Holiday events canceled, coronavirus cases rising: News from Nashville area

Main Street Festival happens each summer along historic Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)
Main Street Festival happens each summer along historic Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)

Main Street Festival happens each summer along historic Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)

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

2020 Main Street Festival, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas events canceled

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announced June 17 that all programming and events for the remainder of 2020 will be canceled.

This includes the Main Street Festival, which had been rescheduled for July 18-19, the annual Pumpkinfest scheduled for Oct. 24 and the annual Dickens of a Christmas events, scheduled for Dec. 12-13.

Coronavirus cases in Tennessee rise by 313 in 24 hours

Cases of the coronavirus in Tennessee have risen to 32,143 as of June 17, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

This marks an increase of 313 new cases reported since the department's last update June 16.

Tennessee Department of Education to release district guidance for meal service, technology and more as schools reopen this fall

As districts across the state finalize plans for students to return to school in August, the Tennessee Department of Education is working to release two dozen sets of toolkits for districts that will reopen for the first time since early March.

Ladybird Taco now open in 12 South

Ladybird Taco, a restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch tacos, opened June 3 in the 12 South area at 2229 10th Ave. S., Nashville, according to a social media post from the eatery.

Curio Brewing Company to open taproom, coffee brewing facility in Franklin

Curio Brewing Company is slated to open in July at 216 Noah Drive, Franklin. The full-service coffee shop and taproom will offer beer and house-made cold brew coffee on tap.

Copper Penny to close in Brentwood

After five years in Brentwood, women's boutique Copper Penny will close its location at 7030 Executive Center Drive, Ste. 102, Brentwood, according to an announcement from the owners via social media.

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


tiny little donuts opened a new location at 1203 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin in 2020. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A new alderperson will be sworn into the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Feb. 9. (Screenshot via City of Franklin)
Franklin BOMA appoints former Mayor John Schroer to vacant city seat

Schroer served as mayor from 2007-11 and will fill an at-large seat left vacant following the death of former Alderperson Pearl Bransford in November.

Outdoor dining rules for businesses in Brentwood have been extended. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Brentwood extends temporary outdoor dining guidelines through April

The resolution extends rules on outdoor dining spaces through April 30.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
DATA: Williamson County's population grew by 16% in 5 years; plus more community data for Franklin, Brentwood

Williamson County's population growth over the last five years was more than four times the state's growth rate of 3.9%.

The Tennessee Department of Health issued an update to its vaccine plan Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee Department of Health updates COVID-19 vaccine plan to move up families of medically fragile children, correctional officers

The TDH has also updated preliminary timelines on when those who qualify for the vaccine based on age could receive it.

A new eatery is now open on Carothers Parkway. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chrysalis Modern Italian now open in Cool Springs

A new eatery is now open on Carothers Parkway.

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vets age 65+ can get VA vaccine; Perry's Steakhouse to open and more top Franklin, Brentwood news

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Williamson County Schools has named 21 open-zoned schools for the 2021-22 school year. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Schools approves open zoning for select campuses

For parents of students who wish to change schools before the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Williamson County Schools board of education has approved 21 open-zoned schools.

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee VA now offering COVID-19 vaccine for veterans age 65 and older

Veterans in Tennessee age 65 and older may now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

A number of parents and community members have called for more parental involvement and district training regarding racism in schools. (Community Impact staff)
Parents, teachers call for more training to address racism in Williamson County Schools

During the WCS Board of Education meeting Jan. 19, a number of community members spoke about a lack of training and resources to address racial tension at schools, as well as a need for the district to more directly address incidents.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop more than 20% in past week

Active cases have been consistently above 2,000 in recent weeks.

Williamson County Schools, state address effects of COVID-19 on learning loss

According to preliminary data from assessments given to students in the fall, Williamson County Schools officials calculated that some students have lost as much as 9% proficiency in reading and math as a result of school closure last spring. This number is lower than the 50%-65% decreases estimated by the Tennessee Department of Education officials in September; however, local officials said, there is still catching up to do.