- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) - Two so-called street preachers have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges during Springfield’s annual Taste of Country event.

Forty-nine-year-old John L. Davis, of Albemarle, North Carolina, and 54-year-old John E. McGlone, of Breeding, Kentucky, were arrested Saturday after becoming aggressive, police in Springfield told The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1G1vF6M). Police say the two men yelled at bystanders and called them names as they tried to promote religious messages.

“They were these ‘street preachers’ who were very loud and disruptive and told to tone it down,” police Chief David Thompson said. “They were asked to follow the code of conduct posted for the event. But they were exhibiting aggressive behavior.”

The Chamber of Commerce organizes the event each year and posts large signage at every entrance noting the festival’s code of conduct, which excludes unauthorized solicitation and offensive, harassing or vulgar language.

Jordan Osborne, the chamber’s vice president of operations, said she was harassed when she tried to point out the code to the men.

“They were hostile, pointing at people. They called me a ‘jezebel’ and told me I was going to hell,” Osborne said. “When you see people wanting to fight, it’s scary.”

Davis and McGlone have been released from the Robertson County Jail on bond.

Thompson says the two men were part of a group of a dozen who were passing out literature and preaching to people.

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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