John Williams Jr., a managing director-investments with the Paducah branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, has earned the designation of certified private wealth adviser professional as authorized by the Investments and Wealth Institute. The certification identifies those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the Institute. For eligibility for the exam, Williams successfully completed Yale University's School of Management's wealth management theory and practice curriculum. Williams has been a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors for 21 years and has 30 years' experience in the financial industry. He holds degrees from Emory University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the College for Financial Planning. He also holds several other professional designations, and is the senior member of the Williams & Roof Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Adam Whiteside, of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently earned the company's Ted Jones Prospecting award and its Spirit of Partnership award for his performance during 2018. The prospecting award recognizes financial advisers who achieve high levels of success early in their careers. Whiteside was one of only 1,367 of the firm's more than 18,000 financial advisers to receive the award. The partnership award recognizes Whiteside's performance during 2018. He was one of only 1,283 of the firm's more than 18,000 financial advisers to receive the award.

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Catherine Lanier has been promoted to vice president of human resources at The Murray Bank. Lanier joined The Murray Bank as a human resources coordinator in May 2017. She is originally from Trenton, Tenn., and is a graduate of Murray State University in 1999 with an undergraduate and master's degree in organizational communications.

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Danielle Craig, MSN, FNP-C, has joined Murray Urology at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. Craig graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor of science in nursing and completed her master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Tennessee Technology University. She also has worked at Tru Health as a nurse practitioner at Paris Healthcare and Rehab and previously at Western Baptist Hospital as a registered nurse.

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Triangle, a Paducah insulation, sheet metal, HVAC and scaffold provider, was recently presented the Governor's Safety and Health Award by Gov. Matt Bevin. The award was presented to J.P. Kelly, president, and Dale Heath, safety director.

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Bobbi Anderson, MSN, FNP-C, recently joined Murray Medical Associates Murray-Calloway County Hospital. She graduated from McKendree University with a bachelor of science in nursing and completed her master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden. She completed 323 clinical hours at Murray Medical Associates, where she decided to take a permanent position. Anderson has also worked at Lourdes as a staff/surgical nurse since 2010 and previously at MCCH from 2008-2010. She is member of the American and Kentucky Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Association of Pre and Perinatal Practitioners and Nurse- Midwives.

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Murray-Calloway County EMS has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

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Jed Clark, of Mayfield, was recently re-elected vice-chair of the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board (KSPB) during its summer meeting. KSPB board members are appointed -- four by the Kentucky Soybean Association, two by Kentucky Farm Bureau and one by the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. The Kentucky representatives who serve on the United Soybean Board and the American Soybean Association Board are also members of the KSPB by virtue of those positions. The Kentucky Soybean Board invests Kentucky's soybean checkoff in research, education and promotional projects and activities across the state.

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Lingaiah Chandrashekar, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital by establishing his practice at Mercy Health-Paducah Gastroenterology. Chandrashekar earned his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College at Bangalore University in Karnataka, India. He also earned a doctorate degree in microbiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. He completed his internal medicine residency at Louisiana State and his fellowship in gastroenterology from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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The Ray & Kay Eckstein Regional Cancer Care Center at Baptist Health Paducah opened its doors two years ago this summer, but it houses a cancer program that has been nationally accredited for almost 20 years. The oncology program recently received its seventh consecutive three-year national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer means Baptist Health offers a full-service program with excellence in diagnostic and treatment-related services, patient support and community education and outreach. To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years, meet 34 CoC quality care standards and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Baptist Health Paducah celebrated 50 years of cancer care in 2017. The multi-disciplinary program has been nationally accredited since 2001, with the area's only radiation oncology service accredited since 1998.

