Prep for tax-free weekend; Kaiser Aluminum to relocate HQ to Franklin and more top Nashville-area news

Several school supplies will be tax exempt from July 30-Aug. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Several school supplies will be tax exempt from July 30-Aug. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Several school supplies will be tax exempt from July 30-Aug. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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

See what qualifies for Tennessee's tax-free weekend July 30-Aug. 1

According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, from 12:01 a.m. on July 30 to 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1, several items will be exempt from sales tax.

Williamson County mayors discuss new property tax rate, COVID-19 concern during Franklin Tomorrow event

In its first in-person summit since 2020, all seven mayors in the Williamson County area met for Franklin Tomorrow's Breakfast with the Mayors July 27 to discuss a number of topics related to growth in the county.



Galileo Preparatory Academy to open Franklin school in 2022

Galileo Preparatory Academy will open its first location in January at 1010 Perrone Way, Franklin, near Moores Lane and Franklin Road, according to a release from the company.

Kaiser Aluminum to relocate HQ from California to Franklin

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced July 29 that Kaiser Aluminum will relocate its corporate headquarters to Cool Springs.

NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending all individuals—including fully vaccinated individuals—wear masks in K-12 schools.

Wendy Sturges and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.






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The Williamson County Schools Board of Education met for a work session Sept. 16. (Screenshot via www.wcs.edu)
Williamson County Schools likely to recommend extension of mask requirements in schools

According to Superintendent Jason Golden, staff is likely to recommend approving a mask mandate extension, citing a decline in cases since the mandates were approved.

Serrato's Steakhouse is slated to open soon in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
See 5 businesses coming to Franklin; Bakehouse Wine & Spirits now open and more area news

Read the latest business and community news thus far in September from the Franklin area.

Owners Eric and Felour Shanklin opened the eatery in 2014. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pasta & Cream features fresh ingredients, unique recipes

Owners Eric and Felour Shanklin drew inspiration from their family for the menu when naming dishes—diners will find dishes like the Ivan ala Vodka and the Priscilla, each named for the couple’s children.

Wine & Design Franklin offers instructor-led painting session, including themes such as "Harry Potter." (Photos courtesy Wine & Design Franklin)
Wine & Design Franklin serves as creative space for parties, events

In addition to being able to choose from more than 6,000 different painting options, the studio also offers classes for themed paintings like fall landscapes or even Paint Your Pet classes.

Visit Franklin announced in September that tourism spending declined by more than 30% during 2020. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)
Williamson County sees drop in tourism for first time in 10 years

Tourism spending declined by more than 30% in 2020, according to Visit Franklin.

The boutique is now open in Franklin. (Courtesy CTGrace)
CTGrace now open in Franklin

The boutique is now open in downtown Franklin.

The city of Brentwood hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 10. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Brentwood breaks ground on new fire station

The new station is slated to be complete in fall 2022.

The new studio opened near Columbia Avenue. (Courtesy The Lash Lounge)
The Lash Lounge opens in Franklin; cities to honor 9/11 and more top area news

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

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
U.S. Department of Education approves grant funding for school districts facing state punishment for mask mandates

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates.

The new studio opened near Columbia Avenue. (Courtesy The Lash Lounge)
The Lash Lounge now open in Franklin

The lash studio opened in Franklin in late August.