Real ID deadline extended to 2023; Brentwood debuts new police HQ and more top area news

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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

US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will now have an extra year and a half to obtain a Real ID, which will be required for adults traveling on a U.S. commercial flight or entering certain federal buildings.

Officials caution against gas hoarding amid outages in Middle Tennessee, plus resources on where to find fuel

With several gas stations in Franklin, Brentwood and the Middle Tennessee region reporting fuel shortages as a result of a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, state and local officials are cautioning residents against hoarding gas.



Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish offers a hot take on fried chicken and fish

Owner Shawn Davis said the eatery’s jumbo tenders are the most popular menu item, and as with all the chicken dishes, diners can customize their heat levels.

City of Brentwood debuts $29 million police headquarters

After a year and a half of construction, the city of Brentwood has completed its largest capital project in city history: the new Brentwood Police Department headquarters on Heritage Way.

Radio network nonprofit Educational Media Foundation to relocate headquarters to Cool Springs

Radio network nonprofit Education Media Foundation will relocate its headquarters from Rocklin, California, to Franklin, according to an announcement from CEO Bill Reeves.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall has been declared a national landmark but faces structural issues. (Courtesy The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County)
Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announces list of 6 historic sites at risk

The foundation has identified several sites in danger of development or deterioration.

Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin Walking Tours launches; deadline nears for Brentwood's best ash tree contest and more top area news

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

The city of Brentwood will rename a portion of Franklin Road in honor of officer Destin Legieza. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Portion of Franklin Road to be renamed in honor of Brentwood officer Destin Legieza

Leigieza was killed in a head-on collision with an impaired driver in June 2020.

Some trees in downtown Franklin have outgrown their basins. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA discusses renovating sidewalks in downtown

The project would improve existing sidewalks from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue to remove faded and uneven pavers while providing a wider area of walking space in front of downtown shops.

North Italia offers Italian fare and pizza. (Courtesy North Italia)
North Italia announces opening date for Franklin location

The eatery is expected to open in McEwen Northside in July.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Active COVID-19 cases in Williamson County drop to 100; 50% of residents have at least 1 vaccine dose

Half of all residents in Williamson County are now partially vaccinated.

Tours will take place throughout downtown Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin Walking Tours launches with ghost, psychic tours

Tour themes include Downtown Charm, Grim and Ghostly, and Picture Perfect.

The city of Brentwood will accept entries for its ash tree contest through June 15. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)
Deadline approaching for Brentwood's best ash tree contest

The contest is intended to help the city track the destruction made by emerald ash borers.

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Where to get free meals from Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District this summer

Students who get meals through schools will be able to receive free meals during the summer from either district.

Buff City Soap opened in Franklin May 6. (Courtesy Buff City Soap)
Five businesses open in Franklin in May; doughnut shop celebrates one year in Brentwood and more top area news

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

The Brentwood YMCA announced in early June it has reached an agreement to sell its property in Maryland Farms. (Courtesy Brentwood YMCA)
Brentwood YMCA gives update on sale of Maryland Farms property

The property is expected to change hands in the next two years.