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

Parents continue mask debate during Franklin Special School District meeting

Parents on both sides of the issue expressed concerns over physical and mental health. Prior to the meeting, a number of parents gathered outside the meeting with signs encouraging the district to require masks for students and staff.

Williamson County Schools approves mask requirement for elementary students and staff

In a 7-3 vote, the board approved a temporary mask requirement for students and staff at Williamson County Schools elementary schools beginning Aug. 12.

Burlington Coat Factory to open new location in Cool Springs

The shop, which offers clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, is slated to open in October, according to the company's website.

Tennessee legislators call for special session to block local COVID-19 mandates

In a letter to Gov. Bill Lee issued Aug. 11, Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, has called for the Tennessee General Assembly to convene a special session to address decisions related to COVD-19 made by local boards and governmental entities.

Columbia State Community College breaks ground on new arts and technology building

The new arts and technology building will be built on the west side of the campus near the new parking garage and will be home to a number of new programs, including licensed nursing, certified nursing assistant and information technology.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.