Vaccine ready for 16 and older in Williamson County; fair to be held in Aug. and more top Nashville-area news

All residents age 16 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Williamson County. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
All residents age 16 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Williamson County. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

All residents age 16 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Williamson County. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Williamson County makes COVID-19 vaccine available to all adults age 16 and older

Ahead of Gov. Bill Lee's announcement that the state would offer COVID-19 vaccine to all adults age 16 and older regardless of phase or age, Williamson County health officials said residents can begin signing up for the vaccine as of March 24.

Gov. Bill Lee: COVID-19 vaccine to open to all Tennesseans age 16 and older by April 5

Shortly following an announcement that Tennessee would move to phases 2A and 2B on March 22, Gov. Bill Lee announced the state will open vaccine eligibility to all Tennesseans age 16 and older in early April, nearly one month ahead of President Joe Biden's call for all states to begin distributing the vaccine for all adults by May 1.



Tennessee begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Phases 2A, 2B; moves to next age bracket

The Tennessee Department of Health has opened up the next phase of its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.

Williamson County Schools parents call for optional mask-wearing for 2021-22 school year as district lifts some restrictions

Roughly one year after the coronavirus pandemic ended the 2019-20 school year, some local parents are calling for a return to normal school practices.

Williamson County Fair announces plans for 2021 in-person events

Officials with the Williamson County Fair announced March 19 a plan to move forward with in-person events for the 2021 fair, to be held at the Ag Expo Park at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin.

The fair is slated to be held Aug. 6-14 and is currently working with vendors and health officials to establish safety protocols, according to event organizers.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Masks will be optional during summer programming at Franklin Special School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Franklin Special School District to make masks optional for summer programming; discuss options for next school year

As of June 1, face masks will no longer be mandatory for students and staff attending summer programs.

Officials are urging residents not to hoard gas during a regional shortage. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Officials caution against gas hoarding amid outages in Middle Tennessee, plus resources on where to find fuel

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, drivers should only take what they need, so as not to cause more outages. 

The company is expected to move 160 employees to the area over the next 2-3 years. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Radio network nonprofit Educational Media Foundation to relocate headquarters to Cool Springs

The organization operates KLOVE, a Christian radio station, as well as podcasts and Air1.

The city of Franklin approved a resolution May 11 to rename two street portions after Black leaders. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin renames two street portions after Black leaders

The streets will be named for Martin Luther King Jr. and ANC Williams, the first Black business owner in Franklin.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Mayor Rhea Little was appointed for another two years as mayor during the May 10 meeting. (Screenshot via brentwoodtn.gov)
Brentwood swears in 3 commissioners, reappoints Mayor Rhea Little

Rhea Little will serve another two years as mayor.

The city of Brentwood's Summer Concert Series will kick off June 6. (Courtesy city of Bretnwood)
Brentwood announces return of Summer Concert Series in Crockett Park

The series, which was canceled in 2020, will kick off June 6.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Westhaven (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Westhaven Town Center complete; incumbents re-elected to Brentwood City Commission and more top news from the Nashville area

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from Brentwood and Franklin in the Nashville area.

The city celebrated the grand opening of the new police headquarters on Heritage Way in April. (Photos courtesy city of Brentwood)
City of Brentwood debuts $29 million police headquarters

The $29 million project, which is funded through the city’s capital improvement program, features more than 56,000 square feet of space, a far cry from the department’s existing offices at Brentwood City Hall. The department is expected to move employees to the new space by June 1, according to the city.

Owners Robin and Shawn Davis opened the Franklin location of Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish on Murfreesboro Road in 2014. (Photos courtesy Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish)
Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish offers a hot take on fried chicken and fish

While heat levels range from the original, no-heat option to Death Row, owner Shawn Davis said he recommends first-time diners start with a lower heat level and work their way up.

Three incumbents retained their seats on the Brentwood City Commission. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
3 incumbents re-elected to Brentwood City Commission

Results from the May 4 Brentwood city elections are in.