Presidential visit will affect travel and change Anderson Co. school schedules

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - President Obama's visit to East Tennessee will cause several roads to be blocked off in the Anderson County/Oak Ridge area on Friday.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Department says the President's motorcade will travel through Oak Ridge and Clinton and will likely cause traffic delays.

Anderson County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mark Lucas says he cannot release the times, route or duration of the traffic delays for security reasons.

Because the President is visiting between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Anderson County and Clinton City Schools will be closing early.

Anderson County Schools posted the following message on its website.

On Friday, the President of the United States, President Obama, will be visiting our community. During the hours of his visit, many of our roads will be closed for an extended period of time making it difficult to deliver our students home. In an effort to miss the congestion of these road closures buses will run at our elementary school locations, LCMS, NMS, and NWMS beginning at 12:00 noon, car rider pick-up will also begin at 12:00 noon at these locations. Buses will run at our high school locations and CMS beginning at 1:00pm, car rider pick-up will also begin at 1:00pm at these locations.

Preschool, Head Start, and Early Head Start will dismiss at 11:00 am on Friday. The Afterschool Program will be CLOSED at all locations on Friday. Parents must make arrangements for their child(ren) to be picked-up at dismissal time.