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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The Williamson County Public Library launched a summer reading challenge starting June 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Library launches online summer reading challenge

Children up to age 18 can log reading hours online for a chance to win prizes.

The June 2 meeting will also be available for residents to watch via livestream at home. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Metro Nashville news and more: Updates from recent coverage

Read the latest Nashville-area news here.

Gov. Bill Lee’s economic recovery group announced plans to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and businesses in Tennessee as well as to reopen larger, noncontact attractions by May 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
State preps to expand hospital capacity, plus four other Nashville updates

Here are five recent updates from the Nashville area on businesses reopening, the path to economic recovery and more.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases up by more than 400 in past 24 hours; 4 more deaths confirmed

New reported cases have risen by less than 2% in the past 24 hours.

Williamson County pools will reopen June 1. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Williamson County to reopen pools, Franklin Splash Park on June 3

Additional county recreation facilities will also reopen.

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City of Franklin cancels 4th of July events

City officials said state mandates on large gatherings and social distancing guidelines led them to cancel the events.

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Franklin Special School District will continue meal service through summer

Meals will be provided free of charge to students, even if they do not attend a school in the Franklin Special School District.

If state health officials determine additional hospital capacity is needed in Middle Tennessee, the alternate site will allow space for 67 beds. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee preps alternate care site in Nashville to increase COVID-19 hospital capacity in region

If state health officials determine additional hospital capacity is needed in Middle Tennessee, the alternate site will allow space for 67 beds.

Here are the coronavirus updates to know today. (Community Impact staff)
Coronavirus cases in Tennessee rise by 373 in 24 hours

More than 6,000 people have been tested over the past 24 hours, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

The city of Franklin is considering delaying four different capital improvement projects based on priority rankings from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after a presentation from City Administrator Eric Stuckey was given to the board at its May 26 work session. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA considers delaying certain capital improvement projects

The city of Franklin is considering delaying four different capital improvement projects based on priority rankings from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from the Tennessee Department of Health. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Coronavirus cases in Tennessee rise by 341 in 24 hours

Nearly 410,000 tests have been conducted statewide as of May 27.

Construction on I-440 in Nashville is set to wrap up this summer. (Courtesy Fotolia)
ROAD CLOSURE: I-440 at I-65 ramp in Nashville to close May 29-June 1

Construction on I-440 in Nashville is set to wrap up this summer.