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Business briefcase: Feb. 7, 2014

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By The Staff

Shelby Countian Ray honored by Centre

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Centre College named David Ray of Shelbyville as its 2014 Associate of the Year during a celebration last week at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville.

Ray, a 31-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, was recognized not only for his distinguished career but also his notable service to Centre College, particularly his leadership as a volunteer security consultant during the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates hosted on Centre’s campus.

According to Vice President for College Relations Richard Trollinger, much of the success of both events can be credited to Ray’s able guidance and expertise.

“I’m not sure how we would ever have managed preparations for the vice presidential debates without the direction and hands-on assistance of David Ray,” Trollinger said in a release announcing the awards. “His experience and knowledge proved enormously helpful as we carried out events of national significance, involving thousands of media representatives and candidates whose presence created security concerns. Fortunately, David was willing to give generously of his time and energy to help his alma mater set a standard for excellence in hosting a general election debate.”



Throughout his 3-decade career with the Secret Service, Ray served in a number of specialized roles, including a 17-year tenure in Washington, D.C., where he acted as liaison between the Secret Service and the U.S. Capitol, Special Agent in Charge of the Technical Security Division, and Deputy Assistant to the Director for the Office of Training.

He also served in the Presidential Protective Division at the White House, providing security to Presidents Johnson through Clinton, as well as other government officials, both foreign and domestic. In 1986, he returned to Kentucky to serve as Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Office.

Following his retirement from the Secret Service, he was appointed Inspector General of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a post he held until February 2012.

Ray, who lives in Shelby County with his wife, Pam, was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Centre’s Alumni Association in 2000 and in 2005 was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the undefeated 1955 football team.

 

Fawns on Seven Counties board

Maresa Fawns will represent Shelby County on the new board of directors of Seven Counties Services Inc.

Her appointment was announced last week by the organization’s chair, Judge David Holton II.

Fawns’ family receives services from Seven Counties, and she said she would like to help improve the lives of those affected by a developmental disability. She serves as the association executive for the Kentucky Justice Association.

Each board member serves one year. Seven Counties Services is a private, non-profit corporation that provides planning, prevention, treatment and support in the areas of mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse, and developmental disabilities in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties. More than 1,400 clinical and administrative staff members provide services to approximately 32,000 persons each year.

 

USDA offering home loans

Applications are being accepted for special rural homeownership loans from the USDA Rural Development office.

USDA Rural Development has two loan programs that provide affordable homeownership opportunities to rural Americans: the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program and the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program. Both of these programs allow for 100 percent financing, and the interest rate is negotiated between the lender and applicant. It stands now at 4.75 percent.

Additional information on both of these programs is available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ky and click on the Single Family Housing link.

For more information contact the Rural Development office at 502-633-3294 Ext. 4 or visit 65 Breighton Blvd., Suite 3 in Shelbyville.

 

Bulletin board

  • The 13th annual Build, Renovate and Landscape Expo is in Louisville today through Sunday in the Kentucky International Convention Center Exhibit Hall 2D. For more information, visit http://www.homeshowcenter.com
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday for Wizard Graphics.
  • The chamber will have a networking roundtable luncheon at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Johnna@shelbycountychamber.com.
  • The Shelby County Board of Realtors will have its next luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 in the Citizens Union Bank Community Room. RSVP by Feb. 17 to Shelbyvilleboardofrealtors@gmail.com.
  • The Shelbyville Rotary Club will have its annual auction and dinner to raise funds for its scholarship program at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available from any Rotary member. For more information, call Sherman Riggs at 633-5220.
  • The chamber’s annual Community Showcase will be March 22 at Shelby County High School.
  • HJW and Metro United Way’s free tax preparation program is under way, with sessions at 1 p.m.-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 on Saturdays at 330 Main St. The service is limited to the elderly (age 60 and older) and any family with a household income of less than $50,000.

 

 

Bits & bytes

  • A record $1 billion in bourbon and Tennessee whiskey was exported in 2013, according to figures released Tuesday in New York. Exports of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey were up 5 percent, to $1.005 billion in 2013 from $956.8 million in 2012, a $50 million increase.
  • The Kentucky Horse Park has a released a new Web site structure at www.KyHorsePark.com, which adapts for smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
  • The Kentucky Restaurant Association named Josh Moore of Volare Restaurant in Louisville as its 2014 Restaurateur of the Year.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29 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 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.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.