- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014
Tamela Mann tops Stellar Awards with 7 wins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tamela Mann has won seven awards including top honor artist of the year at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Mann broke down in tears as she spoke with the audience during the 29th annual ceremony at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. She also won major awards female vocalist and CD of the year for “Best Days.”

Kirk Franklin’s “Take Me to the King” was named song of the year, Tye Tribbett took male vocalist of the year and Tasha Cobb won three awards including new artist of the year.

Hezekiah Walker and Anthony Brown & Group Therapy matched Cobb with three wins apiece as well.

The two-hour awards were hosted by Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley and broadcast on the Up Network.



Men with sledgehammers rob crowded Memphis mall

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police say men with sledgehammers robbed a jewelry store at a crowded Tennessee mall.

A police spokeswoman says in an email that five or six suspects entered Reed’s Jewelers around 7:39 p.m. and began smashing display cases with hammers. Police say the men took approximately 65 Rolex watches, stuffing items into pillow cases and running out nearby mall exits.

No injuries were reported. Despite earlier conflicting reports, police determined there were no shots fired. Police say no weapons were seen.

The mall was locked down but later reopened.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1aA7o8uhttp://bit.ly/1aA7o8u ) security led shoppers out of the mall in a steady pace after the robbery.

The disturbance happened about an hour before closing at Wolfchase Galleria situated next to a country club east of downtown Memphis.


Men with guns, sledgehammers rob Memphis mall

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police say five men with guns and sledgehammers entered a crowded Tennessee mall to rob a jewelry store.

WREG-TV in Memphis (http://bit.ly/1eJGs8s) reports that customers took cover amid the sound of breaking glass as the men targeted Reed’s Jewelers.

A police news release says no injuries were reported.

The release says officers responded to the mall around 7:39 p.m. Police say the suspects were five men dressed in black hooded sweatshirts and black clothes, and they were armed with guns and sledgehammers.

The disturbance happened about an hour before closing at the mall situated next to a country club east of downtown Memphis.


Hundreds gather at Phil Everly memorial in Ky.

POWDERLY, Ky. (AP) - A memorial service was held for Phil Everly near Central City, where the Everly Brothers entertained for years at a homecoming benefit.

About 200 people attended the memorial on Saturday where several acts performed songs by the duo.

Phil Everly died Jan. 3 at 74. With his brother, Don Everly, the duo had 19 top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Everly Brothers began the homecoming concerts in 1988 and continued through 2001 to help raise scholarship money and funds for other projects.

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