Evangelist loses challenge of noise ordinance

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has ruled against a Kentucky Christian evangelist who challenged a Tennessee city’s noise ordinance.

John McGlone was ticketed for using a microphone and amplifier to spread his message at the Franklin Main Street Festival in 2012. A city court found last year that he must pay $75 for disturbing the peace.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1c6WOWM) reports Williamson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Easter ruled late last month that officers’ actions did not infringe on McGlone’s rights. He noted that officers did not stop McGlone from evangelizing.

The city revised its noise regulations in 2011 to allow sound amplification at special events only by the event organizer.

McGlone’s attorney said he hadn’t yet discussed the possibility of an appeal with his client.