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Slammin' and Jammin' Car Show Controversy

"Slammin and Jammin," a car show with controversy is in full swing in Wilson County for its 14th year.

Critics of the car and truck cruise-in are torn between the public nuisance of it all and the serious money that it brings in. 

The massive event for car lovers attracts hundreds of hot rods, and this year's car and truck show looks to be the biggest one yet.

Charlie Cobble is the car show owner, and he insists trouble rarely happens at the car show.  It's off-site where the locals tangle with so called draggers and braggers, those showing off their wheels.

Cobble says, "they come in to not participate in the show, but to get in the night activities and they're mostly the ones that act up."

Josh Gentry who participated in the event said, "I've seen a lot of stuff happen after hours. It's not as bad as what people say it is.  It's a lot of the locals. It's not just people like us."

Business owners up and down Highway 231 have complained about loitering, traffic tie ups, public indecency and intoxication, but Sunset Restaurant is tossing out the welcome mat.

Restaurant manager Jimmy Hodge said, "I look at it as being good. I mean, I don't have to the cleanup, as far as cleaning up cooking."

Hodge knows slammers spend money, and he wants a piece of that pie.

‘Slammin and Jammin' is said to bring more than a million dollars to the local economy, but even truck owner Blake Hockman admits the cash often comes with a price tag.  

Hockman said, "It can be a nuisance after hours out on the strip, it gets to be a little bit wild."

Lebanon police have put up surveillance cameras around the town square to try and catch some of those offenders breaking the law. 

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