The New Residents Guide/Williamson-Maury Counties/spr-summer 2024

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Step-By-Step Guide For Car Tags & Driver’s Licenses

Tips For Getting Settled In Your New Home Organized Sports, Plus Hunting & Fishing Local Parks & Outdoor Adventures


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 due south of Nashville.

Whether your move was across town or across country, moving into a new home is tough. In fact, relocation is ranked one of the top five most stressful life events. Relocating to a new state and community takes you out of your comfort zone, away from friends and family and what you know as familiar.

The New Residents’ Guide is your go-to guide to help you and your family get acclimated to the community and the region. The businesses featured 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!

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Whippoorwill Lake is one of the four Williamsport Lakes located in Maury County. This 25-acre fishing lake is designated for youth under age 16 with an accompanying adult. There is a fishing pier and accessible bank fishing areas. The Williamsport Lakes are located on Highway 50, 10 miles northwest of Columbia past the Duck River, or two miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway at the junction of Highways 50 and 247.
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tablet 4 County Overview Williamson County 16 Maury County 36 Cities And Towns Franklin 18 Brentwood 22 Nolensville 25 Fairview 30 Thompson’s Station 31 Spring Hill 32 Columbia 39 Mount Pleasant 40 Getting Settled Keeping Pets Healthy in Their New Home 24 Getting Your Car Tags & Driver’s License 28-29 Free Higher Ed Opportunities 43 Finding The Right Doctor 44 Regional Highlights Nashville! Music City 26 Hunting & Fishing in Tennessee 48 State, County, City, & Town Contacts 50-51 CONTENTS 48 Scan to view The New Residents’ Guide magazine online. Vol 5, No. 1 18 39;;
45 Relocating As A Senior Adult 41 Spaces In Between Unincorporated Areas 46 Farmer’s Markets Offer Local Produce The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, pictured here, journeys through Williamson County in Franklin where the double arched bridge can be seen. The Trace is a recreational road and scenic drive that goes through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Read more about the Natchez Trace Parkway on page 47. CONTENTS 5 Middle Tennessee's Premier Homecare Company Whether you or your loved one is looking for companion care, recovery care, or something more specialized, Caregivers by WholeCare is here for you. Call today to schedule a free care assessment. | 615.298.9201 | We O er Many Levels of Care Services: Companionship, Shopping, and Errands Meal Preparation and Light Housekeeping Personal Hygiene, Walking, and Mobility Post-Surgical Support and Recovery Respite and 24/7 Care Hospice and Memory Care


iddle 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.


about your new hometown online ! is where you’ll find more articles and even more facts about area cities and towns. Looking for a fun festival or local celebration? Check out the comprehensive Calendar of Events on our webpage. Need a listing of local schools and information about registering your child for school, plus immunization requirements? All the school info is there at You’ll also find quick reads about recycling resources, relocating


The New Residents’ Guide is mailed directly to new residents in Williamson County and Maury County, Tennessee and available digitally at The New Residents’ Guide magazine is published twice a year. The publisher has made every effort to verify the accuracy of all information, however assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions.

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as a senior adult, tips to settling into your new home, and even a listing of local dog parks.

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Local Events SUMMER

July 3rd Celebration, Fairview | Fourth of July fireworks are held in most cities and towns.

Williamson County Fair, Franklin

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Franklin | Maury County Fair, Columbia

Oct: PumpkinFest, downtown Franklin | Music in the Meadow, Brentwood | Whole Hog Festival, Spring Hill

Dec: Dickens of a Christmas, downtown Franklin | Maury Christmas Historic Homes Tour, Maury County

Fairview July 3rd Celebration PumpkinFest, Downtown Franklin Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
A Dickens of a Christmas, Franklin
Mule Day Festival, Columbia | The Annual Main Street Festival, downtown Franklin | Buttercup Festival, downtown Nolensville Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Arrington | Paint the Town Art Festival, Mt. Pleasant Brentfest & Brentwood Summer Concert Series | Movies in the Park, Maury County Park, Columbia 9

Whether you just moved here or are relocating soon, this map gives a general perspective of where the cities and towns are located, as well as major roadways.

Check out website to learn more about each community. Keep in mind this map is not to scale; but, 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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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 such as the President James K. Polk home in downtown Columbia or the Carnton, a historical Civil War home in Franklin.

Join a community-based sports team offered through one of the local county or city parks and recreation departments as a player or coach.

Get a library card. Local libraries have a plethora of learning programs and classes, book clubs, plant swaps, and activities for all ages.

Join a church or place of worship.

Volunteer to help during a local festival or serve on a city or town committee.

Get involved with a local nonprofit whose mission you are passionate about and seek out volunteer opportunities or charity events that you could join.

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.

