Kentucky Music Hall of Fame working on turnaround

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (AP) — New managers are working to ensure that the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, which had been low on cash under the leadership of a thieving director, is no longer in danger of closing.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports that the facility was in dire straits last year, as visitation was down and costly maintenance was needed. Former executive director Robert W. Lawson was also accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Hall. He pleaded guilty to two theft charges earlier this year.

New managers took over in July, as the facility was transferred to the control of the Mount Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission.

The commission has since diverted money from other needs to prop up the hall and officials are now focused on boosting income.

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