By Peter Cooper, USA TODAY
NASHVILLE — Country music’s most famous circle is unbroken.
Cut from the stage of the Ryman Auditoriumand inserted into the Grand Ole Opry House stage as a nod to history, the 6-foot circle of oak was submerged in 2 feet of floodwater during the city’s record storms May 1 and 2. The rest of the waterlogged stage will likely be trashed, but the circle, where Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and other greats stood and sang, is irreplaceable.
“It is in remarkably good condition,” says Grand Ole Opry Group president Steve Buchanan. “We will ultimately need to replace the stage. But the circle will be center stage when we open back up.”
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