5 Nashville-area coronavirus stories readers should know

Eric Paslay performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 8 during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy Country Music Association)
Eric Paslay performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 8 during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy Country Music Association)

Eric Paslay performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 8 during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy Country Music Association)

Find recent Nashville-area stories regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic below.

Tennessee sees 148% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28; nationwide claims up 100%

As the coronavirus pandemic continues and businesses lay off their employees, more Americans are filing claims for unemployment insurance.

As coronavirus outbreak keeps residents at home, Nashville-area gardening expert shares tips for spring season

With local and statewide safer-at-home orders now in place, many residents in the Greater Nashville area are spending more time at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.



For local residents with green thumbs—or even those who feel inspired to become first-time gardeners—there are several ways to prepare for the spring gardening season.

Belle Meade Police Department launches delivery service for seniors, vulnerable residents

In an effort to assist senior citizens and others who may be more vulnerable to coronavirus, the Belle Meade Police Department has launched a pickup and delivery service available to qualifying residents.

Metro Nashville Public Schools begins distributing laptops to seniors

Due to the extended school closures through at least April 24, Metro Nashville Public Schools began distributing laptops on March 31 to high school seniors who need access to online resources.

CMA Fest canceled for 2020, expected to return in 2021

Officials with the Country Music Association announced March 31 its annual CMA Fest, originally scheduled for June 4-7, will not be held this year due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the region.

Nola Z. Valente, Danica Smithwick, Wendy Sturges, Jen Para and Dylan Aycock contributed to this report.



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Middle Tennessee hospital leaders project 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations by next week

With Thanksgiving just days away, hospital leaders are urging residents to forego holiday gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus as case numbers and hospitalizations rise.

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Graceworks Ministries Inc., One Generation Away to hold mobile food pantry events Nov. 21

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are a number of options where residents can shop locally during the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
GUIDE: 18 places to find holiday gifts in Franklin, Brentwood

The holiday shopping season is here, and it is more important than ever this year to shop locally.

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Middle and high schools in Williamson County Schools to go remote for 1 week after Thanksgiving break

Over the last two weeks, 23 out of 49 campuses in the district have already transitioned to remote learning.

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages. 

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district. (Courtesy Fotolia)
10 new schools, additions and more: Williamson County School approves 2020-26 5-year plan

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district.

The company launched in the Greater Nashville area in September. (Courtesy Medical House Calls)
Medical House Calls now serving Franklin area

The company specializes in urgent care and other medical visits in the patient’s home for an annual flat fee.

Williamson County Schools is raising its substitute pay rates to help attract more teachers to the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

The district requires individuals to have a high school diploma and additional training from the district once they are hired, according to district staff.

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

Superintendent Jason Golden said the calendar is usually approved later in the year; however, district officials wanted to give parents more notice and time to plan.

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

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Active coronavirus cases reach all-time high in Williamson County

More than 240 active cases were added to the county's total in the past 24 hours, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.