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Congratulations! You have chosen one of the most beautiful and prosperous areas in the country to call home. The Middle Tennessee region provides a high quality of life for its residents, no matter the town or city in which you may reside. These thriving suburbs of Williamson and Maury Counties are located south of Nashville. Whether your move was across town or across country, moving into a new home is tough. In fact, relocation is ranked as one of the top five most stressful life events. Relocating to a new state, community, and home takes you out of your comfort zone, away from friends and family, and what you know as familiar. As you thumb or click through the pages of The New Residents’ Guide, let this be your go-to guide to help you and your family get acclimated to the community and settled into your new home. The articles and information in this magazine will help you get to know the area. The business advertisers welcome you and look forward to providing the products and services you may be seeking as a new resident. We’re glad you’re here. Welcome to Middle Tennessee. Welcome home! P.S. Go to and find additional articles about the region and your new hometown.


The Natchez Trace Parkway is a national scenic trail that travels 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee and is managed by the National Park Service. This scenic drive follows the route traveled for centuries by tradesmen and Native Americans. The Trace passes through Williamson County in Franklin (Birdsong Hollow and Hwy. 96) where the double arched bridge is an iconic part of this roadway. This scenic route is classified as one of six “All American Roads.” Find out how you can explore wildlife, nature, cycling, horseback riding, and camping throughout the 52,000 acres of the Natchez Trace Parkway at


CONTENTS COUNTY OVERVIEW Williamson County Maury County

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CITIES AND TOWNS Franklin 14 Brentwood 18 Nolensville 20 Fairview 25 Thompson’s Station 26 Spring Hill 27 Mount Pleasant 30 Columbia 31 GETTING SETTLED The 411 8 15 Tips for Settling Into Your New Home 16 Getting Your Car Tags & Driver’s License 22 Area Farmer’s Markets 28 Finding the Right Doctor 32 Immunization Requirements for Children 32 Keeping Pets Healthy in Their New Home 33 REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS Tennessee, The Volunteer State 11 WSM Tower – A Brentwood Landmark 19 Hunting and Fishing in Tennessee 36 Outdoor Adventures: Tennessee State Parks 37 Get in Touch State Contacts 38 City, Town, and County Contacts 39


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Middle Tennessee enjoys four distinct seasons...winter, spring, summer, and fall. Winter here is

generally mild, spring and fall months comfortable, and summer is typically hot and humid. The region receives approximately 53-55 inches of rain and four inches of snow annually. Middle Tennessee has an average of 211 sunny days a year. The coldest month is January, and the hottest months are July and August. The area typically has its last frost by mid-April and the first freeze by mid-October.

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Tips for Connecting Locally The boxes are (almost) unpacked, you’ve memorized your new address and now it’s time to connect with your new hometown. Meeting new people, navigating your way around town, and finding activities you enjoy are key steps in getting connected to a community. Here are a few ideas to get you started in making new friends and plugging into your new hometown. Shop local. Support local businesses and chat with the shopkeeper about the area. Explore area parks, walking trails, and historical sites. Local libraries have a plethora of learning programs and classes, book clubs, plant swaps, and activities for children, teens, and adults alike. Join a church or place of worship. Volunteer to help during a local festival or serve on a city/town committee. Check out the city and county parks and recreation programs such as movies in the park, seasonal festivals, sports leagues, art and dance classes, guided hikes, and local theatre and music productions. Find a local farmer’s market or a pick-your-own farm and enjoy the local bounty. Join a local civic club, gardening, hiking, or art club to meet people with similar interests.


The publisher has made every effort to verify the accuracy of all information in this magazine, however assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. This publication is mailed directly to new residents in Williamson County and Maury County, Tennessee. The publication is also in an e-magazine format at: The New Residents’ Guide magazine is published twice a year. ©Copyright 2022 Perennial Communications. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Publisher and Editorial Director Linda Eaves, Owner, Perennial Communications P.O. Box 695, Nolensville, TN 37135


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The Great Outdoors In addition to 56 Tennessee State Parks, there are 85 State Natural Areas with hiking trails, waterfalls, native plants, forests, and animal species, plus rivers and streams. While a few state Natural Areas are located within state parks, these areas are protected lands and represent some of the most unique and treasured outdoor resources in the state. Check the online events schedule for guided hikes and tours or find a natural area to explore on your own. Photo: TN Tourism

Vacation Check Requests Several police departments in the area will offer extra patrols of your neighborhood while you are away, if requested. Contact your local police department and request a vacation check at your residence or business whenever you are out of town.

Let’s Fly Away Nashville International Airport (BNA) is the largest public airport in Middle Tennessee and is located 8 miles east of downtown Nashville off I-40. Information:


Tax Time One of the most attractive things about living in Tennessee is there is no state income tax. However, residents do pay property tax and sales tax. While residential property tax rates vary from city to city, the Williamson County tax is 1.88 per $100 assessed property valuation and 2.59 in Maury County. Taxes are due October 1 and are delinquent after March 1. Sales tax in Williamson and Maury County is 9.75%. This includes a Tennessee state sales tax of 7% and a county tax of 2.75%.

Need Help? Call 2-1-1 Whether you need assistance or you know someone who does, the 211 Helpline can be a key resource to individuals and families navigating tough times. Through the United Way of Greater Nashville, the 211 Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day information and referral help line. Serving 42 counties in Middle Tennessee, the 211 Helpline is staffed by trained specialists and supports a database of more than 10,000 health and human service programs. These services can assist with healthcare, employment, rent and utility assistance, SNAP (food stamps), senior services, basic needs (food, clothing, shelter), counseling and mental health, domestic violence assistance, legal help, affordable housing, and childcare and after-school programs.



