Williamson County Schools prepares for postholiday COVID-19 surge and more top Franklin, Brentwood news

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)
Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)

Read this week's most popular stories from Franklin and Brentwood.

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.

Local couple revives longstanding Brentwood Market & Deli on Franklin Road

One of the oldest businesses in Brentwood was revived last year when Williamson County couple Hailey and Jeremy Hiett took over the Brentwood Market & Deli on Franklin Road, which has been standing since the 1960s.


Williamson County hospital, school officials urge mask usage, social distancing as coronavirus cases surge

Active coronavirus cases saw a steep rise in the past week in Williamson County, prompting local officials to urge caution and adherence to coronavirus safety guidelines.

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

The Williamson County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved its 2021-22 academic calendar during its Nov. 16 meeting.

Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

To help address a substitute teacher shortage in the area, the Williamson County Schools board of education approved a pay raise during its Nov. 16 meeting to help attract more teachers to the district.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.


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The second round of the Paycheck Protection Program launched Jan. 13. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Q&A: What to know about round two of the Paycheck Protection Program

Did you know that food and accommodation business can qualify for 40% more funding in a PPP loan? Find more about the second round of the program below.

Rep. Glen Casada has been placed on administrative leave according to a Jan. 8 announcement from House Speaker Cameron Sexton. (Courtesy Tennessee General Assembly)
Rep. Glen Casada on leave after federal search of office and more Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Nashville area.

The new bank location will open in February. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Volunteer Bank to open location in Cool Springs

The new location will open soon along Carothers Parkway.

Tennessee is working to vaccinate vulnerable populations, including those age 75 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee moves to vaccinate in long-term care facilities as COVID-19 cases climb

Beginning Jan. 13, the state—through a partnership with Walgreens and CVS—will begin vaccinating residents and staff in assisted care facilities and homes for the aged. 

Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar opened in early January in downtown Franklin. (Courtesy Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar, Victoria Rosa)
Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar now open in Franklin

The new eatery is now open in Harpeth Square in downtown Franklin.

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to meet next on Jan. 26. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA expected to appoint former mayor John Schroer to fill vacant seat through 2021

The city of Franklin will add the seat—held by Alderperson Pearl Bransford until her death in November—to the ballot for its next election in October.

Many areas of Williamson County saw snowfall Jan. 11. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County cancels COVID-19 testing, vaccine appointments for Jan. 11 due to inclement weather

Testings and vaccinations at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center have been canceled for Jan. 11.

A new development has been proposed for land near Old Charlotte Pike, a historic corridor. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin begins planning for future West Harpeth Area

The city will move forward with plans for land in the West Harpeth area later this year, including land near the historic Gentry Farm.

Glen Casada
Former state House speaker, Franklin-area Rep. Glen Casada, placed on administrative leave following federal search

In a Jan. 8 press conference, House Seaker Cameron Sexton said he could comment on why the offices were searched or the subject of the investigation. No indictments or arrests have been made.

Statewide, more than 120,000 vaccines have been distributed to date. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
Williamson County distributes vaccines and more top Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from Franklin and Brentwood.

Students can return to on-campus learning Jan. 11. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools students to return to campus Jan. 11

The decision was made after consultation with local health care officials, according to an announcement on the WCS website.

Williamson County announced Jan. 7 it will transition to a waitlist system. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County to transition to waitlist system for COVID-19 vaccines; find sign-up information here

The Williamson County COVID Priority List is currently only available to individuals eligible under the current phases of Tennessee's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, which at this time includes those in Phases 1A1, 1A2, and residents age 75 and older.