Newsmakers July 19, 2009

Craig Helmuth has been named program associated for the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
His responsibilities include planning and implementing special events, volunteer coordination and office administration.
Before joining the DTMSA, he was employed by Staggs Interior as a designer. He had been the operations manager at Magnolia Wholesale for 13 years before working at Staggs.
Helmuth studied horticulture at Mississippi State University.

The Mississippi chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives recently presented Gerald Wages with the 2009 Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year award.
Wages, North Mississippi Health Services’ executive vice president for external affairs, received the award at the ACHE meeting held during the Mississippi Hospital Association’s 78th Annual Leadership Conference. Wages is an ACHE fellow.
The ACHE award is presented annually to a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of health care experience “who has made significant contributions toward the achievement of ACHE’s goals and the advancement of health care management excellence,” according to the group.

Terry Anderson, executive director of the Tupelo Regional Airport, has been named to the board of directors for the the Mississippi Airports Association for 2009-2010.

Union County School of Career and Technical Education conducted an advanced 300-hour electrical training class June 1- July 10. Graduates who completed the training are certified by the National Center for Construction Education. The certification is recognized nationally by commercial construction contractors.
This training is sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation and funded by the Choose Construction Initiative and the Construction Users Round Table.
The graduates were Amber Stanford of Shannon; Maria Knox , Monica Wilson, Micha Foster and Timothy Black, all of New Albany; Matt Chunn, Blue Springs; Daffery Thaddeus Thomas, Prairie; Matthew Hurt, Tipplersville and James Alvin Ferrell, Oxford.

Ken Pearson, a package car driver for UPS, was recognized by the company for completing 25 years without an accident. He was given a 25-year safe driving award for the achievement.
Pearson works out of the company’s Tupelo facility and provides service in Mooreville, Evergreen, Carolina, Dorsey, Peaceville Valley, Peppertown, Mantachie and Unity.

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