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TENNESSEE claimed its statehood June 1, 1796. The nickname Volunteer State was given to Tennessee during the War of 1812 when 1,500 volunteer soldiers joined General Andrew Jackson in New Orleans and defeated the British. The nickname became more renowned when Tennesseans fought at the Alamo with Tennessee frontiersman and Congressman, Davy Crockett. Today the state’s population is over 6.9 million. Tennessee has 95 counties and three grand divisions: Middle, East, and West Tennessee which are represented on the state flag with a white star. In MIDDLE TENNESSEE, Nashville is the capital and the largest city, with 715,800 residents. Known as Music City, Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running live radio program in the world. Nashville is known for all genres of music including country, bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll, and the blues, performed live in the city’s downtown honky tonks. Several music museums are located downtown including the National Museum of African American Music, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and museums spotlighting industry giants like Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. In EAST TENNESSEE you can climb to the state’s highest point, 6,643 feet, at Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies is the most visited national park in the U.S. with no entrance fee. Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee and is home to the University of Tennessee. Nearby is the city of Oak Ridge, once known as the “secret city” where the first atomic bomb was built in 1943. In UPPER EAST TENNESSEE about 300 miles east of Nashville, is the city of Bristol, home to NASCAR Bristol Motor Speedway. Chattanooga is in the SOUTHEASTERN part of the state where the Tennessee River snakes near the downtown, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the 13-mile paved Riverwalk. Chattanooga is chock-full of Civil War history, and the Chattamuaga and Chattanooga National Military Parks are the perfect places to explore. Known for barbecue, the blues, and rock ‘n’ roll music, Memphis is the prominent city in WEST TENNESSEE. Key landmarks are Graceland (home of Elvis Presley) and Beale Street where B.B. King once performed. The longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River is located here, linking downtown Memphis and Arkansas. Trip planning guides can be found at

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Population: 247,726

Williamson County Courthouse in downtown Franklin

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN 1320 W Main Street • Franklin, TN 37064 • 615-790-5700 •


Williamson County, founded in 1799, became a strategic battleground during the Civil War in 1864. Over 160 historical markers note event sites and structures including Civil War battle sites, historic churches, and ancient Indian mounds. Today Williamson County is an economically thriving suburb of Nashville with over 40 corporate headquarters. The county’s school system also touts the highest high school graduation rate in the state. County Offices Franklin serves as the county seat with offices located at 1320 Main Street. Most departments are housed here including the

County Mayor, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, and Property Assessor. For a listing of departments, go to: Historical Attractions & Downtown Festivals Notable historical attractions centered mostly around Civil War history include the Carnton and Carter House, Lotz House Museum, McLemore House museum, Battle of Franklin at Winstead Hill Park, and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, all located in Franklin. For more information go to





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Community Parks, Sports, & Performing Arts Parks and Recreation hosts over 50 events and manages wellness centers and sports complexes in Brentwood, Nolensville, Franklin, Fairview, Spring Hill, Bethesda, College Grove, and Leiper’s Fork. They oversee 23 parks, trails, and athletic facilities. Timberland Park, located on Natchez Trace Parkway, south of the Hwy. 96 entrance, and has hiking trails, an Interpretive Center with educational displays, and a butterfly garden. There are guided hikes, history programs, and a Junior Naturalist Camp. At Grassland Park you’ll find a sensory garden, and Wilkins Branch Mountain Bike Park has miles of mountain biking trails. This department also manages organized sports leagues and summer youth camps, therapeutic activities for youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, along with music and performing arts programs at the Performing Arts Center in Franklin. For more information go to AgExpo Park & County Fair The AgExpo Park and Arena is located on 110 acres at 4215 Long Lane in Franklin. The Arena seats 4,100 people and hosts livestock shows and community events. The Williamson County Fair is held here in early August. For County Fair information go to or for the AgExpo Park go to


WILLIAMSON COUNTY SCHOOLS have nearly 42,000 students enrolled, pre-school to 12th grade. The district oversees 51 schools including 11 high schools, 11 middle schools, 27 elementary schools, and two K-8 schools. The school system holds an Exemplary designation which is the highest ranking awarded by the state for academic growth and achievement. Children entering kindergarten must be five years old by August 15 of the current year. A complete list of enrollment instructions and required documents can be found at, go to about us, then select enrollment. FRANKLIN SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (FSSD) is a K-8 school system with 3,800 students. The district manages eight schools including four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a K-8 school. The district’s students typically score in the top 10% of Tennessee school districts in the TNReady achievement testing. To determine if your child is zoned for FSSD and to register your child, go to, then to about us. Williamson County Schools 1320 W. Main Street • Franklin • 615-472-4000 •

Franklin Special School District Central Office 507 New Highway 96 West • Franklin • 615-794-6624 •

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Population: 85,454

109 Third Ave South • Franklin, TN 37064 • 615-791-3217 •


Franklin is known for preserving its past and strategically

planning its future. For that reason, the city has garnered multiple awards and accolades including Best Southern Town and Top Business Friendly City. In August 2020, the city was honored as one of 10 All-America City award winners. The National Civic League recognized Franklin for its work in inclusive civic engagement by addressing health and wellbeing and creating stronger connections among residents, businesses, and nonprofit and government leaders. Explore the History & Downtown Festivals The city, founded in 1799, is the county seat of Williamson County. History is part of the fabric here, making Franklin a favorite tourist destination. Civil War enthusiasts can tour the Battle of Franklin site, where there were over 10,000 injuries and casualties. For a change of pace, you can survey the downtown’s Victorian architecture and explore the historically restored buildings like the Franklin Theatre at 419 Main. The

theatre was recently renovated into a state-of-the-art music venue and hosts theatrical productions and movies. Historic Downtown Franklin encompasses 16 square blocks of antique and gift shops, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Downtown is also the stage to several annual festivals including Main Street Festival, Franklin on the Fourth, Pumpkinfest, and Dickens of a Christmas. To get a closer look at the city’s history, you can take a free self-guided walking tour, such as the African American Heritage tour or the Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt. Brochures are available at the Visitors Center located at 400 Main Street or go to Cool Springs Shopping Residents looking for a modern shopping experience will enjoy the Cool Springs area with more than 200 restaurants, national chain stores, and the Cool Springs Galleria, home to 150 specialty shops and department store chains.

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Youth Organized Sports Adult and youth recreational sports opportunities are coordinated through the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department. ( In addition, several independent youth sports associations manage teams such as Franklin Baseball Club. ( Youth football and cheerleading are managed by Franklin Cowboys. ( Grassland Athletic Association also organizes youth sports including baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball. ( The Williamson County Soccer Association offers indoor and outdoor seasonal soccer leagues. ( In addition, Albion SC Nashville offers youth training camps and travel team competitive play. ( Youth sports leagues also are offered at local public and private schools.


Parks, Festivals, & Harpeth River Recreation The City Parks Department hosts roughly 20 annual community events and maintains 18 parks, all with varying amenities like walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and fishing ponds. One of the most picturesque city parks is the 200-acre Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, which was once home to the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Midnight Sun. Here you’ll find a four-acre dog park, three-acre catch and release fishing pond, 5k soft turf track for walking or running, and an equestrian trail. In September Harlinsdale Farm is the stage for the annual Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival. Family Day is held here in November and is a free event with a petting zoo, hayrides, and farm festivities. For those wanting to explore nearby rivers and streams, the Harpeth River is a favorite waterway for canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. The river winds through Franklin and the city maintains several access points. Go to for a listing of river access points plus additional city parks information.














