■ The 43rd Annual Environmental Commission Awards were held Nov. 6 at the E.S. Good Barn. This year's award winners are: Baptist Health Lexington, Outstanding Landscaping and Native Plant Utilization; Beaumont Residential Association, Neighborhood Landscape Improvement Project; Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, Implementing Student-driven Sustainability Projects and Events; CMTA, LEED (Platinum pending) Building Construction; Cub Scout Pack 103 Elizabeth Ann Seaton, Cleanup of the Squires Road Bike Path; Friends of Wolf Run, McConnell Springs Watershed Floating Wetland Island Project; Kentucky American Water Co., Environmental Community Contributions; Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission and Lowes Charitable and Education Foundation, Richmond Road Stream Restoration Project; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Old Frankfort Pike Dry Stone Fence Project; and Wendy Havens, Watershed and Neighborhood Stewardship in Sustainability Projects.
■ Expressions Tea in Somerset has been awarded the Sodexo National Spirit of Service Award for Community Service, which recognizes an individual or team that best demonstrates the CARES behaviors — compassion, accountably, respect, enthusiasm, and service.
Sodexo selected Expressions Tea because of its commitment to and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These individuals play a key role in the catering crew by helping to provide a gourmet dining experience for customers throughout the region.
Expressions Tea, which opened in June 2013, is a program of Bluegrass.org and Bluegrass Oakwood. They host monthly teas for graduations, baby showers, birthdays, bridal showers and more.
■ Mr. Appliance At Lakes Edge, owned by Steve and Kristy Hughes, earned the Mr. Appliance Rookie of the Year Award at The Dwyer Group International Conference. The Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the Mr. Appliance franchise that, within their first 18 months of operation, demonstrates outstanding performance in sales and building the organization. Mr. Appliance at Lakes Edge is located at 347 Southland Drive. Phone: (859) 629-4111. For more information, visit Mrappliance.com/lakesedge.
■ Garmer & Prather attorney Jerome P. Prather has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which has been conducting peer-review ratings for more than a century, recognizing lawyers for their ethics and professionalism. Prather focuses his practice on representing individuals who have sustained serious injuries as a result of defective products, medical negligence, or the carelessness of others, as well as other complex civil litigation. His practice is devoted to representing plaintiffs.
■ Total Quality Logistics is featured in the second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, and in the November issue of Inc. magazine, recognizing private businesses that have generated the most jobs in America.
TQL created 642 jobs from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, placing it as both the top private business job creator from the state of Ohio and from the Logistics & Transportation industry. Overall, TQL was No. 13 on the list of the top 100 private business job creators in the country.
TQL is a provider of transportation logistics services in North America. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati, and has a satellite office in Lexington at 2716 Old Rosebud Road that employs more than 50 people.
Job seekers should visit Tqljobs.com for more information about sales careers with the company. For a complete list of TQL offices across the country, visit Tql.com/contact-us.
■ Matthew Wagers, a service desk technician with Integrity IT, has become a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo