Area protests, budget amendments and three other Nashville-area stories from this week

Hundreds of Franklin residents overflowed from the corner of the First Missionary Baptist Church parking lot to listen to church leaders, educators, city officials and concerned citizens speak out against systemic racism across the country at a candlelight vigil held June 2. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hundreds of Franklin residents overflowed from the corner of the First Missionary Baptist Church parking lot to listen to church leaders, educators, city officials and concerned citizens speak out against systemic racism across the country at a candlelight vigil held June 2. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hundreds of Franklin residents overflowed from the corner of the First Missionary Baptist Church parking lot to listen to church leaders, educators, city officials and concerned citizens speak out against systemic racism across the country at a candlelight vigil held June 2. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are five recent updates from Metro Nashville on area protests, library services and more.

Franklin community leaders speak out against racism at candlelight vigil

Hundreds of Franklin residents overflowed from the corner of the First Missionary Baptist Church parking lot to listen to church leaders, educators, city officials and concerned citizens speak out against systemic racism across the country at a candlelight vigil held June 2.

Mayor John Cooper: No curfew for June 2 in Nashville

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced there will be no curfew for June 2 following three straight days of curfews in the evening hours citywide; however, he said first responders will maintain a presence downtown as a precaution.



Williamson County Board of Commissioners to amend budget at June 8 meeting to allow more money for schools, facilities

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners plans to consider amending the county’s budget for fiscal year 2019-20 at its June 8 meeting to allow for more money for schools, parks and recreation, libraries and more.

See photos from the June 4 Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Nashville

Chants of "No justice, no peace," "Hands up! Don't shoot!” and "Say his name! George Floyd!" could be heard on the streets of Nashville on June 4 as thousands of protestors gathered downtown to march to City Hall as part of the Nashville Black Lives Matter Youth-Led Rally.

Nashville Public Library to offer curbside pickup beginning June 8, including in Green Hills

Nashville Public Library will reopen in phases, beginning with curbside pickup available to library patrons June 8, according to a news release.

Alex Hosey, Dylan Skye Aycock and Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Franklin, Brentwood leaders respond to mask order in Williamson County

A survey of more than 2,400 Williamson County residents showed only about 30% or less of residents felt comfortable inside a store or restaurant without a mask. Additionally, that same survey showed more than 70% of respondents believe wearing a mask can help flatten the COVID-19 curve. 

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Tennessee. (Community Impact staff)
Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rise by more than 700 in the last 24 hours; tests reported lower than previous days, TDH data shows

Nearly 2,800 new cases were reported over the weekend, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Beginning July 3, Nashville will revert to a modified version of Phase 2 of economic reopening. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bars to close due to coronavirus and more Nashville-area news

Read the latest news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Nashville area.

Masks will be mandatory in Williamson County beginning July 7. (Courtesy Pexel)
Williamson County to mandate face masks beginning July 7

Violations of the order will constitute a Class A misdemeanor.

The city's Blue Bin program had been suspended since March. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Franklin to resume Blue Bin recycling July 13

The city's Blue Bin program had been suspended since March.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

Sunset Road
Sunset Road in Brentwood to close July 6 for paving

Residents who live nearby should plan to take alternate routes. 

Lee said he is calling on law enforcement agencies across the state to review and update use of force and duty to intervene policies in the next 60 days. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Gov. Bill Lee calls for ban on chokeholds across all police agencies in Tennessee

Law enforcement agencies statewide will have 60 days to review their policies to ban chokeholds and require duty-to-intervene policies for officers.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Houston-based Christian Brothers Automotive operates more than 200 locations across the United States. (Courtesy Christian Brothers Automotive)
Q&A: Christian Brothers Automotive CEO talks commercial real estate, essential business operations amid pandemic

The Houston-based automotive company has franchise locations throughout Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona.

Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by more than 1,500 in 24 hours

The number of new cases reported has risen by an average of more than 1,000 per day for the last five days.

The sweet shop will offer frozen yogurt and hand-dipped ice cream in a variety of flavors as well as treats from local Nashville-based businesses. (Courtesy Pexels)
Sweethaven to hold grand opening in Franklin's Westhaven community

The sweet shop will offer frozen yogurt and hand-dipped ice cream in a variety of flavors as well as treats from local Nashville-based businesses.