Williamson County offers vaccine without appointment; Pilgrimage festival lineup announced and more top area news

Williamson County will begin administering a limited amount of vaccine to residents without appointments. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County will begin administering a limited amount of vaccine to residents without appointments. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County will begin administering a limited amount of vaccine to residents without appointments. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Gov. Bill Lee: Executive orders around COVID-19 to expire April 28; all business restrictions, mask mandates to be lifted

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the state, all business restrictions and executive orders surrounding COVID-19 will be allowed to expire after April 28.

Williamson County now offering COVID-19 vaccine without appointments

The Williamson County Health Department announced April 27 it will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents with or without an appointment at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.



Williamson County launches May fitness, reading program

The Williamson County Public Library System, the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department and the University of Tennessee Extension Office have partnered to encourage residents to spend the next month getting fit while reading more books.

Franklin Alderperson Dana McLendon announces he will not seek re-election in October

McLendon, who represents Ward 2 in the city, made the announcement during the April 27 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. He has served as an alderperson since 1997, according to the city.

Lineup announced for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Headliners include Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris, and Cage The Elephant as well as dozens more acts to take place on the festival's five stages.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Franklin approves zoning for Chadwell, the next phase of Berry Farms

The mixed-use project will feature 1,650 dwelling units, 1.57 million square feet of commercial space and 450 hotel rooms.

Big Bad Breakfast is now open in Cool Springs. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Big Bad Breakfast now open in Franklin

The eatery offers signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, house-cured Tabasco brown sugar bacon, and chicken and waffles.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Real ID deadline extended to 2023; Brentwood debuts new police HQ and more top area news

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Williamson County Schools will not require face masks for summer programs. (Screenshot via wcs.org)
Williamson County Schools to make masks optional for summer programs; officials optimistic masks will not be needed this fall

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district does not anticipate masks will be required this fall if trends continue and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to lessen restrictions. 

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CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

The city of Brentwood will host a vaccine pop-up event May 22. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
Brentwood to host vaccine pop-up event for residents age 12 and older

The Tennessee Department of Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for those age 12 and older.

Masks will be optional during summer programming at Franklin Special School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Franklin Special School District to make masks optional for summer programming; discuss options for next school year

As of June 1, face masks will no longer be mandatory for students and staff attending summer programs.

Officials are urging residents not to hoard gas during a regional shortage. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Officials caution against gas hoarding amid outages in Middle Tennessee, plus resources on where to find fuel

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, drivers should only take what they need, so as not to cause more outages. 

The company is expected to move 160 employees to the area over the next 2-3 years. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Radio network nonprofit Educational Media Foundation to relocate headquarters to Cool Springs

The organization operates KLOVE, a Christian radio station, as well as podcasts and Air1.

The city of Franklin approved a resolution May 11 to rename two street portions after Black leaders. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin renames two street portions after Black leaders

The streets will be named for Martin Luther King Jr. and ANC Williams, the first Black business owner in Franklin.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.