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Street preachers await lawyer; deny disorderly conduct

Staff Report • Dec 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Knoxville News-Sentinel is reporting that a pair of Middle Tennessee men say that since the prophets and apostles preached in the open air, that is what they are called to do, even if it gets them arrested.

And it did Nov. 22 in Maryville.

Jeremy Burt, 21, and Jay Bryant, 27, of Dover, Tenn., were in Blount County General Sessions Court Tuesday charged with disorderly conduct for preaching in the median of West Lamar Alexander Parkway near its busy intersection with West Broadway.

Their cases were reset to Dec. 16 to allow a Pennsylvania attorney affiliated with the Street Preachers Fellowship, of which Burt and Bryant are members, to get to Tennessee to represent them. The men told Judge Robert Headrick on Tuesday that they will contest the charges.

Outside the courtroom, they said their not guilty pleas will be based on constitutional issues.

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