Volunteers needed to help sell St. Jude home tickets

WEBB CITY, Mo. — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is in need of volunteers to assist with selling Dream Home Giveaway tickets March 28-29.

Volunteers will be answering phones during the early bird live sellathon. Shifts are available from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28; and from 5 to 7 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 29.

St. Jude Dream Home tickets are $100 each and only 6,500 tickets will be sold for the fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2T6ey5J, by a printable mail-in form or by calling 800-303-4413. The 2,600-square-foot home in Webb City features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and has an estimated value of $275,000.

To sign up to volunteer online, go to https://sjo.samaritan.com/custom/515/#/opp_details/2146, or email Sydney.Watson@stjude.org for questions.

Missouri American names new president

Missouri American Water this week said it has named Debbie Dewey its new president, effective March 25.

Dewey replaces Cheryl Norton, who has been named senior vice president of American Water’s Eastern Division and president of New Jersey American Water.

Dewey is the president of Indiana American Water and Michigan American Water, and has served as the vice president of Operations for Indiana American Water, where she led operations across the state before her recent position.

She also served in several key positions in utility, economic development, industrial and small-business sectors. She started her career at Westinghouse Electric Corp., where she was involved in strategic planning and field technology services. She also served as manufacturing and product general manager at General Electric Corp., where she led more than 1,100 employees.

Dewey has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida.

Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people, including Joplin residents.

Tyson announces DNA trace back program

Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, announced this week it is working with IdentiGEN to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin.

A DNA sample from cattle entering Tyson's Open Prairie program will be used to trace the origin of individual cuts of beef as they move through the supply chain. The DNA TraceBack process is intended to assure customers that beef products they buy were sourced from ranches where the cattle were raised to meet specific requirements, such as no antibiotics and no added hormones.

“This is about meeting growing demand for more transparency about how food is produced,” Kent Harrison, vice president of marketing and premium programs at Tyson Fresh Meats, said in a statement.