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1. Corporate Spelling Bee To Benefit Literacy Mid-South -

The Literacy Mid-South Corporate Spelling Bee is experiencing a R-E-V-I-V-A-L.

After a two-year hiatus, the adult bee will take place on April 28 at the Memphis Botanic Garden, hosted by Brad Carson of Classic Hits 94.1 KQK. The Daily News is a sponsor of the event. The entry fee for a team of three is $350, with all proceeds benefiting Literacy Mid-South and its programs.

2. Nonprofit Necessity -

Something had to change.

In mid-2008, Sallie Johnson became executive director of Memphis Literacy Council, a 30-year-old nonprofit literacy organization with a strong reputation for programming that was facing funding issues caused by a rapidly disintegrating economy.

3. Citi Selling $1.6B Consumer Finance Assets to GE -

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup is selling $1.6 billion in retail sales finance assets to GE Capital as the bank continues to restructure its business to focus on core consumer banking operations.

4. Mid South Reads, Literacy Council Soon to Merge -

The partnership between Mid South Reads and the Memphis Literacy Council is about to be a marriage.

The two nonprofit organizations will become a single entity Jan. 1 with a new name, Literacy Mid South. No mission or program will be abandoned because of the merger.

5. Johnson Ascends to Director's Job At Literacy Council -

Sallie Johnson, a retired librarian, signed on as interim executive director of the Memphis Literacy Council a year ago with no intention of seeking the post beyond the transition term.

6. Pastor Seeks Computer Expert For Literacy Effort -

Donated computers, with blank, black screens and their cords still coiled, sit in a freshly painted room at Bent Tree Apartments.

The Rev. James Williams wants them plugged in and lighting up the minds of the people who live in this neighborhood where he has operated a ministry, the Hope Fellowship Baptist Church, for the past 10 years. Williams already has an after-school learning lab set up for the children who live there. Now, he wants the same for adults so parents can read to their children.

7. Literacy Council Seeks More Tutors -

The Memphis Literacy Council needs more tutors as it gears up to expand its programs for adults who want to become better readers.

The training is free and takes only one evening and part of a day, said Sallie Johnson, the council’s interim executive director. The next sessions are set for Friday, Feb. 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Literacy Council’s headquarters at 900 S. Cooper St.

8. U of M Names Slater Emergency Preparedness Coordinator -

Shelby L. Slater has been hired at the University of Memphis as its first emergency preparedness coordinator.

Slater will assess, develop and maintain the university’s crisis management plan, facilitate integration of the Incident Command System into emergency planning activities and evaluate emergency communication needs.

9. Former Library Exec Named Interim Literacy Council Head -

Sallie Johnson, former deputy director of the Memphis Public Library & Information System, has been named interim director of the Memphis Literacy Council. She will step into her new role June 2.

10. A Quiet Impact -

"Out of countless memories, invention selects a few that become the story of my life." - Aphorist Mason Cooley

Ask a few people who knew Dan W. Davis, and you'll receive memories that make up the story of his life.