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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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Middle Tennessee hospital leaders project 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations by next week

With Thanksgiving just days away, hospital leaders are urging residents to forego holiday gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus as case numbers and hospitalizations rise.

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Graceworks Ministries Inc., One Generation Away to hold mobile food pantry events Nov. 21

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are a number of options where residents can shop locally during the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
GUIDE: 18 places to find holiday gifts in Franklin, Brentwood

The holiday shopping season is here, and it is more important than ever this year to shop locally.

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Middle and high schools in Williamson County Schools to go remote for 1 week after Thanksgiving break

Over the last two weeks, 23 out of 49 campuses in the district have already transitioned to remote learning.

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages. 

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district. (Courtesy Fotolia)
10 new schools, additions and more: Williamson County School approves 2020-26 5-year plan

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district.

The company launched in the Greater Nashville area in September. (Courtesy Medical House Calls)
Medical House Calls now serving Franklin area

The company specializes in urgent care and other medical visits in the patient’s home for an annual flat fee.

Williamson County Schools is raising its substitute pay rates to help attract more teachers to the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

The district requires individuals to have a high school diploma and additional training from the district once they are hired, according to district staff.

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See key dates from Williamson County Schools' approved 2021-22 calendar

Superintendent Jason Golden said the calendar is usually approved later in the year; however, district officials wanted to give parents more notice and time to plan.

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools officials express concern over postholiday COVID-19 rise

As families prepare for the holidays, local officials are preparing for the effect gatherings may have on the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Active coronavirus cases reach all-time high in Williamson County

More than 240 active cases were added to the county's total in the past 24 hours, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.