City to begin enforcing masks, county to re-evaluate Confederate flag on seal and more: News from Nashville

The Metro Nashville Police Department will begin enforcing the city's mask mandate beginning July 15. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Metro Nashville Police Department will begin enforcing the city's mask mandate beginning July 15. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Metro Nashville Police Department will begin enforcing the city's mask mandate beginning July 15. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the latest news from the Nashville area here.

Metro Nashville police to begin enforcing city's mask order July 15, with dedicated teams on Broadway

Following consultations with the mayor's office and the Metro Public Health Department, Metro Nashville Police Department officers will begin actively enforcing the city's mandatory mask order on July 15, according to a news release.

Williamson County commissioners approve task force to re-evaluate Confederate flag on county seal

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to create a task force to re-evaluate the county seal in an 18-5 vote on July 13.



Metro Nashville changes hours at COVID-19 testing sites due to heat

Beginning July 15, Metro Nashville will open the city's three drive-thru assessment centers for COVID-19 testing two hours earlier, public health officials announced at a July 14 press briefing.

Williamson County Schools board of education approves back-to-school plan

The Williamson County board of education voted to endorse the framework plan for the 2020-21 Williamson County School year at its July 13 meeting in an 11-1 vote.

Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 1,500 in 24 hours

Cases of the coronavirus in Tennessee have risen to 66,788 as of July 14, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

This marks an increase of 1,514 new cases reported since the department's last update July 13.

Dylan Aycock and Alex Hosey contributed to this report.



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Outdoor dining rules for businesses in Brentwood have been extended. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Williamson County Schools approves open zoning for select campuses

For parents of students who wish to change schools before the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Williamson County Schools board of education has approved 21 open-zoned schools.

The state has taken steps in the past weeks to vaccinate at-risk populations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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A number of parents and community members have called for more parental involvement and district training regarding racism in schools. (Community Impact staff)
Parents, teachers call for more training to address racism in Williamson County Schools

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Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop more than 20% in past week

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Williamson County Schools, state address effects of COVID-19 on learning loss

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The shop is expected to hold open house events Feb. 5-6 to celebrate its opening. (Courtesy Pexels)
New boutique Valentine House now open in Westhaven in Franklin

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