Maryville woman goes to city and school leaders over sound

Maryville woman goes to city and school leaders over sound from stadium

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In the stadium, the levels are around 85 decibels. Close to Wade's home, levels hit at around 70 to 75 decibels during a call. In the stadium, the levels are around 85 decibels. Close to Wade's home, levels hit at around 70 to 75 decibels during a call.
"When the game is going on, I can be sitting here and I can hear the play call sitting right here in my living room very clearly," said Linda Wade. "Who passed to whom, the yardage, the down." "When the game is going on, I can be sitting here and I can hear the play call sitting right here in my living room very clearly," said Linda Wade. "Who passed to whom, the yardage, the down."

MARYVILLE (WATE) – A local woman says the Maryville High School football stadium is too noisy on Friday nights when there's a home game.

She says it has gotten to the point where she needs help from city leaders.

Linda Wade has lived right across the street from the field for more than 20 years. She blames the new speaker system for her frustration.

"When the game is going on, I can be sitting here and I can hear the play call sitting right here in my living room very clearly," said Wade. "Who passed to whom, the yardage, the down."

She has brought the issue to the Maryville City Council before. In the past, city council asked the school system for solutions and the system made changes because they say they want to be good neighbors.

She's meeting with the city manager to fix the problem.

"It's just hard to escape even inside with the doors and windows closed," said Wade.

The Maryville City school system says a professional came in to strategically place speakers to make the sound less intrusive for homeowners.

6 News brought a decibel reader to test the sound levels .

In the stadium, the levels are around 85 decibels. Close to Wade's home, levels hit at around 70 to 75 decibels during a call.

Other homeowners who live nearby say the speakers do not pose any problems. They actually look forward to hearing the game on Friday nights.

"No changes need to be made," said Laura McKenzie, an area homeowner. "It's part of a Maryville tradition that's been going on for years even before I lived here."

Officials with the Maryville City school system say they are meeting next week with groups and teams that use the stadium. They'll make sure everyone is abiding by the rules.

More guidelines will be put in place on the volume of music along with a timeframe for when lights and speakers can be used.

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