Averitt Express has been recognized in a national survey as a military-friendly company. According to Viqtory, the company which compiled the survey, military-friendly employers strive to help veterans and other members of the military community transition into employment in the civilian world. In addition to hiring, they assist with retention, advancement and employee development programs. Averitt pledged in 2016 to hire 1,200 veterans by 2020, recently achieving that goal five months early.

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Leon Owens, president of Swift & Staley, has been appointed to the Murray State University Board of Regents by Gov. Matt Bevin. He will serve a terms expiring June 30, 2025. The board consists of eight members appointed by the governor and three other members, including a teaching faculty representative, a non-teaching employee representative and the student body president.

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Sierra Williams-Barnhart, APRN, has joined Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Oncology and Hematology of Murray. She 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 Indiana Wesleyan University. She completed over 700 clinic hours and previously worked as a registered nurse/case manager at the Anna May Owen Residential Hospice House, and Spring Creek Health Care. In her new role at Oncology & Hematology of Murray, she will plan care and provide follow up care to cancer patients in our region.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions: Allison Carter Rains, a Paducah emergency medicine physician, to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services; Krista Amy Fennel, a Paducah nurse practitioner, to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council; Betty Dobson, Paducah, co-founder of The Upper Town Heritage Foundation, and Betty Baker-Wharton, Cadiz, to the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.

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Jansen Barrett, a physical therapist assistant at Baptist Health Rehabilitation, has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Service Award by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association. She will receive the award at the KPTA 2019 Annual Conference in Lexington Sept. 28. Barrett serves as the KPTA's district chair. She has worked at Baptist Health Rehabilitation since 2016. She is a graduate of the physical therapist assistant program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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Steve Cunanan has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Kentucky region. In this role, he will also serve as the CEO of the Louisville area chapter. The Kentucky region includes the Louisville area, Bluegrass area, eastern Kentucky, south center and western Kentucky chapters.

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Janice Cleary has joined Independence Bank in Paducah. She will serve as vice president and lender at the New Holt Road location, focusing on consumer and residential mortgage lending. Cleary has over 35 years of banking experience. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin, the Kentucky School of Banking, National Consumer Credit School in Norman, Oklahoma and Moebs Pricing Institute in Long Beach, California.

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Crizeldo Cariaso, MD, has joined Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Murray Neurology. He completed his medical degree at the University of the East Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. He continued his education with residency training in family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation and neurology. His neurology residency was at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and State University of New York at Stony Brook University Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the New York University Langone Medical Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Cariaso previously worked as a neurologist at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. He also has over 10 years' experience in assessment and management of all neurological cases in the outpatient, inpatient, intensive care unit, and the emergency department.

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