Mark your calendar to explore the area’s quaint downtowns on the first Friday evening of every month when downtown Franklin hosts the Franklin Art Crawl. Columbia’s historic downtown square comes alive during Columbia’s First Friday where you can explore shops and enjoy live music.

Join a local civic club or gardening, hiking, or art club to meet people with similar interests.

Take time and relax. After relocating to a new community, you and your family typically need six to 12 months until you feel acclimated in your new hometown.

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The Great Outdoors

In addition to 57 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.

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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.

Nashville International Airport (BNA) is the largest public airport in Middle Tennessee and is located 8 miles east of downtown Nashville off I-40.


see 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 $1.91 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%.

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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 just over 7 million. Tennessee has 95 counties and three grand divisions: Middle, East, and West Tennessee which are each 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 6,643 feet to the state’s highest point 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, however, there is a $5 daily parking 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 and is home to the Tennessee Aquarium, the 13-mile paved Riverwalk, and the Tennessee River, which snakes near downtown. 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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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, and 70% of its population holds a college degree. 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. For a listing of departments, go to:

Historical Attractions

Notable historical attractions centered mostly around Civil War history include the Carnton and Carter House, Lotz House Museum, McLemore House, Battle of Franklin at Winstead Hill Park, and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, all located in Franklin. The newest historical monument is the March to Freedom statue which stands in front of the old Courthouse Building in downtown Franklin. It represents the United States Colored Troops (USCT) who fought against Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Located by the statue is a historical marker that tells the USCT story. For more information go to 16
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Community Parks

Williamson County 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 24 parks, trails, and athletic facilities. Peacock Hill Nature Park is the newest park located in College Grove, 6990 Giles HIll Road and encompasses 246 acres with six walking trails, a visitor’s center, ponds and hilltop vistas reaching an elevation of 1,180 ft. Timberland Park, located on Natchez Trace Parkway, south of the Hwy. 96 entrance, 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.

The county’s parks and recreation department also maintains several indoor and outdoor pools and splash parks in Franklin, Spring Hill, Nolensville, Brentwood, and Fairview. Most recently WCPR opened the Tennis Complex at Maryland Farms, 5101 Maryland Way in Brentwood. This facility housed the former YMCA, and has been renovated with tennis and racquetball courts; as well as pickleball courts and a table tennis area. A small admission fee is charged for facility use.

Sports & Performing Arts

This department manages organized sports leagues for children and adults. In addition, the department coordinates summer youth camps, along with therapeutic activities for youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. They also offer music performances, theatre productions, concerts, and other performing arts programs at the Performing Arts Center located at Academy Park in Franklin. In addition, Academy Park serves as an enrichment center, hosting programs and activities for seniors aged 55 plus. 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

Historic Preservation

Leading the charge for over 55 years, the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has saved the region’s historic places and stories that matter. Through preservation, education, and advocacy, the Foundation offers free workshops, lectures, community festivals, and performing arts experiences. The Foundation manages four historical entities in Franklin including the Downtown Franklin Association, The Franklin Theatre, Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens, and the History and Culture Center of Williamson County, TN. Get involved at



42,000 students enrolled, Pre-K to 12th grade. The district oversees 52 schools including 11 high schools, 11 middle schools, 29 elementary schools, and one K-8 school. 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 step-by-step guide explaining how to register your child is on The New Residents’ Guide website:

FRANKLIN SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (FSSD) is a K-8 school system with 3,850 students. The district manages eight schools including four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a K-8 school. FSSD also holds an Exemplary designation for academic growth and achievement. To determine if your child is zoned for FSSD and to register your child, go to

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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, and most recently was named as one of The South’s Best Cities by Southern Living magazine. 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 well-being 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

During the bloody Battle at Franklin, wounded Confederate soldiers arrived by the dozens at Carnton soon after the battle began. It became the largest field hospital in the area, and surgeons were set up in almost every room of the house, while others worked outside. By the middle of the night, some 300 wounded filled the home, with hundreds more on the grounds.

Population: 86,895

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. Franklin has been an accredited Main Street city for 40 consecutive years. 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. 18
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Transportation & City Services

The city of Franklin offers several amenities for its residents. Bus and trolley services are available throughout the city for a small fee and are provided by Franklin Transit Authority. The Transit Authority also provides flexible pickup and drop-off locations for seniors and disabled passengers. ( . The city provides weekly residential garbage and recycling pickup, plus yard waste and seasonal leaf pickup. Go to:

Youth Organized Sports

Adult and youth recreational sports are coordinated through the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, including basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and other competitive games. ( In addition, several independent youth sports associations manage teams including:

• Franklin Baseball Club, girls and boys baseball

• Franklin Cowboys, football and cheerleading

• Grassland Athletic Association, baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball

• Williamson County Soccer Association, indoor/outdoor soccer, camps

• Freedom Lacrosse,, 4th - 8th grade

• Albion SC Nashville, soccer camps and travel team competitive play

Youth sports leagues also are offered at 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, and fishing. The river winds through Franklin, and the city maintains several access points. Go to for a listing of river access points.


