Weird Laws in Tennessee 

Updated January 2, 2018 4.9k votes 1k voters 36k views 30 items

List of strange state laws on the books in Tennessee. These rules and regulations were passed by the Tennessee state legislature, or in an individual in Tennessee city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.

Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Tennessee, let me know in the comments below.
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Permit before begging is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Weird Laws in Tennessee
Permit before begging
Panhandlers must first obtain a $10 permit before begging on the streets of downtown Memphis. (Memphis)
Unsual noises is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Weird Laws in Tennessee
Unsual noises
Bar owners may not let patrons make loud, unusual noises. (Kimball)
Playing Pinball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Weird Laws in Tennessee
Playing Pinball
To play pinball, one must be 18 years old. (Nashville)
It Ain’t Goin’ To Rain N... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Weird Laws in Tennessee
It Ain’t Goin’ To Rain No Mo
An ordinance forbids anyone to sing the song “It Ain’t Goin’ To Rain No Mo’". (Oneida)
Holding hands is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Weird Laws in Tennessee
Holding hands
Students may not hold hands while at school.