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Lee University’s 34th annual Summer Honors program recently hosted more than 200 high school students from around the country for a two-week experience, providing incoming freshmen and rising high … 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 www.voicesoflee.com or call (423) 614-8320.   ### more
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
(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
Erlanger Health System is coming to Cleveland.The medical care provider is planning to open two medical facilities in Cleveland, with the goal of facilitating greater access to medical care in the … more
Cindy Dees started volunteering at The Ark because she wanted to be a part of making sure the pets are well cared for. She gets really excited when the animals find good homes. Cindy is always taking the dogs on extra walks and going the extra mile with cleaning. She really cares about the animals and likes sitting with them to get to know them. Cindy is pictured with Buddy a long haired Chihuahua. For information on how to volunteer email ArkofCkevland@aol.com, call 423.472.2744, or drop by any afternoon Monday - Friday 1-5 pm.  more
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Bradley County Democratic Party will meet July 15, 7 p.m., at the Cleveland Bradley County Library, 795 Church St. N.E.———Ocoee Region Beekeepers Association will meet July 16, 7 p.m., at … more
Melford Bennett, who is celebrating a birthday today ... Barry Fowler, who will celebrate a birthday Monday ... Debbie Millard  and Judy Beasley, who celebrated  birthdays on Saturday … more
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