Leiper’s Fork is an iconic community village in Williamson County comprised of quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants, and beautiful countryside. About 650 people live here, south of Franklin on Hwy. 46 off Natchez Trace Parkway. Live music is commonplace in Leiper’s Fork, and the locals are all about Southern hospitality.


15 TIPS FOR SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW HOME Relocation, whether you are moving across town or across the country, is stressful. Here are several helpful strategies and reminders to make settling into your new home and community a bit smoother. Identify a local physician, dentist, and eye doctor and schedule a get-acquainted appointment. Once established, contact your previous medical providers and request your files be transferred to your new doctors. Contact the local parks and recreation department or sports leagues about camps and sports teams you and your children might join. Visit the local library and get a library card for every family member. Ask about the library’s online media access to download books, music, and movies to your smart device. Review your insurance policies including homeowner’s, renter’s, and vehicle insurance. Make sure you are adequately covered and your agent has your new contact information.

Say hello! Meet your neighbors and build a good rapport with the folks who live on your street or in your apartment complex. Got pets? Identify a local veterinarian and transfer your pet’s medical records to your pet’s new doctor. Learn more about caring for your pet in this region of the United States on page 33. Check your home’s exterior, clearing all gutters and drains from debris to avoid water backing up when it rains.

Complete a change of address with the post office as well as for your credit cards, investments, and insurance policies. Make certain your mail is being forwarded to your new home.

Check all air filters throughout the home and change every 90 days or if you have pets in the home, every 60 days. If you’re in an apartment, ask the management if you are responsible for air filter changes.

Spend time in your new home locating the fuse box, water main, heating and cooling systems, and automatic sprinkler system controls and learn the basic operation of each. Also, check or install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check that each has working batteries and is operational.

Read your new home’s inspection report and consider repairs as recommended by the home inspector.

Be a recycling rockstar! Recycle your moving boxes at a local Williamson or Maury County Convenience Center. Go online to: convenience-centers for a map of locations and accepted recyclables. In Maury County go to:


Register your children at their new school. If you have time, volunteer at your child’s school and get to know other parents.

Have your home’s exterior locks changed should the previous owner have shared keys with an outside party. Relax and be a tourist for a day. Stop by the Williamson County Visitors Center located at 400 Main Street, #200 in downtown Franklin or in Maury County the Visitors Center is located at 302 7th Street in Columbia. There you’ll find regional attraction information, a Tennessee Vacation Guide, and state map. Check out statewide travel options at

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Population: 45,373

5211 Maryland Way • Brentwood, TN 37024 • 615-371-0060 •

Meticulous visioning and planning describe how early city

leaders carefully preserved the community’s rolling pastureland and green spaces while welcoming residential and commercial growth. In the late 1960s when I-65 was extended into Williamson County, community leaders realized growth was inevitable. A planned vision was created that would preserve the city’s character and beauty. When Brentwood incorporated, April 15, 1969, the population was less than 5,000. Today over 45,000 residents call this Nashville suburb home. City Structure Brentwood’s seven-member elected commission oversees the city’s programs and appoints a Mayor and Vice Mayor. The city manager and staff run the daily operations. Residents may volunteer to serve on a city board such as the Parks Board, Historic Commission, or Library Board. Go to: to get involved. Follow city updates on social media including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Organized Sports Adult and youth sports are available through the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department. ( In addition, several independent sports associations coordinate leagues. Brentwood Blaze ( offers camps for football, cheer, and team play for ages 5-12. Brentwood Ball Club ( organizes basketball, baseball, and softball. Other sports league listings for soccer, tennis, and swimming are at Good to Know The city of Brentwood does not provide trash pick-up for its residents. Home owners must contract with a private waste management company.

Parks, Trails, & Festivals The city touts over 14 parks, plus greenways comprised of nearly 1,000 acres. Crockett Park has athletic fields, picnic tables, tennis courts, a disc golf course, and a playground. The Eddy Arnold Amphitheater is located here and is the site of the annual Brentwood Summer Concert Series and annual 4th of July Celebration. The park is also home to the Cool Springs House, a historic home event venue. Other park facilities include Deerpark Arboretum and Nature Center with walking and bike trails, ponds, and a nature center. Granny White Park has walking trails, a pavilion, tennis courts, and a playground. Tower Park is a 47-acre park with walking and bike trails and Miss Peggy’s Dog Park. Smith Park is home to historic Ravenswood Mansion and has over six miles of rugged hiking trails with impressive vistas. There are also paved walking and bike trails, athletic fields, a picnic shelter, restrooms, and a playground. For a complete listing of parks go to: brentwoodtn. gov/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails-greenways. Library Services The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is a premier municipal library. The library, located at 8109 Concord Rd., has a walking trail and an arboretum.



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The large red-and-white diamond shaped transmission tower, located on Concord Road, is the WSM-AM radio tower. WSM radio is known for broadcasting the Grand Ole Opry, which helped establish Nashville’s reputation as the “country music capital.” WSM radio also broadcasted news and public-service programming to millions of people in rural America. The WSM-AM tower has been a part of the Brentwood landscape since 1932 and is one of the oldest operating broadcast towers in the United States. In 1931 WSM was federally designated as one of 14 national clear channels and was granted the ability to reach 40 states and transmit at full power at night. Today, the WSM tower stands 808 feet tall and was once the tallest structure in the United States when it was 878 feet tall. The tower’s size was reduced in 1939 so transmission could reach Chattanooga. The site was specifically chosen for its deep bedrock, needed to support the massive tower. Near the tower is a Colonial Revival-style broadcasting station known as the Tower Tuning House, also built in 1932. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

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NOLENSVILLE 7218 Nolensville Rd. • Nolensville, TN 37135 615-776-3633 • • Population: 13,829

William Nolen, a Revolutionary War veteran, founded Nolensville in 1797. He and his wife Sarah and their five children were heading west when their wagon wheel broke. He decided to settle here with his family, and the town was later named after him, as Nolensville. Parks & Trails Today small-town charm, high-caliber schools, and proximity to Nashville have been credited to the doubling of the population over the last 10 years. Community amenities include Nolensville Park located along Mill Creek, near the historic downtown. The park has athletic fields, a dog park, a playground, and a walking trail. The paved walking and bike trail runs from the Historic School at town center, through Nolensville Park and ends at York Road, near Millcreek Middle School. A trail spur on Sunset Road allows residents to walk or bike to sports fields, the farmers market, restaurants, and shops on Nolensville Road. A significant part of Nolensville’s landscape is Mill Creek, a 27.9-mile-long tributary of the Cumberland River that extends through the town into Nashville/Davidson County. Mill Creek is the only known habitat for the endangered Nashville Crayfish.

