ROUNDUP: Potential Metro tax increase and seven other Nashville-area stories

At Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors talk on April 28, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said property taxes will not increase as a result of the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the local government. (Courtesy Fotolia)
At Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors talk on April 28, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said property taxes will not increase as a result of the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the local government. (Courtesy Fotolia)

At Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors talk on April 28, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said property taxes will not increase as a result of the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the local government. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Here are eight recent updates from Greater Nashville on plans to reopen the state economy, rescheduled events, city health initiatives and more.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper proposes property tax rate hike of 31.7% for FY 2020-21 budget

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper is seeking a $1 property tax rate increase as part of the city's proposed $2.45 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020-21.

Mayor Rogers Anderson: Property taxes will not increase this year in Williamson County

At Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors talk April 28, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said property taxes will not increase as a result of the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the local government.



Governor issues order allowing for majority of Tennessee businesses to reopen this week

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced guidelines April 28 that would allow most businesses to reopen this week, repealing the state's stay-at-home order that has been in effect over the past few weeks.

Tennessee gyms allowed to reopen at 50% capacity beginning May 1

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced April 28 that exercise facilities in most counties across the state will be allowed to reopen May 1 at 50% capacity.

Local leaders discuss effects of coronavirus at Franklin Tomorrow's Breakfast with the Mayors event

City, county, state and leaders addressed the effects of the coronavirus in Williamson County and their plans to move forward at Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors on April 28.

ROUNDUP: Southwest Nashville-area organizations cancel, reschedule events due to coronavirus

Many event organizers have announced new dates for previously canceled events in the Southwest Nashville area. This roundup compiles a few of the most notable.

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore launches online initiative to assist with mental health, substance abuse

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore announced April 28 the launch of Find Hope Franklin, a new initiative to help residents in Franklin and Williamson County who may be struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues.

As businesses reopen in Tennessee, unemployment benefits may end for those who choose not to go back to work

Healthy employees who have been receiving unemployment benefits will likely not be able to continue to collect weekly checks if they choose not to return to work upon the May reopening of the Tennessee state economy.

Alex Hosey, Dylan Skye Aycock and Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Following a recent decline in active COVID-19 cases, officials with Williamson County announced Feb. 26 that it will allow its mask mandate to expire Feb. 27 at midnight.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County will allow mask mandate to expire Feb. 27

Following a recent decline in active COVID-19 cases, officials with Williamson County announced Feb. 26 that it will allow its mask mandate to expire Feb. 27 at midnight.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille opened its first Tennessee location Feb. 25 in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille open in Cool Springs; Burger Dandy launches in Franklin and more news from February

Read the latest business and community news from the past month from Franklin and Brentwood.

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Trader Joe's coming to Cool Springs; COVID-19 cases falling in Williamson County and more top Nashville news

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

See daily COVID-19 data updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Active COVID-19 cases in Williamson County have dropped by more than 50% since start of February

The county has not seen case numbers at that level since October, before a surge in new cases around the holiday season, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille opened its first Tennessee location Feb. 25 in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille now open in Cool Springs

This is the first Tennessee location for the company. 

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
CONFIRMED: Trader Joe's plans for Cool Springs location 'sometime this year'

An official with Trader Joe's said the company is in the very early process of opening a store in Cool Springs.

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Franklin approves application for Trader Joe's in Cool Springs

Franklin is one step closer to having its first Trader Joe's location following approval from the city to sell wine in the area.

The city of Brentwood approved a $249,419 contract for final design services for Fire Station No. 5 during its Feb. 22 meeting. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood approves contract for new fire station

Plans are moving forward for a new fire station on Split Log Road.

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Trader Joe's in Cool Springs? Grocer files application to do business in Franklin

The specialty grocery store has filed paperwork to sell wine at a location on Cool Springs Boulevard.

The Merrystem in downtown Franklin offers custom floral arrangements using warm and cool tones.
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.

The faith-based nonprofit was founded in 2004. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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.

AR Workshop Franklin is offering a summer camp option in 2021. (Courtesy AR Workshop Franklin)
GUIDE: 13 summer camp options in Greater Nashville for 2021

Summer will be here before you know it, and several local camps have already announced 2021 dates.