Smythe joined the CBS Network affiliate as general sales manager in 1998 and was named general manager in 2001. His 11 years as general manager make him the longest running station head since Oscar Hirsch, founder of KFVS-TV.
During Smythe’s tenure, the station launched KFVS12.com, several mobile and digital services and navigated the industry-wide switch from analog to digital transmission in 2009.
In 2010, Smythe’s weekly ViewPoint segment earned an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category of Best Commentary/Editorial. It was also named the 2011 Television Editorial of the Year by the Missouri and Illinois Broadcasters Associations.
Tim Ingram was appointed as vice president and general manager of KFVS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and WQWQ-TV effective Dec. 1.
Ingram was most recently the general manager for Raycom Media station KAIT, the ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, Ark. Until a replacement is found for KAIT, Ingram oversees both of the locations’ operations.
Ingram grew up watching KFVS in Rector, Ark., and has been the general manager at KAIT for four years. Before that post, Ingram served as director of marketing and operations at KLTV, the Raycom Media station in Tyler, Texas. He also served as senior producer and director at WAVE-TV, the Raycom station in Louisville.
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The local and family history section of the McCracken County Public Library has a new director. Paducah native Nathan Lynn has taken over for Vonnie Shelton, who retired from the library Nov. 30.
Shelton began working at the library in 1995 and made good use of her love for genealogy and researching family history. Lynn graduated from Heath High School, Paducah Community College (now West Kentucky Community & Technical College) and Murray State University. He holds degrees in history and parks and leisure services.
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The city of Mayfield hired Thomas Mott as a police officer. Mott, who joined the Mayfield Police Department on Dec. 1, moved to Mayfield from Sarasota, Fla. He has also worked for the Paducah Police Department.
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Four professors in Murray State University’s college of business co-authored a paper that was selected Best of 2011 in the Technology in Marketing track at the Society for Marketing Advances convention in Memphis, Tenn.
The authors are Dr. Fred Miller, Dr. Joy Roach, Dr. Terry Holmes and Dr. Glynn Mangold. The paper, “Making the Case for Business GIS Tools in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises,” discusses the application of geographic information tools (GIS) to business decision making, which is known as Business GIS.
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KeeFORCE, a locally-owned technology consulting firm in Symsonia, hired Steven Harris as its newest support specialist.
Harris provides technical support to KeeFORCE clients throughout the region. He is a 1988 graduate of Marshall County High School and a U.S. Army veteran.
Harris earned a bachelor’s degree from Mid-Continent University.
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Murray-Calloway County Hospital honored nine staff physicians with a combined 225 years of service at the Medical Staff Service Awards Celebration Nov. 17.
Those honored: Dr. Clegg F. Austin with 50 years of experience; Dr. Gene Cook and Dr. William Wilson both with 35 years of service; Dr. Richard Blalock, 30 years; Dr. Steven Trevathan and Dr. Stuart Naulty, 25 years; Dr. David Koelsch and Dr. James Outland, 10 years; Dr. David Bryson, 5 years.
The physicians were honored through a donation in their name to the Medical Staff Scholarship Program. That program benefits junior and senior pre-med students at Murray State University.
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The McCracken County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the 92nd Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville Dec. 2.
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The American Heart Association recognizedLourdeswith the Strongest Company Participation Award for its service in the McCracken County Heart Walk on Sept. 10.
More than 50 Lourdes employees participated in the walk and they doubled fundraising efforts from last year to fight heart disease and stroke. The walk raised $70,000 for cardiovascular research and local preventative education efforts.
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Claudia Stoffel, professor of nursing at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, was one of two people selected as the 2011 recipients of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing President’s Award of Distinction. The award recognizes graduates for distinguished contributions to nursing and to their communities.
Stoffel, a Chicago native, joined WKCTC in 1992 and serves as the coordinator of the college’s practical nursing program.
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After nearly 60 combined years of service to the Murray-Calloway County Hospital, business office employees Andrea Hogancamp and Davanna Woods have retired.
Woods worked at MCCH for 47 years after being hired at the age of 17. She has worked at the main switchboard, in the admissions department and as a patient representative in the business office.
Hogancamp worked as the cashier for 10 years, assisting patients with bill payments and other transactions.
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The Kentucky Association for Health Care Facilities recognized several locals during its annual meeting last week.
Doralyn Warren, registered nurse, received a $2,000 scholarship from the Kentucky Health Care Foundation, Inc. for the continuation of her studies at Indiana Weslyn University. Warren is director of nursing at Superior Care Home in Paducah.
Rachel Englishreceived the Western District Activity Director of the Year Award. English served as Superior Care Home’s activity director from June 2009 to August 2011.
Mike Mallory, WPSD Local 6 anchor, received The Better Life Media Award, which recognizes media representatives for exemplary contributions to the long term care industry. Mallory was emcee and honorary chairman of The Purchase Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s (formerly Memory Walk).
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The city of Mayfield hired Kristi Ryan and Darlene Goff as dispatchers. Both are scheduled to attend the state’s Dispatch Academy in early 2012.
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Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Sidney W. Brantleyof Paducah to the Kentucky Board of Dentistry to serve a term expiring June 30, 2015.
