Music City Walk of Fame damaged - WSMV Channel 4

Music City Walk of Fame damaged

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Fans and families spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame, to honor country music's biggest stars, but locals and tourists say the sidewalk stars have taken a beating and something needs to be done.

Take a stroll down Music City's Walk of Fame and you'll find 58 of Nashville's biggest stars including Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and of course, Channel 4's own Dan Miller.

"It's really cool! We just got here but I've seen some of the famous stars I've known all my life," said tourist Art Brown.

You may even stumble upon Barbara Mandrell's, one of the first stars placed, but then you'll see it's anything but country cool.

"You can't even hardly tell who that is," said tourist Elizabeth Brown.

"It's scratched up. It looks like it needs repainting," said Art.

"If I wasn't honest, I could take it home as a souvenir," said Elizabeth.

A Channel 4 viewer wrote in to "See, Click, Fix" featured on WSMV.com complaining about the eyesore.

Tourists like the Browns said it sends the wrong message.

"That tourists aren't really that important," said Westin Brown.

"It's kind of disrespectful to the artists that do get messed up that they aren't that important," said Bethany Brown.

Channel 4 took their concerns to the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We care more about this than any body else does," said Butch Spyridon.

The Walk of Fame is just four years old, but has had numerous problems.

"We've had trucks. We've had skate boarders. We've had weather. There's not much that hasn't impacted the project," said Spyridon.

Spyridon said they already pay a company quarterly to come out and repair caulking and recently they've changed to a thicker and better quality stone. They've also ordered 50 new concrete medallions to replace old and temporary plaques like Mandrell's and are even considering going with a new company all together.

"In due time all of them will be looking good and we apologize if anybody is offended but it's new, and we're learning, and we're going to make it right," said Spyridon.

Spyridon said they'll start the replacement process as soon as the weather warms up.

The next star dedication is scheduled for April.

Spyridon said they'll negotiate with the company that makes the plaques to determine who will pay.

All of the stars are funded by private dollars.

The bureau said it's also talking to some companies about endowing the Walk of Fame so that there's always money to repair any future damages.

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