PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

Elkton Banking Center

ELKTON -- First Financial Bank has named Tina Sears as manager of the Elkton Banking Center in Elkton. Her office is located at 536 West Main St.

Sears is a native of Todd County. Before starting her career in banking, she served as a critical care unit clerk and later worked for a cellular service company. She then switched to banking, with 15 years of farm lending experience under her belt. Her years of growing up on a farm that produced grains and tobacco proved to be beneficial.

"When First Financial Bank presented me with a career opportunity in August of 2019, I knew I had to take it," she said. "My heart belongs to the Todd County community and I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to my hometown."

She is married to Jason Sears. They have four children.

An open house reception welcoming Sears in her new role will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the banking center. Cake and light refreshments will be provided.

NOTEBOOK

Gatton Academy

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Western Kentucky University and Gatton Academy students were honored for their research presentations at the Kentucky Academy of Science meeting Nov. 1-2.

Students recognized at the group's 105th annual meeting, which was held at Berea College, included Sarah Bell, a Biology and Geography and Geology major from Herndon. Bell placed third for an Ecology oral presentation.

Salute to the Armed Forces Scholarship

In recognition of the commitment and sacrifice of America's military personnel and their families, Western Governors University (WGU), parent university of WGU Tennessee is offering the Salute to the Armed Forces Scholarship. The scholarship is worth up to $3,000 toward a bachelor's or master's degree in IT, business, K-12 education or health care. Applications are now being accepted through Dec. 31.

The Salute to the Armed Forces Scholarship is open to U.S. military veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, and military family members newly enrolling in a WGU degree program. Scholarships will be awarded at the rate of $750 per six-month term, for up to two years. For most programs, that means a reduction in tuition cost of approximately 20%. This is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate's academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.

Troy University

TROY, Alabama -- Kristy Hessler of Fort Campbell, graduated from Troy University during Term 1 of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Hessler attended TROY Online and graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Term 1 includes students at TROY's campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Ala., along with teaching sites outside of Alabama and online.

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