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Nurse practitioner Kelly Patterson, APRN, recently joined Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiothoracic Surgery. She has more than 10 years of experience providing nursing care to patients in western Kentucky. A board-certified nurse practitioner, Patterson earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Murray State University and a master's degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Union University, in Jackson, Tennessee.

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Amy Futrell has joined FNB Bank as the market president for Murray-Calloway County. She brings over 30 years of banking experience having served in various roles including mortgage loan originator, vice president, special assets and vice president, retail sales. Futrell is a graduate of Murray State University with a bachelor's degree in business with an area in finance.

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The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky has announced the appointment of the Honorable Alan C. Stout as the Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the district effective. He succeeds Judge Thomas H. Fulton, who had served in that role since December 31, 2012. Chief Judge Stout has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the district since October 25, 2011. He will continue to hold court in Louisville and Paducah.

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WPSD Local 6 has announced one promotion and one new employee on its staff.

Elizabeth Neelley was recently promoted to local sales manager. She has extensive experience serving the region as a local account executive for 14 years. Prior to joining WPSD, Neelley worked in the editorial and publicity department of Broadman and Holman Publishing in Nashville, the publishing division of Lifeway Corporation. A Paducah native, she is a graduate of Samford University with a BA in journalism and mass communications.

LouAnn Simpson joins WPSD as traffic manager. She has 38 years of experience in broadcasting, including positions in accounts receivable, national sales, and traffic management.

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Zachary VanVactor has been promoted to member (partner) in the law firm, Stites & Harbison, PLLC. He is part of the firm's business litigation service group, Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana offices. VanVactor regularly works at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts around the country. His practice focuses on business litigation, class action and multidistrict litigation, financial services litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, intellectual property litigation and professional liability defense. He is a native of Possum Trot in Marshall County. Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, he served for two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas B. Russell, U.S. District Judge, in Paducah.

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Flagship Communities, which operates 44 housing communities in four states including Kentucky, has acquired its second residential manufactured housing community in Paducah, Southwood Pointe. With the addition, Flagship now owns over 225 lots in the Paducah market. Southwood Pointe is located at 749 Bleich Road, Paducah.

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Daniel Richardson, Eddyville, has moved his real estate license to Lake Homes Realty. With the brokerage, Richardson will specialize in lake homes and land on and around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

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Dr. Pat Withrow has been named one of three new board members for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He is director of outreach and physician advisor at Baptist Health Paducah. A retired cardiologist, he previously served as a vice president and chief medical officer of the hospital, as well as director of the Heart Center. Withrow's recent advocacy work to promote a cigarette tax increase and a tobacco-free schools law follows a long history of health promotion efforts in the commonwealth. His "Wizard of Health" presentations for elementary students focus on healthy eating, exercise and refraining from smoking. He has toured more than 10 counties in western Kentucky presenting the program "The Adolescent Brain and Substance Abuse" to middle and high school students.

Justin Anderson was named 2019 Employee of the Year by TempsPlus Inc. Employment Services. The selection is made from among thousands of employees who have worked with the agency during the past year. Anderson's selection was based on recognition of his strong work ethic and appreciation of his positive attitude in the workplace and with his coworkers.

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Amber Turnbow has been named COPD Navigator for Baptist Health Paducah. In this role, she will provide patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and their families with educational information and support. She will instruct patients on proper medication usage, equipment and how to prevent exacerbation. She also will be working closely with physicians, nurses and case managers to assist with patient needs and recommendations for outpatient consultations and rehabilitation. Additionally, she will provide smoking cessation education. Turnbow has a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration. She has been a respiratory therapist for 15 years, and joined Baptist Health's respiratory department last April.

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Jessica Gossom, APRN, has joined Mercy Health-Paducah Gastroenterology. Gossom earned her nurse practitioner degree from Chamberlain University. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and her associate's degree from West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Gossom previously worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital.

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Long-time primary care physician Ron Wilson, MD, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Wilson and nurse practitioners Anna Bushong, DNP, and Kristen Carter, DNP, are located at Baptist Health Medical Group Primary Care, 4620 Village Square Drive, in Paducah. Wilson earned a medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at University of Louisville Internal medicine. Bushong graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice from Murray State University. She is certified as a nutrition and wellness consultant from American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Carter graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Kentucky.

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Fifteen local firms recently received 2019 Chapter Safety Awards from the AGC of Western Kentucky. Four companies were awarded for having reached a milestone 200,000-plus hours without a lost-time incident. They included Triangle Enterprises, Beltline Electric, Premier Fire & Safety and Swift & Staley, all of Paducah. Other companies recognized for achieving a zero lost-time incident rate with the highest man-hours within their division.

Awarded in the general contractor division were Morsey Constructors, Calvert City; CESA Contractors, Calvert City; and Artisan Contractors of KY, Mayfield. Specialty contractor division winners were Chase Environmental Group, Kevil; Thornton Heating & Air, Murray; IMAC, Calvert City; and Asphalt Paving, Inc., Calvert City. Receiving awards in the service provider division were JMS Russel, Paducah; LECGI, Inc., Louisville; and Rivercrest Engineering, Paducah. The residential division winner was Burnett Custom Homes, Cunningham. All are members of AGC of Western Kentucky in Paducah.

