Gallatin’s have new jobs on the brain.
And it’s a good thing. The city of Gallatin has announced more than 500 new jobs to be created in Gallatin with more than $74 million invested in the city—between Beretta U.S.A. Corp, ABC Group Inc. and American Colors.
Beretta decision to expand its manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. by building a new facility in Gallatin, received national news when it was announced in January.
A ripple effect on the city's economy occurs when a company invests money in Gallatin and creates jobs.
That's because the city benefits, and as a related benefit, citizens who get hired for the jobs being created have more disposable income to spend at local places.
All of this adds up to a better quality of life in Gallatin said James Fenton, executive director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency.
"If a city isn’t growing it’s dying," Fenton said. "The addition of jobs fuels growth, and allows our citizens to create a better life for themselves."
Beretta U.S.A. announced Monday that it has hired the design-build firm Pattillo Construction Corporation to design and build the newest Beretta manufacturing facility to be located in Gallatin.
The Georgia-based firm hopes to hire people in or near Gallatin.
“It is important for everyone to understand that although Pattillo Construction is a Georgia-based firm, we want to use contractors and subcontractors located near the Gallatin area to support this project,” Pearlman said.
Vice Mayor John D. Alexander accused Mayor Jo Ann Graves and her staff of discriminating against him by not allowing him to use her office to conduct business while she was on vacation earlier this year.
Although previous vice mayors have been allowed to use the mayor's office to conduct business while they were filling in for the seated mayor, Alexander said he was asked to leave Graves' office and to use an adjacent conference room.
"I was told I wouldn't be able to have a meeting in your office," Alexander said. "I've spoke with others that have sat in as vice mayor. I'm wondering why I was asked to go to the back room."
Acting on a tip from the Hendersonville Police Department, Gallatin Police officials were able to obtain confessions from four individuals involved with acts of vandalism at Station Camp High School and Beech High Schools last week.
One adult, Christopher Long, 19, of Hendersonville, along with three minors, two males and one female, were all arrested, according to Lieutenant Ricky Troup of the Gallatin Police Department. Troup said that Long has been charged with burglary, vandalism and theft over $500. The minors will be charged with the same crimes but will go through the juvenile court system.
It was apparent from the start of Tuesday’s 7-on-7 passing league competition held at Gallatin High School that the host Green Wave still have a lot of work to do before the start of the season. Gallatin played host to Smyrna, Shelbyville and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy on Tuesday afternoon after having to move the event, originally scheduled to take place in Smyrna, to their home practice fields at Gallatin High School. The Green Wave managed only one victory over the course of their four game varsity schedule, a 10-7 win over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.
A year ago, former Station Camp kicker Christian Reed was working odd jobs while feverishly rehabbing a torn quadriceps. Today, he is a professional football kicker who is preparing to play for a national title in front of a home crowd.
“It’s a dream come true,” Reed said. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity given to me by Coach (Billy) Back and the organization.”
Over the Fourth of July holiday, the American Legion Post 17 baseball team returned to action after a 10-day layoff due to the TSSAA mandated dead period. Post 17 played in the 2014 Columbia Post 19 Independence Day 17U Classic held at Columbia Academy and finished the tournament with an overall record of 2-3.