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Southern Heritage Bank adds investment and trust services Lee Stewart, regional president, has announced that Southern Heritage Bank – A Division of First Citizens National Bank now offers First Citizens Investment and Trust Services. Leigh Ann Boyd, CFP® brings 24 years of experience to provide trust services to Bradley and Hamilton Counties. more
Voices of Lee to Celebrate 25th Anniversary   The Voices of Lee will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the fall semester, as former members of the group will gather for a September weekend reunion featuring a nostalgic concert of music they have performed over the past quarter century.   Over 100 former members are expected to take the stage on Sept. 14 to relive past highlights and make music together.   Since its debut performance in the Dixon Center in September 1994, Voices of Lee has captivated audiences worldwide. Under the direction of Danny Murray, the ensemble has performed at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Christmas at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Shanghai International Music Festival, and in hundreds of appearances across the country.  In 2018, they were featured at “Christmas on Broadway” in a national telecast concert called “Make the Season Bright” from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.   “Danny and the Voices of Lee have brought an unmatched level of skill and passion to audiences since day one,” said Lee President Paul Conn. “The impact of their sustained excellence over 25 years is incalculable.”   Voices of Lee was propelled into the international spotlight in 2009 when the group appeared on the debut season of NBC’s Sing-Off competition for a cappella groups and finished as second runner up. In the spring of 2018, Voices won the “Collegiate Group of the Year,” “Religious Group of the Year,” and “Video of the Year” awards at the A Cappella Music Award ceremony in Nashville for their music video of “What a Beautiful Name.”    This video once again thrust Voices into the spotlight with over 58 million views to date, following their May 2017 video performance of “No Longer Slaves,” which also went viral within 24 hours. So far, the videos have been viewed more than 100 million times on social media channels.   “My time in the Voices of Lee completely changed the course of my life forever,” said Phil Nitz, former Voices member and current worship leader at Christ Church Nashville. “Not only did I grow as a musician, but I was stretched in ways that helped me learn invaluable lessons about myself, my calling, and God's faithfulness to those who walk in His will.”   Voices has also appeared on Good Morning America, Bill Gaither’s video series, the Gaither Family Fest, and produced the “Voices of Lee Evening” at Miracle Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, each week for nine months. They have recorded 16 CDs and two DVDs.   “What an honor it has been to lead Voices of Lee for the past 25 years in our mission to represent Lee University and be ambassadors for Cleveland, Tennessee!” said Murray.   Murray has coached collegiate musicians for more than 40 years. He is a Lee grad (class of 1975) and a choral clinician who brings practical instruction, humor and dedication to inspire singers to deeper understanding of their musical gifts.    Having spent the last 25 years as director of Voices, Murray holds the record for the longest running directorship of any vocal ensemble in the history of Lee University.   “September 14 promises to be a night to remember,” said Murray. “We look forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion with friends and family from Cleveland and across the nation.”   Tickets are on sale now for $15 (balcony), $20, or $30, depending on seating selection. To purchase tickets, call (423) 614-8320.   For more information about Voices of Lee or the anniversary weekend, visit or call (423) 614-8320.   ### more
A Native American Festival to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the park, 6800 Blythe Ferry Lane in Birchwood. There … more
Lee to Host 15th Annual International Piano Festival   The Lee University School of Music will present its 15th Annual International Piano Festival on June 23 through 29.   The event began in 2005 as a competition for high school students and was expanded in 2011 to include opportunities for participants to study with internationally-acclaimed artists. To kick off the festival week, the public will get a chance to hear faculty and guest artists in recital.   Highly-praised performers and teachers Natalya Antonova, Dr. Heather Conner, and Dr. Henry Wong Doe are the guest artists for this year’s festival, along with Lee faculty Dr. Joong Han (Jonathan) Jung, Dr. ChoEun Lee, Dr. Cahill Smith, and Dr. Phillip Thomas. more
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Adventures in Appalachia Camp is a multi-county camp hosted by several agents in the Southeastern corner of Tennessee. During this event, 4-H members are exposed to a rustic camping environment … more
Lamar Ervin, who is celebrating a birthday today … Yvonne Olsson, who will be 99 Saturday. more
(Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories investigating the  growing crisis of homelessness in the Cleveland and Bradley County community. Today's opening installment unveils some … more
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