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Businesses shutting down Saturday in anticipation of white nationalist rally

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Leaders in two Middle Tennessee cities are prepping for violence and destruction, hoping it does not come to that.

So-called “White Lives Matter" rallies in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville are planned for Saturday.

In the square in Murfreesboro this week, some businesses have already placed signs saying they’ll be closed Saturday, but other businesses plan to stay open.

The Shacklett family, which has owned and operated Shacklett’s Photography for 80 years, said it will not close.

“We are not going to be fearful. I think that is sending the wrong message. That is why we've chosen not to shut our store,” said owner Gloria Christy.

Christy said while the group holding the rally has no ties to Murfreesboro, her family has some of the thickest.

“No, we are going to stay here. This is our business,” Christy said.

While nearby business owners respect that choice, they are playing it safe.

“Most people come in on the weekends, a lot of parents and kids. If there is any danger that could come of something like this we didn't want to put them in the middle of that,” said Woodsviking Barbershop co-owner Aaron Dabney.

Both owners are disappointed their business could be the backdrop of a hateful demonstration.

“We are probably one of the most diverse barbershops you will see in the area, and I take a lot of pride in that,” Dabney said.

“It kind of upsets me that they get to come here and make the surrounding areas look at us like we have a problem, which we don't,” said co-owner Shawn Templeton.

The men say they may even board up the barbershop, but haven't made a final decision.

Other business owners told News 4 they weren't sure yet whether they will close Saturday or not.

Other nearby areas are also canceling events this weekend. Historic Cannonsburgh Village said it will no longer be having Harvest Days.

Meanwhile, in Shelbyville, a group called “Shelbyville Loves” has been created ahead to Saturday’s white supremacist rally.

Every day this week, the group will hold a prayer vigil.

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