Some closures after storm; cities declare states of emergency and more top Franklin, Brentwood news

Several parks in the city of Franklin remain closed due to high water. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several parks in the city of Franklin remain closed due to high water. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several parks in the city of Franklin remain closed due to high water. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top stories from the past week in the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Most roads reopen, parks remain closed following March 27 flood

During the day and overnight March 27, the area received between 5-7 inches of rain, according to estimates by the National Weather Service's Nashville office.

Nearly 30% of Williamson County residents have received 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine; county surpasses 100K vaccines distributed

Following an announcement that the county would begin vaccinating all adults age 16 and older, as of March 29, nearly 30% of Williamson County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health.



Franklin Special School District to move forward on $5M land purchase for new central office complex

During a special-called meeting March 29, the Franklin Special School District board of education gave approval for staff to begin the process to purchase a roughly 4.7-acre property at 205 Eddy Lane, Franklin, to create a new central district office complex.

Brentwood, Franklin declare states of emergency after flooding, waive fees for rebuilding

The cities of Franklin and Brentwood have both declared states of emergency as of March 30, which will allow the cities to apply for aid and to begin cleanup across the area.

Thai Esane offers family recipes, diverse options in Brentwood

Since Thai Esane opened in Brentwood in February, owners Nina and Tim Singto have been able to introduce diners in the area to a variety of new flavors and to accomplish their long-held goal of having a restaurant in the area.

Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



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Williamson County Schools will not require face masks for summer programs. (Screenshot via wcs.org)
Williamson County Schools to make masks optional for summer programs; officials optimistic masks will not be needed this fall

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district does not anticipate masks will be required this fall if trends continue and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to lessen restrictions. 

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CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

The city of Brentwood will host a vaccine pop-up event May 22. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
Brentwood to host vaccine pop-up event for residents age 12 and older

The Tennessee Department of Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for those age 12 and older.

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.