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Local leaders work to improve education attainment rates Local leaders work to improve education attainment rates

A group of Sumner County’s leaders gathered last Thursday morning at Gallatin City Hall to discuss ways to increase postsecondary education attainment rates in the county.

Hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the meeting included more than 40 elected officials, business leaders and educators in the area. The meeting was part of Nashville Region’s Vital Signs, a collaborative process led by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to track key issues that impact the region’s economic well being and activate community-driven solutions to address them, as apart of Governor Bill Haslam‘s Drive to 55 challenge.

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  • Local leaders work to improve education attainment rates Local leaders work to improve education attainment rates

    A group of Sumner County’s leaders gathered last Thursday morning at Gallatin City Hall to discuss ways to increase postsecondary education attainment rates in the county.

    Hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the meeting included more than 40 elected officials, business leaders and educators in the area. The meeting was part of Nashville Region’s Vital Signs, a collaborative process led by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to track key issues that impact the region’s economic well being and activate community-driven solutions to address them, as apart of Governor Bill Haslam‘s Drive to 55 challenge.

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  • Beretta to move entire Maryland manufacturing to Gallatin Beretta to move entire Maryland manufacturing to Gallatin

    Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee.

    The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin facility for new machinery and production of new products only.

    “During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.

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  • Sleep study lab opens at Vol State Sleep study lab opens at Vol State

    Sleep is critical for human survival.

    A lack of proper sleep can lead to health problems and make life miserable. Volunteer State Community College students have a new facility, opened this year, to help them learn how to conduct sleep studies.

    The Sleep Diagnostics Center at Vol State has two specially designed sleep study rooms, a control room, video and audio monitors, and other state-of-the-art equipment. 

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  • Good Neighbor Mission brings hope to working poor Good Neighbor Mission brings hope to working poor

    About four years ago one grandmother was given custody of her three granddaughters.

    A year later, she lost her job.

    Then her car.

    And then her house.

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  • Wranglers put skills to the test at annual Rodeo Wranglers put skills to the test at annual Rodeo

    Wranglers put skills to the test at annual Rodeo 

    Cowboys and cowgirls gather to rope calves, round barrels and ride bulls

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General News

Beretta announcement to bring accelerated job growth

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.

Gallatin’s high quality of life attracts businesses

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. hires Pattillo Construction to design and build new Gallatin facility

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.

Council meeting ends with heated debate

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."

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Sports

Vandals confess

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.

Wave left with work to do

Wave left with work to do

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.

Reed prepares for Venom championship

Reed prepares for Venom championship

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.”

Post 17 celebrates 4th in Columbia Independence tournament

Post 17 celebrates 4th in Columbia Independence tournament

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.




 

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