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VOL. 121 | NO. 227 | Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wright Takes Helm of Suburban Community Newspapers

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Johnny Pitts
Cinthia Lewis
Charmaine Johnson
Linda & James Porterfield
Scott A. Wright

Scott A. Wright has been named chairman and CEO of Suburban Community Newspapers Group (SCN), which includes 11 weekly newspapers in the Memphis metro and north Mississippi areas. Some of the papers are The Shelby Sun Times, The Collierville Independent and The East Shelby Review. Wright previously was publisher of 17 Dallas and Ft.Worth-area daily and weekly newspapers in the Star Community Newspapers group.

Deborah J. Wilkins has been named membership and development manager for the Children's Museum of Memphis.

Lea Heilig has received the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation for more than $7.4 million in recent apartment sales. Heilig is a broker at Woodyard Realty Corp.

Drs. James and Linda Porterfield have been designated fellows of the Washington-based Heart Rhythm Society. James is director of electrophysiologic laboratories at Methodist University Hospital and Linda is director of cardiovascular research and education at Arrhythmia Consultants PC on Union Avenue.

Caroline L. Hermeling has been appointed CEO of Husch & Eppenberger LLC. She will assume the role effective Jan. 1. She recently was head of the firm's litigation/dispute resolution department. Christine F. Miller has been named vice chair of the firm's litigation/dispute resolution department and is a member of the management committee. She has served as lead trial lawyer in more than 30 jury trials, resulting in successful verdicts in the areas of commercial, products liability and employment litigation. In 2000, she received a defense verdict in an employment discrimination case that was selected as one of the National Law Journal's "Top 10 Defense Verdicts for 2000." In other firm news, Husch & Eppenberger has been named the 132nd largest law firm in the United States.

Dorothy "Dottie" Jones has been appointed director of the Shelby County Division of Community Services by county Mayor A C Wharton Jr. She previously was the administrator of intergovernmental relations for the city of Memphis. Heidi Verbeek has been appointed to serve as Jones' deputy director. She previously served as the executive director of the Shelby County Government Crime Victims Center (CVC).

Ludy Callaway has been named the Home Builders Association of Tennessee's (HBAT) associate of the year. The honor is presented to an HBAT associate member who has made significant contributions throughout the year to the association and the homebuilding industry as a whole. In addition to the award, Callaway also was elected secretary/treasurer of HBAT's Associates Council. Callaway is the Memphis branch manager for GMAC Mortgage Corp.

Charmaine Johnson has joined regional fitness management company DAC as a fitness coach. Cinthia Lewis has joined as membership director.

Susan Stephenson has been appointed board chair of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Other newly appointed board members are Poorna Gajjar, Nicole Marie Walthour, Dorchelle Terrell Spence and Mary Wolff.

Christy Fitzwater has been appointed to the board of the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC). She has been named the treasurer for the new year. She is a SVP retail executive for TrustOne Bank.

Johnny Pitts, owner and chief manager of Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC, has been elected secretary of Assurex Global Partners. He has served as director of Assurex since 2004 and was elected as an officer by the board at its meeting in Toronto in late October. Assurex is a privately held risk management, commercial insurance and employee benefits brokerage group.

Stephanie Galloway has joined the University of Memphis' Alumni and Constituent Programs Office as an alumni affairs coordinator. She formerly worked at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania as the assistant director of alumni relations. Kelly Davis has joined as coordinator for a number of alumni clubs and chapters, including Law, University College and Luther C. McClellan chapters and the Music Society. Before joining the alumni affairs staff, Davis spent two years as a graduate assistant in athletic media relations at the U of M.

PROPERTY SALES 36 154 6,546
MORTGAGES 34 94 4,129
BUILDING PERMITS 201 554 15,915
BANKRUPTCIES 43 126 3,396