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Jonathan S. Badger has joined Thompson Thrift Construction as safety and risk manager.
Prior to joining Thompson Thrift he was a site safety coordinator for FA Wilhelm. While with that company he worked on projects such as the Duke Energy Coal Handling Facility in Edwardsport; the Indianapolis Airport parking structure; an Eli Lilly structural steel shop facility in Indianapolis; and the Altra Indiana Ethanol Plant in Cloverdale.
He also served as regional safety director for Insituform Technologies and safety manager with Traylor Brothers Inc.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in safety engineering/management from Indiana State University. He is an American Heart Association/Heartsaver First Aid instructor.
Christina Smith is the new project manager assistant for Thompson Thrift Construction.
She most recently worked as the manager of The Dawg House in Terre Haute. Prior to that she was an assistant trainer at Pinedale Farms in Ardmore, Ala., and a customer service representative for Travel Mart LLC in Martinsville, Ill. She also has considerable experience in the printing industry having worked for PressTime Graphics, Dynamic Print Solutions and Pap-R-Products. She also worked for Columbia House and CI Telecom.
She holds associate’s degrees in business management and accounting from Harrison College. She is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from that institution. She is from Martinsville, Ill.
Kammy Harmon will serve as the property manager of the Sycamore Terrace multifamily community in Terre Haute for Thompson Thrift.
Prior to this position, she worked as a contract administrator for Alta Construction Services in Addison, Texas, beginning in 2007. From 1999-2006 she served as a regional director/human resources director for Syndicat U.S. Management in Dallas and an asset manager for Syndicat U.S. Management/ Spartan Management in Bryan, Texas.
From 1998-99 she was a property manager/rehab coordinator with Lantower Management in Dallas. She began her career in 1988 as a property manager with Monterrey Asset Management in El Paso, Texas.
She became a Certified Apartment Manager in 1993 and was Monterrey Management’s Manager of the Year in 1995.
Sullivan County resident James Basinger has been named executive director of adult facilities for the Indiana Department of Correction. The former superintendent of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility will monitor operations of all 17 adult facilities for the department. The new assignment is effective immediately.
Basinger is a 20 year veteran with the department. He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction on Dec. 21, 1991 at the Bloomington Work Release Center as a correctional officer. He transferred to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in the summer of 1992.
Basinger held various custody positions while at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility from officer to major, also serving as the Emergency Squad Commander for seven years. He has been a firearms instructor, CPR/first aid instructor, training officer and staff development training coordinator at WVCF. He is also a graduate of the first Emerging and Experienced Leadership Program.
Basinger held the position of major at the Putnamville Correctional Facility from 2000-2003. He was promoted to assistant superintendent in February 2009 at WVCF then promoted to superintendent October 2009 at WVCF.
In April 2009, Basinger retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 76th Brigade of the Indiana National Guard after 25 years of service, beginning as a United States Marine. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and a third tour as the 76th Brigade’s Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major.
Greene County resident Richard Brown has been named acting superintendent for the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility effective today.
He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction August 1991 at Indiana State Farm (now Putnamville Correctional Facility) as correctional officer. In June 1992, he transferred to WVCF as a correctional officer. While at WVCF, he held several positions including correctional counselor, correctional casework manager, unit team manager, and assistant superintendent.
In September 2006, Brown transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility as assistant superintendent. In July 2010, he moved back to WVCF as assistant superintendent.
Brown received an associate degree in corrections from Vincennes University and a bachelor of science in criminology from Indiana State University.
He has served on the Department’s Emergency Squad, and in 2007 graduated from the Experienced and Emerging Leadership Program.
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Jonathan S. Badger has joined Thompson Thrift Construction as safety and risk manager.
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Company invests in Indiana State theater
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AAA plans Member Appreciation Week activities
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On the move: June 16, 2013
Brittany Michaels has been appointed as the community connections coordinator for the Vigo County Public Library.
Secretary of State office to implement technology upgrades
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced technology upgrades to her office’s customer services, including an online tool to allow Hoosier businesses to receive email notices when it is time to file business reports.
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UAP Clinic announces new CEO
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ISU center helps prepare grads for job market
Indiana State University is launching a comprehensive skills training program to certify the skills its graduates have for potential employers.
Eye on the pie: Growth, compensation just as important as jobs themselves
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Sycamore Insurance Associates moves to familiar Ohio Street location
A ribbon cutting ceremony on May 30 marked Sycamore Insurance Associates LLC’s move “back home” to 999 Ohio St., the location of the former Sycamore Agency, Inc.
On the move: June 9, 2013
The Maple Center for Integrative Health announces the addition of licensed massage therapist Nancy Humphries to the clinical staff. She received her training from the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, N.C.
Briefly: June 9, 2013
Scotts Place, formerly Old Gringos, staged a grand opening on Thursday in Marshall, with a Marshall Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
WTHI-TV’s Mark Allen to retire
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Chamber of Commerce: The final strategic initiative: Health and Wellness
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Newsmakers: June 9, 2013
Scott’s Custom Colors recently won a contest through Enterprise which entailed a $5,000 donation to a charity important to them.
Social Security: A reason to smile: Online account options
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Major part of community’s image determined by the newspaper
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Hamilton Center part of trauma-informed community
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Business Cents: Do you have a disaster plan in place for your business?
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Newsmakers: June 2, 2013
The Indianapolis Business Journal recently named Watermark Residential as one of the 25 “Largest Indianapolis-Area Commercial Real Estate Developers.” Watermark was 4th on the list.
Chamber seeks Community of Year nominations
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Community of the Year Award.
On the move: June 2, 2013
Deena Dodd, director of the Terre Haute-based Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, was elected to the board of directors of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn
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Indiana State Fair to host job fair May 30
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