Williamson County Schools go mask-optional; blood needed in Middle Tennessee and more top Franklin and Brentwood news

Masks will be optional but encouraged for students and staff at WCS. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Masks will be optional but encouraged for students and staff at WCS. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Masks will be optional but encouraged for students and staff at WCS. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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.



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The Williamson County Schools Board of Education met for a work session Sept. 16. (Screenshot via www.wcs.edu)
Williamson County Schools likely to recommend extension of mask requirements in schools

According to Superintendent Jason Golden, staff is likely to recommend approving a mask mandate extension, citing a decline in cases since the mandates were approved.

Serrato's Steakhouse is slated to open soon in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
See 5 businesses coming to Franklin; Bakehouse Wine & Spirits now open and more area news

Read the latest business and community news thus far in September from the Franklin area.

Owners Eric and Felour Shanklin opened the eatery in 2014. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pasta & Cream features fresh ingredients, unique recipes

Owners Eric and Felour Shanklin drew inspiration from their family for the menu when naming dishes—diners will find dishes like the Ivan ala Vodka and the Priscilla, each named for the couple’s children.

Wine & Design Franklin offers instructor-led painting session, including themes such as "Harry Potter." (Photos courtesy Wine & Design Franklin)
Wine & Design Franklin serves as creative space for parties, events

In addition to being able to choose from more than 6,000 different painting options, the studio also offers classes for themed paintings like fall landscapes or even Paint Your Pet classes.

Visit Franklin announced in September that tourism spending declined by more than 30% during 2020. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)
Williamson County sees drop in tourism for first time in 10 years

Tourism spending declined by more than 30% in 2020, according to Visit Franklin.

The boutique is now open in Franklin. (Courtesy CTGrace)
CTGrace now open in Franklin

The boutique is now open in downtown Franklin.

The city of Brentwood hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 10. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood breaks ground on new fire station

The new station is slated to be complete in fall 2022.

The new studio opened near Columbia Avenue. (Courtesy The Lash Lounge)
The Lash Lounge opens in Franklin; cities to honor 9/11 and more top area news

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

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
U.S. Department of Education approves grant funding for school districts facing state punishment for mask mandates

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates.

The new studio opened near Columbia Avenue. (Courtesy The Lash Lounge)
The Lash Lounge now open in Franklin

The lash studio opened in Franklin in late August.