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New law will keep 'The Contributor' off the streets of Goodlettsville

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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A new law will keep The Contributor off the streets of Goodlettsville.

With a three to two vote, the Goodlettsville City Commission approved a ban on street vendors in a Thursday night meeting.

Supporters of the ban say it's a matter of safety.

"I could not go to bed at night knowing that I had passed an ordinance or not passed an ordinance that put any of our citizens, or for that matter, any persons passing through this community at risk," said Mayor John Coombs.

The law doesn't mention The Contributor by name, but opponents say the ban was just a way to keep the newspaper that raises money for the homeless out of the city.

"I don't believe it's a safety issue; I think some people just want to get rid of the presence of poor people, and I just don't think that's right. I think that people should be able to earn a living. And a lot of times, the only opportunity that people can find right now is to sell The Contributor," said Steve Reiter, an advocate for the homeless.

Brentwood has a similar ordinance in effect. Recently, a court of appeals upheld the ordinance, which prohibits sales to anyone in a car.

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