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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 an appointment. Once established, contact your previous medical providers and request your files be transferred to your new doctors.

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

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.

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.

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.

Contact the local parks and recreation department or sports leagues about camps and sports teams you and your children might join.

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

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 24.

Check your home’s exterior, clearing all gutters and drains from debris to avoid water backing up when it rains.

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.

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

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, Ste. 130 in downtown Franklin. In Maury County the Visitors Center is located at 302 W 7th Street in Columbia or stop by the downtown Visitors Center at 713 N Main Street on the square. There you’ll find local and regional attraction information, a Tennessee Vacation Guide, and state map. Check out statewide travel options at 20
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Population: 45,136

Meticulous visioning and planning describes how city leaders of Brentwood have carefully preserved the community’s rolling pastureland and green spaces while welcoming residential and commercial growth. In the late 1960s when Interstate 65 was extended into Williamson County, community leaders realized growth and development was inevitable. They created a planned vision for Brentwood that would preserve the community’s character and beauty. When the city incorporated in 1969, the population was less than 5,000 people. Today over 45,000 residents call this Nashville suburb home. Most recently, Brentwood was ranked No. 3 on the Best Small Cities in America list and was also named one of America’s Safest Suburbs in the country.

City Governance

Brentwood’s seven-member elected commission oversees the city’s programs. The city manager and staff run the day-to-day operations. Residents can volunteer to serve on a city board such as the Park Board, Historic Commission, the Library Board, or others. To find out how to get involved, go to:

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

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.

Good to Know

The city of Brentwood does not provide trash pickup for its residents. Homeowners must contract with a private waste management company. 22
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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. Other park facilities include Deerwood 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 the Miles Together inclusive 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. In addition, a new 2.5-mile mountain bike trail was built and additional trails are being planned. 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:

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.

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Keeping Pets


In Their New Home

...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 $50$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).

Area Dog Parks

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.


• Miss Peggy’s Dog Park, Tower Park, 920 Heritage Way


• Muletown Bark Park, Maury County Park, 1018 Maury County Park Drive


• K-9 Korral Dog Park, Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road

• Freedom Run Dog Park, Liberty Park, 2080 Turning Wheel Lane

Mount Pleasant

• Mount Pleasant Dog Park, 301 N College Street


• 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 24

William Nolen, a Revolutionary War veteran, founded Nolensville in 1797. He, 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 farmer’s 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.

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 soccer training camps and travel team competitive play. ( Lacrosse for boys and girls grades K-8 is organized by Crawdad Lacrosse. (crawdadlax. org) Youth sports are also offered at local public schools.


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. The 4th of July Star Spangled Celebration is held at Nolensville High School 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 25
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MUSIC CITY Nashville!

Nashville is often referred to as Music City and is home to over 700,000 residents. It is a top tourist destination with its culturally rich historic attractions to its glitzy party-town and live music atmosphere… earning the city its nickname “Nashvegas.” Music lovers can get their fill of all types of live music played at downtown bars, honky-tonks, and cafes. See for yourself what the fuss is about - and be sure to bring along your out-of-town guests. Nashville is located north of Williamson and Maury County via I-65. Here’s just a sample of the museums, parks, and attractions you’ll find throughout the city. Discover even more at


• Learn the history of country music and see the memorabilia of some of your favorite artists at the Country Music Hall of Fame located downtown.

• Explore the history of our state from prehistoric times to present day at the Tennessee State Museum. The museum is located next to the Farmer’s Market at the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street. Admission is free.

• The National Museum of African American Music is one of Nashville’s newest museums located at 510 Broadway downtown. The history of Black music is showcased with state-of-theart technology and 1,500 artifacts throughout the museum’s seven galleries.

• The Frist Art Museum, located at 919 Broadway, hosts traveling art exhibits and special events throughout the year. The museum’s Martin Art Quest Gallery is a permanent space where guests engage in hands-on art experiences that promote creativity and critical thinking for all ages.


• Centennial Park is a 132-acre park located at 2500 West End Avenue downtown near Vanderbilt University. Featured is the iconic Parthenon building with the re-creation of the statue Athena as the focus, along with a walking trail, Lake Watauga, a dog park, and more.

• Percy & Edwin Warner Parks have 3,100 acres of forest and fields within nine miles of downtown Nashville. Located at 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville, the parks have a nature center, hiking trails, walking paths, mountain bike trails, dog parks, equestrian trails, overlooks, golf courses, and picnic shelters.

Attractions & Landmarks

• Bridgestone Arena is home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators and is also a top venue for live music concerts and events.

• Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is a 1930s estate that includes a historic mansion, 55 acres of gardens, an arboretum, and museum. The venue hosts a variety of seasonal events and festivals year-round.

