BRISTOL, Tenn. - A Tennessee woman said she was just praising the Lord when she received a citation accusing her of violating the city’s noise ordinance. She later was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.
Betty Jones, 54, told WCYB-TV that her routine every Sunday includes five hours of praising and dancing, while she listens to music by Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, and The Judds. But neighbors in Bristol complained about loud music, so police showed up on May 27. A police report says officers helped her lower her stereo’s bass and warned her. But officers came back after being called again.
This time, they cited her under the city’s noise ordinance, and Jones told the station she gave the officers a message too.
“Randy Travis was singing, ‘I’m going home to pray to God tonight and hopefully he’ll forgive my sins.’ I looked at that officer and said ‘you better go home tonight and pray for your sins because that’s what Randy is telling you,’ ’’ she said.
After more complaints, officers went back May 28 and arrested Jones after she conceded that she was “going off and cussing.’’ She was charged with disorderly conduct and violating the noise ordinance. She spent the night in jail.