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

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.

Franklin

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.

Brentwood

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.






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Sal’s Family Pizza is located at 595 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 311, Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sal's Family Pizza in Franklin adds outdoor seating

Just in time for fall weather, Sal's has added outdoor seating to its eatery on Hillsboro Road.

Lynn Harnen and RJ Chesna opened Spark: An Art Studio in late August at Hill Center Brentwood. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
FIRST LOOK: Sister-brother team aims to encourage creativity at Spark: An Art Studio

In need of a creative project to get you out of the house? Spark: An Art Studio is now open in Brentwood.

Superintendent Jason Golden said all communication about quarantine requirements will now come from the health department. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools to stop quarantine calls next week

Superintendent Jason Golden said all communication about quarantine requirements will now come from the health department.

One in five children and adults have a learning disability, according to statistics from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County coronavirus cases rise 7% in past week; more than 600 students in quarantine or isolation

Schools are reporting a rising number of students who are in isolation or quarantine due to the virus. 

Hillsboro School is a K-8 school in Williamson County. (Courtesy Williamson County Schools)
Williamson County Schools looking for community input on Hillsboro School mascot

According to WCS, this is not a vote to change the mascot, and the district is not asking for new mascot suggestions. 

Vui's Kitchen features a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including small bites, entrees and desserts. (Community Impact staff)
9 new eateries that opened in Franklin, Brentwood this summer

Take a look to see which new spots you may have missed. 

Williamson County Schools requested more funding from the county this month to help meet unexpected coronavirus-related expenses. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
County approves additional funding for Williamson County Schools COVID-19 expenses

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district’s online learning program as well as quarantine requirements from the county health department have placed a strain on staffing, compounded by a statewide teacher shortage.

The Williamson County Board of Commissioner met Sept. 14 to hear a recommendation on the county seal. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Williamson County approves recommendation to remove Confederate flag from county seal

Tonight's vote cleared the way for the decision to be brought before the Tennessee Historic Commission.

Franklin Special School District operates eight schools within the city of Franklin. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Robert Blair selected board chair for Franklin Special School District; community members call for former chair to resign

Former board chair Tim Stillings opted not to put his name forward for consideration this year following a controversial social media post.

(Community Impact Staff)
DATA: See 6 months of tracking COVID-19 in Williamson County

It has been over six months since the coronavirus reached Williamson County. Take a look at how data has changed in Williamson County over the past several months.

While active cases numbers are relatively stable, some sectors of the population are still seeing slight increases.  (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County active coronavirus cases remain stable; cases in school-age children up 13% since last week

While active cases numbers are relatively stable, some sectors of the population are still seeing slight increases.