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Organized Sports Organized youth sports are available through Williamson County Parks and Recreation ( or Nolensville Youth Athletics ( Sports offered include softball, baseball, soccer, football, cheer, and basketball. Albion SC Nashville offers training camps and travel team competitive play. ( Youth sports are also offered at local public schools. Festivals In mid-April, Nolensville hosts the Buttercup Festival in the historic downtown. This one-day event features live music, food trucks, pony and train rides, and more than 100 artisan and craft vendors. The Veterans Day Parade is celebrated in November on Veterans Day or the first Saturday before. Independence Day is celebrated at Nolensville Park typically on the Saturday before July 4th with live music, food trucks, and fireworks. The volunteer-run Nolensville Community Events committee manages town-sponsored festivals. Residents may serve on a volunteer board or committee by applying at

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The County Clerk’s office handles motor vehicle registration and renewal. In Williamson County, the office is at 1320 W. Main Street, Suite 135, Franklin 615-790-5712 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

In Maury County, the office is at 10 Public Square, Columbia 931-375-5200 Monday – Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm SECURING VEHICLE TAGS FOR THE FIRST TIME Take the following documents to the County Clerk’s office in the county where you reside: • Proof of identification such as a driver’s license, current passport, original birth certificate, or military ID Or two of: a work check stub with your full name, social security card, a health insurance card, or IRS tax forms • The vehicle’s out-of-state title or if there is a lien, the name and mailing address of the lien holder • Proof of new residency with your name and address • Current out-of-state vehicle registration • In Williamson County the fee is $65.75, plus $11 if there is a lien. In Maury County the fee is $70.


CAR TAG RENEWAL KIOSK LOCATIONS Annually, the County Clerk’s office will mail your car tag renewal notification. Take your current registration to a local kiosk, scan the bar code, swipe your debit or credit card, and receive a decal to place on your license plate. In Williamson County car tags are renewable annually for $54.75 per vehicle and in Maury County $54.00. Kiosk stations are at the following locations, or renew in person, online, or via mail. Williamson County • Brentwood Sports Complex • Fairview Recreation Center • Franklin Recreation Center • Longview Recreation Center • Nolensville Recreation Center Maury County • Spring Hill City Hall • Mount Pleasant Courthouse

& DRIVER’S LICENSE Whether you are a new resident or relocating within the state, you must obtain a Tennessee driver’s license within 30 days after establishing residency. New residents may visit any Tennessee full-service Driver’s Service Center to get a new driver’s license. GETTING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE You will need to take the following documents: • Current state driver’s license

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• Proof of name change, if different, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree

• Columbia Center 1701 Hampshire Pike, Columbia

• Social Security card or sworn affidavit if no Social Security number has been issued

• Nashville/Downtown Center William R. Snodgrass Building, 3rd Floor 312 Rosa Parks Ave., Entrance on 7th Ave.

• Two (2) proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and physical home address such as an electric, gas, cable or utility bill, mailed bank statement, rent or mortgage documents, motor vehicle registration, or a current homeowner’s, life, or health insurance policy A complete list of additional accepted documents is posted here: At the time of application, all new residents must surrender their out-of-state license and take a vision test. If you are relocating from a foreign country, you may retain your country’s license; however, you are required to take the full battery of tests including vision test, knowledge exam, and road skills test. All road skills tests appointments are scheduled in advance online at: For more information about a Tennessee driver’s license and services such as learner permits and graduated licenses for teen drivers, motorcycle licenses, and commercial licenses, go to:


Car tags are handled by the County Clerk and driver’s license by the Tennessee

Driver Services office. These agencies are not at the same location and are two

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not get your car tags and driver’s license at the same location.

For a list of Tennessee Driver Services centers go to: Helpful Hint: Allow up to two hours or more to get your driver’s license, as there is typically a lengthy wait at most centers. The best time to go is in the morning when the center opens. Service Centers typically do not accept customers in the late afternoon if others are waiting.


You may register to vote at either the County Clerk’s

office or a driver’s services center. You can also pick up a Voter’s Registration Application at any public library or election commission office, and once completed, mail it to the election commission. An online application is available at: Williamson County Election Commission 1320 West Main Street, Suite 140 Franklin, TN 37064 • 615-790-5711 Maury County Election Commission 1207A Tradewinds Drive Columbia, TN 38401 • 931-375-6001


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Fairview is located in the northwest region of Williamson County. In the 1950s when Nashville started growing, so did Fairview, prompting community leaders to incorporate the city in 1959. Located at Highway 100 and Deer Ridge Rd., Fairview’s Historical Village is home to several historical buildings including the Triangle School, Boone Street Medical Clinic, and Jingo Post Office. Recreation, Parks, & the Arts Williamson County Parks and Recreation operates the Fairview Recreation Complex with an outdoor pool, athletic fields, playground, wellness center, and walking trails. Veterans Memorial Park has four baseball fields, a public fishing lake, walking trails, and picnic areas. The annual Fishing Rodeo is held here in June. The annual July 3rd Celebration is held at City Hall and features live music, food trucks, kids activities, and a fireworks show. The Fairview Arts Council is also an active community group, welcoming creatives to join in arts education and collaboration. The council organizes the Art and Handmade Expo in June. For more information go to: Organized Sports The Fairview Recreation Association is a volunteer group that manages youth baseball, softball, and basketball leagues, ( Williamson County Parks and Recreation also offers organized sports leagues for youth and adults, ( Crown Jewel of Fairview: Bowie Nature Park The park is managed by the city’s parks department and has 700 acres of forest, fishing lakes, and 17 miles of wooded trails designated for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. The park sponsors numerous nature activities including festivals, guided hikes, stargazing, and nature learning programs for children. The nature center features exhibits, a discovery room, and hands-on learning classrooms. Bowie Nature Park is located at 7211 Bowie Lake Road. For more information go to:

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THE TOWN of THOMPSON’S STATION Photo: Town of Thompson’s Station

Thompson’s Station boasts more than 300 acres of parks, leading the county in preserving open spaces. The town was settled in 1778 and by 1855 the first trains arrived, making it a shipping center for area farmers to transport sheep, hogs, and cattle. The town was incorporated in 1990. Organized Sports Youth and adult sports are organized through South Williamson Athletics, ( in partnership with Williamson County Parks and Recreation. ( The league offers team play for baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Youth sports also are offered at local public and private schools.

