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Thursday, July 13th

From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Thursday, July 13th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Lee University’s elite a cappella group Voices of Lee recently posted a video of a recording of Hillsong’s “What a Beautiful Name” and Elevation Worship’s “Resurrecting,” arranged by former Voices member Phil Nitz, to its Facebook page. The video has since been viewed over 16 million times.

Filmed by Lee Communication Arts students, the video was recorded in the Lee University Chapel. It was posted to Voices’ Facebook page on July 2, hitting 1 million views in under 22 hours. The video went on to reach the unofficial “viral” mark with 5 million views within two days. To date, the video has been viewed there over 16 million times and has been shared more than 150,000 times.

Several weeks ago, Voices posted a performance of “No Longer Slaves,” which received nearly 9 million views. That recording, along with this most recent one, are a continuation of the Voices of Lee a cappella worship series. Prior to the release of the first recording, Voices’ Facebook page had 21,700 followers. Between then and the release of the most recent video, Voices’ Facebook page reached 61,500 followers. That number has grown to over 160,000 since the release of Voices’ performance of “What a Beautiful Name.”

The a cappella group was founded in 1994 and later propelled into the spotlight on NBC’s season one of the “Sing-Off.” Since then the ensemble has been invited to sing at various festivals, including the Shang Hai International Music Festival. They have toured Europe with concerts at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and England’s Ely Cathedral, and they have been featured performers for Christmas at the White House and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

The recording is available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

From WRCB Channel 3…

Rebuilding continues after a tornado tore a path of destruction through Polk County last November. Two people were killed and several homes and buildings damaged. One of those buildings was the West Polk Volunteer Fire and Rescue station in Ocoee.

Work on the station’s foundation finally started around the first of July after months of funding issues and slow-downs due to mother nature.

The EF-3 tornado destroyed the small station in the early morning hours of November 30. Grants from Home Depot along with private donations helped get the construction of the new station off the ground.

The volunteer firefighters themselves are braving the summer heat, working around their regular jobs to help. Deputy Chief Steve Lofty says the main contractor, Ed Scoggins, is donating his time.

Station 2 is one of seven in west Polk County. There’s enough money to construct a minimally functional replacement, but they still need another ten to twenty thousand dollars to truly complete the new building which is expected to be almost twice as big as the old one.

The total estimated cost of the project is $70,000-$80,000 and the group continues to take donations. Lofty says the goal is to have the new station up and running by early September, weather permitting.

An update on a story from yesterday, from the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Varnell Mayor Anthony Hulsey said during a news conference this afternoon that he will veto the council’s vote to eliminate the city’s police department.

The council voted 3-1 to disband the agency, leaving law enforcing duties only to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. Councilman David Owens, who chose to eliminate the department, said this will make the city more efficient.

According to the city’s most recently publicly available audit, Varnell spends $300,000 annually on public safety. It also produces $200,000 through fines — mostly through traffic tickets.

The council has the ability to override Hulsey’s veto. He told residents at today’s conference that they should attend the next council meeting June 25 to pressure the elected officials to retain the police department.

This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website,, powered by Pioneer Credit. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.