Preparing for Worst, Praying for Best
Some businesses that are located in historic buildings on the Murfreesboro square are boarding up to protect those structures from possible vandalism. Some are even hiring security teams.
The League of the South has filed an application with both the City and County to hold a rally between 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Public Square. The League of the South is expected to be joined by affiliated groups. Other individuals and groups are expected as counter protestors.
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland told WGNS' listeners that all people and vehicle will need to be off the square by 3:00 o'clock Saturday morning. He indicated this also includes streets a block in all directions from the square.
- College Street between North Walnut and North Spring Street
- East and West Main Street between Walnut Street and Spring Street
- Vine Street between South Walnut Street and South Spring Street
- Walnut Street between West College Street and West Vine Street
- Maple Street between West College Street and West Vine Street
- Church Street between East College Street and East Vine Street
- Spring Street between East College Street and East Vine Street
- West Tommy Martin Drive between Vine Street and N.W. Broad Street
He noted that any vehicle remaining in the area will be towed.
Every Person Individually Searched
When the town square is re-opened, a heavy police presence will individually serach everyone in the vicinity of the rally site. No weapons or masks will be permitted in the vicinity of the rally.
Some in our community might feel compelled to witness the demonstrations, but in the interest of reducing tension and avoiding conflicts, the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County government strongly encourage community members to avoid the Public Square Oct. 28.
First Baptist East Castle Pastor James M. McCarroll, Jr. noted that local citizens who wanted to share their opinions with the local community are encouraged to meet at Barfield Crescent Park and totally avoid the downtown area.
Mayor McFarland stressed, "The majority of persons on the square are out-of-towners, and for the safety of our citizens--it would be best of local persons stay away from the area."
As in the past, should conditions escalate, NewsRadio WGNS will stop regular programming and broadcast only information from officials that are designed to keep our community safe. Should that happen, tune to AM 1450, FM 100.5, FM 101.9 or streaming at www.WGNSradio.com.
People have been asking, is WGNS going to give live coverage of the Saturday (10/28/2017) event? Our news department is set-up around the downtown area and ready to give coverage, should problems arise. However, with the well thought-out plans of law enforcement, we hopefully will not need to go "live" on the radio.
WGNS will break-in on our regular programming with "updates" throughout the event and still photos, videos and interviews will be included on our website.
WGNS will have massive pictorial coverage of the event on this website. Check www.WGNSradio.com. And if issues arise, tune to AM 1450, FM 100.5 and FM 101.9. Your Good Neighbor is prepared to be with you through another challenge.
FYI: The permit for the rally is 1:30 to 4:00 Saturday (10/28/2017) on the Murfreesboro public square. The League of the South is expected to be joined by affiliated groups. Other individuals and groups are expected as counter protestors.