BY NICOLE JOHNSON
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CIRCA via WZTV) — In Nashville's Edgehill community, neighbors say it's common for 11-, 12-, and 13-year-olds to carry a gun. With that in mind, one Edgehill man hopes to save the children's lives before they get caught up in crime.
Terry Key started the Edgehill Bike Club to get kids out of the neighborhood, away from gangs, guns, and drugs.
"It's rough to see them duck bullets, go through all that peer pressure,” said Terry.
His new idea to inspire change is actually revolves around a business.
"The name of my chicken is Drop It Like It's Hot Wings,” Terry said.
Drop It Like It's Hot Wings is part of Terry's dream to give kids in the Edgehill neighborhood a business, as well as a way to earn honest money and start their own dreams.
"I don't want to see them dead or locked up," said Terry.
He says he's seen evidence himself that violence is getting worse, and kids are getting caught up in it at younger and younger ages.
"I want them to know to try hard, and not to give up in life. Because you can make it out of any situation you're in," said Dhauan Sykes, one of the kids Terry is helping.
Much like the second chance Terry was given, he's giving this truck another chance to hit the streets, in a positive way.
"I was one of these kids, man. I almost lost my life."
Terry is hoping to have the food truck parked out in Edgehill by the time the weather warms up. He also has a bike with a rack on the back for kids to sell ice cream.
"Let me try and save some of these kids, man,” Terry said.