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Blythe CPAs & Advisors, a Paducah-based accounting and financial services firm, announces the following promotions:

n Catherine Blythe DuPerrieu, CPA-partner. She is responsible for the firm's assurance services. Her focus is in providing audits of financial statements to small and mid-sized privately held companies and employee benefit plans. DuPerrieu is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Kentucky.

n Andrew Higdon DuPerrieu, CFP-partner. He provides consulting services and oversees firm operations. He is an investment adviser representative with Blythe Investment Advisors, where he provides investment management services to businesses and individuals. DuPerrieu is a certified financial planner professional and earned his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Kentucky.

n Heather Jane Campbell, CPA-manager. She assists in the management of the firm's assurance services. She joined the firm in 2014. Campbell is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor's degree in accounting and master's degree in business administration from Murray State University.

n JoAnna Sue Harper, CPA-senior. She assists with the firm's assurance and accounting services. She joined the firm in 2016. Harper is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor's degree in accounting and master's degree in business administration from Murray State University.

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Amy Byrd, APRN, has joined the staff of Mercy Health-Paducah Ear, Nose and Throat. She will begin seeing patients Sept. 9. Byrd brings to the practice more than 23 years of service and experience in the Paducah community. Byrd earned her nurse practitioner degree from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. She is certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Byrd has 10 years of experience as a practicing otorhinolaryngology APRN and 13 years as a registered nurse with Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital.

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Sam Crane was recently promoted to loan serving specialist lead at Paducah Bank. Crane, an eight-year veteran at the bank, is a graduate of Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Ind. She also attended Murray State University. Paducah Bank is a locally-owned bank with six locations in Paducah and Louisville.

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Shannah Poindexter, Lourdes Hospital's community relationship manager for its home health and hospice departments, has received the Leader of the Year Award from Paducah Professional Women Inc. Poindexter has worked at Lourdes since 2012. She has served as the president of Paducah Professional Women for the past year. She is a previous recipient of the organization's Emerging Professional Award. Poindexter was selected as this year's recipient based on her community involvement, including her volunteer work with numerous nonprofit boards and event committees.

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Steven Elder, wealth management trust adviser, US Bank, was recently awarded the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) professional certification from the American Bankers Association. The CTFA certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of wealth management and trust. The CTFA exam covers many areas including fiduciary and trust activities, financial planning, tax law and planning, investment management and ethics.

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Jodie Hansen has been promoted to vice president of community and business development at Graves County Economic Development. Her primary areas of focus will be on working with existing business and industry to help them achieve growth in their companies and to identify areas of opportunity for the community by partnering with local agencies and individuals to enhance livability and the overall quality of life across Graves County. Hansen has been employed by the organization since 2017, previously serving as project manager where she worked projects that brought over 400 full-time jobs and $100,000,000 in investments to the community.

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Jeremy B. Alexander, formerly of First Kentucky Wealth Management division, has been promoted to senior vice president, retail, at First Kentucky Bank. Alexander has been employed at the bank since 2012. He has over 16 years of banking experience. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1997. He is currently enrolled in the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also currently pursuing a leadership certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Perry Myers recently joined Paducah Bank as an IT systems administrator. Myers, who has more than 10 years of experience in information technology, is a graduate of Lone Oak High School. He earned bachelor of science degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University with a concentration in audio engineering. He also received a master of science degree in telecommunications systems management and holds a Security+ certification.

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Averitt Express was recently named to Forbes magazine's list of 2019 America's Best Large Employers. To determine the list, Forbes partnered with independent market research company Statista to survey 50,000 Americans who are employed by businesses with a workforce of at least 1,000. All surveys were anonymous, and participants were asked how likely they would be to recommend their company to others. They were then asked to nominate companies from industries outside their own. The final list ranked the top 500 large companies featuring more than 5,000 employees, and the top 500 mid-size companies with workforces of 1,000-5,000.

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Twenty-nine law enforcement officers from agencies in the state recently graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. They included Logan Barrow and Jeremy A. Teague, from the Paducah Police Department, and Thomas H. Reynolds, of the Calloway County Sheriff's Office. The graduates complete 20 weeks of training, which consists of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction in a number of major training areas related to law enforcement.

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