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VOL. 112 | NO. 225 | Wednesday, December 9, 1998

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Promus Names Norman P Norman P. Blake Jr. has been named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Promus Hotel Corp. Blake is the former chairman, president and CEO of USF&G Corp. and former chairman and CEO of Heller International Corp. He has bachelors and masters degrees from Purdue University. Joshua B. Lawhead has become an associate of the law firm of Waring Cox PLC. He will practice in the firms real estate section. G.E. Manolovici has been appointed to the board of directors of Mueller Industries Inc. Manolovici previously served on the Mueller board from 1990 to 1993. Currently a private investor, he was president of Optima Opportunity Fund from 1994 to 1996. R.P. "Pete" Gross has joined Nextlink One as branch manager. Gross previously worked as senior property manager at the Crescent Center for Trammell Crow Co. and Morgan Keegan Tower for Boyle Investment Co. Tom Michael has been named senior vice president of private banking at Financial Federal Savings Bank. He formerly was manager of private banking at First American National Bank and First Commercial Bank. Kathryn Sutton has been named marketing manager for Delta Beverage Group. She formerly was a product development manager for Nautica Apparel and a merchandiser with Tommy Hilfiger. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Robert L. Campbell, president of R.L. Campbell Contracting, has been elected president of the West Tennessee chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Other officers include Vince Mazzola, president of Brooks and Mazzola Construction Co., first vice president; Peggy Clayton of Williams Equipment & Supply, second vice president; J.V. Weatherington, president of A.C. Electric, treasurer; and Dave LaGasse, president of LCI Inc., secretary. New board members include Perry Miller of Linkous Construction Co. Inc., Roger Sigler of Rentenbach Constructors Inc. and Don Sloan of Engineering Management Construction Inc. Six members of the Herff College of Engineering faculty at the University of Memphis have been appointed to new professorships: Dr. Michael L. Daley, Ballard Professor of Electrical Engineering; Dr. Gladius Lewis, Ballard Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Charles V. Camp, Robert E. Wharton Professor of Civil Engineering; Dr. Frank J. Claydon, ECI Professor of Electrical Engineering; Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, the Don P. Smith Professor of Civil Engineering; and Dr. Martin Lipinski, Ensafe Professor of Civil Engineering. Dr. James G. Avery was awarded a fellowship in the American College of Dentists during its 1998 annual meeting. Avery is the immediate past president of the Memphis Dental Society and has offices in East Memphis and Cordova. Dr. James G. Porterfield, who is a cardiac electrophysiologist with Arrhythmia Consultants and affiliated with Methodist Healthcare, has been listed in Best Doctors in America.
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426