Business briefcase: April 12, 2013

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By The Staff

Masonic again receives  top rating from magazine

For the fourth consecutive year, Masonic Home of Shelbyville has received a 5-star overall ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes.

The magazine annually recognizes nursing homes in each state that have been evaluated on services, training and quality of staff and other elements.

Of more than 15,000 homes surveyed nationwide, Masonic Home of Shelbyville was among only 12 percent to earn a 5-star overall rating in 2012.

“We provide quality care and services that are unmatched anywhere in Shelbyville,” Debra Finneran, executive director and administrator of Masonic Home of Shelbyville, said in a release about the ranking. “To be considered among the Best Nursing Homes shows our staff and residents take great pride in our community.”

U.S. News & World Report’sevaluation is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer Web site run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a government agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

Facilities earn an overall rating of one to five stars, as well as up to five stars in each of three categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.


Federspiel receives honors

Shelby County Public Library Director Pamela Federspiel has been elected chair of the Kentucky State Board for Certification of Librarians.

Federspiel was appointed to the state board in June 2010 by Gov. Steve Beshear. According to KRS 171.240 the state board is composed of the state librarian and two full-time professional librarians in active public library work, two public library trustees and one professional librarian from a department or school of library science in a state university.

The board oversees certification requirements for librarians, reviews appeals and issues certificates according to the education requirements by the state.


Cook’s closing in Henry

Following the trend of Smith-McKenney in Shelbyville, Cook’s, a Henry County institution since 1964, will close its three pharmacies when CVS Pharmacy opens later this year in Eminence.

Roger Cook opened the pharmacy, which would have celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, first in Eminence and also had a toy store on the corner across from city hall in the 1970s. By the 1980s, Cook had built the present Eminence store site and combined the pharmacy with a retail store that offered hardware supplies.

Current co-owner George McDannold said the decision to sell to CVS is bittersweet.


Bulletin board

  • HJW Career & Financial Literacy Institute, Inc. of Shelbyville, in partnership with Metro United Way, will be hosting the volunteer income tax assistance/tax counseling for the 2013 tax year in Shelby and Oldham Counties. This program is to assist families with free income tax preparation that meet the requirements for receiving the earned income tax credit. The sites will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and certain Saturdays until April 15. For more information, call 647-3027 or 558-0762.
  • Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a Business After Hours at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelbyville Country Club.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a breakfast with state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) at 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Stratton Community Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville. Find out what happened in the 2013 legislative session and what it means for you. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $30 for prospective members. For more information, contact Johnna Maier at 633-1636 or send an E-mail to Johnna@shelbycountykychamber.com.
  •  The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 26 at Atmos Energy, 105 Hudson Blvd. Members should RSVP to shelbyvilleboardofrealtors@gmail.com.


Bits & bytes

  • The broadcast of the Louisville-Michigan NCAA championship game set broadcast history for WLKY-Ch. 32 in Louisville. The game is the highest-rated television event in Louisville history with a 54.0 preliminary Nielsen household rating. In Louisville a household rating point equals approximately 6,700 homes, or 1 percent of the homes in the market.  The 54.0 rating for the basketball game equals approximately 362,000 homes, or 54 percent.
  • The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority Wednesday gave final approval to a project to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville. The authority approved an application by Kentucky Kingdom LLLP for performance-based incentives, which could be as much as $10 million over 10 years, according to a state news release.
  • April 20 & 21 has been designated Realtors Nationwide Open House Weekend. Conditions in Kentucky show home sales are increasing, interest rates are still near record lows and housing supply is becoming scarce. This event opens the doors to homes throughout the U.S. and internationally.  The weekend gives buyers the opportunity to visit several homes in two days to gather information on the inventory available and provides sellers with increased traffic to their property.
  • About 60 people, including local and state dignitaries, gathered at Buffalo Trace Distillery last Friday to break ground for Warehouse X, a 1,500-square-foot building that will be able to manipulate and test the effects of humidity, temperature, air flow and sunlight on taste of bourbon.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58. Including that change prices were 32.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 1.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 32.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.