Parks & Trails The Sarah Benson Park has jogging trails, a playground, pavilions, and a stage for special events. Alexander Trail and Stephen’s Way connect Sarah Benson Park to Heritage Park and is a bike friendly trek. Heritage Park has baseball fields and wooded trails. Preservation Park is the town’s newest park with trails that offer magnificent views of pastureland. The 200-acre park was the Civil War site of the Battle of Thompson’s Station. Nutro Dog Park, located at 4559 Columbia Pike, was built by the town and Mars Petcare. Take water for you and your pet, as there is no water access. The town has recently received several grants to interconnect area park trails and to add paved trails connecting schools and subdivisions. For more information, go to:

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Population: 50,005 Photo: Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce

199 Town Center Parkway • Spring Hill, TN 37174 • 931-486-2252 •

Spring Hill is located in both Williamson and Maury Counties. Historic mansions, churches, and plantations still stand, serving as a reminder of the early settlers. The most notable plantation is Rippavilla, built in 1855, and is open for tours. Adjacent to the mansion is the Battle of Spring Hill Civil War site and cemeteries. Spring Hill has 24 historic markers highlighting the city’s history from battlefield sites to homes of Confederate Generals. Parks & Recreation Residents can enjoy plenty of green spaces to play, relax, or exercise at one of the city’s five parks. The 30-acre Fischer Park (formerly Port Royal Park) is the city’s largest park, with an ADA accessible playground, a splash pad, restrooms, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, a walking path, pavilions, and an amphitheater for movie nights. The Walnut Street Skate Park is designed for skateboards, inline skates, BMX and freestyle bicycles, and non-motorized scooters. Other parks include: Harvey Park with playgrounds and a walking track; Evans Park with athletic fields, dog park, pavilions and playgrounds, and McLemore Park with picnic areas, grills, playground; and basketball courts.

Economic & Community Growth In 2023 Spring Hill will be home to the General Motors assembly plant to begin production of the all-electric Cadillac LYRIQ. In addition, the Ultium Cells LLC battery plant will create the batteries for the LYRIQ and is slated to open late 2023. Meanwhile, the city mayor has tasked a Town Center Redevelopment Committee to create a plan for an identifiable downtown district that would include sidewalks, plus commercial, residential, and green spaces. Learn more about this initiative at: City Services The city provides residential and commercial trash pickup and contracts with Waste Management that provides weekly curbside garbage pickup. Recyclables are collected every other week. For more information go to

Organized Sports Several youth leagues offer local competitive team play for ages 4-18. • Spring Hills Lions Club, baseball and softball • South Williamson Athletics, baseball, softball, basketball, and volleyball • Spring Hill Hawks, football, flag football, and cheerleading • Williamson County Raptors, football, ages 5-12, and cheerleading, ages 4-14

Rippavilla Plantation

Photo: Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce


FARMER’S MARKETS OFFER LOCAL PRODUCE & MORE Middle Tennessee residents can choose from an

abundant selection of farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, and preserves at area farmer’s markets. With over 100 farmer’s markets state-wide, residents can enjoy the healthy goodness of farm to table fare. You can also venture out to an orchard or farm and “pick-it” yourself. Pick-YourOwn farms are listed on Area farmer’s markets are typically open May to October, while a few are open year-round. Check hours before going at or on the markets’ social media or website.

East Franklin Farmer’s Market Liberty Park, 2080 Turning Wheel Lane, Franklin, Summer - Sat. 9 am - 2 pm and Wed. 2 pm - 6 pm, Winter - Sat. 10 am - 1 pm Franklin Farmer’s Market The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Franklin, Sat. 9 am - 12 pm, open year-round Five Points Franklin Market 100 5th Ave. N, Franklin, Tues. 4 pm - 7 pm Fairview Farmer’s Market 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview, Sat. 9 am - 12 pm


Nolensville Farmer’s Market Summer market, Historic School, 7248 Nolensville Rd, Nolensville, Sat. 8 am - 12 pm Winter market, 7260 Nolensville Rd., Sat. 9 am - 12 pm Westhaven Farmer’s Market Magli Green Park, 191 Front St., Franklin, Wed. 4 pm - 7 pm Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station, Tues. 4 pm - 7 pm Hidden Gem Farmer’s Market 863 Old Military Rd., Spring Hill, Sat. 11 am - 2 pm Columbia Farmer’s Fresh Market Riverwalk Park, 102 Riverside Dr., Columbia Tues., Thurs., and Sat. 8 am - 12 pm

Plant Your Own Garden

Grow your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables with the help of the Williamson County or Maury County Extension office. The horticulturists offer advice along with workshops and publications about gardens, landscapes and lawn care. Offices are located at Williamson County AgExpo Park Arena, 215 Long Lane, #200, Franklin,, and in Maury County, 10 Public Sq., 2nd floor, Columbia,

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41 Public Square • Columbia, TN 38401 • 931-381-3690 •

Maury County was formed in 1807 and Columbia is

the county seat. The area is know for its towering antebellum homes including the ancestral home of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. His home is located in Columbia and offers daily tours. Maury County is known as a leading agrarian community and today is best known for beef cattle production. Parks, Trails, & Activities The parks and recreation department manages several hundreds of acres of parks including Chickasaw Trace Park with nine miles of mountain bike trails, radio control flight field, radio control car track, and playgrounds. Located in Columbia, Maury County Park is where the county fair is held in early September and the annual Mule Day festival in early April. The 242-acre park also has a onemile Storybook Trail, a two-mile paved trail, playgrounds,

Photo: Maury County Visitors Bureau

a dog park, athletic fields, and the Maury County Senior Center is located here as well. During the summer months, locals enjoy Movies in the Park. This park is also home to one of the largest miniature train tracks. For more information go to: Yanahli Park is the county’s largest and newest park totaling 474 acres with numerous ecosystems, diverse flora and fauna, along with historic settlements, rock walls, and burial sites. There is a 1.66 mile paved trail and restrooms. The park is bordered by the Duck River and is connected to the 12,000 acre Yanahli Wildlife Management Area which is also a hunting preserve. For more information about all countymanaged parks, activities, and educational programs, go to:

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Preparing Students for LIFE MAURY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS have nearly 12,500 students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade and has a 89% graduation rate. There are 24 elementary, middle, and high schools, including three K-12 schools, a non-traditional high school, and an alternative school. The district’s mantra is that all students succeed in “LIFE”, which stands for Lifelong Learners, Independent Thinkers, Fearless Innovators, and Exemplary Citizens. Maury County Pubic Schools 501 West 8th Street • Columbia 931-388-8403 •

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Tennessee offers college assistance for its high school graduates through the Tennessee Promise and HOPE Scholarship programs. Tennessee Promise provides state high school or home school graduates free tuition to an in-state community or technical college. Students must work with a mentor, and any student is eligible regardless of socioeconomic status. For more information go to: The HOPE Scholarship is funded through the state lottery. Tennessee high school graduates attending an in-state four-year college are eligible for $1,750 annually the first two years and up to $2,250 during their junior and senior years. For more information, go to: money-for-college/tn-education-lottery-programs/tennes see-hope-scholarship.


