WTVF-TV News Channel 5 reported in recent days that Bonnaroo has been designated as a “soft target” for terrorism. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves and others question the report.
Sheriff Graves stated that there will be officers checking the vehicles and there will be dogs used to check vehicles as well. In addition to the local officers checking vehicles, members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be on hand to handle traffic and assist in checking vehicles. Sheriff Graves noted that Bonnaroo has traditionally been a very safe event and we expect it to remain that way.
Manchester Police Chief Mark Yother stated that his force will be doing the same this year as always, getting 80,000 into the site as safely as possible.
A spokesperson for the State Office of Homeland Security stated that they have “NOT referred to Bonnaroo as a soft target for acts of terrorism.”
Bonnaroo will be held in Manchester June 12-15.
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