Parade rescheduled, Sheriff explains threat made to protestors over ham radio

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Bowling Green officials and authorities are still working through an unprecedented turn of events that postponed the Bowling Green Jaycees Christmas parade and other festive happenings Saturday. The good news…the parade will go on.

“The events will be held this Saturday the 10th, we will follow the same exact schedule we would have followed last week,” said parade organizer Mary John Carmon. 

The organizers decided the best thing to do for the community was to postpone festivities of both the parade and the Miracle Mile after a violent threat was made to Emmett Till protestors and anyone helping protestors. 

“Everything seemed to be positive. All communication seemed to be positive, everything was ready to go. But that quickly changed overnight as we all now learned,” said Miracle Mile organizer Danette Idlett. 

News 40 is learning more about the threat, which came in around 9 p.m. Friday night over a ham radio. 

“It was very specific. It wasn’t just that there was going to be a shooting, it was where, when, who,” said Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower. 

Police determined that it was sent from somewhere within a 60 mile radius. 

“It increases the legitimacy, and the opportunity of somebody who may want to create some time of harm,” said Hightower. 

Even though the target of the threat was not the parade, with the protest in such close proximity, organizers wanted attendees to be as safe as possible.

“If you talk to organizers of the Waukesha parade they would’ve given anything to get advance warning that something was gonna happen. We were given that gift of a warning, thank goodness it didn’t materialize, but we had the opportunity to make that decision to step back for a minute,” said Carmon. 

Local police departments will be looking into ham operators as well as utilizing Crimestoppers to find out more information about the threat.