• Broadway is the focal street located in the heart of downtown Nashville lined with honky-tonks, bars, and shops, making it a big draw for country music lovers and tourists.

• AT&T Building is better known as the Batman Building. When you come upon the Nashville skyline, this building stands apart. Locals fondly refer to it as the “Batman Building” because its distinctive design resembles the comic book superhero’s mask.

• Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the home of the Nashville Symphony. The Schermerhorn is a stunning building, constructed in a Neo-Classical style architecture and located at One Symphony Place downtown.

• Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is six miles south of downtown. The zoo has more than 3,700 animals representing more than 350 different species.

Professional Sports

Sports enthusiasts will find a team to root for with several professional sports teams calling Nashville home.

• Nashville Sounds AAA Minor League Baseball

• Nashville Predators hockey

• Tennessee Titans football

• Nashville Soccer Club

• Music City Grand Prix, Indycar Series

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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 am – 4:30 pm

In Maury County, the office is at 10 Public Square, Columbia 931-375-5200

Monday – Friday 7 am - 5 pm


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 $68.75, plus $11 if there is a lien. In Maury County the fee is $73. Fully electric vehicles pay an additional $200 fee and hybrid or hybrid plug-in vehicles pay an additional $100.


Annually, the County Clerk’s office will mail your car tag renewal notification. Take the renewal notification card 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

• Williamson County Administrative Office Lobby 1320 W. Main Street, Franklin

Maury County

• Spring Hill City Hall

• Mount Pleasant Courthouse 28

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.


You will need to take the following documents:

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship with your original birth certificate, current U.S. Passport. For non-U.S. citizens, bring lawful permanent resident status or legal presence documents

• Two (2) proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and physical home address such as a mailed bank statement, utility bill, rent or mortgage documents, current homeowners, life or health insurance policy, voter registration card, or motor vehicle registration.

• Proof of Social Security number, if one has been issued, such as your original Social Security card, W-2, 1099, or payroll check stub showing the full number.

• Current State License/ID, with proof of name change if required.

• A completed Application for a Tennessee Driver’s License. Go here to complete the application in advance or complete at the center.

It is not required, but recommended to schedule an appointment online:

Note: Make sure your license has a REAL ID status if you are planning domestic air travel or entering a federal facility. 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 different government entities. You can not get your car tags and driver’s license at the same location.


Hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm

• Columbia Center

1701 Hampshire Pike, Columbia

• Franklin Center (Closed for remodeling. Verify if open before going.)

3830 Carothers Parkway, Franklin

• Nashville/Hickory Hollow Center

5216 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch

• Nashville/Downtown Center

William R. Snodgrass Building, 3rd Floor 312 Rosa Parks Ave., Entrance on 7th Ave.

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.

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Population: 9,910

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. For more information go to:

Organized Sports

The Fairview Recreation Association is a volunteer group that manages youth baseball, softball, and basketball leagues. ( Fairview Soccer Association hosts children’s league play. ( 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. This park has 700 acres of forest and 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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1110 Fountain View Blvd.

Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

615.794.4333 •

Population: 8,199

Thompson’s Station boasts more than 300 acres of parks, leading the county in preserving open spaces. The town was founded in 1780 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. Williamson County Soccer Association offers indoor and outdoor soccer for ages 5 to 19 ( Youth sports also are offered at local public and private schools.

Parks & Trails

The Sarah Benson Park, 1513 Thompson’s Station Rd. West, has jogging trails, a playground, pavilions, a stage for special events, and restrooms. Alexander Trail and Stephen’s Way connect Sarah Benson Park to Heritage Park and is a bike-friendly trek. Heritage Park, 4803 Columbia Pike, has baseball fields and wooded trails and is located adjacent to the soccer fields off Thompson’s Ridge Rd. and Heritage Elementary. Preservation Park, 1600 Thompson’s Station Rd. West, is the town’s newest park with trails that offer magnificent views of pastureland. Most recently, the town has added additional parking, restrooms, and a pavilion that is available to rent. The 200-acre park was the Civil War site of the Battle of Thompson’s Station, and you’ll find Battlefield Trail markers throughout the park.

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. In addition to fenced areas for small and large dogs, there are also several miles of walking paths to explore, including Greenway Trail that leads north to Tollgate Village or south to Preservation Park.

The town has recently received several grants to interconnect area park trails and to add paved trails connecting schools and subdivisions. Town leaders have a comprehensive master plan to guide future green spaces improvements. To learn more go to: 31
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Spring Hill is located in both Williamson and Maury Counties. Historic mansions, homes, and churches still stand, serving as a reminder of settlers from early 1800s. Fast forward 200 years and today Spring Hill is one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee with a 549% increase in population from 2000 to 2020. Today more than 55,000 residents call Spring Hill home. The city has been a magnet for young families and retirees alike with a variety of housing options, employment opportunities, and nearby recreation and parks. The city has been named a favorite location for remote workers to live and ranks as the 12th safest city in the state.

