Local dog parks, playgrounds reopen as state coronavirus cases rise: News from Nashville

Dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, sports fields and picnic shelters will reopen to the public June 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, sports fields and picnic shelters will reopen to the public June 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, sports fields and picnic shelters will reopen to the public June 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)



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

Nashville dog parks, playgrounds reopen June 22 as city begins Phase 3

Nearly one month after Metro Parks and Recreation reopened community centers and tennis courts at partial capacity, residents will be able to access dog parks, playgrounds and other outdoor facilities beginning June 22 in compliance with the city's third reopening phase, according to a news release.

Coronavirus cases in Tennessee rise by 451 in 24 hours

Cases of the coronavirus in Tennessee have risen to 35,553 as of June 22, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health.



This marks an increase of 451 new cases reported since the department's last update June 21.

Ramsey Solutions to expand headquarters in Franklin

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Gov. Bill Lee announced June 22 that Ramsey Solutions plans to invest $52 million in expanding its headquarters in Franklin.

Coronavirus effects on Nashville's health care industry continue; demands for telemedicine increase sharply

Hospitals in Nashville and statewide are seeing record numbers of patients through telehealth and other services, but physicians are finding that patients are slow in returning to emergency rooms—or, in some cases, avoiding care altogether.

Williamson County officials, nonprofits work to provide mental health relief during coronavirus

In the lead-up to the creation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force in Franklin in 2019, Mayor Ken Moore said he heard from residents throughout his community that the number of people struggling with substance abuse and mental health had been going up and that many local resources available to help were not so easy to find.

Alex Hosey and Dylan Aycock contributed to this report.



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The Franklin Christmas tree will be lit through the month of December. (Lindsay Scott/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drive-thru holiday lights, Christmas parade: 6 events to attend in Franklin, Brentwood this December

Although many traditional celebrations will not be held this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are still a few holiday events to catch in the Franklin and Brentwood areas. 

The Williamson County Animal Center is encouraging residents who find stray dogs report them to the center and keep them in their homes until an owner can be found. (Courtesy Williamson County Animal Shelter)
Williamson County Animal Center changes stray-dog intake policy

Residents who find stray dogs are encouraged to report the animal to the shelter and, if possible, keep the dog in their homes for a five-day "staycation."

The city of Franklin confirmed the death of Alderperson Pearl Bransford Nov. 28. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin Alderperson Pearl Bransford dies

Bransford was a 30-year resident of the city of Franklin and was first elected to the board of mayor and aldermen in 2007.

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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.