— TREMONT, Miss. (AP) — Officials in northeast Mississippi are hoping for some money from the state to help to finance construction of the Tammy Wynette Museum in Tremont.
Wynette, a country music legend who died in 1998, is a native of the Tremont area in Itawamba County. She was married for six years to George Jones, who died April 26. They recorded several hit songs together.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/120J1y4 ) that money for the museum was included in the Mississippi House's version of a multimillion dollar bond bills but never made it into the final bill signed recently by Gov. Phil Bryant.
Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said it also is important to fund projects like the Tammy Wynette Museum.
"We are beginning to learn that tourism is where a lot of our economy is," he said. "We are blessed by many of the performers and artists that we have. We need to showcase them every chance we get. Tammy Wynette is the queen of country music, and she is from Itawamba County. This fight is not over."
Mayor Glyn Robinson said land has been acquired for the project "right in Tremont" on U.S. Highway 178.
"We're trying to raise money right now," he said.
Robinson said there is a ready-made base of visitors for a Tammy Wynette Museum. Besides the many fans who would make a special trip to Tremont to see a museum honoring the music legend, there are regular bus tours that visit the Muscle Shoals, Ala., area and Memphis recording and music venues with a stop off in Tupelo for the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum.
Robinson said Tremont would be an easy stopping-off point for those music fans.
"We're right on the music trail," he said.