January 29, 2006 - Posted at 3:56 p.m. CST
DYESS, Ark. (AP) _ Music and movie fans around the country may
not have heard of the northeast Arkansas town of Dyess, where only
500 people live. But they know the name of one former resident --
Johnny Cash. Cash was born in Dyess.
Local residents hope to capitalize on the popularity of the
movie ``Walk the Line,'' which told the story of Cash's rise from
Depression poverty to the heights of the country music world.
Residents want to raise enough money for a memorial to the music
For many years, town leaders have been trying to find a way to
erect a memorial to the town's favorite son. With the success of
the movie, a group of men who grew up with Cash and his family have
decided it's now or never.
They are planning fundraisers for the memorial.