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Opening Of Little Nashville Opry Delayed

Last updated on Wednesday, June 5, 2013

(NASHVILLE) - Scott Wayman had hoped the first shows in the new Little Nashville Opry would be staged later this year.

But unforeseen delays have pushed the opening back to the spring of 2014.

A large billboard in Brown County and the Opry's new website, www.littlenashvilleopry.net, indicate a 2013 grand opening.

Wayman says the biggest setback came after purchasing the three Opry parcels in an April 2012 tax sale. Wayman, who bought the land for $57,345.31 through his company, LNO Realty LLC, had to wait six months before acquiring the deeds. The tax sale process allows the current landowner to pay back the delinquent taxes to maintain ownership.

Former Opry owner Esther Hamilton never paid the more than $115,000 she owed in property taxes, so the property went to LNO Realty LLC.

Because of the time delay, Wayman was not able to start construction in March like he hoped. Plans are moving forward and Wayman plans to have the Opery open by Spring 2014.

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