Business briefcase: April 26, 2013

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By The Staff

AT&T rolls out faster network in Shelby


AT&T launched this week its 4G LTE network in Shelbyville, which company officials say is the latest generation of wireless network technology.

The network is 10 times faster than 3G, which is the network for most AT&T customers and works with 4G enabled smartphones and tablets, a company release said. The company also said that the network will reduce latency, which will improve video streaming, gaming and 2-way video calling.

“For many consumers, especially rural residents with access to only satellite and dial-up broadband service, 4G LTE service provides a high-speed Internet access that fits their needs and provides fast Internet speeds like those available in larger cities,” Nancy Jarett, AT&T regional director, external affairs, said in a release announcing the new network.  “For consumers living in suburban and urban areas with more high speed broadband service options, 4G LTE affords new competitive high speed broadband choices.”
State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) has led legislative efforts to relieve AT&T and other providers from state regulations that require them to provide landline services.

“The entire reason behind our efforts to modernize Kentucky’s telecom laws was because businesses and consumers across Kentucky, not just in Shelby County, are demanding access to better connectivity,” Hornback said in the release. “This announcement is great for Shelbyville, but there are more Kentuckians who stand to benefit from technology investment if we can get the rules right.”

2 joins APT

Courtney Jensen recently joined Associates in Pediatric Therapy as a speech language pathologist. Jensen received her bachelor of health science in communication disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and her master of science in 2012. She is Kentucky board certified and is finishing her clinical fellowship year (CFY) to obtain CCC from ASHA. Jensen has completed several field placements in pediatrics, including the University of Kentucky communication disorders clinic, and Jewish Hospital/Frazier Rehabilitation in Shelbyville. She has worked with children with autism, apraxia of speech, down syndrome, articulation and language disorders, phonological disorders and developmental delay. She and her family live in Shelbyville.

Lauren Wilson recently joined APT as an occupational therapist. Wilson received a master of science in occupational therapy from Spalding University in 2012 and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Bellarmine University in 2008. She is also certified in Kentucky to use deep physical agent modalities. Wilson has level II fieldwork at Jefferson County Public Schools, working with elementary and pre-school aged children among other experiences.

Tipton promoted at CUB

Citizens Union Bank announced that Sally Tipton has been promoted as a mortgage originator. She will work out of CUB’s Shelbyville downtown mortgage office/bank location.


Shelby Energy sponsors event
Shelby Energy and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will be platinum sponsors of the 2013 Special Olympics State Summer Games.

The statewide games take place May 31 to June 2 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and will include competitions in track and field, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce and flag football.

“Our sponsorship is just one of the many ways that Shelby Energy supports our communities,” Shelby Energy spokesperson Candi Waford said in a release announcing the sponsorship. “We’re especially pleased to be part of the Special Olympics because it touches so many lives. One of one of every six families in Kentucky is involved, either directly through the athletes or indirectly through coaches, donors and volunteers.”

The state summer games are the Kentucky Special Olympics’ largest competition of the year. Typically, 1,200 athletes, 600 coaches and 500 family members attend. Each athlete qualifies through participation at a regional or area-level event.

Shelby Energy is a not-for-profit, locally based organization that provides affordable, reliable power to citizens in Shelby, Henry, Trimble, Carroll, Oldham, Jefferson, Spencer, Owen, Franklin, and Anderson counties.

Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation will conduct its monthly board meeting at 8 a.m. today at the SDC offices in the Cardwell House on Main Street in Shelbyville.
  • The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at Atmos Energy, 105 Hudson Blvd. Members should RSVP to shelbyvilleboardofrealtors@gmail.com.
  • Kentucky Chamber President Dave Adkisson will be the featured speaker next Friday at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon, which will be at 11:30 a.m. at Stratton Center. Cost is $20 for members, $30 for others. RSVP by next Friday at www.ShelbyCountyKyChamber.com.


Bits & bytes­

  • McDonald’s restaurants in Shelby County will be offering a new Egg White Delight McMuffin that will be prepared with freshly grilled 100 percent egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and white cheddar served on a new muffin. Freshly grilled egg whites and white cheddar are also available on any existing egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches and platters, providing customers a new way to enjoy their breakfast favorites.   
  • Bardstown, which calls itself the Bourbon Capital of the World, has been designated the first-ever “Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.”
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 10.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.58 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 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50.


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.