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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The city celebrated the grand opening of the new police headquarters on Heritage Way in April. (Photos courtesy city of Brentwood)
City of Brentwood debuts $29 million police headquarters

The $29 million project, which is funded through the city’s capital improvement program, features more than 56,000 square feet of space, a far cry from the department’s existing offices at Brentwood City Hall. The department is expected to move employees to the new space by June 1, according to the city.

Owners Robin and Shawn Davis opened the Franklin location of Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish on Murfreesboro Road in 2014. (Photos courtesy Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish)
Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish offers a hot take on fried chicken and fish

While heat levels range from the original, no-heat option to Death Row, owner Shawn Davis said he recommends first-time diners start with a lower heat level and work their way up.

Three incumbents retained their seats on the Brentwood City Commission. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
3 incumbents re-elected to Brentwood City Commission

Results from the May 4 Brentwood city elections are in.

Three spots on the Brentwood City Commission are up for grabs this year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Incumbents take early lead in Brentwood City Commission election

See live coverage of the Brentwood City Commission election here.

Fire damage caused the Red Pony to temporarily shut down its Main Street location in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Red Pony reopens at temporary location while completing repairs from fire

The restaurant's location on Main Street has been closed since late January, when a fire caused damage to the building.

Work on the Southeast Municipal Complex is underway in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Transportation updates: 3 road projects in Franklin, Brentwood to watch

Take a look at local road projects coming down the pipeline.

There are a number of eateries in Franklin and Brentwood to find breakfast dishes and pastries. (Courtesy Sugar Drop)
GUIDE: 18 places to get breakfast and brunch in Franklin, Brentwood

Which one of these brunch spots is on your list to try?

Buff City Soap opened in Franklin May 6. (Courtesy Buff City Soap)
Buff City Soap now open in Franklin

The shop sells handmade soap bars in a variety of scents.

Tori Cozert and her mother, Tammy Ringenberg, took ownership of AR Workshop Franklin last July. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mother-daughter team makes creative environment for crafting in at AR Workshop Franklin in Cool Springs

Projects at the workshop include wood items, such as painted boards, planters, pillows and lazy Susans, as well as soft items, such as pillows, canvas tote bags and knit blankets, a popular item in colder months.

The city of Brentwood's police and fire departments will host a blood drive May 5.  (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Brentwood to host Battle of the Badges blood drive May 5

The drive comes as the American Red Cross is reporting a critical need for blood donations.

Active cases in Williamson County have dropped by 33% in the last month. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop to lowest levels since September

Active cases have dropped by 1/3 in the last month, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health.

County residents can now call the health department with COVID-19 questions. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County closes COVID-19 call center

After fielding more than 22,000 calls, the line was shut down April 30.