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'Satanic' Christmas lights anger town

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 02 2011 09:31:57 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 15 2011 01:14:54 AM CST

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. -

Drive around at night this time of year, and it won't take long until you'll find a display of lights. But one local light display is upsetting residents.

It's not a light display you'd expect this time of year. "I was just horrified, horrified," Deborah Jones said of the first time she saw the sign.

Bright red letters saying "The Devil's Inn is closed until Judgement Day", along with a message reading "Satan Satan Hear My Plea, Satan Satan Come To Me" illuminate the side of Highway 19-E each night.

Jackie Blevins built the display over a week ago. "[I] put this sign up here on the building because of what has happened right here," Blevins said as he pointed to cars he refinished with skulls and devil's horns.

Blevins told News 5 his cars were banned from area car shows, and in response he built the sign as a way of showing his anger.

While his decorative choices may rub some people the wrong way, he tells News 5, it's just his personal form of expression. "It is my freedom of speech, my freedom of religion for these cars out here. They don't mean nothing. They're just a chunk of lousy metal," Blevins explained.

But with a controversial message in plain sight, some who drive by don't see it that way. "Knowing that a child could ask a parent is Satan really there? Is Satan in his home? What is a parent supposed to say to a child," Jones told News 5 Friday.

We're told some have even tried to take the sign apart themselves. But Blevins says if you don't like what you see, the best action you can take is to just come and talk to him. "Don't down me. Don't judge me. Don't condemn me because of what you see," Blevins said.

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