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Thirty-three law enforcement officers from agencies across the state, including JonMichael T. Wentworth, Paducah Police Department, recently graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid and CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and the mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.

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In 2020, the Baptist Health Paducah cancer program will celebrate nearly 20 years of being nationally accredited. Baptist Health Paducah reached the milestone of 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. Recent technology upgrades have included da Vinci robotic surgery, 3-D mammography and stereotactic radiosurgery, which can reduce radiation treatment from weeks to days. The oncology program received its seventh consecutive three-year national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) in 2019. The hospital's Ray & Kay Eckstein Regional Cancer Care Center provides a variety of cancer services in one location.

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Peel & Holland Insurance has announced its expansion through a recent merger with Riddle Insurance, of Madisonville, and its subsidiary, R. Barga and Company Insurance, of Benton. The companies provide business property and casualty insurance, surety and bonding, family insurance, and employee benefits plans, along with workplace wellness programs. This merger combines teams totaling 83 employees in seven regional office locations across western Kentucky.

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Leah Brewer, a customer service specialist, has been named Employee of the Quarter at The Murray Bank. She is a graduate of Murray State University, and has worked at the bank for over three years. The Employee of the Quarter award is decided by the vote of fellow employees.

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Ali Homayuni, MD, interventional cardiologist, has joined Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Murray Cardiology Associates. Homayuni completed his medical degree at State University of New York Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and completed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital in internal medicine. He continued his education by becoming board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine/endovascular medicine and echocardiography. He previously worked as an interventional cardiologist with Cardiosolutions in Hazard.

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Kyle Hensley has been named Trigg County market president for FNB Bank. In this role, Hensley will be responsible for overseeing the market in all aspects with the primary responsibility of leading the business development and relationship management tasks for both lending and deposits. He has 16 years of banking experience having previously served as vice president and loan officer for the bank. He will continue serving as a loan officer alongside his new position. Hensley is a 1998 graduate of Trigg County High School and a 2002 graduate of Murray State University with a bachelor of science in advertising and marketing. He also graduated from the Kentucky Banker's Association General Banking School in 2012.

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Ike Nichols has been named McCracken County market president for FNB Bank. In this role, Nichols will be responsible for overseeing the market in all aspects with the primary responsibility of leading the business development and relationship management tasks for both lending and deposits. Nichols has 12 years of banking experience having previously served as residential lender and branch manager for the bank. He will continue serving as a loan officer alongside his new position. Nichols is a 2007 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of arts degree in corporate communications. He also completed Kentucky Bankers Association General Banking School, the Tennessee Bankers Association Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking. He also received an executive leadership certificate from Wisconsin School of Business in 2019.

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City National Bank of Metropolis has recently announced two new hires and two officer appointments.

Van Aldridge has been hired as assistant vice president and IT manager. Aldridge has over 30 years of IT experience in the financial industry. He comes to CNB from Computer Services, Inc. of Paducah, where he most recently worked as a professional services engineer.

McKell Hillebrand has been hired as a loan officer. Hillebrand has three years of experience in agriculture lending, most recently with River Valley Ag Credit in Paducah. She also participated in a six-month internship with Farm Credit Mid-America in Louisville. Hillebrand has a bachelor of science in agriculture from Murray State University.

Lisa Parmer has been appointed collections officer. Parmer has worked for CNB for 13 years in various capacities. Her previous titles include teller, customer service representative, operations assistant and compliance assistant. Parmer has an associate of arts degree from Shawnee Community College.

Jacob Pegram has been appointed loan officer. Pegram has been with CNB for five years. After starting as a teller, he was moved to loan operations and collections, then promoted to loan representative. Pegram has a bachelor of science in agriculture business from Murray State University.

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Rebecca Craig, MD, has joined Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Women's Health of Murray. Craig completed her medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed her residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She continued her education by becoming board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She previously worked as an OB/GYN at McLeod Medical Center in Dillon, South Carolina where she served as chairman of the department since 2012. She has over 13 years' experience in delivering obstetrics and gynecologic care to women.

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Michael Searcy has joined Paducah Bank as the senior credit underwriter and portfolio manager for metro markets. The long-time Louisville resident is a 25-year banking veteran with extensive experience in credit underwriting, analysis, and loan review. Searcy spent 15 years as vice president and credit review officer of First Capital Bank of Kentucky in Louisville and eight years as a consultant with ProBank Austin. He is a graduate of Hanover College with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and a concentration in accounting.

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Melissa Roman has been named a commercial banking specialist for First Kentucky Bank. Most recently, she served as assistant branch manager at the bank's Mayfield Sixth Street office. She has been at First Kentucky since 2016 and has six years of banking experience. Melissa attended Graves County High School, as well as Mid-Continent, and holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology and counseling.

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Rachel Collins has been named news director at WKMS, Murray State University's National Public Radio station. She will lead local news content strategy at WKMS, including reporting, editing and training reporters, including Murray State student reporters. Collins is a Murray State alumna and has spent the last six years reporting for the Marshall County Tribune-Courier.

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Kyle Rodgers has joined Easterseals West Kentucky, Inc. as director of marketing and development. He is a 2011 Murray State Universitya graduate with a business degree in organizational communication and a minor in marketing. Rodgers has been involved with non-profits for nearly 10 years. In his new role, he will provide oversight of marketing, public relations, and donor relations, in addition to grant writing, fundraising, and other areas of community outreach.

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