published Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Chattanooga City Council changes sound ordinance, defers vote for a week

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    Residents who live near Track 29 say loud music from concerts at the site can be oppressive.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

After making multiple changes to the proposed sound ordinance, City Council voted to defer the ordinance for one week.

City Council voted to lower the permitted bass levels from 95 to 90 decibels and then shrunk the boundaries of the defined music district.

The newly defined music district will run from 7th St. and Market and Broad Streets to Main St. and stop before the railroad tracks. Within this area, music venues and local businesses can apply for a permit to play music at 80 decibels or 90 decibels of bass on the weekend until midnight and weekdays until 11 p.m.

But in order to comply with the state's open meetings act, the council voted to defer voting on the first reading of the ordinance until next Tuesday.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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