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VOL. 133 | NO. 27 | Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Withers’ Home to Be Dedicated as Historic Site

Photojournalist Ernest C. Withers’ southwest Memphis home is being dedicated as a historic site.

The home at 480 W. Brooks Road will be dedicated at a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m., during which a historical marker will be unveiled.

Withers, who died in 2007 at age 85, is best known for iconic images of black Southerners during the Jim Crow era, including photos of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the trial of Emmett Till’s accused killers, the Memphis sanitation workers strike, Negro League baseball and Memphis musicians.

Withers’ work earned him a place in the Black Press Hall of Fame and an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Art.

In conjunction with the ceremony, LeMoyne-Owen College will host a historical symposium Friday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. in the Alma C. Hanson Memorial Student Center’s Little Theatre on the LeMoyne-Owen campus, 807 Walker Ave.

The symposium, sponsored by the Ernest C. Withers Historical Photographic Foundation, will feature Withers’ son, photographer Andrew Rome Withers; educator Pam Ali; artist and activist Mary Mudiku, who uses art as part of her activism; Wovoka Sobukwe, owner of the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School & Culture Center; and professor A.J. Stovall, chair of the Department of Social Science at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

LeMoyne-Owen and Rust College students also will participate in the symposium, which will be moderated by Tennessee state Rep. Joe Towns.

An exhibit of Withers’ photographs will be on display that day in the Dorothy Harris Lounge, also in the student center.

– Daily News staff

Jenne Rejoins True Temper Sports

Jason Jenne is rejoining Memphis-based sporting goods manufacturer True Temper Sports as chief financial officer on the heels of his replacement as CFO of Fred’s Inc.

In his new role, Jenne will lead the direction of True Temper’s accounting and finance functions and will oversee the company’s global information technology, legal, regulatory, insurance and risk management.

Jenne previously spent 18 years at True Temper, serving in a number of executive roles. He served as the company’s president and CEO for two years before stepping down in 2016 to join Memphis-based Fred’s as senior vice president, finance.

He was promoted to executive vice president and CFO of Fred’s in July and served less than seven months in that role before being replaced by Joseph Anto on Feb. 1. Jenne will remain in an advisory position at Fred’s through Feb. 26, according to the retailer.

Jeremy Erspamer, president and CEO of True Temper Sports, said the company is “thrilled” to have Jenne back.

“He is a very talented CFO and brings a keen strategic business mind to our leadership team,” Erspamer said in a statement. “In addition, Jason has developed strong and productive relationships during his previous tenure with the current management team, employees and customers, and has proven himself as a highly capable and well-respected leader.”

True Temper designs and manufactures golf, hockey and lacrosse equipment. Under the shaft brands True Temper and Project X, True Temper Sports is the leading manufacturer of golf shafts in the world and the No. 1 shaft on professional tours globally, according to the company.

– Daily News staff

Parker Sworn In As Federal District Judge

Thomas L. Parker has been sworn in as the newest federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Parker took the oath of office at a private ceremony, Friday, Feb. 2, and will begin his official duties later this month. A public investiture ceremony will be held in April, according to the court.

Parker was appointed by President Donald Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 10. He was appointed to the position left vacant by Judge Samuel H. Mays, who took senior status in 2015.

Parker received a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina in 1985 and earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1989. He was a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C., where he was a civil and criminal litigator.

Parker served nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Tennessee and is the former president of the Memphis Bar Association.

He and his wife, Allison Wellford Parker, have three daughters.

– Daily News staff

Wiuff Installed As 2018 MAAR President

Marx-Bensdorf Realtor Lauren Harkins Wiuff has been installed as the new president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors.

Wiuff, a third-generation real estate professional, will serve a one-year term as president and says she plans to work alongside the 2018 directors to continue enhancing services and support available to MAAR members.

In addition to her new leadership role, Wiuff is a lifetime member of MAAR’s Multi Million Dollar Club. At Marx-Bensdorf, she leads a real estate team that includes her sister, Stephanie Sheahan, and team member Ruth Herndon.

MAAR is Tennessee’s largest local Realtor organization, serving more than 3,700 members and 470 firms across Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Hardin, Hardeman and McNairy counties. Members include real estate professionals specializing in every aspect of the profession, including residential, commercial, industrial, property management and appraisal.

– Daily News staff

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 56 9,658
MORTGAGES 0 49 10,665
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 12 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 0 548 21,505
BANKRUPTCIES 0 256 6,219
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 64 4,003
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 60 2,952
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 52 2,073