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Confederate symbols in Williamson County face resident backlash

Though this is not the first time the issue of Chip—the statue in Franklin’s Public Square—has been addressed, in the weeks following the vigil, citizens have spoken out against Confederate symbology across the city, county and school system, including the Williamson County Seal and Franklin High School’s Rebel mascot.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Tennessee to allow for sports to return, extend local mask mandates and provide guidance on coronavirus

As Tennessee moves forward with a return to school—some districts virtually, others in person—state officials are planning for student services and activities as well as how to prepare teachers who will work to keep classrooms safe.



Franklin High School to change mascot following committee recommendation

Franklin High School's mascot will no longer be the Rebels, following a recommendation from a committee of made up of Franklin High faculty, students, school leaders and community members, according to a July 28 announcement from Williamson County Schools.

How real estate redlining shaped Nashville

However, amid nationwide protests and calls to remove Confederate statues, there is also a renewed push to understand how decades of systemic racism have affected various areas of society, one facet of which is housing and wealth.

Metro Nashville Police Department updates use-of-force policies

Amid local and national calls for the review of police use-of-force policies, Mayor John Cooper announced June 15 a new committee tasked with reviewing community experiences with the Metro Nashville Police Department’s use-of-force practices and recommending policy changes.

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



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WCS Board of Education Chair Nancy Garrett called for order at several points during the meeting.

The next phase of Berry Farms, Chadwell, will be located south of Berry Farms and west of I-65. (Rendering courtesy Boyle, Gamble Design Collaboartive)
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Big Bad Breakfast is now open in Cool Springs. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The eatery offers signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, house-cured Tabasco brown sugar bacon, and chicken and waffles.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Williamson County Schools will not require face masks for summer programs. (Screenshot via wcs.org)
Williamson County Schools to make masks optional for summer programs; officials optimistic masks will not be needed this fall

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district does not anticipate masks will be required this fall if trends continue and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to lessen restrictions. 

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CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

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The city of Brentwood will host a vaccine pop-up event May 22. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
Brentwood to host vaccine pop-up event for residents age 12 and older

The Tennessee Department of Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for those age 12 and older.

Masks will be optional during summer programming at Franklin Special School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Franklin Special School District to make masks optional for summer programming; discuss options for next school year

As of June 1, face masks will no longer be mandatory for students and staff attending summer programs.

Officials are urging residents not to hoard gas during a regional shortage. (Courtesy Fotolia)
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The city of Franklin approved a resolution May 11 to rename two street portions after Black leaders. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin renames two street portions after Black leaders

The streets will be named for Martin Luther King Jr. and ANC Williams, the first Black business owner in Franklin.