As most Greene Countians slept Friday night, a crew was working hard on North Main Street to erect the tall, wide music stage from which The Band Perry will perform a free public concert at 6 p.m.
The concert is being sponsored by General Mills and is being presented by the Greene County Partnership.
The stage is located across North Main at approximately the location of the Greene County Election Commission office.
The concert will preview for the first time the Perrys' second CD, "Pioneer," which is to be officially released on Monday, April 1.
Meanwhile, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Main Street was blocked off by the Greeneville Police Department from Spencer Street to Summer Street, along with parts of Church Street and Depot Street closest to Main.
National Guardsmen from K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, based in Newport, were on duty late Friday night monitoring intersections where traffic had been blocked off.
They will be joined today by National Guardsmen from L Troop, which is based in Greeneville.
About 10:30 p.m. Friday, several of the Guardsmen stopped off at Tipton's Cafe on West Depot Street to warm up and get a late-night cheeseburger and cup of coffee.
At noon today, shuttle buses will begin traveling between large parking areas at the Greene County Fairgrounds, in east Greeneville, and the Hal Henard Elementary School parking area, in southwest Greeneville.
The buses will continue to operate until after the autograph session that will follow the one-hour concert this evening.
Food vendors, some other vendors, and portable toilets are available in the downtown area.
Chairs, coolers and umbrellas are prohibited in the blocked-off area because of the large crowd that is anticipated, according to the police department.
Please see today's issue of The Greeneville Sun for a four-page special section with extensive information about the concert, including numerous questions and answers, and an annotated map prepared by the Greeneville Department of Public Works and other agencies involved in the concert.
In addition, check GreenevilleSun.com, the Greeneville Sun website, on Saturday for updates on preparations for the concert at 6 p.m. and the many activities surrounding it.
Greeneville Sun coverage of the band is compiled at GreenevilleSun.com/TheBandPerry. This includes stories, photos and videos since Nov. 27, 2007.
This special GreenevilleSun.com section is also accessible by clicking "The Band Perry" near the top center of the newspaper website.
And watch for Monday's issue of the Sun, which will have numerous stories and photos about all aspects of today's events!