ROUNDUP: Graduations and other Nashville-area news

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Read the latest news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Nashville area.

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.


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Williamson County Schools board extends Superintendent Jason Golden's contract

Superintendent Jason Golden's contract now extends through 2025.

The new marker was unveiled in Pinkerton Park in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Emancipation marker debuts in Pinkerton Park during Juneteenth celebration

New signage displaying the history around emancipation and the freeing of enslaved people was debuted during the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County's Juneteenth celebration.

Caliente Contouring is now open inside Salon Boutique in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Caliente Contouring)
Caliente Contouring now open in Cool Springs

The studio offers fat reduction and body-contouring services with noninvasive techniques using heating and acupuncture.

Officials and members of Legieza's family attended a ceremony June 18 to name a portion of Franklin Road in his honor. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood renames portion of Franklin Road in honor of fallen police officer

One year after his death, the city of Brentwood paid tribute to police officer Destin Legieza by renaming a portion of Franklin Road in his honor.

Community members and city officials held a ceremony for the new street names June 18. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin unveils two street names for Black leaders

Signs for ANC Williams Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue have been placed along the former 3rd Avenue extension near Bicentennial Park.

Developers have announced the next phase of mixed-use center McEwen Northside. (Courtesy McEwen Northside, Northwood Ravin)
Developers announce next phase of McEwen Northside; Juneteenth events on tap and more top news from Franklin, Brentwood

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

Juneteenth marks the day on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed at Galveston and reported that the Civil War was over and slavery had ended. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Juneteenth in Williamson County: Community groups to host events, place historic marker June 19

Juneteenth marks the date in 1865 when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

The Puffy Muffin offers both savory and sweet breakfast options, including French Toast ($12) served with berries and bacon, sausage or ham. (Photos courtesy The Puffy Muffin)
The Puffy Muffin carries 35-year legacy, family recipes in Brentwood

Before The Puffy Muffin found its home inside a large bakery and dining room in Brentwood, it began in the kitchen of Lynda Stone, an avid at-home baker who enjoyed making sourdough bread for friends and family.

Each sauna uses infrared technology.(Courtesy Pure Sweat + Float Studio)
Pure Sweat + Float Studio brings infrared, floatation therapy to Williamson County

The studio offers saunas featuring full-spectrum infrared technology as well as individual floatation pools.

Penn Station East Coast Subs opened in early June. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Penn Station East Coast Subs now open in Franklin

This is the first Franklin location for the company.

Developers have announced the next phase of mixed-use center McEwen Northside. (Courtesy McEwen Northside, Northwood Ravin)
Developers announce next phase of McEwen Northside in Cool Springs

The next phase of McEwen Northside is expected to be complete in late 2022.