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Fans Head Home After Bonnaroo Music Festival

CREATED Jun 17, 2014

by Jason Lamb

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - The thousands of fans who migrated to Manchester for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival have now headed home.

The Bonnaroo site closed at 3 p.m. Monday after a weekend full of performances, including Elton John, Kanye West and the Avett Brothers.

While final numbers aren't in yet, the Coffee County Sheriff's Department said they made about 60 arrests over the weekend, and most of them were drug-related.

The sheriff said that number is typical for a Bonnaroo festival weekend.

Going into the festival, the sheriff said there were concerns about what they may have to do with people they arrest over the weekend because the jail in Coffee County is already facing overcrowding concerns.

The sheriff said a new jail -- under construction and scheduled to be finished in August -- will ease those concerns for next year. He said for the most part, this year went about as smoothly as it could.

“It strains us as far as number of staff and size of the jail and even numbers of reserves we have,” said Sheriff Steve Graves. “But it's a week every year, and we've learned to deal with it.”

The Sheriff said after finishing construction on the jail in August, he's expecting the jail to be open and ready to operate by January.

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