Opry Arson Fallout Still Felt Year Later

Businesses Hope Music Venue Will Return

Sunday marked one year since a large fire that was intentionally set destroyed a tourist attraction in southern Indiana.

The fire at the Little Nashville Opry broke out after a show on Sept. 19, 2009, leaving country music fans singing the blues and doing damage to the economy of Nashville, a community that thrives on tourist dollars, 6News' Grace Trahan reported.

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Business owners nearby said the loss of the music venue had a ripple effect felt throughout the area.

"It was a big effect on our business," said Lana Wrightsman, owner of the Green Valley Lodge. "People would come three, four times a year. They had a particular room they'd call their own and always ask for that room."

The property is a huge eyesore, neighbors said, causing problems for people who live nearby. Sight-seers still stop by to see what's left behind.

Nearby business owners said they would love if someone would open a new venue, even though most think it would never be the same.

"It was just kind of one of those neat places that a lot of people like to go and enjoy," said Vonda Mercer.

The mystery of who started the fire that caused $3 million in damage is still unresolved.

The Attorney General's Office sued the owners of the Little Nashville Opry earlier in the summer because money from ticket sales for concerts that had to be canceled wasn't returned.

Investigators asked anyone with information about the blaze to call 812-988-6620.