Population: 4,847

100 Public Square • Mount Pleasant, TN 38474 931-379-7717 •

Mount Pleasant was once known as the phosphate capital of the world when brown phosphate rock was discovered in 1895 leading to a mining boom. Founded in 1824, Mount Pleasant is located in Maury County, south of Columbia. Parks & Recreation Mount Pleasant has six parks with walking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds. At Gardenia Clark Park there is a disc golf course and Gaga Ball pit. Rotary Park has a playground, picnic pavilion, and basketball courts, and Veterans Park has a walking trail and splash pad (opening summer 2022). The parks and recreation department hosts events and family fun nights throughout the year. For more information go to: Organized Sports • Mount Pleasant Youth Football and Cheer. Contact: • Mount Pleasant TN Dixie Youth Baseball, ages 4 -12, boys/ girls. Contact: City Services The City’s Community Services Department provides trash pick up for residents and businesses. To receive city notifications and announcements text: MPCITY to 931-340-7700.

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Population: 41,640 Photo: Visit Columbia, TN

700 N Garden Street • Columbia, TN 38401 • 931-560-1500 •

The city of Columbia is located in Maury County and

serves as the county seat. With its iconic downtown district and rich Southern history, Columbia has been voted as a “Top Ten Best Small Town” by both Southern Living and Country Living. Downtown is bordered by the Duck River and its four city blocks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its Federal, Victorian, and Mid 19th Century Revival architecture. Learn about the city’s history and sites to explore at the Columbia Welcome Center, located at 713 N. Main Street or go to Historic Landmarks Columbia was founded in 1807. The population grew rapidly with the success of the agricultural industry, bringing money into the city and resulting in the historic brick mansions and plantations still seen today. One of the city’s most notable architectural structure is the James K. Polk Ancestral Home and Museum, located two blocks from downtown. Another notable building is the Maury County Courthouse, built over a century ago, and is in the center of the downtown. Downtown Columbia & Festivals Columbia has a long-standing tradition of preserving and growing its downtown district as one of Tennessee’s first five Main Street communities. Dozens of shops, local restaurants, breweries, boutiques, and antique stores fill store fronts. “First Fridays” are where you can find the square bustling with extended evening hours at shops and restaurants plus lots of live music. For more information: events. Columbia Arts District, a few blocks from the town square, is an up-and-coming area for local artists to work, learn, and sell their craft. The Columbia Arts Building offers art classes, artists’ studios, and retail space. The Mulhouse is a music venue in downtown located in a restored historic church with two performance areas. The large upstairs concert area still has the church’s original pews used for concert seating. The Factory, located at 101 N. James Campbell Blvd., is another Columbia destination in a rehabbed factory with eclectic shops, boutiques, and food sales.

Downtown Columbia and Maury County Park,1018 Maury County Park Dr., are the central hub of activity for Mule Day Festival. This multi-day festival is held in early April. The Mule Day tradition began in the 1840s as a livestock show and mule market and has blossomed into a week-long festival welcoming thousands of visitors. Events include arts and crafts, live music, a parade, and mule-driving contests. For more information go to: Parks & Recreation Columbia has over 500 acres of parks and greenways for its residents to enjoy. Located near downtown is Riverwalk Park, with wide greenways, paved walking trails, a basketball court, and splash pad and is also home to the farmer’s market. The city’s newest greenway is its Hiking and Mountain Bike Park, with 2.5 miles of trails at varying levels. If you enjoy a game of disc golf, Woodlands Park features an 18-hole disc golf course, plus playgrounds. Read more about all of Columbia’s parks In addition to outdoor recreation, Columbia has several indoor recreational facilities including the Armory Recreation and Fitness Center, Macedonia Recreation Center, and Fairview Recreation Center. Organized Sports Columbia also offers a variety of organized sports for kids and adults alike. The city hosts leagues for basketball, flag football, kickball, and pickle ball. One of its largest facilities is Ridley Sports Complex, with fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, softball, baseball, and ultimate frisbee. Learn more about Columbia’s sports facilities sports/venues/. City Services The city of Columbia provides several services for its residents including weekly garbage, curbside recycling every two weeks, and scheduled bulky items and brush collection. Other city information such as registering your alarm system, requesting a yard sale, or obtaining a burn permit can be found at


FINDING THE RIGHT DOCTOR Relocating to a new home is a busy and stressful time. While there are many tasks to do as you get settled, identifying a health care provider is essential. Waiting until you’re sick may force you to turn over serious treatment decisions to a doctor you don’t know and doesn’t know you. As you look for a doctor, keep these attributes in mind: Trust. You must trust your doctor’s advice about your healthcare. Communication. Having a doctor you understand and who understands your concerns is vital. Availability. Your new healthcare provider should be accessible, with his/her office near your new home or your work. In-Network. Is the physician you’re considering “innetwork” for your health insurance plan? Other considerations include: • Is the doctor practicing alone or in a group? • Can he/she admit patients to the hospital you’d prefer? • Does the doctor accept your health insurance? • Does the doctor’s office make telehealth appointments?

After deciding on your first choice, set up an orientation appointment. Inform the staff that this is your first visit. Take with you a list of any medicines you are taking and information about family medical history as well as your own. Following the visit, if you feel compatible with the doctor, have your medical records forwarded to his/her office. If this is not the medical provider for you, make an appointment with your second choice. When you are sick, you are more likely to contact and follow the advice of a doctor with whom you are familiar and have developed a rapport.

