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.

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Government
7:22 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Mississippi River Mayors Ask for Increase In Army Corps of Engineers Funding

Mayors from cities along the Mississippi River are calling on Congress to increase U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding to keep commerce flowing on the waterway.

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Government
6:33 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tennessee Supreme Court Denies Voter ID Challenge

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The Tennessee Supreme Court declined to overturn the state’s voter identification law that the city of Memphis and two voters challenged last year.

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Government
6:24 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tennessee Officials Take Steps to Curb Traffic Deaths

Tennessee transportation officials are using message boards across the state to try to curb the number of traffic fatalities.

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Government
6:21 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Illinois Delaying Release of September Unemployment Rate

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is delaying the release of its September employment data because of the partial government shutdown.

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Society
2:52 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kentucky Non-Profit Gives Grants to Public Libraries to Expand Collections, Improve Literacy

Non-profit Kentucky Book Fair is giving three of its seven grants to public and community college libraries in our region.

Livingston County Public Library is receiving one of the largest grants with 15-hundred dollars to purchase more books about the arts for adults and children.

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Education
7:30 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Community Eligibility Option Allows Some Kentucky Students to Eat Lunch Without Paying

Fresh fruit cups sit in the Mayfield Middle School cafeteria.
Whitney Jones WKMS

Unlike many government programs, federal reimbursements for school meals are not being affected by the government shutdown. But schools can choose from different federal programs like Free and Reduced meals or Community Eligibility to cover costs for students in need.

One of those programs allows all students in a qualifying school or district to eat for free.

Children file in at Mayfield Middle School for lunch. The popular option? Dominoes Pizza with wheat crust.

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Government
4:39 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Library Makes First Payment on Prevailing Wage Judgment

The Hopkins County-Madisonville Library is one step closer to resuming renovation on its new location after making a $28,000 dollar payment on its nearly $100,000 prevailing wage judgment.

When construction on the library’s new home began, Library Board President Carolyn Ferrell said the board misunderstood the prevailing wage requirements, which apply to public projects with budgets larger than $250,000.  

Ferrell said board and library foundation members met with Jerald Adkins with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in Frankfort last week to discuss payment options for the rest of the bill.

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Education
2:36 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Webster County Schools Makes All Recommended Changes from State Audit

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The Webster County school system is correcting some financial accountability issues brought to light by Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen earlier this summer.

Edelen addressed the issues to a legislative committee yesterday.

Assistant Superintendent Riley Ramsey said the district’s changes included requiring a superintendent to sign off on expense reimbursements and written public evaluations of the district’s superintendent.

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Agriculture
4:34 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Government Shutdown Keeps Farmers from Signing Up for Federal Programs

Kentucky Farm Bureau officials say the lack of a budget because of the partial government shutdown is preventing farmers from getting loans they need through federal agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service or Farm Service Agency.

KFB’s National Affairs and Political Education Director Joe Cain said farmers interested in signing up for government programs are at a loss because many federal employees are furloughed.

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Agriculture
4:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Farm Bill Expires, Milk Prices Could Double Next Year

News of the partial government shutdown has overshadowed the October first expiration of the Farm Bill, which sets the nation’s policies on farming and nutrition. 

Calloway County Dairy farmer Jim Stahler said he believes most Kentucky farmers continue their daily operations. He said if one aspect of the Farm Bill is not addressed before the end of the year it will affect people’s pocketbooks more than farmers’ operations.

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