Fix it up or tear it down




The garage at a Franklin man’s home leans dangerously toward the alley. The twisted wood and hole-dotted roof look ready to collapse at any time.

The city wants to get the unsafe structure torn down. But the electrical connection that powers Mike Jaggers’ home is inside. He’d be forced out of his house if the garage came down.

Jaggers, 61, tries to scrimp together whatever he can to fix up his home, but he’s receiving disability payments for a leg injury that doesn’t allow him to work and doesn’t have much extra money after paying bills. The city has been working with him for months to find a way to get the garage torn down without making him homeless. He wants to see it gone as much as the city, and he’s grateful they’ve been patient and tried to help him.

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