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VOL. 132 | NO. 153 | Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Terry Named Exec. Director Of Memphis Branch NAACP

The Memphis Branch NAACP has hired Vickie Terry as its new executive director.

Terry is former fund development and gift manager for United Way of the Mid-South.

Her position is to run the day-to-day affairs of the city’s oldest civil rights organization, which recently marked its centennial. Terry’s work will focus on fund development, membership, advocacy and programs.

She began the new role last week.

Memphis branch president Deidre Malone said Terry was the choice because of her understanding of nonprofit organizations and her experience at United Way.

“I look forward to leveraging my longstanding relationships in the community to educate people on the work we are doing today and cultivating new partnerships to grow our programs that are so needed in this community,” Terry said in a written statement.

– Bill Dries

Gannett Moving Design Of Tenn. Papers Out of State

The parent company of The Commercial Appeal is continuing to shake up its operation behind the scenes, with its plan to soon start sending design work for the company’s Tennessee papers out of state.

Design work for Gannett’s Tennessee papers, including the CA, had been handled at Gannett’s Nashville Design Studio. The chain has now decided, however, to fold that office and shift the work out of state to similar operations in Iowa, Kentucky and Arizona.

Gannett said the closure will affect up to 88 jobs once the move is complete on Oct. 1.

– Andy Meek

Kroger Continues ClickList Expansion

Kroger will soon have 29 locations in the area offering its ClickList service, which lets customers pre-order their groceries and schedule a time to drive to a participating Kroger to pick them up.

Kroger is adding the ClickList service to its Collierville store at 240 New Byhalia Road starting Thursday, Aug. 3. The program will roll out at its Lakeland store, 9025 U.S. 64, on Aug. 10 and its Poplar Plaza store, 3444 Plaza Ave., on Aug. 24.

In related news, ClickList customers can now pay online for their orders, with the car-side payment option going away. Customers can enter their card information before submitting their order, just like any other online service, and they can store up to four different cards for convenience.

– Andy Meek

Dean Named Permanent CEO Of Nonprofit Alliance

The board of directors of The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence has unanimously voted to name Kevin Dean as permanent CEO. Dean has served as the alliance’s interim CEO since February.

More than 100 qualified professionals from across the country applied and were considered.

During his time as interim CEO, Dean has worked quickly to analyze organizational operations and prepare the alliance for continued success, according to the organization. He also worked closely with the board to determine how the alliance’s current programming serves its members, a process that included studying similar local and national organizations, as well as gathering feedback from key leaders, alliance members and others in the local nonprofit community.

“Kevin is well-known in our community for his ability to implement innovative strategies in the nonprofit sector and serve as a knowledgeable, resourceful connector among Memphis organizations,” said Carrie Burke, chairwoman of the alliance’s board of directors, in a statement.

Before joining the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, Dean was the executive director of Literacy Mid-South. The alliance’s board said his experience there was a key factor in the decision to name him CEO.

“Accepting this position and serving the alliance is a logical next step for me,” Dean said. “Leading the organization allows me to follow a passion at the very heart of who I am – connecting with and serving nonprofits that make an enormous impact in Memphis and the Mid-South.”

– Don Wade

St. Jude Continuing With Expansion Plans

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed for a $2.6 million building permit application for interior renovations on its 545 Danny Thomas Blvd. facility.

Rusty Foster of Evans Taylor Foster Childress Architects and Rodney Hubbard with MEDFAC Engineering were tapped to handle the design work.

In July, the hospital also filed a $1.1 million building permit application to install a new nuclear magnetic resonance, or NMR, laboratory.

Belz Construction Services was listed as the contractor on that application.

– Patrick Lantrip

RE/MAX On Point Opens East Memphis Office

Jason and Laura Wallace, two Memphis real estate veterans, are the new broker/owners of RE/MAX On Point–East Memphis.

RE/MAX On Point, which is located at 5350 Poplar Ave., suite 700, has a staff of four brokers and 12 residential real estate professionals who work in all areas of real estate, including foreclosures, corporate/military relocations, first-time homebuyers, luxury home sales and commercial.

Their new 3,500-square-foot office at International Place will have 11 private office suites, a conference room and a collaborative area.

“The Shelby County year-to-date average sales price has increased by 3.8 percent,” Laura Wallace said in a release. “It’s a great time to be in the business and an excellent way to serve members of our community.”

– Patrick Lantrip

PROPERTY SALES 101 603 9,602
MORTGAGES 92 538 10,616
BUILDING PERMITS 215 1,282 20,958
BANKRUPTCIES 51 408 6,108