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
3:41 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Cadiz-Trigg County Comprehensive Plan Overhaul in Beginning Stages

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The Cadiz-Trigg County Planning Commission is in the beginning stages of updating its comprehensive plan.

Planning commission Chairman Bob Brume says the update is routine and should cost approximately $10,000 to $15,000.

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Roads & Highways
3:29 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Ohio River Bridge Restrictions Begin Monday

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Traffic restrictions on the US 51 Ohio River Bridge connecting Wickliffe, Kentucky to Cairo, Illnois, begin Monday morning that will essentially limit traffic to passenger vehicles. The 50 day restriction allows Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractors to repair deck stringers, replace 10 joints and patch the bridge deck. The work zone restrictions include dual wheeled trucks, buses, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers

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Society
2:52 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Former Paducah Sun-Democrat Executive Editor Dies

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The first executive editor at The Paducah Sun-Democrat, which later became The Paducah Sun, has died. Preston Kennedy was 90.

The Paducah Sun reports Kennedy died early Thursday at St. Joseph Jessamine Care Center in Nicholasville. The Hager and Cundiff Funeral Home says arrangements are still pending.

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Society
2:49 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Paducah Police Chief Resigns

Paducah Police Chief James Berry has resigned to take a position as Kentucky State University’s Director of Safety and Security Affairs.

City Manager Jeff Pederson accepted Berry’s resignation this morning, which takes effect Aug. 9. Berry begins his new position in Frankfort Aug. 16.

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Society
12:37 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

More Human Remains Found in Madisonville

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A crew with the Hopkins County Road Department found more human remains Thursday in a creek along Continental Drive while doing repair work from excavation done during previous searches for remains.

Earlier this month some of the street’s residents found human remains behind their homes. The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department says it gave the remains to the county coroner’s office who in turn sent them to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Government
4:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Christian County Circuit Judge Starting Veterans Court

Christian County’s circuit judge is in the final stages of establishing a veterans court that could keep veterans guilty of crimes out of prison.

Judge Andrew Self will lead the county’s veteran court that he says should be up and running by the end of the year. Self says the specialty court will connect participants with Veterans Affairs programs in addition to keeping them from behind bars.

“They are paying taxes rather than being a burden on our tax system and still then provide them with the kind of help or assistance they need to restore their lives or get their lives back together. Because of our proximity to Fort Campbell a veterans court just seemed like a very natural connection for our community.”

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Business
4:35 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Springhill Suites Hotel Coming to Murray

A new hotel is coming to Murray that will bring 35 jobs to the area.

The Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that a Marriott hotel called Springhill Suites should open in North Murray by January 2015.

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Society
2:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Paducah Requesting Bids for Third Greenway Trail Section

The City of Paducah is requesting bids for the third section of the Clyde S. Boyle Memorial Greenway Trail after the state approved design plans last week.

City spokesperson Pam Spencer says the third section includes a tunnel under U.S. 45/Cairo Road and connects the two existing segments of the greenway. She says construction should start this fall on the 1.2 mile section and be open to the public next spring.

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Morning Cram
7:49 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Morning Cram [beep boop beep boop edition]

From NPR: More than half the moms in Japan quit their jobs after giving birth, and it’s hurting the nation’s economy. The new moms simply can’t find childcare. The government’s answer – someday robots will do the child rearing.

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Health Care
7:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Free Medical Services Coming to Mayfield

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Free medical services will be offered in August in Mayfield thanks to a partnership between the Department of Defense and Delta Regional Authority. Mayor Teresa Cantrell says the medical, dental and eye care services will be offered through the DOD’s Innovative Readiness Training Program, which aims to prepare the military in case of a disaster and provide services to the community.

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