A Nashville ban on barbed wire around residences has left a longtime Nashville community leader feeling less secure in his family home of nearly 50 years, repors the Tennessean. Tom Epperson, of the city’s Buena Vista Heights area, erected a tall fence topped with barbed wire and razor wire to divide his back yard from an alley. “It’s a deterrent,” said Epperson, a retired grants analyst for the state who has seen his neighborhood rise and fall and start to rise again over the decades.
The razor wire keeps his dogs from climbing out and possibly injuring someone and also stops possible intruders in an area where break-ins occur often enough to keep him on edge. The Metro Council sees barbed and razor wire in residential areas as an eyesore and safety hazard, especially to pedestrians who might be injured on a sidewalk bordered by such fences. A new Metro code makes it illegal to have barbed wire or razor wire in most residential areas and limits its use around businesses where sidewalks could bring people in contact with sharp-edged wires. The fierce-looking wire, often used around prisons, looks bad, said Councilwoman Amanda McClendon. “It gives a negative impression of the neighborhood,” she said.