May 2 roundup: This week's top 5 stories from the Nashville area

The original order called for salons to remain closed for another month. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The original order called for salons to remain closed for another month. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The original order called for salons to remain closed for another month. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the top five stories from this past week on Community Impact Newspaper's website.

5. Gov. Bill Lee amends executive order, will allow salons and barbershops to reopen next week

In a move that reversed parts of an executive order issued just one day prior, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced barbershops and salons will be allowed to reopen beginning Wednesday, May 6.

4. Gigi's Cupcakes founder Gigi Butler launches meal delivery business in Franklin, Nashville area

Gigi's Cupcakes founder Gigi Butler launched Meals by Gigi, a meal delivery service available to households in Franklin, Brentwood and Southwest Nashville, in April.

3. 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 when the state economy starts back up.

2. Williamson County restaurants reopen following governor’s announcement

Following Gov. Bill Lee’s April 24 announcement allowing restaurants to reopen with limited capacity in the majority of Tennessee counties, restaurants in Williamson County began to allow customers into their dining areas April 27.

1. Tennessee announces guidelines for salons, barbershops, other 'close-contact' businesses to reopen May 6

Beginning May 6, salons, barbershops and other 'close-contact' businesses, such as massage therapy services and waxing and nail salons, will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity and under safety requirements to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Dylan Skye Aycock and Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.


The second round of the Paycheck Protection Program launched Jan. 13. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Q&A: What to know about round two of the Paycheck Protection Program

Did you know that food and accommodation business can qualify for 40% more funding in a PPP loan? Find more about the second round of the program below.

The new bank location will open in February. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Volunteer Bank to open location in Cool Springs

The new location will open soon along Carothers Parkway.

Tennessee is working to vaccinate vulnerable populations, including those age 75 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee moves to vaccinate in long-term care facilities as COVID-19 cases climb

Beginning Jan. 13, the state—through a partnership with Walgreens and CVS—will begin vaccinating residents and staff in assisted care facilities and homes for the aged. 

Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar opened in early January in downtown Franklin. (Courtesy Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar, Victoria Rosa)
Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar now open in Franklin

The new eatery is now open in Harpeth Square in downtown Franklin.

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to meet next on Jan. 26. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA expected to appoint former mayor John Schroer to fill vacant seat through 2021

The city of Franklin will add the seat—held by Alderperson Pearl Bransford until her death in November—to the ballot for its next election in October.

Many areas of Williamson County saw snowfall Jan. 11. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County cancels COVID-19 testing, vaccine appointments for Jan. 11 due to inclement weather

Testings and vaccinations at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center have been canceled for Jan. 11.

A new development has been proposed for land near Old Charlotte Pike, a historic corridor. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin begins planning for future West Harpeth Area

The city will move forward with plans for land in the West Harpeth area later this year, including land near the historic Gentry Farm.

Glen Casada
Former state House speaker, Franklin-area Rep. Glen Casada, placed on administrative leave following federal search

In a Jan. 8 press conference, House Seaker Cameron Sexton said he could comment on why the offices were searched or the subject of the investigation. No indictments or arrests have been made.

Statewide, more than 120,000 vaccines have been distributed to date. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
Williamson County distributes vaccines and more top Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from Franklin and Brentwood.

Students can return to on-campus learning Jan. 11. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools students to return to campus Jan. 11

The decision was made after consultation with local health care officials, according to an announcement on the WCS website.

Williamson County announced Jan. 7 it will transition to a waitlist system. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County to transition to waitlist system for COVID-19 vaccines; find sign-up information here

The Williamson County COVID Priority List is currently only available to individuals eligible under the current phases of Tennessee's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, which at this time includes those in Phases 1A1, 1A2, and residents age 75 and older. 

The location opened in early January. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Corner Pub now open in Cool Springs

The bar also operates location in Franklin, Brentwood and Nashville.