Business briefcase: Aug. 24, 2012

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By The Staff

Walls honored for his work for perinatal association


Gary Walls, executive director of the Kentucky Perinatal Association, was  awarded the Dr. Thomas H. Pauly Memorial Award by the Kentucky Perinatal Association board during a ceremony Lake Cumberland State Park.

The award goes to Kentucky residents and members of the KPA who are recognized for their diligent work in promoting the health of mothers and babies in Kentucky in any of several areas: education, patient care, legislative/legal advocacy and volunteerism. KPA board members review nominees annually and make the final selection.

Walls is a charter member of the KPA and has worked for the organization both before and since his retirement. Currently its second executive director, Walls “is a huge part of the heart and soul of our organization,” KPA board member John Morrison said in a release announcing the award.

“Without Gary, it would be extremely difficult for the KPA to continue to advocate as well as it has in the past for perinatal issues. Gary’s knowledge of state perinatal partners 

and advocates throughout the entire state has been a large part of our effectiveness,” Morrison said. “His dedication is matched only by his southern grace and his sense of humor.”

Walls has been associated with the KPA since its beginning in 1988.

The award memorializes Dr. Tom Pauly, who provided leadership in the development of the Kentucky Perinatal Association back in the late 1980s.


Shelby Countians working at fair

Several Shelby County residents are among about 80 employees of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture who are working the Kentucky State Fair, serving in a variety of roles:

  • Bobby LeCompt of Bagdad, an employee of the department’s marketing office, grades beef carcasses for Kentucky beef producers, enabling their beef to compete with other product in the marketplace. He is the only beef carcass grader in Kentucky who is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is the first from the KDA. He has worked for the department since 2005.
  • Dana Jenkins of Pleasureville is a supervisor with Office of the State Veterinarian, and she can be seen at the fair making her way through the show barns to ensure that the livestock are free of disease.
  • Vicky Stucker of Shelbyville is working the department’s farm safety and Agriculture in the Classroom displays in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
  • Chris Aldridge, who works in public relations, is tasked with promoting the fair and showing the public that the department’s staff and its commissioner, James Comer, are on the job.

Comer honored each worker by issuing a release to commend them on their contributions to the department and the fair itself. And the employees showed their commitment to what they do.


DeEsch named as CFO

Valiant Management & Holdings LLC, a leader in management services for the automobile transportation industry, announced that Jesse W. DeEsch, CPA, will join the corporation as chief financial officer.

DeEsch, a resident of Shelby County, has been the principal partner of DeEsch & Associates, LLC in Shelbyville for the past eight years. Before moving to Shelbyville, DeEsch was the assistant controller for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in Trenton N.J.


KentuckyOne Health drops CoventryCares

KentuckyOne Health has sent notice of termination of all contracts with CoventryCares of Kentucky, which operates as a Medicaid managed-care organization under contract with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. These terminations will be effective for the former Saint Joseph Health System facilities on Dec. 1, 2012, and for the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare on Nov. 1.

CoventryCares is one of four MCOs providing managed Medicaid services for Kentucky Medicaid recipients. KentuckyOne Health is and will continue to be contracted to participate with Kentucky Spirit, Wellcare and Passport.

Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet at 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Cardwell House on Main Street in Shelbyville.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has set its annual Taste & Tunes event for 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $20.
  • Financial Peace University, the popular course taught on DVD by Dave Ramsey, will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and continue through Nov. 13 at the Mulberry Building, 701 Main St. in Shelbyville. For additional information, contact Elaina Burks at 502-417-8600 or clayramsey@insightbb.com or Marcia Duncan at 502-321-4978 or Marcia@SOLDonKY.com.

Bits & bytes:

  • A number of anniversary commemorations are planned over the next year as Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company celebrate their 100th birthdays. The centennial year kicks off with a historical display at the Kentucky State Fair.
  • Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. becomes the seventh member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Located in downtown Lexington, the new $6 million distillery is scheduled to open in September with tours starting Oct. 1. It’s the first new distillery to be built in Lexington in more than 100 years.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.63 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-Newswelcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.