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Merlita Bradley, St. Mary High School chemistry and physics teacher, has been awarded the 2016 Howard Huyck Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award from the Kentucky Lake section of the American Chemical Society. The award is given to a chemistry teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching chemistry at the high school level in the Kentucky Lake section geographical area, which covers west Tennessee, west Kentucky, southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois and eastern Arkansas. Bradley joined the St. Mary faculty in 2015, having previously taught and lectured chemistry courses at Xavier University in the Philippines. She is also an adjunct chemistry faculty member at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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Jennifer Rukavina, meteorologist for WPSD-Local 6, has been selected to be among the first group of "40 Under 40" Croation Americans as chosen by the National Federation of Croation Americans Cultural Foundation. The award celebrates the success and commitment of the next generation, recognizing their talent, accomplishments, potential and pride in their Croation heritage among the honorees. Rukavina has received three Emmy nominations and is a three-time Best Weather Award recipient from the Kentucky Associated Press. Rukavina has been with WPSD for 13 years, and has served as chief meteorologist since 2007.

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Brenda Langlois was recently named executive director of the Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity. Previously, she served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force specializing in nuclear weapons. After retiring from the military, she worked in the banking industry for eight years.

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Crystal Janes, Green Acres Health Care administrator, recently received the Ira O. Wallace Scholarship from the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities at its awards banquet in Louisville. KAHCF is the trade association that represents proprietary and nonproprietary long-term care facilities throughout the commonwealth.

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Chase Denson has been hired as manager of U.S. Bank's Reidland branch. He has been in the financial services industry for four years. Denson earned a bachelor's degree in business administration/management from the University of Alabama.

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Seth Allgood has been hired as manager of U.S. Bank's Kentucky Oaks Mall branch. He has been working in the financial services industry for 11 years. Allgood has a bachelor's degree from Murray State University.

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Ashley Johnson has been promoted to district manager for 10 retail branches of U.S. Bank throughout McCracken, Marshall, Graves and Calloway counties. She has been with U.S. Bank since 2004, most recently as a treasury management specialist for western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

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Carolyn Ramage has been promoted to branch manager of U.S. Bank's downtown Paducah branch. She has been with U.S. Bank since 1982, most recently as Reidland branch manager. Ramage will be responsible for leading the branch staff and managing all sales and customer service activities at the branch.

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Trish Jordan has been named executive director of regulatory services at Baptist Health Paducah. She has been in nursing and health care 18 years, including the last two at Baptist Health. She previously worked for Mercy Health System in critical care, quality, regulatory and patient safety areas. She has an associate degree in nursing from West Kentucky Community and Technical College and is pursuing a master's degree from Western Governors University.

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Jamey Locke has been named regional director of operations-West Region, for Baptist Health Paducah with responsibilities including school clinics, Walmart Express Care, urgent care and occupational medicine, in addition to the EMS network. He joined Baptist in October 2014, after 15 years as director of Mercy Regional EMS. He has a bachelor's degree from Mid-Continent University and an MBA from Bethel University.

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Adam Ogle, who joined Baptist Health Paducah as director of emergency services in January 2015, has been named executive director of critical care and emergency. He had worked as an emergency department charge nurse and house supervisor at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and as a house supervisor at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center in Alabama. He received a bachelor's degree in nursing from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, and a master's degree in nursing from Western Kentucky University.

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Michael Tutor has been named the new executive director of heart and cancer services at Baptist Health Paducah, where he has served since 1988. He began as a radiation therapist and became radiology coordinator in 1993. Director of diagnostic imaging and oncology since May 2014, he has assisted in implementing many new services and programs, including the current construction of the Regional Cancer Care Center, opening and expansion of Baptist Imaging Center and outpatient imaging centers. He holds an associate degree in radiologic technology from Mississippi Delta Community College, a radiation therapy certificate from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis and a bachelor's degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University. He recently received his MBA from Murray State University.

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Tammy Thompson, public relations coordinator at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, has been elected board secretary to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. She will serve as secretary to the board of regents through June 30, 2017. Thompson has worked at WKCTC since 1993. She earned an associate in applied science degree from Paducah Community College and a bachelor's degree in radio and television from Murray State University in 1991. She has also worked as a television producer/director for WKCTC's television department for 16 years.

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The Murray-Calloway County Hospital pediatrics laboratory has been given a positive report following a one-day inspection by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation. The lab was graded in a number of areas including quality control, performance improvement, human resources, proficiency testing and instrument maintenance.

