Business briefcase: Jan. 31, 2014

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By The Staff

Shelby Energy to sponsor All-A basketball tourney


Shelby Energy again this weekend is a co-sponsor of the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic, an annual basketball tournament among the state’s smallest high schools.

The games began Wednesday and continue through Sunday for 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams at the Frankfort Convention Center. None of the schools in Shelby County are participating.

The All “A” also awards academic scholarships. Earlier this month, about 70 students received $1,000 awards to attend college. Approximately 30 or more students will receive in-kind scholarships from various Kentucky colleges by the end of the summer.

“The Kentucky Touchstone All ‘A’ Classic basketball tournament allows some of the commonwealth’s best teams to get the statewide recognition they deserve,” Candi Waford, Shelby Energy’s manager of member services, said in a release announcing the sponsorship. “It’s very exciting, but without the All ‘A,’ these boys and girls might be overlooked. At Shelby Energy, we’re dedicated to helping kids from all backgrounds excel in academics, the arts and sports.”


CUB promotes 3 officers

Citizen Union Bank this week announced a trio of promotions to senior vice president:

  • Kim Davis was named senior vice president/marketing.
  • Kim Dodson was named senior vice president/head of treasury management.
  • Bill Williams was named senior vice president/chief credit officer.                             

Jelsma leading Louisville firm

Franklin K. Jelsma, son of Lawrence and Sherry Jelsma of Shelbyville, recently was elected managing partner of the Tarrant & Combs LLP law firm in Louisville.

Jelsma replaced Bill Hollander, who had served since 2007. 

Jelsma is a graduate of Ballard High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his law degree from UK.

In 2000 he was selected as one of "Kentucky’s Leaders for the New Century."


Chamber sponsoring trip

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is offering a trip to Panama for all members through the chamber’s state association. Trip dates are Oct. 8-17. A free Webinar offers members a glimpse of what the trip would include.

Final details on all activities are still forthcoming, but there will be visits and meetings with businesses in the area that have Kentucky connections, as well as visits with the local chamber of commerce, tourism department and World Trade Center.  

Register for the Webinar, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/385694298.


‘Shop & Share’ for awareness

First lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the sixth Annual “Shop & Share” day, a 1-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelters across the state.

The drive will be held at Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1.


Bulletin board

  • HJW and Metro United Way’s free tax preparation will begin this week, 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.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Andrews Pharmacy will celebrate the store’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday. The ribbon cutting will be at noon.
  • There will be another Chamber ribbon-cutting the following Monday for Wizard Graphics..
  • The chamber will have a networking roundtable luncheon at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 12 at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Johnna@shelbycountychamber.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.


Bits & bytes

  • The Commission of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau accepted the resignation of President & CEO Jim Wood effective at its board meeting this week. He leaves the post after nearly 11 years of service. Veteran hospitality industry executive Karen Williams was named his interim replacement. She will serve the next 90 days.
  • Scott Schurz Jr., president and publisher of Advocate Communications, Inc., Danville, was installed as 2014 president of the Kentucky Press Association. Other officers elected were Rick Welch, The Madisonville Messenger, president-elect; Loyd Ford, The Lake News in Calvert City, vice president; and Cheryle Walton, The Beattyville Enterprise, treasurer.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.27 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 not moved  in the last week to $3.27.

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.