SIKESTON - William "Willie" Chasteen will retire from the Missouri Department of Transportation on Oct. 1 after more than 29 years of service.
Chasteen began his career with MoDOT as a highway designer and for 20 years he held positions with the maintenance department, retiring as an operations engineer.
"Willie has served the citizens of Missouri with a passion for making the department the best we could be," said MoDOT District Engineer Scott Meyer. "From his early days in design to the bulk of his career spent operating and maintaining the roadways, he has always taken pride in his work and always looked for the best value for the taxpayer.
"During the last five years, Willie has taken the role of our resident expert in maintenance. He has passed that experience along to many of us who have had the pleasure of working with him."
Chasteen's plans for retirement include traveling, spending time at the lake and spoiling his grandchildren. Chasteen and his wife, Cathy, have one son, Mike Chasteen; one daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Joe White; and two grandchildren, Gavin Chasteen and Ashton White.
SIKESTON - Ten-year employee Loretta Ellis was honored Aug. 19 by Miner Nursing Center.
Ellis, who works in housekeeping, was praised for her dedicated service to the Miner Nursing Center residents by David Ellinghouse, administrator.
BLOOMFIELD - Shane Taylor of Bloomfield was recognized for his work in helping farm customers prosper.
Taylor, a farm marketer with Cargill AgHorizons' farm service business in Sikeston, was one of nearly two dozen farm-marketing specialists honored for superior customer service and sales at Cargill AgHorizons' national sales conference, July 26-27 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Taylor is his second year with Cargill AgHorizons. In his current position, Taylor focuses on identifying customer needs and seeking to meet those needs through the grain marketing solutions provided by Cargill AgHorizons.
"Consistent among all of this year's winners is their ability to listen well to customers, then effectively execute and deliver on solutions that are tailored to customers' expressed needs," said Dan Dye, president of Cargill AgHorizons. "Our top performers consistently demonstrate the kind of noticeably high performance that drives our business - to help our farm customers prosper."
SIKESTON - Tina Wilson has rejoined the staff at Southern Aire, 919 S. Kingshighway.
A massage therapist, Wilson receive massage therapy training at Metro Business College in Cape Girardeau and is a nationally certified therapist. She is a 1993 graduate of Charleston High School. Call 481-0027 for more information or to make an appointment.
POPLAR BLUFF-- A 20-hour, non-credit course in Medical Office Procedures will start Sept. 20 at Three Rivers Community College.
The course, to be taught by Jody Nelson, of Poplar Bluff, is designed for persons already employed -- or seeking employment -- in a medical office or hospital. Class will meet 5 -- 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 20 through Oct. 18, in Room B112 of the Rutland Library Building on campus. To enroll in the course, or to get more information, call TRCC's Division of Extended Learning toll-free at 877-TRY-TRCC, Extension 690.