Back-to-school plan OK'd by Franklin Special School District and more Nashville-area news

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Franklin Special School District approves back-to-school plan for 2020-21 school year

The Franklin Special School District Board of Education voted unanimously July 20 to approve the district's back-to-school framework, which give parents and students the option of choosing between in-person and virtual instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

'Community Impact' now seeking feedback from parents, teachers regarding 2020-21 school year

We would like to hear from our readers about Williamson County Schools' plan for the upcoming school year and get their feedback on how the district is handling reopening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Feedback submitted may be used in upcoming print and online coverage.

Drive-in theater The Field at Franklin to open July 24

The Field at Franklin, a drive-in theater located at 1810 Columbia Ave., Franklin, will open July 24, according to a social media post from the venue.

Kate & Lulu's coming soon to Westhaven community

Kate & Lulu’s Kitchen will open in the Westhaven community in Franklin at 158 Front St., Ste. 110.

The bakery and restaurant will offer spins on classic Texas breakfast foods and baked goods like kolaches and cinnamon rolls, with the owners planning to open the store in August.

Southwest Nashville

Davidson County coronavirus cases rise by 179 in 24 hours

Coronavirus cases in Davidson County have risen to 16,223 as of July 20, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Williamson County coronavirus cases rise by over 40 in 24 hours

Cases of coronavirus in Williamson County have risen to 2,562 as of July 20, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Ice cream sandwich shop The Baked Bear opens in Midtown

The Baked Bear, a dessert shop specializing in ice cream sandwiches, opened July 17 in Midtown at 1809 Division St., Nashville. Customers can order customized ice cream sandwiches, which are made with hand-churned ice cream, between cookies, brownies or a combination of both.

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


The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vets age 65+ can get VA vaccine; Perry's Steakhouse to open and more top Franklin, Brentwood news

Read the top stories from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Williamson County Schools has named 21 open-zoned schools for the 2021-22 school year. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Schools approves open zoning for select campuses

For parents of students who wish to change schools before the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Williamson County Schools board of education has approved 21 open-zoned schools.

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee VA now offering COVID-19 vaccine for veterans age 65 and older

Veterans in Tennessee age 65 and older may now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

A number of parents and community members have called for more parental involvement and district training regarding racism in schools. (Community Impact staff)
Parents, teachers call for more training to address racism in Williamson County Schools

During the WCS Board of Education meeting Jan. 19, a number of community members spoke about a lack of training and resources to address racial tension at schools, as well as a need for the district to more directly address incidents.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop more than 20% in past week

Active cases have been consistently above 2,000 in recent weeks.

Williamson County Schools, state address effects of COVID-19 on learning loss

According to preliminary data from assessments given to students in the fall, Williamson County Schools officials calculated that some students have lost as much as 9% proficiency in reading and math as a result of school closure last spring. This number is lower than the 50%-65% decreases estimated by the Tennessee Department of Education officials in September; however, local officials said, there is still catching up to do.

The shop is expected to hold open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. (Courtesy Pexels)
New boutique Valentine House now open in Westhaven in Franklin

The shop is expected to have open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. 

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open Feb. 18 in Franklin. (Courtesy Perry's Steakhouse & Grille)
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open Franklin location Feb. 18

Perry's offers Prime-aged steaks, seafood and its signature entree, Perry's Famous Pork Chop, a in-house-butchered pork chop measuring seven fingers high, which is carved tableside.

Mother and daughter Melanie Johnson and Nikki Reeves took over ownership of the space in December from the previous owners, another mother-daughter team who had run the shop since its opening in 2016. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mother-daughter duo takes over Westhaven space at Sanctuary South

Located in the heart of Front Street, Sanctuary South has become a mainstay of the Westhaven community—it is within walking distance of the neighborhood’s residential streets. Now, as new owners take control, the shop is undergoing some changes while staying true to its roots.

The second round of the Paycheck Protection Program launched Jan. 13. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Q&A: What to know about round two of the Paycheck Protection Program

Did you know that food and accommodation business can qualify for 40% more funding in a PPP loan? Find more about the second round of the program below.

Rep. Glen Casada has been placed on administrative leave according to a Jan. 8 announcement from House Speaker Cameron Sexton. (Courtesy Tennessee General Assembly)
Rep. Glen Casada on leave after federal search of office and more Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Nashville area.

The new bank location will open in February. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Volunteer Bank to open location in Cool Springs

The new location will open soon along Carothers Parkway.