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VOL. 122 | NO. 27 | Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Rogers Named News Director At WMC-TV 5

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April Jackson
Danielle Costello

Tracey Rogers has joined the WMC-TV Action News 5 team as news director. Rogers has spent the past six years as news director at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Ala., which, like WMC-TV, is owned by Raycom Media. She also has worked as assistant news director of WKRN, Nashville's ABC affiliate, as well as WSMV (NBC) and WTVF (CBS). She is a three-time Emmy winner, four-time Associated Press Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for "Best Spot News Coverage." Her first day is Monday.

Danielle Costello has been named the new copywriter for inferno, an advertising, design and public relations firm. Costello graduated in 2003 from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in English, and previously has worked as a music reviewer for an online music store and an advertising copywriter for a West Virginia law firm.

Martha Perine Beard has been elected chairwoman of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Mid-South. Beard is also an officer and director of United Way of the Mid-South, Leadership Memphis and the Memphis Regional Chamber. She is the first black person and first woman to serve as chair of the BBB. Previously, Beard was the senior branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis branch.

Three West Tennessee engineering firms have entered projects in the statewide 2007 Engineering Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC of Tennessee). Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc., EnSafe Inc. and TLM Associates Inc. entered eight projects. The winners will be announced March 6 during an awards banquet in Nashville.

April Jackson has been promoted to customer service manager at Methodist Affiliated Health Services. Jackson has been with Methodist for more than six years, and has worked for Affiliated Health Services for three years. She graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Alabama.

Kemper Durand and Rehim Babaoglu, partners with Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, have been named among the 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee in a poll by Business Tennessee magazine. Durand was chosen for his work in criminal defense litigation, and Babaoglu for his work in immigration. The poll results can be found in the magazine's January 2007 issue.

W. Brantley "Brant" Phillips Jr. has been appointed legal counsel for the Tennessee Democratic Party (TNDP). Phillips is an attorney with the litigation and government relations practice areas in the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLLC. Phillips' practice also has included work in campaign finance. He has been a volunteer lawyer for the TNDP during the past four election cycles. Phillips received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., in 1997, where he graduated cum laude.

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum's Board of Directors has elected Joel Hobson as chair, a position he will hold for two years. Hobson owns The Hobson Co. Realtors. Also elected to the board for three-year terms were Lynn Harless, Tomeka Hart and J. Madison Wells III. Grace Hutchinson joined the board as the Shelby County Government representative. The museum's advisory board also welcomed new members Anthony Parkinson and Richard Raichelson.

Mike Thomas has joined Paragon National Bank as vice president and sales manager of mortgage lending. Thomas formerly worked at Crump Mortgage, where he was vice president and loan production manager. He holds mortgage licenses in Tennessee and Mississippi and is an affiliate member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

The National College of Business and Technology has appointed Kimberlyn Clark as admissions representative for the Memphis campus at 3545 Lamar Ave. Clark is from Collierville. The college was founded in 1886 in Roanoke, Va., and enrolls more than 7,000 students at 21 locations.

PROPERTY SALES 83 405 4,276
MORTGAGES 104 424 4,814
BUILDING PERMITS 148 883 10,151
BANKRUPTCIES 53 264 3,149