Waldo's Chicken & Beer coming to Franklin; county pools, splash pads to open May 1 and more top area news

Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Franklin

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer to open second Franklin location

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer will open a second location later this year at 108 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin, in the former locations of Captain D’s.

Hattie Jane's Creamery now open in Franklin



Hattie Jane's Creamery opened April 9 at 3078 Maddux Way, Ste. 100, Franklin, next door to Herban Market at Camden Commons.

Williamson County

Williamson County outdoor pools and splash parks to open May 1

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department announced April 12 that all outdoor pools and splash parks will open May 1 for the summer season.

New Black Business Coalition aims to support Black business owners in Williamson County

Last summer’s wave of collective action and protests sparked an idea for local business leaders to create a network for Black business owners in the area to find support and resources while lifting up their individual businesses in the community.

African American Heritage Society working to save historic home in downtown Franklin, launching fundraising campaign

To help save one of Williamson County's historic properties from future development, the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County has announced it is working to purchase a 140-year-old home near downtown Franklin.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.






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The next phase of Berry Farms, Chadwell, will be located south of Berry Farms and west of I-65. (Rendering courtesy Boyle, Gamble Design Collaboartive)
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

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

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. 

masks
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.