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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. During their time at the academy, Otterson earned a squad leader award and Baldwin, 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 comprised on 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. In his new role, 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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