School closures and other coronavirus stories for Nashville readers

Students have been out of school since early March. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Students have been out of school since early March. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Students have been out of school since early March. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Here is some of the latest coronavirus news Nashville readers should know about.

Gov. Bill Lee recommends Tennessee school closures for remainder of academic year

Gov. Bill Lee announced in an April 15 press conference that he is recommending all schools remain closed through the rest of the school year.

GUIDE: See hours, special conditions for grocery stores in Greater Nashville

This guide lists how different grocers in the Nashville area are adjusting services to keep shelves stocked and shoppers safe.



Metro Nashville Public Schools to close for remainder of academic year

Metro Nashville Public Schools students will not resume in-person classes this school year following a recommendation from the governor.

Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District to close for remainder of 2019-20 school year

Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District also announced their schools will not reopen this school year.

Gov. Bill Lee announces free coronavirus testing for all Tennesseans

Any Tennessean regardless of symptoms will be able to receive a free coronavirus test at drive-thru sites across the state, the governor also announced April 15.

Wendy Sturges and Dylan Aycock contributed to this report.



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The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall has been declared a national landmark but faces structural issues. (Courtesy The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County)
Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announces list of 6 historic sites at risk

The foundation has identified several sites in danger of development or deterioration.

Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin Walking Tours launches; deadline nears for Brentwood's best ash tree contest and more top area news

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

The city of Brentwood will rename a portion of Franklin Road in honor of officer Destin Legieza. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Portion of Franklin Road to be renamed in honor of Brentwood officer Destin Legieza

Leigieza was killed in a head-on collision with an impaired driver in June 2020.

Some trees in downtown Franklin have outgrown their basins. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA discusses renovating sidewalks in downtown

The project would improve existing sidewalks from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue to remove faded and uneven pavers while providing a wider area of walking space in front of downtown shops.

North Italia offers Italian fare and pizza. (Courtesy North Italia)
North Italia announces opening date for Franklin location

The eatery is expected to open in McEwen Northside in July.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Active COVID-19 cases in Williamson County drop to 100; 50% of residents have at least 1 vaccine dose

Half of all residents in Williamson County are now partially vaccinated.

Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin Walking Tours launches with ghost, psychic tours

Tour themes include Downtown Charm, Grim and Ghostly, and Picture Perfect.

The city of Brentwood will accept entries for its ash tree contest through June 15. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)
Deadline approaching for Brentwood's best ash tree contest

The contest is intended to help the city track the destruction made by emerald ash borers.

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

Students who get meals through schools will be able to receive free meals during the summer from either district.

Buff City Soap opened in Franklin May 6. (Courtesy Buff City Soap)
Five businesses open in Franklin in May; doughnut shop celebrates one year in Brentwood and more top area news

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

The Brentwood YMCA announced in early June it has reached an agreement to sell its property in Maryland Farms. (Courtesy Brentwood YMCA)
Brentwood YMCA gives update on sale of Maryland Farms property

The property is expected to change hands in the next two years.