CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Rock
quarries, race tracks, radios and busy roads are all causing racket in Clarksville,
and now one councilman is making some noise about how the current ordinance is
difficult to enforce.
There's something soothing
about silence for local fisherman Ray Mallory.
"Even with the noises
around here, you still have your peace being around the water," said Mallory.
But the calm of the
Cumberland isn't so easy to find in the rest of Clarksville, especially near
the rock quarry on Dover Road.
"In the wee hours of the
morning they had problems sleeping because of the noise from the rock quarry
and rock cushier 29," said Wallace Redd, Clarksville Council, Ward 4.
Residents are disturbed in
bed by the loud noise, but the quarry can't be cited under the city's current
"It's antiquated and
outdated, and it's just not inclusive of anything industrial and commercial,"
The revamped, rewritten
restriction covers everything from quarries to stereos. All noise must stay
under 75 decibels in the early morning hours, and officers will be armed with
more than an ear; they'll each get a handheld decibel reader to make
enforcement less subjective.