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

Williamson County Schools to be mask-optional at start of 2021-22 school year

Students and staff returning to campus at Williamson County Schools will not be required to wear masks at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Home Improvement Guide: Ask an interior designer

Interior designer Amie Igou with Decorating Den Interiors talks about things to consider when decorating a home as well as what designs are coming into style.

Bike Walk Brentwood looks to bring mountain-bike trail to Smith Park

Members of local nonprofit Bike Walk Brentwood have begun work to secure funding for the design of a proposed mountain-bike trail to be located in Brentwood’s Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.

North Italia now open in Franklin

The 7,250-square-foot restaurant offers handcrafted cuisine and cocktails, such as prosciutto pizza, handmade pastas and signature cocktails. North Italia offers lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and happy hour menus.

Blood donations urgently needed in Middle Tennessee

Following several trauma events over the past few weeks, officials with Blood Assurance, which supplies bloods to Williamson Medical Center and other area hospitals, said inventory of blood supply has been nearly depleted in the region.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.