UPDATE: Preparations underway for VP Mike Pence's visit to Lee University
The VP will be making an appearance at an event called 'Tax Cuts to Put America First!' that will be held on Saturday morning.
UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence will make two stops in the Tennessee Valley this weekend. The first event will be at Lee University in Cleveland.
"This is no question the highest level political figure that we've ever hosted on campus," Dr. Jerome Hammond of Lee University said.
Security, logistics and the experience are what Lee University is focusing on when Vice President Pence speaks at Pangle Hall on Saturday. The auditorium seats a little over 600 people and university officials expect it to be a full house.
"It's so exciting to have a sitting vice president. Irrespective of your political leanings are, the fact that it's a sitting vice president to be in our town, on our campus is, we're very excited about that," Dr. Hammond said.
The event is not university sponsored. It's called "Tax Cuts to Put America First."
The campaign event supports Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who is running for Senator Bob Corker's seat. She'll be there with the vice president.
"This is what a university does, it brings all kinds of voices to campus and so we said, it's a perfect opportunity for us," Dr. Hammond said.
That opportunity comes with a hefty responsibility.
Campus security teams have been working with the secret service to secure buildings and plan road closures. Everyone entering Pangle Hall will also undergo a background check before Saturday's event.
"It's going to be pretty intense around here. Once we get to Friday morning until Saturday afternoon, it's going to be a pretty intense place," Dr. Hammond said.
Agencies from the Cleveland Police Department all the way up to the Secret Service will be on campus. While a road closure list has not been finalized, people can expect the roads surrounding Lee University to be closed during the event.
"It's going to be frustrating that you can't go a specific way that you had already planned to, but this is a large event. It may be once in a lifetime. It may be not, but we want to work together to make sure everyone understands what our objective is and that's to make sure this place is safe," Sgt. Evie West with the Cleveland Police Department said.
The White House told Channel 3 that Vice President Pence will be flying into the Chattanooga Airport. One side of the interstate will be shut down, but it's unclear when that will happen and for how long.
"It is great attention for our city and we are excited about the opportunity, so in coming with that, we have to pre-plan and be very careful in considering every risk and hazard," Sgt. West said.
Protesters are expected to make an appearance. It's unclear if there will be a designated area for them, but police are aware.
The university mentioned on Twitter that former Governor Phil Bredesen who is running as a Democrat in the senate race is also welcome to speak at the university.
He visited Cleveland earlier this year and his campaign told Channel 3 he plans to return soon.
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The VP will be making an appearance at an event called "Tax Cuts to Put America First!" that will be held on Saturday morning.
The event is first come, first served and begins at 11:15 a.m.
The Vice President is also expected to make a stop in Chattanooga on Saturday for a fundraiser for Marsha Blackburn, who is running to fill the U.S. senate seat currently held by Bob Corker.
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