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MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Music fans are finding their way below the Earth's surface to watch artists perform deep inside a cave in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. The Volcano Room can accommodate about 700 music fans who hike down into it. Now, the man who began producing concerts there has purchased his own cave and will host that venue's first-ever performance on Saturday. The addition of the new venue will give music fans two subterranean music halls in Tennessee.

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Atlanta Hawks employee has accused the professional basketball club of discriminating against white people and firing her after she complained. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Margo Kline, who is white, filed a lawsuit Friday seeking punitive damages and a trial. The lawsuit says Hawks external affairs director David Lee, who is black, promoted the discrimination especially against white women.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Georgia man is in custody after he allegedly stole money from several Shreveport apartment complexes. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, in a news release Tuesday, said 37-year-old Charles Epps, of Stone Mountain, faces 10 counts of simple burglary, forgery and criminal conspiracy. He's being held at the Caddo Correctional Center. Prator says Epps allegedly stole money orders from night deposit drop boxes at 10 complexes and negotiated them at different locations from Shreveport to Atlanta.

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Severe storms have scattered damage around the Southeast amid reports of tornadoes, destructive hail and high winds. An Alabama college campus was shattered by an apparent tornado and thousands of buildings and vehicles were pummeled by hail as large as baseballs. High winds prompted flight cancellations in Florida and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge spanning Tampa Bay had to be closed for a time because of the storms.

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