Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Gospel Music Association will present its top awards to Christian artists tonight in Nashville.

Christian rapper Lecrae leads the pack of nominees for the 46th annual Dove Awards with seven nominations, including artist of the year, thanks to his chart-topping album, "Anomaly." The Grammy-winning Lecrae, who was a co-host of the awards show in 2014, topped the Billboard 200 albums chart last year with his seventh studio album.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A former Middle Tennessee middle school volleyball coach has been indicted on charges of statutory rape and other counts.

The Rutherford County sheriff's office says 40-year-old Brandon LaDuc of Murfreesboro is accused of three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of sexual touching by an authority figure. LaDuc is a former coach at Siegel Middle School. The allegations involve a 16-year-old girl at another school.

Estes Church of Christ

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Colleagues say an American missionary who has been working in Haiti for two decades has been fatally shot by gunmen in the country's capital as she was behind the wheel of her car.

The Estes Church of Christ, based in Henderson, Tennessee, identified the slain missionary as Roberta Edwards. She ran the small Sonlight Children's Home in Port-au-Prince.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Loudon County woman is suing the city of Knoxville over its decision to ban guns at Chilhowee Park during last month's Tennessee Valley Fair.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Pandora Vreeland claims she could not safely attend the fair because of the gun ban. The 60-year-old says she is a target of would-be assailants because of her age. The suit also claims that "general interest events at 'gun-free' zones are uniquely susceptible to violent crime."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

The bill is the latest in a series of efforts by Republican lawmakers to dial back the state's emissions testing program, which currently applies only in six of the state's 95 counties.