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 at Port Royal 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.

Organized Sports

Several youth leagues offer local competitive team play for ages 4-18.

• Spring Hill Little League, baseball and softball

• Spring Hills Lions Club, baseball and softball, ages 4-12.

• South Williamson Athletics, baseball, softball, basketball, and volleyball

• Spring Hill Hawks, soccer, football, flag football, and cheerleading

• Williamson County Raptors, football, ages 5-12, and cheerleading, ages 4-14

Economic Growth

Spring Hill is home to the General Motors assembly plant where the all-electric Cadillac LYRIQ is built. In addition, the Ultium Cells battery plant is located here, building batteries for the LYRIQ and other electric vehicles. The city is also home to World Wide Stages which works with the music, TV, and film industry. This 32,000-square foot building was once home to the company headquarters for the Saturn automobile manufacturing plant in Spring Hill. Here performers develop and prepare for their stage performances before going on tour. The facility also provides stage and theatre space for TV and movie productions.

Local Festivals

A variety of seasonal festivities happen in Spring Hill such as Hill Fest in June and Camping in the Park in September. In October, the Whole Hog Festival is held on the grounds of Oaklawn Mansion with children’s events, a tractor show, crafts fair, live music, and lots of pork food booths. Locals can ring in the holidays with the annual Christmas Parade on Main Street, held in December.

Welcome Center

The Spring Hill Welcome Center, located at 5326 Main Street, Suite G in the Olde Town area, has information about the city. You’ll find details for must-see attractions in town and around the region. The center is open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Or, visit

City Services

To keep up with the ongoing population growth, the city of Spring Hill has several city-wide capital improvement projects in the works, along with major road improvements. The city welcomes local citizens to get involved as the community grows by serving on a board or committee that interests them. Applications can be found on the city’s website.

Good To Know

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 32
199 Town Center Parkway • Spring Hill, TN 37174 • 931-486-2252 •
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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

Nolensville Public Library

915 Oldham Dr., Nolensville 615-776-5490

College Grove Community Library

8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove 615-368-3222

Spring Hill Library

144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill


Services available to Williamson or Maury County residents

Maury County Public Library

Main Branch

John B. Holt Brentwood Library

8109 Concord Rd., Brentwood 615-371-0090

$50-$65 library card fee for non-Brentwood residents

211 W. 8th Str., Columbia 931-375-6501

Mt. Pleasant Public Library

200 Hay Long Ave., Mt. Pleasant 931-375-6502

730 Mooresville Pike

Columbia, TN

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Get Involved & Volunteer!

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 Spring Hill, Brentwood, and Columbia. 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.


As a new Tennessee citizen in Williamson or Maury Counties, you may vote in local, state, and national elections. All voters must be U.S. citizens. Once you have your new home address, any person in the household 18 years or older can register to vote. Whether you moved across the country or across town, you’ll need to register to vote or update your address at your county’s election commission.

You may register to vote at the County Clerk’s office or a Driver’s Services Center. Online applications are available at: or are available at any public library or election commission office. After the application is complete, you may mail it to the election commission. Once registered, you’ll receive a voter’s registration card in the mail.

Williamson County Election Commission

405 Downs Blvd

Franklin, TN 37064 • 615-790-5711

Maury County Election Commission

1207A Tradewinds Drive

Columbia, TN 38401 • 931-375-6001

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 (includes Williamson Co.)

United Way of Maury County

Volunteens (local volunteer opportunities for teens)

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

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Population: 108,159


Maury County was formed in 1807 and Columbia is the county seat. The area is known 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, a dog park, and athletic fields. 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 total ing 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:


More than 13,000 students are enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade at 22 elementary, middle, and high schools, including three (kindergarten through 12th grade) unit schools. The district will be opening a new high school in the 2024-2025 school year in Spring Hill, followed by a new elementary school. Maury County Public Schools have a Virtual Academy for grades 7-12, Northfield Academy for grades 9-12, and an alternative learning program.

The school system works to equip students for both college placement and job opportunities within local industries. Career exploration courses start in elementary school, followed by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ematics) classes in middle school. Collaboratively, the school district works to engage with local industries, aiming to match students with job opportunities within their community upon graduation. The goal is to ensure that every student has a clear career path.

A step-by-step guide explaining how to register your child can be found at The New Residents’ Guide website:

Maury County Public Schools

501 West 8th Street

• Columbia


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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. The Duck River borders downtown 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 more 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 century farms still seen today. One of the city’s most notable architectural structures is the Maury County Courthouse, built over a century ago, located 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 downtown storefronts.

