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"Bikers are not the real rough folks that you might think," said Billy Anderson of the Music City Harley Owners. "There's a lot of good-hearted folks out there."
More than 600 riders took to the streets for the 18th-annual Toy Parade, which helps families in need put food on the table and gifts under the tree on Christmas Day.
"It means a great deal to us," Anderson said. "We give back to the community because the community is good to us."
The donations benefit the Christmas Basket Program, where metro police officers deliver toys to needy Nashville families, the morning of Christmas Eve.
"It's such a wonderful, wonderful feeling, when you knock on that door we get hugs, we see tears in their eyes, we hear the most wonderful stories," said Commander Michele Donegan of the Hermitage precinct.
Donegan is in charge of the Christmas Basket Program, which is now in its 51st year. She says the department wouldn't be able to help as many families without the support of the annual bike ride.
"It's huge," Donegan said. "Last year we had 174 families we helped, which actually gave toys to over 600 children in Davidson County."
Bikers say it's the least they could do for families that share the roads, and the neighborhoods with them.
Those families that morning will be blessed with something to eat and the toys for the kids, so we take great heart in that, Anderson said.
Police officers choose which families in their districts they think should get the food and toy donations, and hand deliver them Christmas Eve.
Sunday, November 4 2012, 10:29 AM CST
Documents detail charges against former official
May 22, 2013 12:36 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Knoxville say former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe paid employees who never performed work.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/14wTIJO ) reported documents recently filed in Knox County Criminal Court allege Lowe and two former aides conducted a "continuous larcenous scheme" in which ghost employees were on the payroll.
Lowe, Delbert Morgan and Ray Mubarak face multiple theft charges.
A bill of particulars filed by the district attorney's office alleges Morgan bilked taxpayers out of nearly $197,000 by not showing up for work over four years.
The newspaper said Gregory P. Isaacs, Lowe's lawyer, and Tom Dillard, Mubarak's lawyer, declined comment Tuesday. Jeff Daniel, Morgan's attorney, could not be reached for comment.
In April 2012, when indictments were returned, Isaacs said Lowe strongly denied the allegations.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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