Whitney Jones

News Reporter

Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.


4:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Murray Community Members Discuss How to Rebuild Downtown at Town Hall Meeting

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Murray leaders and residents are forming a vision for downtown after a series of disasters destroyed several buildings this year.

Murray Main Street Director Deana Wright held one of three town hall meetings this morning to get the community’s input on what they want to see downtown after a fire and building collapses.

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3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Haslam Names Lipscomb University Dean Education Commissioner

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named Lipscomb University senior vice president and dean Candice McQueen as the next education commissioner.

McQueen oversees the College of Education and the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students at Lipscomb Academy.

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12:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Hemlock Semiconductor Closing Its Clarksville Plant

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Hemlock Semiconductor is closing its Clarksville plant in Tennessee due to industry oversupply and international trade disputes. The plant’s approximately 50 workers will have the opportunity to relocate to other company or Dow Corning sites.

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4:36 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Payment in Lieu of Taxes for Federal Lands Makes it into Federal Spending Package

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Kentucky Counties will receive awaited payments in lieu of taxes from the federal government, thanks to the “Cromnibus” spending package Congress approved over the weekend.  

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11:18 am
Tue December 16, 2014

KCTCS Names Interim Chancellor; Hopes to Have Permanent Replacement by April

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System named George Edwards as its interim chancellor, as it looks to put a permanent chancellor in place no later than April.

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3:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Contract Awarded in Benton to Continue Bringing I-69 Corridor Up to Standards

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Governor Steve Beshear announced a contract to reconstruct a KY 348 interchange in Benton in another effort to bring Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway up to interstate highway standards for the I-69 project.

Jim Smith Contracting Company won the more than $8 million bid to change the cloverleaf interchange into a diamond one to accommodate for interstate speeds. The project is set for completion June 30, 2016.

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2:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

John Prine to Play at Next ROMP Bluegrass Festival

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Singer-songwriter John Prine is set to play the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s ROMP festival in 2015.

Museum Promotions Director Chris Langdon says Prine has been on their list for several years but was unable to play at ROMP due to scheduling issues.

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6:37 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Murray Human Rights Commission Forum to Gather Input on Fairness Ordinance

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The Murray Human Rights Commission is hosting a town hall meeting Monday night to gather input from community members on the commission’s updated ordinance.

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9:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Turns Around Finances, Raising Its Credit Rating

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The Murray-Calloway County Hospital saw a much better year in 2014 than 2013, turning its finances around and earning a “stable” rating from Moody’s.

MCCH CEO Jerry Penner says the hospital like many others across the nation had negative ratings from the group. While admitted patients did increase nearly 4 percent at MCCH, Penner says that’s not the main reason the hospital’s finances improved.

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3:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Murray State Volleyball To Play Its First NCAA Tournament In More Than a Decade

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The Murray State Volleyball team plays its first NCAA tournament game in 11 years Friday against the University of Illinois. The game begins at 7 in Champaign’s Huff Hall.

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