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Business Briefcase Sept. 24, 2010

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By The Staff

 BBB alert for job-hunter scams

With the unemployment rate still hovering around 10 percent, the Better Business Bureau has issued an alert to warn job hunters to beware of scammers preying on the unemployed.

BBB warns to beware of these red flags: An employer that offers a work-at-home opportunity, asks for money upfront,  promises of extraordinary salary and benefits, sends E-mails filled with poor grammar and spelling errors and the request for personal information – such as Social Security numbers and bank account information – asks you to check you credit report and encourages you to wire money or forward goods.

BBB says there can be legitimate companies seeking work-at-home employees, but scammers target senior citizens, stay-at-home moms, students and injured or disabled people wishing to work from home. Job hunters should use caution and always research the company with their BBB at www.bbb.org. Deener gets new Sunday show WHAS-AM (840) is adding a weekend edition to its SportsTalk 84 franchise. Former Shelbyville resident and radio personality Drew Deener will host SportsTalk 84 Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon each week starting Oct. 3. Deener currently hosts the weekday Early Birds morning show on WKRD-AM (790) and FM (101-7) and does TV work for the University of Louisville football and basketball. “On Sunday mornings, you get the most passionate reactions from fans. I think people really want to express themselves,” Deener said. “84WHAS is the station I grew up listening to, and to have my own show here is truly an honor.” Said Clear Channel Louisville Director of Operations Kelly Carls: “Local sports fans deserve an opportunity to talk over the games they care about, without having to wait until Monday. Drew has done a great job on SportsRadio 790 and 101-7.” Worthington elected chair of KentuckianaWorks

James C. Worthington Sr., a Louisville attorney, recently was unanimously re-elected to a 1-year term as chair of the KentuckianaWorks Board of Directors. KentuckianaWorks is the Workforce Investment Board for the Greater Louisville region consisting of Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.

Worthington joined the KentuckianaWorks Board in 2002. He has served as chair of the board’s Program Oversight Committee. In 2009, he was chosen to complete the remainder of Board Chair Kimberly Maffet’s term when she stepped down as chair upon accepting a new position with the University of Louisville.

The 33-member board is composed of leaders from business, education, government and labor in the seven-county KentuckianaWorks area. They work together with staff to provide strategic leadership for workforce development efforts in the area. The board and staff also provide administrative support for private and public funding sources.

Chamber events The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has a couple of upcoming events. A morning mixer and grand re-opening will be held at Through the Looking Glass (629 Washington Street, Shelbyville) from 7:30-9 a.m.  today. There will be a grand opening celebration for Under the Sun KY, LLC (702 Main Street, Shelbyville) beginning at 4:30 pm.  Join us for the ribbon cutting and another chance at the Pot of Gold. Bits & bytes: The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will have their next meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30 in the parking lot next to Coldwell Banker Realty on Main Street. There will be a corn hole tournament with prizes. Members should RSVP by  Monday. With thousands of tourists ready to visit Central Kentucky for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky is adding three evening plant tours to its schedule. The evening tours will take place Monday through Oct. 8 at 5, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 11.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.73 per gallon, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.   The Sentinel-News welcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.