Knox County commission amends noise ordinance, adds skateboardin

Knox County commission amends noise ordinance, adds skateboarding

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County commissioners took up the issue after several neighbors told them that kids were keeping them up late in some Knox County neighborhoods from riding their skateboards. County commissioners took up the issue after several neighbors told them that kids were keeping them up late in some Knox County neighborhoods from riding their skateboards.
Commissioners say this allows the sheriff's office to formally cite people, while skateboarders believe the amended ordinance could be going too far. Commissioners say this allows the sheriff's office to formally cite people, while skateboarders believe the amended ordinance could be going too far.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOX COUNTY (WATE) - Complaints have been coming in to Knox County commissioners about noise from skateboarders. Before Monday, the county's noise ordinance didn't include skateboards in residential areas, but now it does. 

Knox County's noise ordinance is very specific to the point the Knox County Sheriff's Office couldn't issue citations to people creating what they call "excessive noise" from riding skateboards. 

County commissioners took up the issue after several neighbors told them that kids were keeping them up late in some Knox County neighborhoods from riding their skateboards. 

Monday was the second reading of the amended ordinance where commissioners added a section prohibiting the use of excessive noise specifically from skateboards.

Commissioners say this allows the sheriff's office to formally cite people, while skateboarders believe the amended ordinance could be going too far.  

"I don't know that it knocks down the amount of, but it allows the deputies to go out and cite those in a lawful ordinance," said Brad Anders, Knox County commission chairman. 

"Kids trying to skateboard in their driveway or just going to a friend's house or just skateboarding around their neighborhood. Skateboarding is no louder than a lawnmower," said Daniel Thornton of Knoxville. 

Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance at their meeting Monday.
No one from the community spoke up about this ordinance during the second reading. 

Commissioners also delayed a vote on changing the peddlers and solicitors ordinance, which would expand it to cover services of any nature and delete an exemption for businesses with an physical location.
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