The Little Nashville Opry may soon have a new owner. Martinsville Business owner Scott Wayman was the only bidder for the site during a Brown County commissioners tax sale, offering $57,600 for the property.
Wayman has to wait 120 days to take possession to see whether the current owner can pay the back taxes.
Wayman and his family own Wayman’s Furniture and Appliances in Martinsville, and he is also the morning host on Martinsville radio station WCBK. The property, which was up for tax sale for a third time in an effort to recoup the more than $120,000 owed in back taxes.
Utility updates will be required for the property if Wayman decides to rebuild a structure similar to the Little Nashville Opry. Because the property is located in an area prone to flooding, Indiana law forbids structures built in such areas from running off a septic system. That means the new owners will need to pay for a sewer hookup to the city of Nashville’s sewer system.
The estimated cost of installing a sewer line hook is about $350,000.
A fire destroyed the Opry building in September 2009. Former Opry manager James Bowyer was arrested last month on arson charges related to the fire.
Read Indiana Public Media’s previous report on the Opry’s condition.