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Families new to Tennessee are required to have your child’s immunization records transferred to a Tennessee Certificate for daycare, pre-school, head start, or public schools. Parents may bring your child’s current immunization records to the health department or submit them online. You will be contacted when the certificate is ready to be picked up. The Tennessee Department of Health immunization requirements can be found online:

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Keeping Pets Healthy In Their New Home

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...rules, regs, and adoption Providing preventative healthcare treatments for your pet in Middle Tennessee may look a little different than in other parts of the United States. Because this region has a generally hot and humid climate and minimal longterm freezing in the winter, it is necessary to treat your pet year-round for fleas and ticks plus heartworm and internal parasites. According to Dr. Steve Doerr, veterinarian at Crossroads Pet Professionals in Nolensville, identifying a veterinarian soon after you move is crucial. “This area breeds bugs. Getting your dog or cat on a flea, tick, and heartworm treatment is important especially if you have an indoor pet as they can carry these pests into your home after a walk in the park or from the backyard,” explained Dr. Doerr. In the heat of the summer, pet owners are reminded to keep pets hydrated. When walking your dog during hot summer months, always check the pavement with the back of your hand before allowing your pet’s paws on it. If it burns your skin, it will blister its paws. Avoid walks in the heat of the day or look for grassy spaces or dirt paths. State Rules & Regulations Pet owners new to the area are required by the state of Tennessee to have all dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies, and the animal must wear the rabies tags at all times. State law also requires dog owners to keep their dog on their property or on a leash under the control of a person if off the owner’s property. Pet Adoption If you are considering adding a furry friend to your family, the Williamson County Animal Center located at 1006 Grisby Hayes Court in Franklin is a great place to start your search or the Maury County Animal Services is located at 233 Mapleash Avenue in Columbia. Adoption fees are $25$85 which includes a full medical check, a microchip, and spay or neuter. For more information go to or call 615-790-5590 (Williamson Co) or maurycounty-tn. gov/196/animal-services or call 931-375-1402 (Maury Co).

Both Williamson and Maury Counties have several dog parks to explore with your pup. Dogs are also allowed at most public parks, as long as they are kept on a leash. For a list of all area parks that humans and their dogs can enjoy, visit the Williamson and Maury County parks’ websites: and Here are a few helpful reminders when taking your pup to either a dog or public park: • Remain with your dog at all times. • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with proper identification. • Dogs must remain on-leash unless within a dog park. • Pick up after your pet! • Take water with you, especially on hikes or long walks. Brentwood • Miss Peggy’s Dog Park, Tower Park,920 Heritage Way Columbia • Muletown Bark Park, Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive Franklin • K-9 Korral Dog Park, Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road • Freedom Run Dog Park, Liberty Park, 2080 Turning Wheel Lane • Maggie’s Bark Park, 138 Claude Yates Drive Mount Pleasant • Mount Pleasant Dog Park, 301 N College Street Nolensville • Nolensville Dog Park, Nolensville Park, 2310 Rocky Fork Road Spring Hill • Spring Hill Bark Park, Evans Park, 575 Maury Hill Street Thompson’s Station • Nutro Dog Park, 4559 Columbia Pike


COMMUNITY RESOURCES Area Public Libraries Local libraries have endless free resources

including books, movies, music, classes, book clubs, and educational programs for all ages. Several media formats can be downloaded on your smart device via the library’s app. Take proof of local residency to a library near you to sign up for a library card.

Williamson Co. Public Library Main Branch 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin 615-595-1243 Bethesda Public Library 4905 Bethesda Rd., Thompson’s Station 615-790-1887 Fairview Public Library 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-224-6087 Leiper’s Fork Library 5333 Old Highway 96W, Franklin 615-794-7019

Nolensville Public Library 915 Oldham Dr., Nolensville 615-776-5490 College Grove Community Library 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove 615-368-3222 John B. Holt Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Rd., Brentwood 615-371-0090 $50 library card fee for non-Brentwood residents

Spring Hill Library 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill 931-486-2932 Services available to Williamson or Maury County residents Maury County Public Library Main Branch 211 W. 8th Str., Columbia 931-375-6501 Mt. Pleasant Public Library 200 Hay Long Ave., Mt. Pleasant 931-375-6502

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES Get Involved & V olunteer!

A great way to get to know your new community and the people who live there is to volunteer. With hundreds of nonprofits in the Middle Tennessee region, getting involved and lending a hand is easy to do. Sharing your skills and talents by volunteering at a school, local church, library, at a community festival, or with the city’s parks and recreation department not only helps others, but also allows you to support causes you care about. Civic groups also offer volunteer opportunities such as a local Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, or Chamber of Commerce. For example, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs organizes volunteer events throughout the year that support their community with chapters in both Spring Hill (FB @GRWC Spring Station Woman’s Club) and Brentwood/ Franklin. ( Anyone is welcome to participate. Giving financially to an organization you care about is important as well. Nonprofits such as the United Way of Greater Nashville or The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee provide a giving platform that supports multiple organizations, or gifts can be directed to a specific nonprofit.

Listed below are organizations that maintain a database of immediate volunteer needs as well as lists of nonprofits throughout the region. By sharing even a small amount of time, you can make a big difference in your community and for those who live there. Hands On Nashville United Way of Greater Nashville Volunteer Match Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


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HUNTING & FISHING IN TENNESSEE The Volunteer state offers numerous locations to get

outdoors and enjoy fishing in one of the many public access lakes and rivers, or hunting in one of the public Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) or refuges. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) manages nearly 100 WMA and refuges varying from 53 to 625,000 acres, with several areas available for public hunting and trapping. For more information: Fishing Fishing is a year-round sport in Tennessee with 29 major reservoirs and 19,000 miles of streams. Nearby lakes in the Middle Tennessee region include Percy Priest Lake, Tim’s Ford Reservoir, Dale Hollow Lake, and Old Hickory Lake. Tennessee lakes have around 320 species of fish, with bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish as some of the most common fish caught. Go to for a comprehensive list of lakes, rivers and streams, public access boat ramps, and bank fishing locations.

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Hunting Thousands of acres of public hunting lands are available for Tennessee’s hunters. Before you go on your first hunt, a basic hunter’s education course is required for anyone, aged 10 and older, born on or after January 1, 1969. Common game includes squirrel, turkey, waterfowl, deer, rabbit, black bear, and raccoon. Go to TWRA website,, for dates and regulations on specified hunting seasons and quotas. Getting Your License You may secure hunting and fishing licenses with a valid Tennessee Driver’s License or State of Tennessee issued photo identification by going to or at a TWRA office or vendor. Your residency will be verified through the Tennessee Department of Safety’s online system. Ages 13-15 need to have a junior hunt/fish license. Ages 16-64 require an adult license. Children aged 13 and under can fish without a license. Go to, Licensing and select Enroll Now to start the online application process. For more information call 615-781-6500 or email

EXPLORE THE DUCK The 290 mile Duck River winds through Maury County and is touted as the most biologically diverse river in North America with 151 species of fish, 60 freshwater mussel species, and 22 species of aquatic snails. The deep river, which locals refer to as “The Duck”, has ample flow for kayaking and is an excellent waterway for fishing. For more information about the Duck River and area attractions, go to or


OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Tennessee State Parks • • 615-532-0001

The state’s department of parks manages 56 state parks throughout Tennessee, each brimming with natural beauty, historic sites, and cultural resources. Tennessee State

Parks do not charge an entrance fee; however, fees may be charged for various park activities and rentals. Here are a few nearby parks you may want to explore.

