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VOL. 130 | NO. 222 | Friday, November 13, 2015

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Terminix Acquires Alterra Pest Control

Terminix has acquired the assets of Alterra Pest Control, a three-year-old company that in a short time has grown to become one of the 15 largest residential pest control companies in the U.S.

The acquisition was announced Wednesday, Nov. 11. Alterra, which has 22 branches in 15 states, will continue to use its name.

It is the seventh deal of its kind by Memphis-based Terminix in the last year.

Terminix, which provides termite as well as pest control services across the country, is part of the residential and commercial services that make up ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc., also headquartered in Memphis.

Alterra founder and CEO David Royce said the decision to sell to Terminix was “easy.”

“We were only interested in finding a company that met these high standards and made commitments to develop our employees and meet the expectations of our customers,” Royce said in a written statement.

A total of 400 full-time Alterra employees come to Terminix in the acquisition.

Bill Derwin, president of Terminix, said the acquisition adds to the company’s “strong presence” in the residential pest market.

“This acquisition is the perfect complement to our existing business and enables us to leverage our technical expertise, marketing strength and systems to bring value to these new customers,” he added in a written statement.

– Bill Dries

Enchanted Forest, Santa Return to the Pink Palace

The holiday season will open in style at the Pink Palace Museum with the Enchanted Forest of Trees and the landing of Santa Claus.

It all begins on Saturday, Nov. 14, with the museum’s holiday festivities continuing through Dec. 31.

The Enchanted Forest includes cuddly creatures, gingerbread cottages, choo-choo trains and colorfully decorated trees. This year, mechanical Nutcracker musicians also are being added to the mix.

Local chefs, businesses, decorators and other groups have filled the Enchanted Forest with treats in the Gingerbread Village and decorations in the Festival of Trees. The Penguin Pond gets everyone involved supporting the kids at Le Bonheur; each penguin wears a donor’s name.

Santa lands on the lawn at the Pink Palace, 3050 Central Ave., Saturday at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events also feature holiday movies: Polar Express 3D and The Light Before Christmas 3D; tickets are required for the movies.

Then on Christmas Eve, there will be a special send-off for Santa at 3 p.m. Pictures with Santa are available until he leaves on Christmas Eve and packages for photos run from $10 to $30. For more information, visit memphismuseums.org or call 901-636-2362.

– Don Wade

Home Giveaway For Local Veterans

Four local veterans received Orange Mound homes Thursday, Nov. 12, in a giveaway hosted by United Housing Inc.

The financially eligible veterans were chosen at random and receive the houses with 0 percent, 15-year forgivable mortgage through UHI, which will provide counseling and homebuyer education in closing the loans.

The four homes came to UHI through Shelby County funding for the nonprofit’s Neighborhood Stabilization program.

Additionally, UHI has secured funding to provide 1 percent, 30-year loans for veterans at its Wolf River Bluffs development in Frayser.

– Madeline Faber

Aerosmith Frontman Tyler Partnering with Youth Villages

In November of 1989, Aerosmith released its hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun.” The song, as the title implies, took a direct route to the issue of child abuse.

Now Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who co-wrote the song, has announced a partnership with nonprofit Youth Villages in Memphis: “Janie’s Fund” will have the goal of providing trauma-informed care and experiential therapies to girls who have histories of being abused and/or neglected.

Each year, it is estimated that one in five girls in the United States is a victim of sexual abuse.

“As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music,” Tyler said in a statement.

Janie’s Fund will have “54 days of impact;” the campaign started on Nov. 8, the 26th anniversary of the song’s release, and will run through the end of the year.

Youth Villages will use Janie’s Fund in several ways: to support its work with girls who have been abused and neglected, including in intensive in-home services; for residential treatment services; for YVLifeSet services for girls aging out of foster care; and in experiential therapies such as therapeutic drumming.

Anyone who signs up to support Janie’s Fund during these 54 days becomes a founding member and receives limited-edition merchandise from Tyler. Fans can visit Prizeo.com/StevenTyler to become a founding member. Supporters also can register to win the Ultimate Rock Icon Experience with Steven Tyler prize, which includes walking the red carpet and VIP backstage passes to Tyler’s new solo album release party and concert as well as hanging with Tyler before and after the show.

“We appreciate Steven using his big voice on these girls’ behalf,” said Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages.

During the past 10 years, the organization has helped more than 20,000 girls who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

– Don Wade

Junior Achievement Launches New Website

Teens can explore their future with JA Memphis' new online experience, called JA My Way.

Made possible by a grant from the City Foundation and OneMain Financial, JA My Way (jamyway.org) combines games, rewards, information and social media to help teens and their parents make decisions that will affect their futures.

The interactive site, which is geared toward the 13-17 crowd, features a personality quiz to help determine suitable career paths, the ability to create and store a resume, information on various job types and how to start a business, and money-management tips.

“Now, more than ever, teens need ideas, guidance and direction when it comes to determining their futures,” says Larry Colbert, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. “JA My Way is designed with today’s teens in mind, using the latest web design, games and interactive tools to help them explore their futures.”

– Daily News staff

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