Masks required, state of emergency extended: News from Nashville

All residents and visitors in Nashville and Davidson County are required to wear masks in public beginning June 29. (Courtesy Canva)
All residents and visitors in Nashville and Davidson County are required to wear masks in public beginning June 29. (Courtesy Canva)

All residents and visitors in Nashville and Davidson County are required to wear masks in public beginning June 29. (Courtesy Canva)

Read the latest news from the Nashville area.

Metro Nashville issues public health order requiring the use of masks in public beginning June 29

Metro Nashville Public Health Director Michael Caldwell issued Public Health Order 8 on June 28, requiring all residents to wear masks or facial coverings in public beginning June 29.

Gov. Bill Lee extends state of emergency to August 29, continuing alcohol to-go sales and Tennessee Pledge guidelines

As case numbers continue to rise across the state, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed Executive Order No. 50, extending the statewide state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to Aug. 29, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Williamson County Fair to host virtual events, youth competitions in lieu of in-person fair for 2020

Following the cancelation of in-person events for the Williamson County Fair, the fair board announced June 29 that competitions for youth divisions will still be held this year through online applications only.

Microsoft announces closure of retail stores, including The Mall at Green Hills location in Nashville

Microsoft Corp. announced June 26 the closure of all of its physical Microsoft Store locations as part of a "strategic change" in its retail operations. The location inside The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville, is included in the companywide store closures.

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


Protesters against racism gather at the base of the Confederate monument in Franklin's downtown on June 13. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA approves settlement with United Daughters of the Confederacy over Confederate monument downtown

The settlement would grant the UDC ownership of the monument and the ground directly beneath it, while ownership of the surrounding square would belong to the city.

Today's daily coronavirus update for Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County coronavirus cases rise by over 120 in 24 hours

There are now 1,295 active cases of coronavirus in the county, an increase of 85 since yesterday. 18 people have died of the coronavirus in Williamson County.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is recruiting 1,000 volunteers for a COVID-19 vaccine trial. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center recruiting 1,000 volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial

The placebo-controlled trial, open to individuals age 18 years and older, is to study how effective the vaccine is in protecting against COVID-19 and how long protection lasts.

Walmart and Sam's Club leaders announced in a press release July 15 all stores nationwide will require shoppers to wear a face covering beginning July 20. (Courtesy Walmart)
UPDATED: Kroger joins Walmart, Sam's Club in requiring face coverings in all stores

Additionally, all Walmart stores will have a single entrance beginning July 20.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Tennessee. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 1,500 in 24 hours

The daily totals also include 767 cumulative deaths, 3,378 cumulative hospitalizations and an estimated 38,272 recoveries to date. Fifteen people have died of the virus since yesterday’s update.

The Williamson County board of commissioners approved a resolution to create a task force to reevaluate the county seal in an 18-5 vote on July 13. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County commissioners approve task force to reevaluate Confederate flag on county seal

The task force, narrowly approved by the county budget committee on July 6, will be composed of various community members and historians to determine if there is a “substantial need” to change the design of the county seal, as required by the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Williamson County board of education voted to endorse the framework plan for the 2020-21 Williamson County School year at its July 13 meeting in an 11-1 vote. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County Schools board of education approves back to school plan

The framework plan gives students and parents the option to receive on-campus or online learning, with a minimum semester-long commitment to whichever they choose.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Rising number of active coronavirus cases moves Williamson County Schools to 'medium' spread back-to-school scenario

The number of active cases in Williamson County is nearly 1,200, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. This could affect how many students return to school on campus next month.