“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:

Downtown Columbia and Maury County Park are the central hubs for the multi-day Mule Day festival in April. The Mule Day tradition began in the 1840s as a livestock show and mule market and has blossomed into a week-long festival. Events include arts and crafts, live music, a parade, and mule-driving contests. Go here for event info:

Parks & Recreation

Columbia has over 500 acres of parks and greenways. Located near downtown is Riverwalk Park, with paved walking trails, a basketball court, and splash pad. It is also home to the farmer’s market. The city’s newest greenway is the Hiking and Mountain Bike Park, with 2.5 miles of trails at varying levels. If you enjoy a game of disc golf, Woodland Park features an 18-hole disc golf course, plus playgrounds. Read more here:

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 pickleball: One of its largest facilities is Ridley Sports Complex, with fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, softball, baseball, and ultimate frisbee.

City Services

The city of Columbia provides weekly garbage pickup, 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

700 N Garden Street • Columbia, TN 38401 • 931-560-1500 •
Photo: Visit Columbia, TN Maury
County Courthouse Population: 45,792
Photo: Maury County Visitors Bureau, Photo: Visit Columbia, TN

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. Today, downtown has several shops and restaurants. While there, explore three stories of artifacts at the Mount Pleasant History Museum and learn about the area’s past from the Civil War to the phosphate industry.

Every third Thursday of the month from 5 pm - 7 pm, downtown Mount Pleasant comes alive with shops open late, and local vendors and musicians set up on the square.

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. The parks and recreation department hosts events and family fun nights throughout the year.

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 pickup for residents and businesses. To receive city information and announcements text: MPCITY to 931-340-7700.

100 Public Square • Mount Pleasant, TN 38474 931-379-7717 • MOUNT PLEASANT
Photo: Maury County Visitors Bureau, Bigsby Grey Civil War Monument, downtown Mount Pleasant

Spaces in UnincorporatedBetween areas

Unincorporated communities in Middle Tennessee are often profiled as “a wide spot in the road” with winding roadways, rolling farmland, and old homesteads in rural areas. While that may be the case in some areas, several unincorporated communities have sizable residential areas and a bustling commerce. In both Williamson and Maury Counties you can find well-known communities with historic boundaries that appear on the map, but are legally located outside of a city’s bounds. These areas are generally run by the county government rather than having their own mayoral office. Still, they have distinct historical roots that give each community its own unique identity.


Bethesda is in rural southeastern Williamson County near Thompson’s Station and Spring Hill. The area is characterized by rolling hills and farmland, although it has its own elementary school, public library, and recreation center.

Arrington is located east of Franklin, off I-840. Williamson County has recently implemented plans to preserve the historic lands of this serene but increasingly popular community. Notable stops include Arrington Vineyards and Hideaway Golf Course.

College Grove is located south of Nolensville, situated near Murfreesboro and Franklin. The area has a growing residential population alongside family farms such as Hatcher Family Dairy and 96-acre Delvin Farms. Located at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation College Grove Center, the FiftyForward Senior Center offers fitness programs, book clubs, and art classes.

Leiper’s Fork is an iconic community village southwest of Franklin on Hwy. 46. With a population of about 650, the area is known for its quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants, live music, and picturesque countryside.

Leiper’s Fork


Culleoka is a small town located southeast of Columbia which is home to over 5,000 residents. Its name derives from the Choctaw Indian words “Culle” (good or sweet) and “Oka” (water) - and locals still tenderly refer to the area as “Sweetwater.”

Hampshire is home to the 6.9-acre community park of the same name. Families can enjoy a leisurely day at the park pavilion, baseball field, basketball court, playground, and running/walking track. The park is a shared facility with the adjoining Hampshire Unit School of Applied Science and Natural Resources.

Santa Fe sits northwest of Columbia and is home to about 1,800 people. The area consists largely of family farms and the Santa Fe Unit School with 600 students in K-12.

Williamsport Lakes

Williamsport is situated just west of Santa Fe off Hwy. 50 and has around 1,700 residents. The area is best known for its four scenic fishing lakes (totaling 164 acres) and surrounding rural hunting areas. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) manages this year-round fishing and hunting hub.

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We accept: aluminum cans steel bicycles appliances copper old car parts and more

Questions about recyclables we accept? Call us at 931-293-2360. We are a local family-owned full-service metal recycling company, offering top-tier service and pricing. We pay you for your scrap metal!

It’s Keen to be Green: Let’s Start Recycling

Now that you have moved to one of the most picturesque regions in the country, participating in your community’s local recycling program helps keep your city looking beautiful. While recycling may look a little different from town to town, both Williamson and Maury County offer locations to take recyclables. One of the first things to know is recycling centers here are referred to as “convenience centers.”

