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Little Ponderosa to finalize rebuilding plans, has benefit concert

A benefit concert was held in Clinton Saturday evening for the Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue almost a month and a half after its deadly fire.

A benefit concert for the Little Ponderosa Zoo was held in Clinton Saturday evening. All proceeds went to the zoo for their rebuilding process.

The zoo's main barn had burned back in December where multiple of animals were killed.

Thousands of dollars have been donated to the zoo since then to keep the animals out to the cold and help the zoo return to normal.

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"I did not realize how much people love this place," James Cox, owner of the Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue, said. "They loved our rescue, and they loved our rescue efforts. It's overwhelming to see the support."

Country and bluegrass musicians took to the stage to show their support for Cox, the zoo and its rebuilding efforts.

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Cox mentioned during Saturday evening's benefit concert that the zoo has received helped from Johnson Architecture in Knoxville to assist with the rebuilding process.

The zoo is expected to have a finalized plan for the new structure some time this week.