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Pulaski Man Indicted on Charges of Sex Abuse in Amish Community

Press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; June 13, 2012:

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today served a Pulaski, Tenn. man currently being held on sex charges in the Giles County Jail with 13 counts against him after he was indicted by the Giles County Grand Jury today. The case involves both male and female victims living within the Amish community in Giles County.

TBI originally arrested Maurice Dale “Jimmy” McAllister, 80, on May 1, 2012 on one count of aggravated rape, one count of sexual battery and one count of aggravated burglary. Today, he was indicted on those original three charges and on an additional ten charges of three counts of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated sexual battery, and six counts of sexual battery. The thirteen charges stem from four female victims and one male victim who McAllister sexually abused over the course of seven years. At the time of the incidents, the victims were between 12 and 22 years old. TBI began investigating the allegations against McAllister at the request of the 22nd Judicial District Attorney General and executed a search warrant on McAllister’s residence located at 2750 Big Dry Creek Road in Pulaski, Tenn. to obtain evidence in the case when the case originated.

The investigation is continuing and the subject could face additional charges at a later date. McAllister’s bond was set at $ 2,250,000.

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Magneti Marelli to Expand Pulaski Operation

Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development; June 11, 2012:  

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today that Magneti Marelli will expand its Pulaski outfit, a $53.7 million investment that will create 800 new jobs.

Magneti Marelli is a top global automotive systems and components supplier, and a new automotive lighting operation will be housed inside the company’s existing Pulaski facility.

“Congratulations to Magneti Marelli on this announcement,” Haslam said. “Our Jobs4TN economic development strategy includes strong emphasis on several industry clusters, such as the automotive industry, in which the state holds a distinct competitive advantage and on expanding existing Tennessee businesses. The addition of this lighting operation to the Pulaski site is welcome news to Giles County and the state.”

“This is great news for Pulaski, and I am grateful to the company for their continued confidence in our state,” Hagerty said. “This announcement is a testament to the exceptional workforce in Pulaski and the surrounding areas, and the creation of these new jobs will have a large impact on the residents of this area. With the strongest balance sheet in the United States, Tennessee stands out to global companies like Magneti Marelli who undertake a worldwide review in determining where to locate and expand their operation.”

Along with manufacturing sites in Juarez and Tepotzotlan, Mexico, the Pulaski operation rounds out the company’s lighting division. Magneti Marelli’s lighting division is one of the world leaders in the automotive lighting sector, having supplied about 20 million headlamps and about 22 million rearlamps to global carmakers in 2011.

“What a great day for the citizens of Giles County,” Janet Vanzant, county executive, said. “Today’s good news means jobs, and that is always good. Magneti Marelli has been a great corporate citizen for several years, and we all welcome this expansion. I want to thank the State of Tennessee, our local economic development office and all the other partners that contributed to the success of this project.”

“What a wonderful day in Pulaski,” Mayor Pat Ford said. “Magneti Marelli’s announcement today has to be the biggest economic development project in the history of Pulaski and the jobs that will be created are sorely needed. I want to thank Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty and his staff for helping us with this project. Magneti Marelli is already is a valued member of our industrial family and I know the lighting division will be successful in our community.”

“Today’s announcement is good news for Giles County, but this project is going to have a very positive impact throughout all of southern middle Tennessee,” Dan Speer, executive director, Pulaski-Giles County Economic Development Council, said. “A great deal of hard work and cooperation went in to this project, and I too would like to thank Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty, along with the entire ECD staff, TVA and the local Workforce Development Board. Many people contributed to the success of this project, and I particularly would like to thank plant manager Kim Ketchum and her management team for their invaluable contributions.”

“TVA congratulates Magneti Marelli on their decision to locate a new automotive lighting manufacturing operation that expands its existing site in Pulaski,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development. “We are privileged to work with Magneti Marelli and economic development partners, including the State of Tennessee, PES Energize, City of Pulaski/Giles County leaders, to facilitate jobs growth.”

Magneti Marelli has 83 production units, 11 research and development centers and 26 application centers in 18 countries. Magneti Marelli’s 34,000 employees work on electronic systems; lighting; powertrain; suspension systems and shock absorbers; exhaust systems; plastic components and modules; and motorsport and aftermarket parts and services.

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Anti-Tax Tootin’ in Giles Co.

Horn-honking motorists stepped up the pressure on Giles County officials Monday, who dropped their bid for a county wheel tax, WKSR in Pulaski reports.

County commissioners were set to consider a resolution asking the Tennessee Legislature for permission to enact a $50 wheel tax. One commissioner said the resolution had already been pulled from the agenda Friday, and state Rep. Eddie Bass said there would not be time to pass the bill this legislative session, which may end this week.

But as WKSR reports, a healthy dose of the First Amendment in the form of “car horns blaring from the street below” surely didn’t hurt.

Meanwhile, the budget talks in Cookeville are heavy on the honey, low on the vinegar.

The city estimates it will take in $100,000 in tax from liquor sales in the first full year for package stores to be permitted there, the Herald-Citizen reported last week. The city’s $21 million proposed budget for the 2012 represents a more than 5 percent increase over this year, with no property tax increase.