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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Congratulations to Tennessee State University's gospel choir for winning some prestigious awards.

The New Direction Choir won the National College Choir Explosion earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky.

The group received a $15,000 prize for winning the coveted title and being recognized as the Nation's Best Gospel Choir.

It also won the People's Choice Award as the audience's favorite group, which earned it another $1,000 prize.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says a new driver license system is expected to reduce long waits at service centers across the state.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1BbiDQH) reports the update is the first for Tennessee's driver service system in three decades.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Music students from a dozen mid-state high-schools will get chance to rub elbows with jazz great Bill Cunliffe this weekend.

The jazz pianist and band leader will be at Middle Tennessee State University Saturday for this year’s MTSU Jazz Festival. Students will get a chance sit in on Cunliffe’s piano jazz master class beginning at 2:45 p.m.. At 4:30p.m. the students get their own chance to play.

Filling a hole in Music City's musical offerings

Mar 19, 2015
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s hard to imagine even the smallest musical niche being ignored here in Music City, but Nashville Symphony Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran thinks she’s found one.

Corcoran recently launched a non-profit dedicated to supporting a Contemporary Classical Music ensemble that she’s named Intersection. Corcoran says the group will be composed of 15 to 20 musicians drawn from local artists, as well as artists from across the country.

Corcoran says she’s aiming for a Goldilocks ensemble; not too big and not too small.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Rutherford County man placed on Tennessee’s Most Wanted List in connection with multiple sex related charges has been arrested in Florida.

Edward Willian Tarras Jr. was placed on the most wanted list by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation last summer. The TBI says 39-year-old Tarras is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department after failing to appear in court to face some two dozen charges, including Rape, Sexual Battery, and Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

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