Franklin Walking Tours launches; deadline nears for Brentwood's best ash tree contest and more top area news

Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Franklin Walking Tours launches with ghost, psychic tours

Franklin Walking Tours launched June 4 in downtown Franklin. The company offers guided tours of the historic downtown area and will also host Psychic Walk tours featuring readings from psychic Deb Lantz, according to owner Alicia King Marshall.

North Italia announces opening date for Franklin location

This will be the second Tennessee location for the company, which offers pizzas, pastas, small bites and hand-crafted cocktails. The first location opened inside The Mall at Green Hills in Nashville.

Where to get free meals from Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District this summer

Students who normally get breakfast and lunch at school will have the option to continue receiving meals this summer through Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District.

Deadline approaching for Brentwood's best ash tree contest

The contest will award up to $1,500 for residents who submit photos of Ash trees as well as the locations of the trees.

Portion of Franklin Road to be renamed in honor of Brentwood officer Destin Legieza

The road portion, to be named the Officer Destin Legieza Memorial Highway, will stretch from West Concord Road to Murray Lane, near where the vehicle accident occurred.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.


Students in the district will not be required to wear masks at the start of the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Franklin Special School District to make face masks optional for 2021-22 school year

While the district will continue implementing social distancing and sanitizing protocols, masks will be optional.

Masks will be optional but encouraged for students and staff at WCS. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools to be mask-optional at start of 2021-22 school year

While masks will be optional but still encouraged, quarantine policies will still be in place in accordance with local health department guidelines.

Blood Assurance will open a new blood donation center on Frazier Drive in Cool Springs. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blood Assurance to open brick-and-mortar donation center in Cool Springs

Amid local and national blood shortages, Blood Assurance is looking to expand its donor pool while making donating more convenient.

North Italia is now open in McEwen Northside. (Courtesy North Italia, Nathan Zucker)
North Italia now open in Franklin

The 2,700-square-foot restaurant offers handcrafted cuisine and cocktails, such as prosciutto pizza, handmade pastas and signature cocktails.

A Brentwood nonprofit is looking to secure funding to design a new mountain-bike trail in Smith Park. (Courtesy Pexels)
Bike Walk Brentwood looks to bring mountain-bike trail to Smith Park

The proposed trail, which would be 3-5 miles in length, would serve as a new amenity for mountain bikers in the Brentwood area as well as for students wishing to compete in interscholastic competitions.

Blood Assurance is calling on eligible donors to help meet a critical need for blood donations. (Courtesy Blood Assurance)
Blood donations urgently needed in Middle Tennessee

Officials with Blood Assurance, which supplies Williamson Medical Center, say blood supplies are critically low.

Home prices in Williamson County have increased by more than 25% in some areas. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Housing market at 'fever pitch' in Williamson County; Tamale Joe's opens in Cool Springs and more top area news

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

The city of Franklin will hold elections Oct. 26. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
14 candidates running for 5 spots on Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen

See which candidates are running in this year's city of Franklin election.

On July 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance regarding COVID-19 protocols in schools. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools to send back-to-school information July 27

Although the start of the school year is still a few weeks away, many parents are wondering how the 2021-22 school year will look for Williamson County Schools students. 

A number of local businesses in the Franklin and Brentwood areas are working to find employees. (Emily Jaroszewski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local restaurants, hotels scramble to find employees amid workforce shortage

“Unfortunately, we have had to close an extra day because of it,” said Jo Pezely, co-owner of Izzy’s, a restaurant in Franklin. “We were open seven days a week, but it was too much for us, so we decided to take that extra mental day, which is a Monday. But it was probably two months ago that we decided to close on Tuesdays.”

McEwen Northside is a 45-acre, mixed-use development in Cool Springs. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
4 business to relocate to McEwen Northside in Cool Springs

The companies are slated to move to the center later this year.