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"Over the life of the paper 3.5 million papers have been distributed on sidewalks of Middle Tennessee," says Contributor Executive Director Tasha French.
Some cities like Franklin see the sidewalk vendors as a problem because the newspapers are primarily sold to drivers while they're behind the wheel.
"It would still let those transactions happen on city sidewalks, they just could not happen in the middle of the roadway," says Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey.
French says in 3 years homeless residents have earned $7 million through tips and sales of the Contributor, and vendors are trained on safety.
"Sidewalk to vehicle sales have been done safely for some time and this effects people's livelihood," says French.
During Tuesday night's public hearing, residents weighed in.
"The Contributor does a lot of good in giving these men and women an opportunity to put structure in life and earn commissions for selling the papers," says resident Clyde Redford.
City leaders say it's a safety issue. Others say it's a risk the homeless should be allowed to take.
"This is no different than any other job," says French. "All jobs might have a risk assigned with them."
"I feel like the safety risk would only be in someone's heart maybe breaking when they come to the realization that they're in the car and not the ones on the street," says Mary Ellen Redford.
Brentwood was the first city to pass an ordinance prohibiting the sale of merchandise from a public street. The Contributor and the ACLU filed suit and lost and are now appealing the ruling in federal court. Franklin won't vote on its ordinance until next month.
Wednesday, January 23 2013, 12:00 AM CST
Ky. veteran killed in Afghanistan blast
May 17, 2013 23:53 GMT
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky veteran who was working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan has died in an explosion in Kabul that killed at least 15 people including six Americans.
The father of 26-year-old Michael Robert Bradford of Fort Thomas said his son was smart, good in different sports and about to become a father.
Gary "Moose" Bradford, also of Fort Thomas, told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/12i0nVO ) he found about his son's death from Michael Bradford's wife, Sasha, on Thursday afternoon. He said he was in total disbelief.
The couple's first child is due in a few weeks.
Two American soldiers were killed along with four American civilian contractors with DynCorp International, based in Falls Church, Va.
Other survivors include his mother, Linda Bradford of Johnson City, Tenn.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.