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VOL. 119 | NO. 90 | Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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Judge Honored for Pioneering Role

Robilio Honored for Efforts Against Emotional Abuse

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Kay Spalding Robilio was awarded a Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service. Robilio was chosen for her public service in recognizing and resolving emotional abuse in Memphis. She is a former member of the resolutions committee for the Tennessee Judicial Conference and a member of the American Judges Association.


Dr. Sheila Y. Flemming has been appointed senior vice president for academic and student affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College, effective July 1. Flemming currently serves as dean of the School of Social Sciences at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla. She received a bachelors degree from Bethune-Cookman, a masters degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate degree from Howard University.


Steven Bius, certified fence professional with West Memphis Fence & Construction Inc., was named president of the American Fence Association at the groups convention. Bius will serve a three-year term.


The Mortgage Bankers Association of Memphis selected the following members to its board of directors: Regina Palmertree, president; Bob McCullar, president-elect; Michael Weigert, vice president; Pam Tucker, secretary/treasurer; Fran Warner, director/2004 past president; Ray Rosas, director/past president; and Daphne Large, affiliate director. The local association also was chosen as the 2004-05 local chapter of the year by the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association.


Attorney Stephen H. Biller of The Bogatin Law Firm was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Biller graduated from Boston University in 1965.


Willeen Hastings was promoted to vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Methodist University Hospital. Hastings most recently served as associate administrator and chief nursing officer at Methodist South Hospital. She has been with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for more than 25 years.


Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton received the Kate Gooch Leader of the Year award from Leadership Memphis. Wharton was a member of Leadership Memphis first graduating class in 1979. Before his election as mayor, Wharton served as a public defender since 1980.


Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields and Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan received spotlight awards from the National Association of Women Judges. Fields and Skahan both were appointed to the bench in 2004.


Danny Walker joined Florence & Hutcheson Inc. as deputy branch manager. Walker previously worked with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in a number of positions, including assistant district engineer. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University.


Katie Winchester was named chairman of the board of First Citizens Bancshares Inc. and First Citizens National Bank. Winchester will continue to serve as chief executive officer and president of the companies. She began her banking career with First Citizens National Bank in 1961.


John Pitts, founder of Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, was selected for membership into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University. Pitts currently serves as a consultant for Lipscomb & Pitts.


Federal Express Chairman and founder Fred Smith was awarded the Business Executives for National Security Eisenhower Award. The award is given to individuals who exemplify the alert and knowledgeable citizenry President Eisenhower discussed in his farewell address.







PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426