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Carol Motsinger, Asheville Citizen-Times

Gladys Knight's husband has purchased a historic school property in Canton.

We confirmed this with Canton officials after TMZ.com, a celebrity gossip website, reported she and her husband purchased the property and have plans to convert it into a recreation center.

Jason Burrell, interim town manager for Canton, confirmed that her husband, William McDowell's name was on the deed.

Knight, a legendary R&B soul singer, purchased a home in Fairview. We reported that purchase in 2005.