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

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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 city of Brentwood is asking residents what they would like to see included in the future inclusive playground at Granny White Park. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood seeking resident feedback for Granny White Park inclusive playground

The city of Brentwood is asking residents what they would like to see included in the future inclusive playground.

The Black Business Coalition is served by four co-chairs: Robert Blair, owner of a local media company and chair of the Franklin Special School District board of education; Tara Blue, executive director of the Community Child Care Center in Franklin and board member of Williamson Inc.; Jemond Daughtry, co-owner of The Good Food Group; and Jeffery McGruder, chief relationship officer with Citizens Banking & Trust Company.
New Black Business Coalition aims to support Black business owners in Williamson County

" I wanted to make sure this was something that when the tide floated in or floated out, they would still be there. We were looking at something that was long-term, not something that was temporary, just because of the climate in our country or in our city."—Robert Blair, co-chair of the Black Business Coalition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tennessee, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Tennessee health officials announced April 13 they do not anticipate that the pause will affect vaccine efforts statewide.

Pool and splash park facilities will open May 1, according to the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department. (Courtesy Williamson County Parks and Recreation)
Williamson County outdoor pools and splash parks to open May 1

Weekend hours for indoor facilities will also be extended on weekends.

Coaltown Pizza & Public House opened in early April in Westhaven. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coaltown Pizza & Public House now open in Westhaven

The eatery, which will be in a soft opening phase through April 18, offers signature pizzas such as Buffalo chicken, margherita pizza and smashed potato pizza, made with garlic ricotta sauce, bacon, cheese and smashed potatoes.

Hattie Jane's Creamery is now open in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hattie Jane's Creamery now open in Franklin

The ice cream shop offers signature flavors, such as Nana Puddin', Toasted Coconut Minty Chip and Chocoholic, as well as seasonal flavors, such as Blood Orange Mimosa and Strawberry Jam.

Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Waldo’s Chicken & Beer to open second Franklin location

The eatery will open a second location in Franklin later this year in the former site of Captain D's.

Approximately 1 million Tennessee residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
1/3 Williamson County residents have first dose; Franklin to host storm cleanup and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

As active cases in the county plateau, vaccinations are on the rise. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases have remained largely stable for past several weeks

As active cases drop, the number of residents getting vaccinated continues to rise.

The city of Franklin will host a neighborhood cleanup April 19-20. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Franklin to host neighborhood cleanup for storm debris April 19-20

Debris and other household waste must be placed on the curb by April 18.

Harpeth House will open April 11 on the Christ Community Church campus. (Courtesy Christ Community Church)
Christ Community Church to open Harpeth House on Hillsboro Road

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 11.

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 6 he is in opposition to mandated "vaccine passports." (Screenshot via Facebook)
Gov. Bill Lee announces support for legislation banning 'vaccine passports'

Lee said he is supporting legislation that would prohibit government-mandated proof of vaccination status.