New ordinance lets country music play loudly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country music can still spill onto Nashville's downtown streets -- as long as it's being performed live.

The Metro Nashville Council approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday night, voting for a compromise measure that leaves alone the strains that made the city famous.

The Tennessean reported the new ordinance applies only to recorded music and limits its volume outside of buildings to 85 decibels.

Tourism officials didn't like an earlier version of the bill.

Councilman Mike Jameson, who represents downtown, sponsored the bill and says it allows residents to get a good night's sleep while preserving the city's tourism callling card.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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