State preps for return to school, Metro Nashville plans for new police chief: News from the metro

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Read the latest news from the Nashville area.

Statewide

BACK TO SCHOOL: Tennessee to allow for sports to return, extend local mask mandates and provide guidance on coronavirus


As Tennessee moves forward with a return to school—some districts virtually, others in person—state officials are planning for student services and activities as well as how to prepare teachers who will work to keep classrooms safe.

Southwest Nashville



Metro Nashville lays out plan for selecting new chief of police

Following the announcement earlier this summer that Metro Nashville Police Department Chief Steve Anderson will retire, Metro Nashville officials have announced a process for how his successor will be chosen.

Closure of bars, 10 p.m. closure for Nashville restaurants extended

Nashville will remain in its modified Phase II of reopening, according to a July 28 announcement from Metro Nashville officials.

Mayor John Cooper announced in a morning briefing July 28 that the city’s closure of bars and limited service restaurants will remain in effect until at least Aug. 16. The 10 p.m. closure for restaurants that serve alcohol has also been extended.

Franklin-Brentwood

Franklin nonprofit BrightStone to hold annual Bowlability fundraiser online

In lieu of its annual in-person bowling fundraiser, BrightStone announced it will hold a fundraiser online this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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The Franklin Christmas tree will be lit through the month of December. (Lindsay Scott/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drive-thru holiday lights, Christmas parade: 6 events to attend in Franklin, Brentwood this December

Although many traditional celebrations will not be held this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are still a few holiday events to catch in the Franklin and Brentwood areas. 

The Williamson County Animal Center is encouraging residents who find stray dogs report them to the center and keep them in their homes until an owner can be found. (Courtesy Williamson County Animal Shelter)
Williamson County Animal Center changes stray-dog intake policy

Residents who find stray dogs are encouraged to report the animal to the shelter and, if possible, keep the dog in their homes for a five-day "staycation."

The city of Franklin confirmed the death of Alderperson Pearl Bransford Nov. 28. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin Alderperson Pearl Bransford dies

Bransford was a 30-year resident of the city of Franklin and was first elected to the board of mayor and aldermen in 2007.

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Middle Tennessee hospital leaders project 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations by next week

With Thanksgiving just days away, hospital leaders are urging residents to forego holiday gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus as case numbers and hospitalizations rise.

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Graceworks Ministries Inc., One Generation Away to hold mobile food pantry events Nov. 21

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are a number of options where residents can shop locally during the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
GUIDE: 18 places to find holiday gifts in Franklin, Brentwood

The holiday shopping season is here, and it is more important than ever this year to shop locally.

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Middle and high schools in Williamson County Schools to go remote for 1 week after Thanksgiving break

Over the last two weeks, 23 out of 49 campuses in the district have already transitioned to remote learning.

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages. 

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district. (Courtesy Fotolia)
10 new schools, additions and more: Williamson County School approves 2020-26 5-year plan

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district.

The company launched in the Greater Nashville area in September. (Courtesy Medical House Calls)
Medical House Calls now serving Franklin area

The company specializes in urgent care and other medical visits in the patient’s home for an annual flat fee.

Williamson County Schools is raising its substitute pay rates to help attract more teachers to the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

The district requires individuals to have a high school diploma and additional training from the district once they are hired, according to district staff.