Business briefcase: June 28, 2013

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By The Staff

Best Western Shelbyville receives national award

For the second consecutive year, Best Western Shelbyville has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for Business, a Web-based travel company.

A release said the awards are made to businesses that are top performers based on quality, guest satisfaction and business performance as derived from customer feedback. Quarterly service scores also are measured by the company. The certificate is awarded to those who rank in the 10 percent worldwide, the release said.

Best Western, located at 115 Isaac Shelby Drive, is owned by Brian and Juley Fitzpatrick, and Sharon Calvert and Shanna Harrod are its managers. They were notified in a letter from TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer.

“We are very proud of our accomplishment,” Juley Fitzpatrick said in a note accompanying the announcement.

The management team in a statement also said it would “keep the hard work up for many more accomplishments in the near future.”

The Fitzpatricks recently renovated the hotel and are planning to add a restaurant.


Ivers joins Masonic Home

Georgina Ivers has been named resident services coordinator at Masonic Home of Shelbyville. Previously, Ivers worked at Crestview Center as a billing manager.

In her new position she will report to Debra Finneran, the facility’s administrator.

Ivers lives in Shelbyville with her husband, Jeff, and their two children.


KentuckyOne to fund colon screenings

KentuckyOne Health, parent company of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, announced a $100,000 gift to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation to support colon cancer screenings for low income, uninsured Kentuckians between the ages of 50 and 64.

During the past two years, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the General Assembly committed $1 million through June 2014 to 10 health departments throughout the state to expand colon cancer screening services for Kentuckians at risk. Governor Beshear challenged the Kentucky Cancer Foundation to raise matching funds for the program.

The Kentucky Cancer Foundation’s matching fund is a very unique private-public partnership to support the state’s cancer action plan. The initiative is designed to help more Kentuckians access crucial screening services.

In addition to the $100,000 commitment from KentuckyOne, University of Louisville Hospital, a KentuckyOne facility, has agreed to partner with the Kentucky Cancer Foundation to provide screening services to individuals who qualify through the program. Screenings are also available at these 10 health departments throughout the state.


Cronkite to attend Seven Counties event

A crowd of more than 600 is expected for Seven Counties Services’ sixth annual conference that brings together service and treatment providers, consumers, family members and community supporters to celebrate the role each plays in creating a recovery environment for adults with severe mental illness throughout Louisville and surrounding counties.

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency on 4th Street in downtown Louisville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The keynote speaker is Kathy Cronkite, daughter of famed journalist, Walter Cronkite, and author of On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations about Concurring Depression and On the Edge of the Spotlight: Celebrities’ Children Speak Out About the Their Lives.


Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet 8 a.m. today at the Cardwell House.
  • Shelby Prevention is conducting a special election to fill an opening on its board of directors. Voting is being conducted by E-mail, fax, postal delivery and hand delivery to Shelby Prevention’s offices at 1028 Main St. in Shelbyville. It will end Sunday. For questions, call 437-0491.
  • Leadership Shelby is seeking applicants for its class of 2013-14. Applications are available at the Shelby County Public Library, Shelbyville City Hall and downtown branches of Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Citizens Union Bank and Fifth Third Bank. Or to request an application or for more information, call 502-682-1053. The deadline for applying is July 30.
  • The Shelby County Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College will offer an evening certification class for Certified Nurse’s Aids, including 3 hours of college credit. For more information, contact the Shelby County Campus at 502-213-3626 or stop by Room 118 at the campus to pick up an enrollment packet.


Bits & bytes

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Bluegrass & Backroads, a 30-minute television program that explores the agricultural, cultural, historical and artistic stories unique to the state, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Magazine Feature/Segment for its segment on Kentucky artist Mitchell Tolle.
  • The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Convention convenes more than 10,000 members from throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central American and Africa for a 4-day event held Tuesday through Friday at Kentucky International Convention Center and is expected to generate more than $3.5 million of economic impact.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 10.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.57 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 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.57.


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.