Ex-Klansman threatens lawsuit for county contract - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ex-Klansman threatens lawsuit for county contract

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Brian Tackett torched a southern Kentucky church when he was a Ku Klux Klan leader in 1991. Now a businessman, Tackett calls the arson a mistake and plans to sue a Mississippi county if he's denied a lucrative contract due to his criminal past.

Tackett wrote a letter last week to the Coahoma County Board of Supervisors, threatening to file a federal lawsuit if they don't award him the contract on a water line project. The letter, a notice of intent to sue, is the first legal step in filing a civil lawsuit.

Tackett believes the board illegally passed over his $670,355 bid on Dec. 10 for another company's higher bid of $769,355.

Tackett, 39, spent nearly 12 years behind bars for burning the Barren River Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky. Tackett was the grand dragon, or the second in command, of the Kentucky Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He said the arson was ordered by the top Klan leader in the area.

Tackett said in 2004 he took over as president of Tackett Excavating Inc., which operates in Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.            

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