Tenn. to move to Phase 1B of vaccinations; Franklin seeks new City Hall and more popular Nashville-area news

The Tennessee Department of Health has administered more than 1 million vaccines to date. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Tennessee Department of Health has administered more than 1 million vaccines to date. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Tennessee Department of Health has administered more than 1 million vaccines to date. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read popular news from the Franklin and Brentwood area from the past week.

Tennessee to move to Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine plan Feb. 22; next phase will include teachers, residents 65 and older

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Feb. 16 it will open registration for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next week for those in Phase 1B of the state's plan.

Franklin eyes new City Hall building

This year, the city of Franklin will begin work toward designing a new City Hall—one city officials said they hope will be more functional and fit better with the surrounding buildings on the square.



Columbia State campus in Franklin announces plans for 4th building

The Williamson County campus of Columbia State Community College will add a fourth building in Franklin after receiving funding in Gov. Bill Lee's 2021-22 budget.

Tennessee Department of Health updates vaccine plan; pregnant women moved to Phase 1C

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Feb. 16 that pregnant women will be included in Phase 1C of the state's COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Mafiaoza's in Franklin prepares to welcome diners back

Mafiaoza’s was opened in Franklin in 2016 by founders Michael Dolan and Lars Kopperland, who opened the eatery’s first location in 12 South in 2003. Both were big on family time and were fans of New York-style pizza, and so the name “Mafiaoza’s”—with “mafia” for “family” and “za” for “pizza”—was coined.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Following a recent decline in active COVID-19 cases, officials with Williamson County announced Feb. 26 that it will allow its mask mandate to expire Feb. 27 at midnight.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County will allow mask mandate to expire Feb. 27

Following a recent decline in active COVID-19 cases, officials with Williamson County announced Feb. 26 that it will allow its mask mandate to expire Feb. 27 at midnight.

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Trader Joe's coming to Cool Springs; COVID-19 cases falling in Williamson County and more top Nashville news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Franklin-Brentwood area.

See daily COVID-19 data updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Active COVID-19 cases in Williamson County have dropped by more than 50% since start of February

The county has not seen case numbers at that level since October, before a surge in new cases around the holiday season, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille opened its first Tennessee location Feb. 25 in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille now open in Cool Springs

This is the first Tennessee location for the company. 

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
CONFIRMED: Trader Joe's plans for Cool Springs location 'sometime this year'

An official with Trader Joe's said the company is in the very early process of opening a store in Cool Springs.

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Franklin approves application for Trader Joe's in Cool Springs

Franklin is one step closer to having its first Trader Joe's location following approval from the city to sell wine in the area.

The city of Brentwood approved a $249,419 contract for final design services for Fire Station No. 5 during its Feb. 22 meeting. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood approves contract for new fire station

Plans are moving forward for a new fire station on Split Log Road.

Trader Joe's has existing locations in Green Hills and near Belle Meade. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Trader Joe's in Cool Springs? Grocer files application to do business in Franklin

The specialty grocery store has filed paperwork to sell wine at a location on Cool Springs Boulevard.

The Merrystem in downtown Franklin offers custom floral arrangements using warm and cool tones.
The Merrystem in Franklin aims to bring small joys to 2021

While 2020 may not have been an ideal time to start a business, The Merrystem owner Lauren Bourgeois said there has never been a greater need for a shop that helps add comfort in times of hardship.

The faith-based nonprofit was founded in 2004. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Narrow Gate Trading Co. aims to provide guidance, purpose for young men

In seeking to aid young men who do not walk the traditional path of college or work after K-12 schooling, Bill and Stacy Spencer, founders and executive directors of Narrow Gate, created an organization that aims to instill a sense of purpose while providing job skills and training.

AR Workshop Franklin is offering a summer camp option in 2021. (Courtesy AR Workshop Franklin)
GUIDE: 13 summer camp options in Greater Nashville for 2021

Summer will be here before you know it, and several local camps have already announced 2021 dates.

General Manager Zach Kunde, left, and Executive General Manager John Long have been working over the past year to ensure diner safety while providing a family-friendly atmosphere. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mafiaoza's in Franklin prepares to welcome diners back

Located near The Factory at Franklin, Mafiaoza’s has long been centered around family—a concept that has more than one meaning for the spot, given its Capone-themed decor.