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Secret Service preparing for President's visit

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Expect delays, but nothing too bad. That's what a secret service agent said Sunday while talking about their security preparations for the upcoming presidential visit.

President Obama is scheduled to be in Chattanooga for just part of the day on Tuesday, but security around the Scenic City will be top level.

It's not just the feds who are working. State and all local agencies will be involved as well.

"It definitely takes all the coordination from not just the Secret Service, but all of our state, local and federal partners. Everyone has got a specialty, and we try to play on the fact that we use their strengths and hopefully put together a solid plan," said Donna Job, Chattanooga's resident agent in charge.

The President's plans can change at a moments notice, and the Secret Service said they're prepared for that.

"We try to think of any possibility and try to mitigate whatever we can prior to the arrival to try to make it the safest event possible," said Job.

But with the beefed up security, road delays are inevitable. Officials told Channel 3 they are doing their best to keep the disruptions to a minimum.

"There will be intermittent lane closures. There will be times where people can't get to exactly where they want, but it will be for a short period of time, and it's not locked down for any long periods of time," she said.

Job couldn't say exactly which roads may be affected and at what times because the plans can constantly change.

Authorities are asking the public to be patient.

The President's speech at the Amazon fulfillment plant will be closed to the public. You can count on 3 to bring you live team coverage of his entire visit.

 

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