Williamson County

Williamson County Solid Waste Management operates 11 convenience centers in the communities of Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Nolensville, Thompson’s Station, and Brentwood. In Franklin, centers are located in the Grassland, Southall, Hillsboro, and Trinity communities. The local landfill center is at 5750 Pinewood Road in Franklin. All Williamson County centers accept residential waste including household garbage, brush, and construction waste. Recycling accepted includes metal, cans, aluminum, #1 and #2 plastics, glass, paper, cardboard, used motor oil, and cooking oil. Commercial waste is not allowed and must be taken to the landfill. Williamson County Convenience Center hours are 7 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday, and 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For a list of centers, go to:

Maury County

Maury County Solid Waste operates eight convenience centers in Columbia including Bear Creek, Carters Creek, Fountain Heights, Theta, 31 Highway, and Tindell Lane. The county operates the Fly Hollow center in Santa Fe and a center in Mt. Pleasant. Maury County centers accept only residential materials including household garbage, brush, and construction waste. They accept residential recycling items including metal, cans, aluminum, #1 and #2 plastics, glass, paper, cardboard, mattresses, and rugs. Commercial waste is not allowed and is accepted at the landfill at 1233 Lawson White Dr. Hours at all centers are 7:30 am to 5 pm, Monday - Saturday. To find a center near your new home, go to:

More Recycling Options

You can sell recyclable metals, ferrous and non-ferrous, including appliances, cars, bicycles, copper, steel, and aluminum cans at local metal scrap companies such as Harmon Scrap Metal located at 608 W. 11th Street in Columbia. If you live in the city limits of Franklin, Columbia, or Spring Hill the city offers recycling pick-up. 42
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Free Higher Ed Opportunities

Tennessee Promise

The state of Tennessee offers its college-bound high school graduates an extra financial boost through the Tennessee Promise and HOPE Scholarship programs.

Tennessee Promise provides state high school or home school graduates free tuition to any in-state community or technical college. The program requires students to work with a mentor. All students are eligible regardless of socioeconomic status. This is a last-dollar scholarship that may cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the federal Pell grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students can use this funding to attend any of the state’s 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology as well as at state colleges offering an associates degree. However, the scholarship will be capped at the average cost of tuition and fees at a state community college. For more information:

HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is funded through the state lottery. Tennessee high school graduates attending an in-state four-year public or private university are able to receive up to $2,250 per semester as a full-time student for

the first two years and up to $2,850 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior. If a student chooses a twoyear school, they are eligible for up to $1,600 per semester as a full-time student. Award amounts are also available for summer enrollment. This scholarship program requires applicants to complete the FASFA to apply, For more information, go to:

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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?

• Is there a Physician Associate (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the practice should the doctor not be available?

After deciding on your first choice, 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. 44
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Moving to a new area can be both exciting and daunting. As a senior adult, whether you’re relocating after retirement or to be closer to family, there are many opportunities to become engaged in your new community.

Williamson and Maury Counties are home to several senior centers, all offering a variety of programming. While these programs are a great way to get out and about, they also provide an opportunity to meet new people within your community and bond over shared interests.

Williamson County

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation (WCPR) Senior Division offers programs for senior residents from pottery classes to acrylic painting workshops. WCPR offers group hikes - or for the more adventurous, white water rafting. And of course, you can join in on the pickleball trend with one of WCPR’s pickleball groups. Activities are held at six different recreation facilities. Go to for more information.

Spring Hill

Similar to the WCPR Senior Division, the Spring Hill Community Senior Center, located at 563 Maury Hill Street, offers a variety of programs for those ages 55 and over. Programs here include yoga classes, bridge club, and movie nights.

Brentwood & College Grove

In Brentwood and College Grove, FiftyForward, a Middle Tennessee-based nonprofit, operates the Martin Center at 960 Heritage Way in Brentwood and FiftyForward College Grove at 8607 Horton Hwy. Both offer fitness classes, art instruction, writers’ groups, book clubs, and more.

Maury County

The Columbia-based Maury County Senior Center is located at 1020 Maury County Park Drive. In addition to recreational programs like Cornhole and Zumba classes, the center also aims to deliver helpful support services such as health screenings, telephone reassurance programs, and military meetings. The Maury County Senior Center has a sister center in Mount Pleasant located at 501 Gray Lane.

More Ideas To Get Connected

• Get outside! This area has a plethora of parks and trails to explore, along with outdoor recreation such as hunting, fishing, boating, and golfing.

• Volunteering can be a great way to learn more about the needs of your town while meeting new people.

• Learn something new! From fitness classes to community theatre, there are a variety of educational programs and organized clubs.

• Indulge in the arts. Local colleges and universities offer theatre and music performances, plus fine arts exhibits, often at little or no cost.

As you get settled into your new community, remember that relocating is a journey, not an overnight feat. Be patient with yourself and embrace this chapter of your life - and soon this new area will become home.

