News briefs: 2-19-14

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By The Staff

Smith promoted to manager
at Department of Corrections
Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Kim Potter-Blair recently announced the promotion of Kristin Smith of Lawrenceburg to branch manager for the department’s re-entry and home incarceration branch, according to a news release.
Smith began her career in corrections in 2007. She most recently served as program administrator for DOC’s Victim Services Branch where she oversaw operation of Kentucky’s automated victim notification services and advocates who assist victims with requests related to their offender’s incarceration or upcoming release.
“Kristin Smith has proven herself to be a tremendous asset to the department,” Potter-Blair was quoted as saying in the release.
Smith serves on the Kentucky Victims Assistance Academy Steering Committee, and DOC’s Re-entry Committee (KARE Team). She served on the initial First Lady’s Shop & Share Committee and she is currently chairing seven teams for DOC that are tasked with implementing multiple projects within the department.
A 2012 graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership program, Smith received the agency’s top award, a “Commissioner’s Award,” in 2010 for the “Project Safety” training initiative offered by the Victim Services Branch.
A resident of Lawrenceburg and native of Knox County, Smith is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology.  

Bluegrass Cellular seeks students’ help
to end distracted driving
This spring local teens will have the opportunity to help put an end to texting and driving in south central Kentucky with Bluegrass Cellular’s “DRIVE NOW. TEXT L8R” public service announcement or PSA contest, according to a news release.
The contest, open to high school students living in Bluegrass’s 40-county home-service area, challenges students to produce short television public service announcements (PSAs) that discourage others from texting while driving, organizers said.
 Students have from now until Friday, April 18 to submit their videos.
Once submitted, the PSAs will be reviewed and scored by an expert panel of judges. A portion of the final score will also come from a community vote, which Bluegrass Cellular will host via social media.
The winning PSA, to be announced May 1, will air on local television and in Bluegrass Cellular stores throughout the month of May.
The winning student or team of students will receive $1,000, as well as the opportunity to shadow the WBKO newsroom in Bowling Green or advertising agency Doe-Anderson.
For a complete list of guidelines and submission instructions, visit bluegrasscellular.com/answer_zone/community. Students can also pick up an informational packet from their school guidance counselors or one of Bluegrass Cellular’s Customer Care Centers. To find the nearest Bluegrass Cellular Customer Care Center, visit bluegrasscellular.com/locator.
For additional information about the DRIVE NOW. TEXT L8R. PSA contest, contact Sarah Strader, Marketing and Public Relations Administrator for Bluegrass Cellular, at orsstrader@bluegrasscellular.com.