City and county officials met with downtown business owners last week and strongly encouraged them to avoid opening for business, and advised them to board up as if they were preparing "for a hurricane" in advance of the Oct. 28 rally, said The Alley on Main co-owner Christy Hackinson.
Andrea and Ed Loughry got ahead of the game early in the week and boarded up their town house on the southeast corner of the square. Andrea Loughry said the move is all about "risk management."
"I've had years in risk management," said Loughry, who is retired from MIller, Loughry and Beach Insurance, "and that instructs one to address what risks you feel like you have and try to deal with them in other ways rather than just let the insurance policy cover it."
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