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Aug 25, 2010 1:48 PM by Greg Boyce

Stage restored at Grand Ole Opry House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - As it turns out, the circle will be unbroken.  Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens helped install the circle in the center of the Grand Ole Opry House stage Wednesday after flood waters nearly destroyed it.

The circle, made from a part of the old stage from the Opry's former home at Ryman Auditorium, was sumberged under 46 inches of  water during the May flood that damaged the Opry house and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville.

Many musicians and fans consider the circle the heart of country music. The wood proved to be sturdier than the modern Opry stage and it has been painstakingly refurbished.

Repairs on the rest of the concert hall continue and the building will be ready for the Opry's 85th birthday celebration in October.

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