Daily Archives: September 22, 2017

Insufficient Laws On Outdoor Entertainment Noise

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Can you soundproof a window? This is a question that will most likely be asked by a homeowner whose property is located close to an outdoor entertainment venue. Aside from loud music, a homeowner has to suffer from the sounds of traffic, of children playing and neighbors shouting. While there are existing noise ordinances, it cannot always be relied on that is why many homeowners opt to soundproof their windows, doors and walls and floors.

In Newnan, two popular restaurants in the downtown area have converted their old garages into places where customers can enjoy food and entertainment. RPM Full Service Patio Pub & Grill and The Bays at the Firestone have included outdoor dining with open patio seating as among their offerings. Both of the venues have successfully combined food and drink with outdoor entertainment. However, the move was not popular with the longtime residents in the immediate area known as Central Business District.

While live music is only predominant during Fridays and Saturdays, weekdays are not spared from noise. There is karaoke, DJ’s and open microphones. People living the area cannot escape the noise. However, according to Joe Rizzo the owner of RPM Full Service Patio Pub & Grill, only one resident has openly complained about the noise. Residents in the area understand that they are living in a commercial district where businesses expand.

In a proposed revision, any noises in the central business district that exceed 65 decibels from 10 PM to 7 AM will not be allowed. Decibel readings will provide the authorities with a way to determine whether the noise created is excessive. Meanwhile the proposed revision has not been set in stone. The city is still collecting information to create changes on the draft before it is presented to the city council. Rizzo is trying to balance entertainment against his desire to minimize noise levels.

Can you soundproof a window? A resident does not have to rely on existing noise ordinance. Windows and doors can be soundproofed to minimize the entry of sound. Families can experience stress and anxiety from the sounds created outdoors. It can even create sleep deprivation when sleep patterns are affected.

Knoxville Artist Creates Illustrated Maps For The Local Area

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A local Knoxville artist has recently just made a name for herself with her Illustrated Map work and sales in the city.

An Illustrated Map doesn’t show how to get around, but is more of a visual representation of what happens around an area, and these maps are no different.

According to the artist, Paris Woodhull, these maps of hers have locations on them that only that locals would be informed about. She adds that her maps put emphasis on the more unusual locations across Knoxville, saying that her maps include Downtown or the Knoxville Convention Center, but don’t stop there.

She says that she got the idea from interning at a Jackson Avenue company called the Happy Envelope, after she saw illustrated maps in the wedding invitations that the company handled. The owner suggested she try making some of her own, and, from there, her new business venture and calling started.

She’s made maps of Downtown Knoxville and North Knoxville, as well as the University of Tennessee, which she recently graduated from, as well as Fulton, where she went to high school. Her most recent work is an Illustrated Map of South Knoxville.

Being an illustrated map maker means that Woodhull is an artist, but she also likes to ensure that her maps are community projects. The first step of her  map making process involves using social media to tell people what map she’ll make and getting suggestions from the locals about places they like. Once the maps are drawn, they’re posted on social media again, so that she can have the community check if the maps are lacking any particular missing piece, which are then added with some post-editing Photoshop.

As with most illustrated maps, the layout isn’t comprehensive; not all landmarks and businesses in the area can be included.

Woodhull has revealed that she is working on a map that she calls ‘37919’, which will include Bearden and Sequoyah Hills, which she will soon post on social media. She has expressed her intentions of drawing a map of East Knoxville, or maybe head for other cities, such as Chattanooga.

The maps are available for purchase online, or in one of these local stores:

Rala
112 W. Jackson Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902

Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37916

Makers Donuts
804 Tyson Street
Knoxville, TN 37917

Bradley’s
141 N. Peters Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

Fig and Company
5072 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919