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

Gov. Bill Lee to sign executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates; Tennessee General Assembly will not hold special session

In an Aug. 16 press conference, Gov. Bill Lee said he will sign a new executive order that would allow parents to have their children opt out of local mask mandates enacted by local school boards.

Williamson County Schools Board member Brad Fiscus to resign in September

According to a social media post, Fiscus, who represents District 4, will leave the county as his family plans to move to northern Virginia.



Williamson County sheriff to launch investigation following Aug. 10 school board meeting

Williamson County Sheriff Dusty Rhoades announced Aug. 12 his office will launch an investigation regarding behavior seen during the Williamson County Schools Board of Education special-called meeting on Aug. 10.

More than 300 COVID-19 cases reported in Williamson County Schools

After less than two weeks into the school year, more than 300 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Williamson County Schools students and staff.


Franklin, Brentwood see population increases in 2020 census, but other Williamson County areas growing faster

According to new data released in August from the U.S. Census Bureau, Williamson County saw a 35% increase in residents from 2010-20, rising from an estimated 183,277 to 247,726 residents.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.