Trader Joe's coming to Cool Springs; COVID-19 cases falling in Williamson County and more top Nashville news

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Franklin-Brentwood area.

CONFIRMED: Trader Joe's plans for Cool Springs location 'sometime this year'

Following approval from the city of Franklin for a certificate of compliance to sell wine, an official with Trader Joe's has confirmed the grocery store is eyeing a location in Cool Springs.

Narrow Gate Trading Co. aims to provide guidance, purpose for young men

In seeking to aid young men who do not walk the traditional path of college or work after K-12 schooling, Bill and Stacy Spencer, founders and executive directors of Narrow Gate, created an organization that aims to instill a sense of purpose while providing job skills and training.



GUIDE: 13 summer camp options in Greater Nashville for 2021

Parents looking for camps for their kids have a number of options from which to choose in the Franklin-Brentwood area, including arts, academic and overnight options.

The Merrystem in Franklin aims to bring small joys to 2021

While 2020 may not have been an ideal time to start a business, The Merrystem owner Lauren Bourgeois said there has never been a greater need for a shop that helps add comfort in times of hardship.

Active COVID-19 cases in Williamson County have dropped by more than 50% since start of February

Active coronavirus cases in Williamson County have dropped by 54% since Feb. 1, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tennessee, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Tennessee health officials announced April 13 they do not anticipate that the pause will affect vaccine efforts statewide.