Jennifer Stubblefield, a business education teacher at Calloway County High School, has been named the Certiport Educator of the Year. Certiport is a provider of learning curriculum, practice tests, and performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners. The award was announced recently at Certiport's 2019 annual educator conference. Stubblefield has taught business education for 26 years, specializing in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications and business administration classes. She is an FBLA sponsor and serves as the Kentucky membership director for the National Business Education Association. In 2016 she was named as the state's Business Teacher of the Year and Regional FBLA Advisor of the Year. Most recently, Stubblefield was named as the 2018 Southern Business Education Teacher of the Year by her peers in eight states.

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Paducah Power System was presented with the Community Service Award during the recent American Public Power Association's (APPA) National Conference in Austin, Texas. The Community Service Award recognizes public power utilities for their "good neighbor" activities that demonstrate commitment to the local community. Paducah Power System hosts an annual "Christmas in the Park" event to promote and help the local community. This event extends for five weeks each winter and generates thousands of dollars and several tons of canned goods for four area social services agencies. Paducah Power System's annual event benefits local volunteers, schoolchildren, businesses, food pantries and others who receive donations.

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Daniel P. Murphy, Jr., a former member of the Paducah law firm McMurray & Livingston, was recently awarded the 2019 Nathaniel R. Harper Award during the Kentucky Bar Association's membership luncheon. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to changing the face of the bar in Kentucky by promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession. Murphy currently serves as the University of Kentucky College of Law's assistant dean of community engagement and diversity. He is a 1998 graduate of the UK College of Law. He obtained his bachelor's degree in political science from UK in 1993, and received his J.D. from the UK College of Law in 1998.

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Heath Bowling, of Edward Jones in Paducah, recently won the firm's Jim Phillips award for success in building client relationships. He was one of 240 of the firm's more than 18,000 advisors to earn the award, named after the man who joined Edward Jones in 1986, opening an office in Waynesville, N.C.

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Kurt Sutton, an Edward Jones financial advisor since 2001, recently attended the Edward Jones Managing Partner's conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event honors the top two percent of the firm's more than 18,000 advisors. This marks the 12th year Sutton has been invited to attend.

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Mercy Health Lourdes Home Care Agency, the home health agency of Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital, has been recognized for ranking in the nation's top 20 percent for patient satisfaction for the 2018 calendar year. Mercy's program was recognized as a "superior performer" by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP). Recognition is based on the national Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Home Health Care Survey. It is designed to measure the experiences of those receiving home health care from Medicare-certified home health agencies. Mercy Health Lourdes Home Care Agency provides services in both Kentucky and Illinois, serving a total of eight counties.

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Socially Present, a Paducah-based marketing agency, announces the promotion of Jennifer Gough to vice president of sales and marketing, and Amy Clevidence to vice president of operations. The two also join Jonas Neihoff and Jeff Harlan as agency partners. Gough joined Socially Present in 2015 after relocating to Paducah from Dallas, Texas. While in Dallas, she spent five years as an independent corporate distributor for high-end niche brands and Fortune 500 retailers to develop and execute strategic marketing plans for event-based activities. Her client roster included Sam's Club, Costco & several health and beauty brands. As a corporate partner, she worked throughout Dallas and Oklahoma to recruit, train, and develop additional independent distributors for her clients. Clevidence joined Socially Present in 2018. Throughout her career, she has worked in multiple facets of business operations including finance, personnel management, sales, and marketing. In her role, she oversees the work agency's production team ensuring timely project delivery and effective communication between the agency and its over 400 clients. She has also been instrumental in designing and executing the organization's operational foundation by building systems and process to automate the flow of information from a client's first contact through the delivery of projects.

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Alison Gregory has been named principal at Graves County High School. She has served as principal of Symsonia Elementary since 2013. Gregory was selected by the high school's site-based decision-making council June 14. She replaces Matthew Madding, who becomes the superintendent of the Graves County Schools July 1. Gregory earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Western Kentucky University. She began her career teaching at Hendersonville High School before working as a career and technical education teacher at John Hardin High School in Hardin County. She went on to work as an assistant principal at North Hardin and Graves County high schools, Murray and Graves County middle schools.

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Thomas Warren, nuclear medicine technologist, has retired from the radiology department at Murray-Calloway county Hospital after 23 years of service.

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Dr. John Yezerski, orthopaedic surgeon, will retire from Murray Orthopaedics at Murray-Calloway County Hospital July 31. He received his undergraduate in biology at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. After graduating, he entered the Army where he received a master's in physical therapy from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He served as a physical therapist in the Army and rose to the rank of captain in the Medical Corps. He attended Medical School at the University of Louisville where he completed specialized training in hand surgery at the Kleinert Kutz Louisville Hand Associates. He began his orthopaedic practice at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in 1987 and will complete 32 years of service to our community. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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Paxton Media Group announced that Jamie Paxton has been named vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 30. He succeeds Richard Paxton who announced his intention to retire earlier this year. Jamie Paxton joined Paxton Media Group as controller of The Sun in 2007. He previously worked for Deloitte, a major US accounting firm. He became corporate controller in 2010. In addition to his duties as chief financial officer, Paxton also oversees PMG's newspaper operations in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and Indiana. Paxton is a CPA and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Karen Turner was named to succeed Jamie Paxton as corporate controller. Turner joined PMG in 1988 as an accountant at The Sun. She has served as assistant corporate controller at PMG since 1995. Turner will have oversight over all accounting functions at PMG as the principal accounting officer. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Murray State University, as well as an MBA from Murray State University.

