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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Morning Cram
8:09 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Morning Cram [dirty pillows edition]

From NPR: A new Carrie movie comes as Halloween approaches, but NPR's Arts Desk Senior Producer Elizabeth Blair isn’t fascinated with the tortured teenager. She’s terrified by the girl’s mother, Margaret White. 

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Crime
7:56 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Parole Denied to Man Convicted of Kidnapping

One of seven people charged in the disappearance and death of a western Kentucky woman has lost his first bid for parole.

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Government
7:46 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Police Say Thieves Cut Cables, Phone Lines to Kentucky Court System

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The Kentucky court system had no phone lines or Internet connections for about two days after police say thieves cut the lines looking for recyclable material.

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Government
7:28 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tennessee Governor Sets Up Judicial Nominating Panel

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued an executive order creating a judicial nominating panel to fill vacancies left after fellow Republican legislators let the Judicial Nominating Commission expire in June.

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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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