Music Hall of Fame May Skip a Beat

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - A surprise announcement in the last twenty four hours by NorthWest Shoals Community College has shocked a lot of people in the Shoals.

Late Wednesday, the junior college announced they were backing out of the agreement to purchase the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

NorthWest Shoals Community College has decided to let a six month lease of the hall of fame expire.

In June, NorthWest Shoals agreed to lease the hall of fame with the intent to purchase it and the 40-acres surrounding it.

Ninon Parker with Colbert County Tourism wants to see the music hall of fame on stable ground.

"We were grieved during the time we were not able to open it to the public,” explained Parker. “That was a short period of time and certainly delighted when plans were made to get it back up and running."

According to a statement by the junior college, the new Alabama Community College Chancellor would like to re-evaluate the purchase before anything progresses.

Tourism officials see the value of teaching everyone about the rich musical history in Alabama.

"In addition to these young students from across the state that come to learn about their Alabama heritage and the Muscle Shoals area, we have visitors from Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom," said Ninon Parker.

The directors of the hall of fame say they will make every effort to keep the Alabama Music Hall of Fame open.

Hall of fame director Wiley Barnard says they should have an announcement concerning the future of the hall of fame after Thanksgiving.

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