MAY 20 ROUNDUP: Latest news from the Nashville area

Students will report to their new schools in August, according to the consolidation plan approved May 19. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Students will report to their new schools in August, according to the consolidation plan approved May 19. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Students will report to their new schools in August, according to the consolidation plan approved May 19. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Nashville area here.

Metro Nashville Public Schools approves plan to consolidate schools in Pearl-Cohn Whites Creek clusters

The Metro Nashville Public Schools board unanimously approved a proposal at a specially called meeting May 19 to close four schools as part of a consolidation plan in the district’s Whites Creek and Pearl-Cohn clusters, both located north of Southwest Nashville.

Franklin Special School District approves reduction in teaching positions

In a virtual meeting May 11, the Franklin Special School District board of education voted unanimously to reduce three positions ahead of the 2020-21 school year.



Mayor John Cooper issues order requiring employees visitors to wear masks in city buildings

Mayor John Cooper issued Executive Order No. 7 on May 18 requiring all employees and visitors to wear a mask or face covering inside any building owned or operated by Metro Nashville.

Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint opens second Nashville location in Edgehill

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, a chain offering burgers, craft beer and more, opened March 6 in Edgehill at 1201 Villa Place, Ste. 102, Nashville.

Williamson County Schools planning three scenarios for return in fall 2020

In a Williamson County Schools board meeting May 18, Superintendent Jason Golden said the school district was planning for three different scenarios when looking at when schools reopen this fall in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin canceled

The 2020 Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, originally slated for Sept. 26-27 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin has been canceled, according to event organizers.

Pier 1 Imports to close all locations including one in Franklin

All locations of Pier 1 Imports, including the one located at 1761 Galleria Blvd., Franklin, will close permanently after the company sells off its remaining inventory starting on an unknown date.

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



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Middle Tennessee hospital leaders project 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations by next week

With Thanksgiving just days away, hospital leaders are urging residents to forego holiday gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus as case numbers and hospitalizations rise.

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Graceworks Ministries Inc., One Generation Away to hold mobile food pantry events Nov. 21

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are a number of options where residents can shop locally during the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
GUIDE: 18 places to find holiday gifts in Franklin, Brentwood

The holiday shopping season is here, and it is more important than ever this year to shop locally.

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Middle and high schools in Williamson County Schools to go remote for 1 week after Thanksgiving break

Over the last two weeks, 23 out of 49 campuses in the district have already transitioned to remote learning.

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages. 

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district. (Courtesy Fotolia)
10 new schools, additions and more: Williamson County School approves 2020-26 5-year plan

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district.

The company launched in the Greater Nashville area in September. (Courtesy Medical House Calls)
Medical House Calls now serving Franklin area

The company specializes in urgent care and other medical visits in the patient’s home for an annual flat fee.

Williamson County Schools is raising its substitute pay rates to help attract more teachers to the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

The district requires individuals to have a high school diploma and additional training from the district once they are hired, according to district staff.

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See key dates from Williamson County Schools' approved 2021-22 calendar

Superintendent Jason Golden said the calendar is usually approved later in the year; however, district officials wanted to give parents more notice and time to plan.

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools officials express concern over postholiday COVID-19 rise

As families prepare for the holidays, local officials are preparing for the effect gatherings may have on the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Active coronavirus cases reach all-time high in Williamson County

More than 240 active cases were added to the county's total in the past 24 hours, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.