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Middle Tennessee Paper Focuses On Mug Shots

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By Eric White 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Articles are not the focus of Nashville's newest newspaper. 

Each week Face It – You're Busted prints mug shots from every arrest in Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford and Montgomery counties. 

Clarksville resident Jeremy Paul chuckled when getting his first look at the paper. 

"Just the entertainment value of it, I mean there's a lot of TV shows that play on this like Cops," said Paul. 

The latest edition is 20 pages long and features 300 mug shots. 

"We've had excellent circulation and really a very positive response," said the paper's marketing manager Bill Bowen. 

Bowen told NewsChannel 5 that Face It is sold for $1 an issue at about 200 convenience stores across Middle Tennessee. 

"It's a way to inform the community. It serves as a crime deterrent because it lets people know what's going on in their local neighborhood," said Bowen. 

Criminal defense attorney Dominic Leonardo has a different take. Leonardo said the paper might increase pre-trial publicity. 

"It makes it harder for a lot of people to get a fair trial," said Leonardo. 

Bill Bowen said every suspect in Face It is innocent until proven guilty. Bowen added the newspaper will print an update if the suspect is later found not guilty or his/her charges are dropped. 

email: ewhite@newschannel5.com

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