Nashville Scene Fights Proposed News Box Legislation

march 29, 2007  08:51 am
Nashville City Council members Mike Jameson and Ludye Wallace have introduced a bill that would require publishers to get a permit for news boxes that encroach on any public right-of-way, the Scene reports. A permit would initially cost $50 for a freestanding box and $10 for a spot in a newsrack, and require an annual renewal fee of $10. The ordinance would also give the director of Public Works the authority to adopt further rules which could dictate placement, maximum number of boxes within a given area or maintenance standards, according to the alt-weekly. Publisher and former Council member Chris Ferrell "has been working his Council contacts to derail [the] bill," which Mayor Bill Purcell also opposes, the Scene reports.