The water tower leak is costing the town nearly $5,000 to repair
Kingsland, Arkansas has a population of 500. (Fox News)
Johnny Cash first hit #1 with the song “I Walk the Line,” but a mural in his Arkansas hometown will be known for a different kind of #1.
Thanks to a well-placed prank, a water tower with a painted silhouette of the late music legend is currently leaking – and appearing to take a leak – over his Arkansas hometown of Kingsland after a prankster with impressive aim recently shot the tank.
“Somebody shot our water tower, shot the silhouette of Johnny Cash in a very sensitive area,” Kingsland Mayor Luke Neal told FOX 16. “It’s been leaking for the last almost week.”
Kingsland, which has a population of around 500 people, paid homage to the star by painting a silhouette of the “Man in Black” holding a red guitar on their water tower in March 2021. The silhouette stands at 6 feet 2 inches and is Cash’s exact height.
People from nearby towns are making special trips to see the leaking legend. But not everyone is tickled by the tower taking a tinkle. According to Mayor Luke Neal, Kingsland is losing about 30,000 gallons of water every day the whizz continues.
“You kind of run on a tighter budget in small towns like this, because it’s really all you’ve got to work with. And things like this can set you back a little bit,” Neal told local news channel THV-11.
Neal said the leak is costing the town nearly $5,000 to repair. Crews will have to drain the entire tower before beginning.
A week after the tower was shot, police arrested 38-year-old Timonthy Sled on Thursday. Sled was charged with two felonies for allegedly shooting a hole in a water tower. Sled was charged with criminal mischief and impairing the operation of a vital public utility. Both are felonies, and if convicted, Sled could face up to 16 years in prison.
Sarah Rumpf is a Fox News Digital Production Assistant. You can reach her on Twitter at @rumpfsarahc