Governor to OK mask options in schools; sheriff to investigate following board meeting and more top Franklin and Brentwood news

The executive order will allow parents to opt out of local mask mandates. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The executive order will allow parents to opt out of local mask mandates. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The executive order will allow parents to opt out of local mask mandates. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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.






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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.