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Metro Nashville Public Schools announces plans for 2020 in-person, virtual graduation ceremonies

District officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools announced May 1 a four-part plan for holding ceremonies for high school seniors set to graduate this school year.

“The Class of 2020 has been through a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close,” officials said via the MNPS website. “In a season usually reserved for big celebrations, fond farewells and last hurrahs, high school seniors have lost more than any other group of students.”

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee to host annual Songwriters Night with virtual showcase May 6

Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee, a Nashville-based nonprofit dedicated to providing support and educational resources to people affected by cancer, will host its annual Songwriters Night benefit virtually on May 6. The event is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Ascension Saint Thomas works toward resuming elective health care procedures in Tennessee

Following an announcement earlier this week from Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee health care providers are working to resume providing elective surgeries and nonemergent procedures.

Officials with Ascension Saint Thomas, which has medical office locations in Davidson and Williamson counties, announced May 1 it will begin a phased process to resume procedures beginning May 4.

Large spike in coronavirus cases traced to prison in Trousdale County

Tennessee saw an increase of 1,156 new confirmed cases of coronavirus reported May 1, a spike state officials are attributing to an outbreak in a prison in Trousdale County, northeast of Nashville.

Wendy Sturges and Dylan Aycock contributed to this story.