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Roy Lowdenback has been named executive director of advancement at Baptist Health Paducah. Lowdenback has been at Baptist since June 2014, directing fundraising efforts through Baptist Health Foundation Paducah. Under his leadership, a new President's Circle of more than 200 members has donated $415,000 for hospital improvements. He is a former associate vice president and chief development officer for Georgetown College; advancement officer for the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences; and major gifts associate for Bowling Green State University. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown College and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University.

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Matt Snow has been named executive director of facilities at Baptist Health Paducah. He joined Baptist Health in October 2014 as director of facility services, responsible for biomed, security and facilities on the hospital campus and all off-site locations. Snow previously worked as a project engineer for Marcum Engineering and as a HVAC sales engineer for Harshaw Trane. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and an MBA from Western Governors University. He is a licensed professional engineer and certified energy manager. He has served as president of Leadership Paducah Foundation Board and just completed Leadership Kentucky. He serves on the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance board of directors and as secretary and energy liaison for the Kentucky Society of Health Engineers.

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Zachary L. Johnson, Murray Police Department, is one of 27 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Graduates completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers to comply with the state's Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998.

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Toni Stricklin has been named salesperson of the year for 2016 by Century 21 Service Realty. She has been a Kentucky licensed real estate sales associate practicing in Paducah since 2005.

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Peggy Block, West Kentucky Community and Technical College professor, has been selected as a delegate from Kentucky to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) House of Delegates. The House of Delegates (House) is an APTA policy-making body composed of voting chapter delegates from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, non-voting delegates and consultants. Block, coordinator of WKCTC's physical therapist assistant program, will serve a two-year term. Hired at the college as a PTA instructor in 1990, Block has served as PTA program coordinator for the past 25 years. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1974 and master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1996.

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Sandra Gilkey, MD, family medicine, has joined the staff at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. She has a bachelor's degree in biology from Western Kentucky University and a medical degree from the University of Louisville. Gilkey completed her family practice residency at Trover Regional Medical Center in Madisonville. Most recently, she worked as a physician at West Kentucky Total Care in Nortonville.

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Lauren Jackson, MD, has been named medical director of anesthesia at Baptist Health Paducah. A Paducah native, Jackson has practiced at Baptist Health since 2013. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Washington.

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Beth Killion, RN, BSN, is the new director of case management at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and is currently working on a master's degree in business administration with a focus in healthcare from Bethel University. Killion has nearly 10 years of nursing experience, including five years in case management.

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Dr. Rockne Brubaker has joined Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates in the newly formed practice Mercy Ear, Nose and Throat. Brubaker has 29 years of clinical experience in otolaryngology. He began his career in private practice, then transitioned to academic medicine as a teaching professor at Loyola University. He completed his otolaryngology residency at Washington University and a general surgery internship at Jewish Hospital, both in St. Louis. He received his medical doctorate from Rush University Medical School in Chicago, and undergraduate from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

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Precision Machine, Inc., Paducah, announces the following personnel changes:

n Alan Sexton has been promoted to general manager. He joined PMI in 1986 and has served previously as a machinist and account specialist. A Marshall County native, he received his journeyman machine certification from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in 1989 after training at the Marshall County Vocational School. He was a member of the Leadership Paducah Class #24.

n Clayton Parker has assumed the role of machine shop foreman. He joined PMI in 1984 as a machinist and has recently been in the CNC department. A Marshall County native, he received his journeyman machine certification from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in 1989 after training at the Marshall County Vocational School.

n Kevin Harper has been promoted to operations manager. He will oversee off-site operations as well as the mechanic and fabrication shops. Harper began his career in 1982 and became a millwright supervisor in 1993. He has also served as an account specialist serving customers in Arkansas, Alabama and Kentucky. He is a Lone Oak native.

n Ray Fennel has assumed the role of estimator-purchasing agent. The Calloway County native began his career in 1993 at PMI as a machinist. He has also served and millwright supervisor and account specialist. He is a graduate of the West Kentucky Technical Center.

