Work stalls on rebuilding burned Indiana music hall

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No construction has started at a southern Indiana concert hall destroyed in a 2009 fire even though a sign there suggests a 2013 reopening.

The owner of the Little Nashville Opry property in Brown County has faced delays because a new music venue will have to be connected to Nashville's sewer system.

Brown County planning director Dave Woods tells The Herald-Times that a current sewer line must be extended about a half mile to reach the Opry property. Officials say the town and county are working with owner Scott Wayman on how to pay for the work.

Wayman bought the site last year and says he still hopes for construction to start this year.

The Opry's former manager is scheduled to face trial in July on arson charges. James D. Bowyer, 75, was a principal owner and manager of the concert hall that burned down September 19, 2009. He was arrested in 2012.

Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver believes Bowyer acted alone.

Investigators determined the fire was arson a few weeks after it happened. The investigation also revealed that the Little Opry did not have the required entertainment permit. Ticket holders for concerts did not get refunds until the Indiana attorney general stepped in and ordered it.

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