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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See how COVID-19 has impacted Williamson County in recent weeks. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County active COVID-19 case count reaches 5-month low; officials urge continued mask wearing

The number of active coronavirus cases in Williamson County has dropped to 515 as of March 1, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. 

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.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille opened its first Tennessee location Feb. 25 in Cool Springs. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille open in Cool Springs; Burger Dandy launches in Franklin and more news from February

Read the latest business and community news from the past month from Franklin and Brentwood.

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.