Middle Tennessee towns prepare for White Nationalist Rallies on Saturday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (CNN) -- Business owners in Murfreesboro, Tennessee are preparing for a gathering in their town this weekend.

Saturday afternoon, white supremacists are expected to flock to the area to rally for "White Lives Matter."

Officials have already ordered to clear the area early Saturday morning all the way up to the after noon when the rally is expected to begin.

Ahead of that visit, store owners are boarding up their windows and doors.

"Well, we've been encouraged by the police in Murfreesboro to board up our windows in advance of that rally on Saturday. So we're trying to heed the warning," says one business owner identifying only as "Ulrich."

"I feel like all of the businesses downtown are being robbed of their fourth-quarter Saturday income," says Chris Gerbman, "These are not big corporations, these are small businesses. I will definitely feel the effect."

Initial concerns are only made worse by the recent white supremacist rally gone wrong in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year.

As the rally gathered there to protest the removal of a confederate statue, anti-protesters arrived to oppose their movement. That's when one white supremacist plowed his vehicle through a group of those anti-protesters, killing one woman and injuring several others. A riot shortly ensued afterwards.

Understandably, that kind of track-record has put residents in Middle Tennessee on edge.

Others are putting their full trust in law enforcement.

"I guess they got their freedom of speech so they can go to their march all they want. Anybody who gets out of line I think we got 500 spaces at the jail and we are to fill everyone of them," says John Butler.

"My hope is that it rains terribly all day that day and that the media find someplace else to be," says Gerbman, "Because if the media isn't here nobody will stay."

There is a rally expected in Shelbyville, Tennessee as well.



 
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