Statewide Resources

For additional senior adult resources in the state, check out these websites: or

Photo: Williamson County Parks and Recreation Photo: Williamson County Parks and Recreation


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 Your Own farms are listed on Area farmer’s markets are typically open May to October, while a few are open yearround. Check hours before going at or on the markets’ social media or websites. Also note, most markets do not allow dogs.

Columbia Farmer’s Market

102 Riverside Drive, Columbia at the Riverwalk Park Pavilion, 8 am - 12 pm. Year-round.

Main season: May - Oct.

Culleoka Farmer’s Market

2410 Valley Creek Rd., Culleoka, Third Sat., 9 am - 12 pm, April - Nov.

East Franklin Farmer’s Market (all organic)

Liberty Park, 2080 Turning Wheel Lane, Franklin, Sat. 10 am-2 pm, year-round. Plus, Wed. 2 pm - 6 pm, summer months only.

Fairview Farmer’s Market 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview, Sat. 8 am - 12 pm

Five Points Farmer’s Market 100 5th Ave. N, Franklin, Thursdays: May 9, June 13,

July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, and Oct. 17, 4 pm - 8 pm.

Christmas Markets: Dec. 5, 12, and 19.

Franklin Farmer’s Market

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd., Franklin, Sat. 8 am - 12 pm, year-round

Hampshire Farmer’s Market

4443 Hampshire Pk., Hampshire, Tues. 3 pm - 6 pm

Hidden Gem Farmer’s Market

863 Old Military Rd., Spring Hill, Sat. 11 am - 2 pm

Nolensville Farmer’s Market

Summer market, May - Oct., Historic School, 7248 Nolensville Rd., Sat. 8 am - 12 pm. Winter market, Nov. - Apr., 7260 Nolensville Rd., Sat. 10 am - 1 pm

Westhaven Farmer’s Market

Magli Green Park, 191 Front St., Franklin, Wed. 4 pm - 7 pm, May - Oct. Holiday Pop-Up, Every Wed. Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 3 pm - 6 pm.

Plant Your Own Garden

Grow your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables with the help of the Williamson County or the Maury County Extension office. The staff of horticulturists offer assistance along with research-based information and publications about gardens, landscapes, and lawn care. Williamson County Extension offices are located at the Williamson County AgExpo Park Arena, 215 Long Lane, #200, Franklin. williamson.tennessee. edu., and in Maury County, 10 Public Sq., 2nd floor, Columbia. 46
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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 once traveled 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. Natchez Trace State Park is located about 90 miles southwest of the arched

bridge off I-40. The park offers 23 miles of hiking trails from an easy 1-mile nature walk to a 14-mile trail. Park amenities include a museum, picnic facilities, camping, horseback riding, mountain bike trails, cabins, a lodge, restaurant, and boating on Pin Oak Lake. Find out how you can explore wildlife, nature, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and camping throughout the Trace’s 52,000 acres at




he 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 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.


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


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 48
Dale Hollow Lake Photo: TN Tourism


Tennessee State Parks • • 615-532-0001

The state’s department of parks manages 57 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 72-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.

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.

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.

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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For a listing of all state agencies go to:

Department of Health


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

State Board of Education 615-741-2966

Oversees the state public and charter schools K-12

Home Schooling in Tennessee 615-815-8750

Forms and requirements to homeschool K-12 grades

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

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

Call a Tennessee State Trooper Dial * THP or *847

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 57 state parks

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 615-781-6500

Hunting and fishing licenses, boating education and regulations, manages wildlife management areas

Tourist Development 615-741-2159

Request a TN Vacation Guide

Veterans Services 615-741-2345

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

Assistance with employment, education, business start-up, state, and federal benefits

Employment listings:


Moving to a new area often means finding a new job. The websites below are a good start in your job search for a listing of opportunities with the state of Tennessee and local companies who are hiring. Also check with the area Chambers of Commerce about what businesses they know about who have job openings and a list of local job placement firms.

State of Tennessee employment listings:

More than 200,000 job openings across the state:





Sheriff’s Dept. (non-emergency) 615-790-5560

Williamson Co. Rescue Squad (volunteer fire and rescue)


Parks and Recreation 615-790-5719

County Health Dept. 615-794-1542

Fairview Clinic 615-799-2389

County Clerk


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:



Police (non-emergency) 615-794-2513

Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 615-791-3411

Parks Dept. 615-794-2103

Garbage Pickup and Recycling




Police Dept. (non-emergency) 615-371-0160

Fire and Rescue (non-emergency) 615-371-0170

Parks and Recreation 615-371-0080



Public Works (road maintenance)


Police Dept. (non-emergency) 615-776-3640

Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 615-776-5050



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)


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

Thompson’s Station


Police: Williamson Co. Sheriff’s Office


Fire: Williamson Co. Rescue Squad 615-790-5821



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:



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


Police (non-emergency) 931-379-3201

Fire Dept (non-emergency) 931-379-3939

Parks and Recreation 931-379-7717

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