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The Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky has announced its 2017 officers and directors: Marty Johnson, Johnson Plaster & Vinyl, Inc., Paducah, president; Craig Schwettman, Pinnacle, Inc., Benton, vice president; Chris Black, Ray Black & Son, Inc., Paducah, treasurer; Brian McReynolds, Jim Smith Contracting Co., LLC, Grand Rivers, immediate past president. Directors - Chris Bright, Morsey Constructors, LLC, Calvert City; Bruce Chester, Chester Mechanical, Inc., Paducah; Chris Clark, John Clark Construction, Murray; Max Cleaver, Cleaver Construction Co., Inc., Murray; Jeff Crass, Air-Tite Insulation, LLC, Paducah; Roger Dillingham, Crouch Building Associates, Inc., Mayfield; Danny Dyke, DC Electric, Benton; Kirk Edwards, Kit-Mo Rental & Supply Co., Paducah; Barry Griffith, CFSB, Paducah; John Hale, Bill Adams Construction, Inc., Murray; David Kelly, Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins & Blankenship, Paducah; J.P. Kelly, Triangle Enterprises, Paducah; Paul King, Peck Flannery Gream Warren, Paducah; Mike Lawson, M.P. Lawson Construction, Paducah; Michael Martin, Morgan, Trevathan & Gunn, Benton; Greg McKeel, McKeel Equipment Co., Paducah; Crystal Sanders, James Sanders Nursery, Paducah. Established in 1953, AGC of Western Kentucky is a trade association of over 400 of the top contractors, service providers and suppliers comprising western Kentucky's commercial construction industry.

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Alison Sasseen, APRN, has joined Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Oncology and Hematology of Murray. Sasseen comes to MCCH after serving at various health care facilities in the region, including Baptist Health Medical Group Hematology Oncology as a nurse practitioner, Jackson Purchase Medical Center as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, and Marshall County Hospital as a registered nurse in the emergency room and intensive care unit. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a master of science degree in nursing. She also holds a bachelor of science in nursing from MSU and has 13 years of experience in hematology and oncology.

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Dr. John Broadbent has joined the medical staff of Murray-Calloway County Hospital as a cardiologist. Broadbent completed his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and chemistry at the University of Kentucky in 1986, and earned his M.D. from the University of Louisville College of Medicine in 1990. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in 1993 followed by a cardiology fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship. Broadbent was a part of the credentials committee at Western Baptist Hospital, the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and the house staff council at Henry Ford Hospital. He is in the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Steven Survant, a respiratory care tech, cardiopulmonary, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, has been named one of six students in Kentucky to serve on the Kentucky Society of Respiratory Care. The KSRC, a chartered affiliate of the American Association of Respiratory Care, is a nonprofit organization serving the respiratory profession. Survant is currently finishing his associate's degree and registered respiratory therapist certification at Madisonville Community College.

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Brad Clark, MBA, has joined Jennings & Associates Financial Advisors as a relationship manager. His experience includes public and corporate accounting, commercial banking, trust services and financial planning. He holds a bachelor of science in accounting and an MBA from Murray State University, and recently passed the Certified Financial Planner exam, working toward that certification.

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Jason Riley, Graves County Schools transportation director, has been selected by the Kentucky Department of Education to serve on the 2018 school bus mechanical specification subcommittee. Riley is in his ninth year as Graves County's transportation director. Previously, he was a teacher for 10 years.

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Baptist Health Paducah has revamped its bariatric and weight loss management services, bringing in two new surgeons:

n Anthony Davis, MD, earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, Pa., and completed a general surgery residency at Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio. Following a minimally invasive surgical fellowship in bariatrics at St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, Conn., he practiced bariatric surgery eight years prior to joining Baptist Health. Davis is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgery.

n Stanley Hahn, MD, is a 25-year veteran of bariatric surgery. He earned his medical degree and completed a general surgery residency at the University of Iowa, where he trained with Dr. Edward E. Mason, considered the "grandfather of bariatric surgery" for inventing the gastric bypass in 1967 and the vertical banded gastroplasty in 1982. Hahn has performed more than 2,000 surgeries since he began his practice in 1992.

Baptist Health Weight Loss offers minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic gastric bypass, adjustable band and vertical sleeve surgical options, as well as medical weight loss options, based on an individual's need. There are free monthly information sessions and patient resources, including support groups, dietary consultations, pre- and post-operative education.

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Robyn Shapiro, owner of Rene' Advertising Specialties in Paducah, has joined Innovations Branding House as a branded product specialist, merging the two interests. Shapiro has owned Rene' Advertising, an organization her mother started in the mid-'90s providing branded promotional items to local businesses.

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