Global Vision Bible Church has “done everything” that officials have requested, Locke said, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment, permits, and attorney fees. “We’re in full compliance,” he repeated several times in his voicemail.
In addition to the $7,500 bill from the sheriff, Locke said the city of Mt. Juliet sent the church a bill for $11,000 for overflow parking. Local officials are “angry that they have nothing on us” and still mad that the church didn’t comply with COVID regulations, Locke said. “The news media is absolutely slandering us and creating for us problems and enemies that we don’t need to have.”
Previously, Locke said Global Vision Bible Church is trying to be a good neighbor—and that local officials have applauded the church’s progress. “We’ve gone above and beyond to minimize the sound,” Locke said earlier this year. “Some people just aren’t going to be happy until this church is just no more. That is not acceptable. We are going to be here for a very, very long time.”