School district plans for fall 2020, plus four other Nashville-area updates

Adrienne Battle, Metro Nashville Public Schools director, said the district is preparing for three different scenarios in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Dylan Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adrienne Battle, Metro Nashville Public Schools director, said the district is preparing for three different scenarios in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Dylan Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Adrienne Battle, Metro Nashville Public Schools director, said the district is preparing for three different scenarios in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Dylan Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are five recent updates from Metro Nashville on schools, the continued response to the coronavirus and more.

Metro Nashville Public Schools planning three scenarios for fall 2020

As districts across the state grapple with how to reopen schools in August, Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Adrienne Battle said the district is preparing for three different scenarios in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Board of commissioners approves laptop purchases for Williamson County students

At its June 8 meeting, the Williamson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the purchase and lease of Chromebooks for Williamson County Schools.



Tenn. election officials prepare for increase in absentee voting in Aug. 6 election

Per a COVID-19 contingency plan released by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office in late April, officials are preparing for a possible influx of voters to cast absentee ballots to avoid going to the polls for the Aug. 6 state and county elections.

Nashville to remain in Phase 2 of reopening; officials cite uptick in COVID-19 cases

Just two weeks after reopening many restaurants and businesses, Mayor John Cooper announced June 11 that the city will not yet advance to Phase 3 of the state reopening plan due to a slight increase in coronavirus cases in the past two weeks.

Tennessee State Fair cancels 2020 event in Nashville due to COVID-19

Tennessee State Fair officials announced June 8 that the annual event, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-20, will not be held this year due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.

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



MOST RECENT

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.

AR Workshop Franklin is offering a summer camp option in 2021. (Courtesy AR Workshop Franklin)
GUIDE: 13 summer camp options in Greater Nashville for 2021

Summer will be here before you know it, and several local camps have already announced 2021 dates.