Henry Horton State Park is home to the Buford Ellington

Championship Golf Course, touted as one of the finest courses in the state. This challenging course measures 5,625 yards from the Forward tees and 7,060 yards from the Championship tees. The park has camping (RV and backcountry), a 68-room inn, and rental cabins. Other amenities include an Olympic sized swimming pool, a trap and skeet range, and an 18-hole disc golf course, plus hiking, biking, and fishing in the Duck River. Henry Horton is located southwest of Williamson County in Chapel Hill. Photo: TN Tourism

Radnor Lake State Park is located four miles north of Brentwood. This 1,368-acre park is a favorite for hiking and wildlife viewing. At the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center, visitors can observe non-releasable birds of prey and attend educational programming.

Photo: Holly Eaves

Long Hunter State Park has a two-mile paved trail where

visitors can walk around Couchville Lake, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Couchville is a 110-acre tranquil lake and is great for fishing and all types of paddle boating. Park amenities include picnic tables and pavilions, seasonal kayak, jon boat, and canoe rentals, primitive camping, and mountain biking at the Bryant Grove Recreation Area. Long Hunter State Park borders J. Percy Priest Lake, a 14,000acre reservoir and one of the area’s favorite recreational boating and fishing lakes. Photo: TN Tourism

Montgomery Bell State Park is located off I-40 in Dickson, with three lakes nestled into the 3,850-acre park with a swim beach and seasonal paddle boating rentals. The newly renovated Montgomery Bell Lodge overlooks Lake Acorn and has 117 guest rooms and a full-service restaurant and bar plus 6,000 square feet of event space. There are also eight modern rental cabins near Lake Acorn. The park’s campground has 94 campsites with several sites offering electric hookup and sewer. Other park amenities include an 18-hole golf course, hiking and mountain biking trails, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, and a gift shop.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE - For a listing of all state agencies go to: Department of Health 615-741-3011 Immunizations, family health and wellness, disease prevention, medical licensing, health related abuse, and health records Department of Human Services 615-313-4700 Adult protective services, child support, food stamps (SNAP), disability services, adult day care, and childcare services

Tennessee State Museum 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 615-741-2692 TN history exhibits from 13,000 BC, Native American Indians, Civil War, WWI, and WWII to present day. Free Tennessee State Parks 615-532-0001 Manages 56 state parks Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 615-781-6500 Hunting and fishing licenses, boating education and regulations, manages wildlife management areas

State Board of Education 615-741-2966 Oversees the state pubic and charter schools K-12

Tourist Development 615-741-2159 Request a TN Vacation Guide

Tennessee Homeschool Resources 615-815-8750 Forms and requirements to homeschool K-12 grades

Veterans Services 615-741-2345 Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Assistance with employment, education, business start-up, state and federal benefits

Tennessee Board of Regents – Higher Ed. 615-366-4400 Oversees 40 community and technical colleges Department of Commerce and Insurance 615-741-2241 Issues and renews all professional licenses and protects consumers in the insurance marketplace

Employment listings:

Commission on Aging and Disability 615-741-2056 or 1-866-836-6678 Connects people to health and human services programs based on disability and aging needs and provides assistance for intellectual and developmental disabilities and aging services and diseases Environment and Conservation 888-891-8332 Oversees State Parks, Natural Areas, archaeology, greenways, and all environmental related permitting TennCare 1-800-342-3145 State managed Medicaid agency for low income Tennesseans of all ages to access healthcare Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) 615-741-2848 Manages all state related transportation, state road repair, signage, and construction Scan with your smartphone and view The New Residents’ Guide magazine online.



CITY, TOWN, AND COUNTY CONTACTS WILLIAMSON COUNTY 615-790-5700 Sheriff’s Dept. (non-emergency) 615-790-5560 Williamson Co. Rescue Squad (volunteer fire and rescue) 615-790-5821 Parks and Recreation 615-790-5719 County Health Dept. 615-794-1542 Fairview Clinic 615-799-2389 County Clerk 615-790-5712 Marriage License, Public Records, Motor Vehicle Tag, Business Licenses Election Commission 615-790-5711 Animal Center/Adopt 615-790-5590 Register for Emergency Alerts and Community Info: Franklin 615-791-3217 Police (non-emergency) 615-794-2513 Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 615-791-3411 Parks Dept. 615-794-2103 Garbage Pickup and Recycling 615-794-1516 Brentwood 615-371-0060 Police Dept. (non-emergency) 615-371-0160 Fire and Rescue (non-emergency) 615-371-0170 Parks and Recreation 615-371-0080

Columbia 931-560-1500 Police (non-emergency) 931-388-2727 Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 931-560-1700 Parks and Recreation 931-388-8119 Garbage Pickup and Recycling 931-388-8650 Mount Pleasant 931-379-7717 Police (non-emergency) 931-379-3201 Fire Dept (non-emergency) 931-379-3939 Parks and Recreation 931-379-7717 Nashville 40 96

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Fairview 615-799-2484 Police Dept. (non-emergency) 615-799-2431 Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 615-799-3473 Parks Dept. 615-799-5544 Spring Hill (Located in both Williamson and Maury Counties) 931-486-2252 Police Dept. (non-emergency) 931-486-2632 Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 931-486-3270 Parks and Recreation 931-487-0027 Garbage Pickup and Recycling 931-270-0423




Williamson County

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Nolensville 615-776-3633 Public Works (road maintenance) 615-776-6682 Police Dept. (non-emergency) 615-776-3640 Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 615-776-5050

MAURY COUNTY 931-381-3690 Sheriff’s Dept. (non-emergency) 931-380-5733 Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 931-381-3366 Parks and Recreation 931-375-6101 County Health Dept. 931-388-5757 County Clerk 931-375-5200 Marriage License, Public Records, Motor Vehicle Tag, and Business Licenses Election Commission 931-375-6001 Animal Center/Adopt 931-375-1401 Register for Emergency Alerts:


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This map is not to scale, but gives a general perspective of where the cities and towns are located, as well as major roadways. If you’d like a comprehensive Tennessee map, go to: State maps are also available at Tennessee Welcome Centers and most local welcome centers.


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