Business briefcase: Dec. 7, 2012

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By The Staff

Adams named to board of development council


Libby Adams, executive director of Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, Inc., has been elected Kentucky’s alternate director on the board of the of the Southern Economic Development Council, the SEDC announced this week.

Adams will serve a 1-year term, beginning in January. She most recently served the SEDC as the chair of its 2011 and 2012 membership committee and has been a member of SEDC for 17 years.

“As a professional association our main goal is to provide tangible benefits to our members that help them to advance the economic prosperity of the area they serve,” SEDC Chairman Mallie Combs said in a release announcing Adams’ appointment. “Libby will be a great asset in helping us achieve this goal.”

The SEDC is an 870-member professional association spanning 17 states that is composed of a broad cross-section of active and influential economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies.

The organization offers professional development opportunities throughout the year and this year drew more than 400 to its annual conference.


Masonic’s Magness honored
Masonic Home of Shelbyville’s Director of Nursing, Sally Jo Magness, was honored by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities as the 2012 Statewide Director of Nursing.

Magness, a registered nurse, has served Masonic as director of nursing since 2002. During that time, Masonic Home of Shelbyville has won more statewide awards than any other long-term care facility in Kentucky, including the 2010-11 Facility of the Year award from KAHCF.

“Sally Jo is dedicated to providing quality care for our residents,” Masonic Home of Shelbyville Executive Director Debra Finneran said in a release announcing the award. “Under her leadership, Masonic Home has received a five-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for four consecutive years and is nationally recognized for resident and employee satisfaction.”

Also honored was Brigette Stark, assistant director of nursing, who received a Kentucky Healthcare Foundation Scholarship. The home staff also received three Central District awards for professional achievement; Carlene Miller for Support Services, Vickie Maggard for Registered Nurse and Linda Wagner for Dining Services.

New U hires 2

New U Salon at 308 Taylorsville Road in Shelbyville has added two new stylists:

  • Angela Phillips is a master stylist with 18 years experience in the hair industry who specializes in the latest color and hair cutting techniques and in bridal parties and special occasion up-dos. She lives in Bagdad with her husband, Scotty Phillips, and two children, Cameron and Kaeleigh. Her hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and late evenings by appointment.
  • Christy Webb has moved from Fantastic Sams, where she has been a stylist for the past year,  and is available by appointment at 633-3318.

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have an early morning mixer at 7:30-9:30 Wednesday at the main office of Citizens Union Bank, at 1854 Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

Bits & bytes

  • The Herald-Leaderin Lexington and four other Central Kentucky newspapers this week joined those newspapers that charge for unlimited access to their Web sites. The Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Interior Journal in Stanford, Jessamine Journal in Nicholasville and Winchester Sun also are making the change. More than half of newspapers – including The Sentinel-News – now charge in some form for online access, said David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Press Association.
  • Louisville was named Lonely Planet's "Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013." Destinations on the list range from emerging and up-and-coming to perennial favorites.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 22 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42 as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.39, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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.