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AUG 2015

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 47 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 47 Tammy Breeding and her daughter sit on their porch on a quiet May evening in Austin. "Raising all kind of Cain." Breeding fre- quents the Scott County sherif's website, investigating the names of locals booked into jail. She says her proactive, protective nature has made her an enemy. One prosti- tute tried to start a fght with her, she says. Another fashed her 12-year-old son. She has saved hundreds of iPhone pictures of suspicious cars and girls she adamantly be- lieves are prostitutes walking her street. She shares them with police. But they have an "I-don't-care attitude," she says. "It's gotten to the point that I'm ready to move." Down the street, shouts erupt. A car's tires screech before speeding away. "See what I have to deal with?" Breeding says, sighing as she lifts her shades and peers at a worn, wood-frame house notorious for its drug activity. "He just got out of jail," she says, referring to a bulky, bald man. About an hour later, the same man angrily waves a yellow car into the drug house's driveway. More shouting. He tugs at his shirt, adver- tising fght mode. His fsts punch wildly in the air. He hurls something at the porch — pop! — and stomps down the street. A few houses down from Breeding, an elderly couple, Bill and Linda, watch it all from their porch swing. A school-aged bru- nette girl the couple watches after school twirls, uninterested in the commotion. Tanned, with shaggy gray hair, Bill says he and his wife have lived here since the 1970s. Tey're not leaving the neighbor- hood. Tey were here frst. Linda tends with a pile of mail on her lap. Bill drinks a glass of cola. Tey've grown to like the win- ter, Linda says, when trouble stays mostly indoors. An Austin police ofcer stops in front of the house that has since quieted. He chats with a young woman in a tank top out front and leaves. "Typical," Bill says. If such nonsense comes on his property? "I'll kill all of them," he says. "Gut 'em in my yard." A shirtless man with jeans sagging at his hips and a cross tattooed on his left shoulder waves Brittany Combs down on a pristine May afternoon — blue skies and breeze as pleasant as a purr. Combs presses the brakes of her white SUV with Scott County Health Department magnets on each side. Te trunk is full of 1,000 clean, packaged needles and a dozen or so red "sharps" containers for dirty needles. Combs is 37, Scott County's public-heath nurse. She's also the face of this county's mobile needle exchange, a weekday service she spearheaded after noticing residents were nervous about going to the Outreach Center for clean needles.

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