Bonnaroo music festival opens today

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The 10,000 or so residents of Manchester, Tenn., are about to be overwhelmed with the 80,000-strong Bonnaroo nation as the ninth annual music and arts festival gets under way.

Officials say they are ready.

Gates are to open at 7 a.m. today, and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely said TDOT has been fine-tuning the traffic plan along with the Manchester Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

“Planning ahead for the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is critical because of its effect on area traffic,” Mr. Nicely said in a news release.

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