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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 7:57am

Music Hall of Fame Talks Extended

Negotiations over Macon's bid to take over operations of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame have been extended.

The state Music Hall Authority voted 4-3 Monday to allow two more weeks for an agreement with government bodies and foundations that have pledged money to keep the museum in downtown Macon.

State funding for the museum ends June 30. The state asked for proposals from cities to take over the museum's operations and wound up rejecting bids from Macon, Athens, Dunwoody and Woodstock last month.

A contingency plan to store the museum's collection at state universities has been put off for at least two weeks.

A negotiating committee of three authority members will meet with representatives of the city, Bibb County, the Peyton Anderson Foundation and NewTown Macon.