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)

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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.


MOST RECENT

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vets age 65+ can get VA vaccine; Perry's Steakhouse to open and more top Franklin, Brentwood news

Read the top stories from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Williamson County Schools has named 21 open-zoned schools for the 2021-22 school year. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Schools approves open zoning for select campuses

For parents of students who wish to change schools before the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Williamson County Schools board of education has approved 21 open-zoned schools.

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee VA now offering COVID-19 vaccine for veterans age 65 and older

Veterans in Tennessee age 65 and older may now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

A number of parents and community members have called for more parental involvement and district training regarding racism in schools. (Community Impact staff)
Parents, teachers call for more training to address racism in Williamson County Schools

During the WCS Board of Education meeting Jan. 19, a number of community members spoke about a lack of training and resources to address racial tension at schools, as well as a need for the district to more directly address incidents.

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Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop more than 20% in past week

Active cases have been consistently above 2,000 in recent weeks.

Williamson County Schools, state address effects of COVID-19 on learning loss

According to preliminary data from assessments given to students in the fall, Williamson County Schools officials calculated that some students have lost as much as 9% proficiency in reading and math as a result of school closure last spring. This number is lower than the 50%-65% decreases estimated by the Tennessee Department of Education officials in September; however, local officials said, there is still catching up to do.

The shop is expected to hold open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. (Courtesy Pexels)
New boutique Valentine House now open in Westhaven in Franklin

The shop is expected to have open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. 

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open Feb. 18 in Franklin. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open Franklin location Feb. 18

Perry's offers Prime-aged steaks, seafood and its signature entree, Perry's Famous Pork Chop, a in-house-butchered pork chop measuring seven fingers high, which is carved tableside.

Mother and daughter Melanie Johnson and Nikki Reeves took over ownership of the space in December from the previous owners, another mother-daughter team who had run the shop since its opening in 2016. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mother-daughter duo takes over Westhaven space at Sanctuary South

Located in the heart of Front Street, Sanctuary South has become a mainstay of the Westhaven community—it is within walking distance of the neighborhood’s residential streets. Now, as new owners take control, the shop is undergoing some changes while staying true to its roots.

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.