Confederate flag could be removed from Williamson County seal and more Nashville news

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners met Sept. 14 to hear a recommendation on the county seal. (Screenshot via YouTube)
The Williamson County Board of Commissioners met Sept. 14 to hear a recommendation on the county seal. (Screenshot via YouTube)

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners met Sept. 14 to hear a recommendation on the county seal. (Screenshot via YouTube)

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Williamson County approves recommendation to remove Confederate flag from county seal

Following weeks of debate and seeking community feedback, the Williamson County Board of Commissioners voted 16-7 on Sept. 14 approving a resolution to accept a recommendation to remove the Confederate flag from the county seal.

DATA: See 6 months of tracking COVID-19 in Williamson County

The Tennessee Department of Health releases several data points each day, and with changes in reporting practices in recent weeks, it can be difficult to know what each metric means.

Here is a breakdown of reporting metrics with local data from the last six months.

Williamson County active coronavirus cases remain stable; cases in school-age children up 13% since last week

The number of active coronavirus cases in Williamson County is 407, according to the Sept. 14 update from the Tennessee Department of Health. While this number is up slightly from Sept. 3, when the department changed its reporting practices to account for shorter active case periods, the total is the same as last week.

3 development projects to know in Williamson County

A number of construction projects, including hotels and new schools, are underway in Williamson County, Take a look at a few currently in progress.


Robert Blair selected board chair for Franklin Special School District; community members call for former chair to resign

Following the announcement last week that Tim Stillings, a member of the Franklin Special School District board, would not volunteer to serve as board chair this year, FSSD board member Robert Blair was named as the new board chair Sept. 14.


City of Brentwood to conduct smoke testing in residential areas

As part of the city's ongoing work to improve its sewer system, the city of Brentwood will be conducting smoke testing over the next few weeks in some Brentwood neighborhoods.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.


The city of Brentwood is asking residents what they would like to see included in the future inclusive playground at Granny White Park. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood seeking resident feedback for Granny White Park inclusive playground

The city of Brentwood is asking residents what they would like to see included in the future inclusive playground.

The Black Business Coalition is served by four co-chairs: Robert Blair, owner of a local media company and chair of the Franklin Special School District board of education; Tara Blue, executive director of the Community Child Care Center in Franklin and board member of Williamson Inc.; Jemond Daughtry, co-owner of The Good Food Group; and Jeffery McGruder, chief relationship officer with Citizens Banking & Trust Company.
New Black Business Coalition aims to support Black business owners in Williamson County

" I wanted to make sure this was something that when the tide floated in or floated out, they would still be there. We were looking at something that was long-term, not something that was temporary, just because of the climate in our country or in our city."—Robert Blair, co-chair of the Black Business Coalition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tennessee, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Tennessee health officials announced April 13 they do not anticipate that the pause will affect vaccine efforts statewide.

Pool and splash park facilities will open May 1, according to the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department. (Courtesy Williamson County Parks and Recreation)
Williamson County outdoor pools and splash parks to open May 1

Weekend hours for indoor facilities will also be extended on weekends.

Coaltown Pizza & Public House opened in early April in Westhaven. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coaltown Pizza & Public House now open in Westhaven

The eatery, which will be in a soft opening phase through April 18, offers signature pizzas such as Buffalo chicken, margherita pizza and smashed potato pizza, made with garlic ricotta sauce, bacon, cheese and smashed potatoes.

Hattie Jane's Creamery is now open in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hattie Jane's Creamery now open in Franklin

The ice cream shop offers signature flavors, such as Nana Puddin', Toasted Coconut Minty Chip and Chocoholic, as well as seasonal flavors, such as Blood Orange Mimosa and Strawberry Jam.

Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Waldo’s Chicken & Beer to open second Franklin location

The eatery will open a second location in Franklin later this year in the former site of Captain D's.

Approximately 1 million Tennessee residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
1/3 Williamson County residents have first dose; Franklin to host storm cleanup and more top area news

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

As active cases in the county plateau, vaccinations are on the rise. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases have remained largely stable for past several weeks

As active cases drop, the number of residents getting vaccinated continues to rise.

The city of Franklin will host a neighborhood cleanup April 19-20. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Franklin to host neighborhood cleanup for storm debris April 19-20

Debris and other household waste must be placed on the curb by April 18.

Harpeth House will open April 11 on the Christ Community Church campus. (Courtesy Christ Community Church)
Christ Community Church to open Harpeth House on Hillsboro Road

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 11.

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 6 he is in opposition to mandated "vaccine passports." (Screenshot via Facebook)
Gov. Bill Lee announces support for legislation banning 'vaccine passports'

Lee said he is supporting legislation that would prohibit government-mandated proof of vaccination status.