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.