VOL. 131 | NO. 189 | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
KQ Communications Expands Its Staff
Amelia Ables has been hired as an assistant account executive at KQ Communications, where she will support and execute public relations, marketing and social media plans.
Ables most recently worked as an account manager for S2N Design, a web-design agency. Prior to that, she served as a research graduate assistant at the University of Memphis. Ables holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Master of Arts degree in journalism with a public relations focus from the University of Memphis.
KQ Communications, a full-service public relations, marketing communications and creative services firm headquartered in Memphis, recently opened its second office in the heart of Atlanta.
The expansion follows an average 80 percent annual growth rate over the past three years, according to KQ Communications, a woman- and minority-owned business.
– Don Wade
Animal Shelter Stops Labeling Breeds
The Memphis Animal Shelter will stop classifying dogs and other animals in the city facility by their breed immediately.
Memphis Animal Services director Alexis Pugh announced the change Monday, Sept. 19, following criticism that the breed labeling causes citizens to pass on adopting some dogs and contributes to the euthanization of animals at the facility.
Pugh said animal services staff often have to guess at the breed of dogs and frequently the guess is wrong.
Pugh has said her long-term goal is a shelter that doesn’t euthanize animals because of the amount of time they have been at the shelter or for space considerations. But that is a gradual move, she has added, pointing out that the first priority is to protect the public from stray animals.
– Bill Dries
Blue Barrel Records Adds Band to Its Roster
Blue Barrel Records has added to its roster the indie rock band Summer Avenue, which has begun recording its full-length debut at Memphis’ Music+Arts Studio.
The band’s double-sided single, which included “Some Things” and “Under the Carpet,” was recorded at Ardent with studio time won in a Battle of the Bands competition and was self-released. The band’s debut album, which will be produced by Kevin Cubbins, is slated for a spring 2017 release.
Summer Avenue includes William Trotter on drums and vocals, Christopher Dunn on guitar, Mike Kelley on keys and Will Kelley on bass.
Archer Records owner Ward Archer manages Blue Barrel as a not-for-profit imprint.
– Andy Meek
Bartlett’s Stephens Named Superintendent of the Year
Dr. David Stephens, superintendent of Bartlett City Schools, has been named 2017 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.
Stephens was chosen from a distinguished group of eight Regional Superintendents of the Year, which included Rebecca Isaacs of Rogersville City; Dr. Jason Vance, Loudon County); Bobby Cox of Warren County; Dr. Dan Lawson, Tullahoma City; Don Roberts of Meigs County; Mike Davis of Robertson County; and Randy Frazier of Weakley County.
Stephens has been director of schools in Bartlett since the district’s creation in 2014, successfully starting a school district and freshmen academy in six months after assuming his role.
He will apply for National Superintendent of the Year honors and represent Tennessee at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education.
– Daily News staff
Chicago Investors Buy Local Retirement Community
A Chicago-based private equity fund has purchased the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community in East Memphis for $13 million, or $73,864 per unit.
TV-Ten LP, an entity affiliated with Chicago Pacific Founders, bought the two-story facility from GFTV Audubon Owner LLC in a Sept. 7 special warranty deed. GFTV, an affiliate of New York-based Garrison Investment Group, had purchased Town Village Audubon Park in 2014 for $12.9 million.
Built in 2001, the 200,040-square-foot retirement center sits on 12 acres at the southeast corner of Cherry Road and Park Avenue. The Shelby County Assessor, which lists the address as 996 Cherry, most recently appraised it at $12.9 million.
Chicago Pacific Founders was founded in 2014 by a group of former health care CEOs and executives.
– Daily News staff
Stax Academy to Perform At Smithsonian Museum Event
Young musicians with Memphis’ Stax Music Academy are scheduled to perform at the grand opening festival for the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.
Members of the academy, which provides after-school music education for teenagers in Memphis, are scheduled to perform at Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration from Friday through Sunday at the National Mall. President Barack Obama is scheduled to dedicate the museum on Saturday.
The young performers will share the stage with Public Enemy, The Roots, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Robert Randolph and others.
Stax Music Academy musicians also are scheduled to appear on NBC’s Sunday Today show this weekend.
– The Associated Press