizzle. Customers can also create customized doughnuts and watch them be made to order. 

Williamson County Schools is planning for a number of new campuses and improvements over the next few years.
Williamson County to invest $35M in schools, facilities improvements

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said that while many districts have seen numbers drop due to the coronavirus pandemic, he expects enrollment will rise again, which means new campuses will still be needed in the future.

Local historians, members of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County, and community leaders gathered April 14 to sign contracts signaling their intent to purchase and restore the Merrill-Williams home in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
African American Heritage Society working to save historic home in downtown Franklin, launching fundraising campaign

A campaign is underway to save a 140-year old home in a historically-Black neighborhood in Franklin.

The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will return Sept. 24-26. (Courtesy Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)
Franklin approves event permits for Pilgrimage Festival, Bourbon and Bubbles

Mark your calendars: Festivals are coming back to Franklin.

The city of Brentwood is asking residents what they would like to see included in the future inclusive playground at Granny White Park. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood seeking resident feedback for Granny White Park inclusive playground

The city of Brentwood is asking residents what they would like to see included in the future inclusive playground.

The Black Business Coalition is served by four co-chairs: Robert Blair, owner of a local media company and chair of the Franklin Special School District board of education; Tara Blue, executive director of the Community Child Care Center in Franklin and board member of Williamson Inc.; Jemond Daughtry, co-owner of The Good Food Group; and Jeffery McGruder, chief relationship officer with Citizens Banking & Trust Company.
New Black Business Coalition aims to support Black business owners in Williamson County

" I wanted to make sure this was something that when the tide floated in or floated out, they would still be there. We were looking at something that was long-term, not something that was temporary, just because of the climate in our country or in our city."—Robert Blair, co-chair of the Black Business Coalition