MAY 21 ROUNDUP: News from the Nashville area

Belle Meade City Hall, located at 4705 Harding Pike, Nashville, is closed to the public until further notice. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Belle Meade City Hall, located at 4705 Harding Pike, Nashville, is closed to the public until further notice. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Belle Meade City Hall, located at 4705 Harding Pike, Nashville, is closed to the public until further notice. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Belle Meade sees 5th straight year of small population declines

New 2019 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 21 show the city of Belle Meade has had a population decrease for the fifth year in a row.

Census data shows Nashville’s population rose by less than 1% in 2019 as residents flock to smaller cities

New data for 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 20 shows the city of Nashville grew by just over 0.5% from 2018 to 2019, an increase of 3,814 residents.



Metro Nashville Public Schools board approves $929 million budget request

As Metro Nashville Council works to approve the city’s fiscal year 2020-21 operating budget before the June 30 deadline, the Metro Nashville Public Schools board is seeking $15 million more for the district than what is being proposed by Mayor John Cooper.

GraceWorks Ministries reopens thrift store, expands nonprofit services

Middle Tennessee nonprofit GraceWorks Ministries announced plans to reopen its thrift store and expand its food distribution services by the end of May after two months of being closed, according to a May 19 press release from the organization.

Metro Nashville opts to keep door open for economic development incentives

Metro Nashville Council voted 20-14 against a resolution May 19 that would have put a one-year pause on any city economic development incentives as officials work to balance the fiscal year 2020-21 budget.

City of Brentwood closes on $5.2M land purchase for new park

Officials with the city of Brentwood announced May 20 the city has closed on a $5.2 million expenditure to purchase a 52-acre portion of Windy Hill to turn into a future park.

Franklin Special School District projecting revenue losses, increased number of economically disadvantaged students due to coronavirus

As school district officials prepare for the 2020-21 school year, they are faced with a new challenge: how to balance a budget in the midst of a pandemic.

Nashville cancels Fourth of July concert moves fireworks show to TV

The city's annual Fourth of July concert in downtown Nashville has been canceled, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. announced May 19.

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






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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.

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See key dates from Williamson County Schools' approved 2021-22 calendar

Superintendent Jason Golden said the calendar is usually approved later in the year; however, district officials wanted to give parents more notice and time to plan.

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools officials express concern over postholiday COVID-19 rise

As families prepare for the holidays, local officials are preparing for the effect gatherings may have on the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Active coronavirus cases reach all-time high in Williamson County

More than 240 active cases were added to the county's total in the past 24 hours, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.