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"I like knowing that they're going to children," says CCA inmate Mathew Bay. "I like knowing that."
All of these toy makers are doing time, but they're as dedicated a group of elves as you'll find, each one with special skills helping them to create amazing doll and firehouses for children at Midstate hospitals and nonprofits.
"Carpentry is my thing," says CCA inmate Wayne Earp. "It's what I do in here and it's what I've done on the streets."
This team of inmates has been cutting, painting, gluing and clear coating handmade creations for months, and they're pushing hard to have everything ready for the big day.
"There's no house in here that's built by any one person," says CCA inmate Robert McCombs. "Everybody's got their hands in everything in here. It's a real team effort."
McCombs helped get the ball rolling last year beginning with a doll house made of cardboard. That has morphed into all of this, a labor of love, making spirits there bright.
"You would think they would be sad during Christmas time but their hearts are big right now," says CCA's Elaine Stephens. "They're really excited about the children getting these."
What little girl wouldn't like a doll house like these? Some of these houses are so elaborate. All the doors actually open, all the comforts of home, complete with electricity. The fire houses are new this year, complete with ladder trucks, each one very nearly ready for a new home outside these walls. The CCA inmates will load up their creations for delivery Thursday morning. Stops include Summit Medical Center and the Fannie Battle Child Care Center in East Nashville.
Thursday, December 20 2012, 12:05 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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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
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.