Some in Lonsdale area say factory is too loud

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Diane Hounschell lives in the Lonsdale community, just up the road from TAMKO Asphalt Products. She said the noise the company makes when it releases pressure from its factory is almost unbearable.

"It's so loud that you can't even hear yourself talk to the other person while you're sitting side by side, pretty much," said Hounschell.

Hounschell said there are a variety of ear-splitting sounds. She said the noises are so loud, she can't sleep at night.

"It keeps us awake. My husband has to be to work at 7 or 8 in the morning and it's just so extremely loud," said Hounschell.

Others notice it, too.

"There's banging sounds, there's crashing sounds like they're slamming two train cars together or whatever. There's always the beeping sounds of the workers in there. I can hear them, they're right behind me," said Chris Owens.

But not everyone in the neighborhood agrees.

"I feel like they're just working. It's the sound of a plant working. It's a paper plant and they have a couple of trains come through, but for the most part, it's not too much loud noises," said Erick Conner.

"There's no noise down there. I mean, to me, you don't hear much of nothing, just trucks coming in down here and being weighed. They'll empty them out and come hook them up and leave in them," said Ronald Lane.

Hounschell said the extremely loud pressure noise happens periodically and wants TAMKO to consider adding a muffler. She said she'd move to escape the noise, but can't afford it.

TAMKO emailed a statement, saying, "TAMKO strives to fully comply with all local, state and federal regulations. We work very hard to be good neighbors and employers to benefit the Knoxville region."

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