In addition, Meagen Hogancamp recently joined PMG as controller for the West Kentucky Media properties. These properties include WPSD Local 6 and The Sun as well as newspapers in Mayfield, Benton, Eddyville, Princeton and Metropolis, Illinois. She previously worked for Hilliard Lyons in Louisville as the manager of internal audit. Meagen is a CPA and has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Transylvania University, and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky.

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Marshall County Hospital Home Health has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs as a "premier performer" for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 5 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2018 calendar year. Marshall County Hospital Home Health is a home health partner of Marshall County Hospital and part of a joint venture partnership with LHC Group, a national provider of in-home healthcare services with 32,000 employees operating locations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The 2018 award recipients were determined by reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction score for more than 2,500 home health providers.

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Dr. Joshua Scearce has joined Murray-Calloway County Hospital and Murray Medical Associates. He graduated cum laude from Murray State University with a bachelor of science in biology and received his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He continued his education at Baptist Health Family Medicine where he is completing his third year as chief resident. He is a member of the Kentucky Medical Association, Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Computer Services, Inc., a provider of financial technology solutions, has been named by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This annual list ranks the largest North American IT channel partner organizations by revenue, recognizing the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers and IT consultants.

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Bruce Watson has been named law enforcement supervisor for McCracken County Schools. Watson served 21 years as a police officer with the Paducah Police Department. He has been with McCracken County Schools for the last 19 years as a school resource officer. McCracken County Schools employ seven school resource officers (SRO) and one supervisor. Each SRO is a sworn police officer and a graduate of the Department of Criminal Justice police academy. These officers receive annual training through the DOCJT. McCracken County SROs cover every school in the county and are responsible for enforcing all local, state and federal laws. Larry Zacheretti, current SRO supervisor, is retiring this month after 13 years with McCracken County Schools.

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Brandy Mitchell, consumer banking manager for Regions Bank, have been promoted to market executive for the bank in Paducah and surrounding communities. As market executive, Mitchell will work with colleagues and community members to identify opportunities for the bank to make a meaningful difference through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education and more. She will also continue serving as consumer banking manager throughout western Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee. Mitchell joined Regions in 2006 as a branch manager before being promoted to her consumer banking manager role in 2012. Prior to joining Regions, Mitchell was with Montgomery Bank in Missouri for three years.

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Rick Roberson, of Edward Jones in Paducah, recently achieved two honors from the financial services firm: the A.F. McKenzie award, for achievement in client relationships; and the Spirit of Caring award, which recognizes advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back. The McKenzie award is named after the man who developed the firm's training program during his 60 years with the company.

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Jennifer Scism has been named principal of Lone Oak Elementary School. Scism began her teaching career in Sikeston Public Schools in 2009 as an art teacher. She came to McCracken County Schools in 2014 and was an art teacher at Reidland Elementary and Reidland Middle schools. She has spent the last three years as an art teacher in the Christian County School district. She earned a bachelor's of arts degree in fine art education from Harding University. In 2014, she received her master's degree in elementary administration from William Woods University.

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Kathleen Curphy has been appointed interim president of Shawnee Community College. She previously served as vice president of academic affairs. She has over 25 years experience as a two-year college administrator, where she has provided executive-level guidance for both rural and urban multi-campus institutions. Curphy has served as provost, vice chancellor of academic affairs, and vice president for customized training and workforce development, among other positions. She has a doctorate from Capella University, where she focused her dissertation on competencies for community college leaders.

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Brandy Michelle McDowell, Paducah, a licensed massage therapist and spa owner, has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy, by Gov. Matt Bevin. She serve a term expiring July 16, 2022.

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The Baptist Health Paducah stroke program has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for meeting national guidelines for stroke care. The program received The Get With The Guidelines silver plus quality achievement award as well as the Target:Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognition for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-busting drug known as tPA.

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Baptist Health Paducah has named Craig Beavers, Pharm.D., as cardiology services director. Beavers graduated in 2009 from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed a postgraduate year one pharmacy practice residency and a postgraduate year two cardiology pharmacy residency at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington. He previously served as the cardiovascular clinical pharmacy coordinator at UK Healthcare and with the UK Gill Heart Institute, as well as the director of Cardiovascular Services for the Hospital Corporation of America, and as a cardiovascular clinical pharmacy specialist with TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Beavers currently is an assistant adjunct professor with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

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Dr. Jim Woods, Paducah, has been named the recipient of Kentucky Dental Association's 2019 Fellowship Award. The award is given to a dentist who has made an outstanding contribution to dentistry in the commonwealth. Woods and his daughter, Dr. McKenzie Woods, maintain a private practice specializing in orthodontics.

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Lora Riley was recently promoted to trust relationship manager/trust operations manager at Paducah Bank. Riley, who has nearly 30 years of financial services industry experience, has been with Paducah Bank for 11 years. The Tiline native is a graduate of Livingston Central High School, Paducah Community College and the Southeastern Trust School at Campbell University.

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