Brantley is a self-employed orthodontist who represents licensed dentists.
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Betty Dobson, co-founder of Paducah’s Uppertown Heritage Foundation, received the Award of Distinction from the Kentucky Historical Society during its 2011 Kentucky History Celebration at the Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort.
The honor is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to state and local history as a volunteer, board member or member of an organization.
James W. Hank nominated Dobson for her work in restoring the Hotel Metropolitan.
The Uppertown Heritage Foundation works to save and collect the history of the Paducah area and to preserve historical structures in Uppertown. Dobson’s work to save the Hotel Metropolitan from desolation and demolition included securing grants and creating a museum in the historically African-American hotel that operated from 1909 until the 1970s.
Dobson was also responsible for creating a committee called Friends of the 8th, which raised money for a historical marker to commemorate the 8th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery that fought at Paducah during the Civil War.
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Kiel Frizzell has been promoted to product support sales representative for the Paducah branch of Whayne Supply Co.
Frizzell joined the company in 2009 as a rental service representative in the Whayne Power System Division.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Mid-Continent University.
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Miranda Wood, private banking/loan assistant at Paducah Bank, graduated from the Kentucky Bankers Association General Banking School.
The KBA organizes the school into two one-week sessions with participants attending classes for one week for two consecutive years. Through her graduation, Wood became eligible for admission into graduate level banking programs.
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Lourdes was selected as a Silver Award Winner in the 2011 Cardiovascular Advertising Awards Program.
Lourdes’ TV commercial, “The End,” announced its new cardiac and endovascular hybrid operating rooms scheduled for completion in 2012.
The advertising awards program is an exclusive competition recognizing the nation’s most talented healthcare marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in advertising.
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Western Baptist Hospital ultrasound technologists Heather Mathis and Stephanie Smith were certified as the hospital’s first breast ultrasonographers.
The certification is through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Ultrasonography helps evaluate breast cancer as breast sonography aids mammography in detection, and is also used to track tumors, monitor blood supply conditions and assist in the accurate biopsy of breast tissue.
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The Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky, a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, installed officers and directors for 2012.
Officers are: President, Dennis Smith, Pinnacle, Inc. in Benton; Vice president, Roger Dillingham, Crouch Building Associates, Inc. in Mayfield; Treasurer, Chris Black, Ray Black & Son, Inc. in Paducah; Immediate past president, Kenny Hunt, A&K Construction in Paducah.
Directors are: Bruce Chester of Chester Mechanical, Inc. in Paducah; Max Cleaver of Cleaver Construction Co. in Murray; Jean Crawford of Crawford Construction Company in Paducah; Danny Dyke of DC Electric in Benton; Kirk Edwards of Kit-Mo Rental & Supply Company in Paducah; Kenny Freeman of Minter Roofing Co. in Benton; Patty Freeman of Western Rivers Insurance in Paducah; Craig Guess of Vanguard Contractors in Paducah; Chris Hayden of NES Rentals in Paducah; Jason Hickey of Premier Fire Protection, Inc. of Paducah; Justin Hopkins of B.H. Green & Son, Inc. in Paducah; Marty Johnson of Johnson Plaster & Vinyl, Inc. in Benton; David Kelly of Denton & Keuler in Paducah; Michael Martin of Morgan, Trevathan & Gunn in Benton; Barry McDonald of Bill Adams Construction in Murray; Greg McKeel of McKeel Equipment Company in Paducah; Brian McReynolds of Jim Smith Contracting Co. in Grand Rivers; Crystal Sanders of James Sanders Nursery in Paducah; Ronnie Toombs of Bass Maintenance Corp. in Wickliffe.
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Stine Seed Company Regional Sales Agronomist Kyle Ross, of Largo, Ind., has been named a Certified Professional Agronomist by the American Society of Agronomy. Ross serves growers in southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Kentucky.
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Richard J. Grana, president of IMPEX in Paducah, was selected to attend the Eighth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Dec. 15 and 16. Grana attended as a fully-credentialed U.S. delegate.
Grana, who is also co-vice chairman of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Small, Medium and Minority Businesses, was one of three delegates selected by the industry organization to travel to the conference. For four years, Grana has worked with the tradec committee that advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on matters of international trade on behalf of Kentucky companies.
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Scott Davis was appointed president and CEO of Paducah-based PEBCO, Inc.
Davis started in his new position Jan. 1.
PEBCO designs and manufactures customized material handling equipment for the dry bulk solids industry. Davis is a graduate of Morehead State University and has experience working as a manager at the Toyota facility in Georgetown, as well as manager of consulting services at the University of Kentucky Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems.
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The city of Mayfield selected Mark Shelton as its Employee of the Month for November. Shelton joined the city’s staff in April 2009 as a public worker.
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Mayfield Police Department Officer Jay Dunn became a Certified Police Officer for Kentucky.
Dunn completed 18 weeks of intensive police training at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
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Murray-Calloway County Hospital recognized Dennis Harper, registered nurse, for earning a master’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Harper, who works in the critical care unit at MCCH, has also obtained an associate’s degree in nursing from West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Originally from Dover, Tenn., Harper lives in Almo and has worked at MCCH for 12 years.