Praise be, but too loudly, say police

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- A woman in Bristol, Tenn., says she was just praising the Lord, although at high volume.

Bristol Police said 54-year-old Betty Jones was violating the city's noise ordinance.

WCYB-TV reported police cited her on their first visit. She told them she spent five hours on Sundays praising and dancing to music by Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and The Judds.

After more neighborhood complaints, officers went back May 28 and arrested Jones, charging her with disorderly conduct and violating the noise ordinance. She spent the night in jail.

Jones told the station she was praising God in her own home, but conceded that on the second police visit she was "going off and cussing."


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