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Lawrence man tired of roosters crowing

MOULTON — Harvey Norris said he's going to start blasting music from his back porch to drown the sound of about 50 roosters crowing in a neighbor's yard off Lawrence County 460.

Norris said the roosters do not limit their noise to daybreak but sound off all day long.

Like most rural areas, Lawrence County doesn't have a noise ordinance, so county officials say Norris has to live with the crowing and other country sounds, or move to the city.

Norris said he was born in Arkansas but spent his working life in Michigan at an auto plant.

He said a yard full of roosters is one reason Lawrence County's population is declining.

"Drive around in Lawrence County," he told county commissioners Monday. "That's why they (people) don't move here."

Norris said he believes the roosters are the type commonly referred to as "fighting roosters."

Commissioners told him it is not against the law to have roosters; however, it is against the law to fight them.

Nancy Glasscock

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