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Twenty-one law enforcement dispatchers recently graduated from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, including Jolesa Annette Travis, Paducah/McCracken County 911. The five weeks of training consisted of 205 hours of academy instruction and training in a number of areas including phone and radio procedures, handling emergency calls for service, dispatch protocols and use of state and national criminal databases.

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Murray Police Department officers Dan Otterson and Kenny Baldwin recently graduated from the Basic Training Academy at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond. During the 23-week academy students identify, discuss and demonstrate learning in many areas of performance required as a peace officer, including patrol procedures, physical training, defensive tactics, legal issues, investigations and tactical responses. Otterson earned a squad leader award. Baldwin earned the academic achievement award.

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Chris Wooldridge, district director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Murray State University, has joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry. The foundation is a statewide, not-for-profit, with the goal of strengthening manufacturing in Kentucky. Its board is composed of manufacturing, education, economic development and public policy leaders.

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Todd Gartner has been named director of surgical services at Baptist Health Paducah. He has more than 15 years' experience in surgical services as an operating room technician, scrub nurse and charge nurse, including seven years at Barnes Jewish Hospital. He served most recently as director of surgical services at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn. Gartner supervises the hospital surgical staff and coordinates anesthesia services with NorthStar's three anesthesiologists and 23 nurse anesthetists.

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Eric Stuber has been named chief operating officer at Peel & Holland. He will oversee the operating divisions of Peel & Holland's core business. He will be responsible for the operational infrastructure, including systems, processes and personnel, as well as strategic planning and helping meet business goals in both the short- and long-term. Stuber previously served as senior director of systems and technology and vice president of benefits and wellness. He will continue his role as chairman of the organization's leadership committee and executive and long-range planning committees. Stuber studies mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky and has 16 years experience in computer science and information technology.

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Discovery Park of America received nine awards at the recent Southeast Festivals and Events Association conference awards banquet in Lexington. Gold awards included: best new event, Southern Nights; best sponsor, Mike Rinker; best other merchandise, Jurassic Journeys puzzle; best photograph, Polar Express; Best TV ad/PSA, Beer, Blues and Brats; best social media marketing, Mannequin Challenge; and best print ad, Tennessee Tourism ad. Silver awards included: best marketing campaign, Beer, Blues and Brats; and best vendor/supplier, Volunteer Distributing.

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Andrea Higdon-Lane, broker/owner of Century 21 Service Realty, Paducah, has recognized four sales associates who have earned the Century 21 President's Producer award for sales production and quality service: Roxie Jarvis, Toni Stricklin, Suzy Gilland and Gary Gregory. The president's award is given to sales affiliates who have earned both the company's Centurion award and Quality Service Pinnacle Producer award in the same calendar year.

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Daniel Patton has been selected by a vote of fellow employees as the Employee of the Year at The Murray Bank. He currently works in deposits/operations at the main office. Patton has worked at the bank almost three years. He has a business administration degree from Murray State University.

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Melony Shemberger, an assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University, has been selected as a fellow for the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, June 11-14 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The Manship School of Mass Communications at LSU partners with the Scripps Howard Foundation each year to host 12-15 participants in the academy. The program brings together professionals, scholars and administrators to help fellows learn about the challenges and rewards of leading an academic program. In addition to her teaching duties, Shemberger serves as the department's undergraduate assessment coordinator. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles, media education book chapters, and several public relations guidebook articles. Shemberger is a lifetime member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and serves on the national board of directors. She holds a doctor of education in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University. In addition, she has a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University in mass communication and history and government, and a master's in management from Austin Peay State University.

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David Chestnut, president and owner of Pennyrile Home Medical, was recently elected president of the Kentucky Home Medical Equipment Suppliers Association for 2017. He has been a board member of KMESA for over 25 years and his company has been in business over 34 years. KMESA is the state association that representing providers of home medical equipment and supplies.

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Nyoka Mayfield has been selected 2016 Employee of the Year by TempsPlus, Inc. Employment Services. She was selected out of approximately 1,500 employees who worked for the agency during the past year. The award is based performance and a positive attitude in the workplace and with her co-workers.

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Ty Holtgrewe has been named assistant vice president/loan officer at The Murray Bank. He previously served as loan officer at FirstBank in Paris, Tennessee. Holtgrewe is from Paris, and been involved in banking since 2012. He can be reached at the main office of The Murray Bank.

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Steven Bjelich, president and CEO of the Saint Francis Healthcare System, has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1. He has led Saint Francis since 1999. Bjelich was responsible for reinstituting obstetrics at Saint Francis in 2001 after a 36-year absence. He also developed the system's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and was responsible for renovation of key areas of the medical center during his tenure. Bjelich was most recently recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association with its Distinguished Service Award - the organization's highest honor.

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