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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Society
4:32 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

McCracken County Fiscal Court Postpones Grievance Hearing

The McCracken County Fiscal Court is emergency management director Paul Carter time to prepare for his grievance hearing. Carter was suspended five days without pay for a reported scuffle with a tow truck driver.

Carter alleged the Fiscal Court failed to follow proper protocol in disciplining him. He retained attorney Jeremy Ian Smith Monday to represent him in the grievance.

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Education
4:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

$4.5M Grant Awarded to School Systems Near Fort Campbell

Credit mspmentor.net

The Department of Defense Education Activity awarded two school districts near Fort Campbell with a $4.5 million dollar grant to help students in military families.

The grant is being split between school districts in Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tenn., and Christian County, Ky. The grant will fund a liaison at each school district to help connect with and involve parents.

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Government
4:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Makes Some Money Back on Defunct Fuel Lab Equipment

Kentucky made back most of the money spent on equipment for the Department of Agriculture's now-defunct fuel lab in an auction today.

Division of Surplus Property Director Danny Ford says total bids exceeded $1.8 million this afternoon. The state originally paid about $2 million for the equipment. Bids came in low Monday but increased as the auction’s close neared.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment Resigns

Credit Legislative Research Commission Public Information

A state representative legislative staffers have accused of sexual harassment has resigned.

Democratic State Rep. John Arnold submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear today. A special legislative committee that’s investigating the charges against the Sturgis lawmaker was scheduled to have its first meeting next week and could have recommended Arnold’s censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Sierra Club Calls Water Treatment Permit Ruling Landmark

The Sierra Club is calling a circuit court decision to overrule a Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet permit that allowed a coal-burning power plant to dump polluted water into the Ohio River a landmark.

Louisville Gas and Electric’s Trimble County power plant uses settling ponds for wastewater before sending it into the Ohio River. The Energy and Environment Cabinet issued a permit for this treatment effective April 2010. Sierra Club Kentucky Energy Chair Wallace McMullen said the permitted treatment isn’t enough to keep the water clean.

“We were fairly appalled that they were letting water which has been used to try to absorb all the nasty poisons in the flue gas – arsenic, mercury, barium, what have you – and it’s just going straight into the Ohio without any significant treatment,” he said.

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Government
3:06 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

McCracken County Fiscal Court to Hire Sebree Attorney to Fix Zoning

Michael Murphy
Credit http://mccrackenfiscalcourt.com/

The McCracken County Fiscal Court plans to hire a Webster County attorney to fix zoning map errors, according to the county’s Attorney Michael Murphy. 

Murphy said the errors come from the switch to Geographical Information System mapping, which is much more accurate. He said finding someone slightly outside McCracken County and the contentious lots is part of the Fiscal Court’s upcoming decision to hire Tommy Joe Fridy of Sebree.

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Education
4:06 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Murray State Ranks High on Best Colleges List

Credit nse.org

US News and World Report named Murray State University as the eighth best public regional university in the South.

Murray State has consistently ranked high on the annual report and was the only Kentucky university to place within the top 25 schools this year. Murray State ranked as the 14th best public regional university in the nation.

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Education
3:55 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Board of Regents Set March Meeting to Coincide with Presidential Finalists Visit

Credit nse.org

The Murray State University Board of Regents has set its March 2014 meeting to coincide with the final presidential candidates' visits to campus. 

Board Chair Constantine Curris told regents at Friday's quarterly meeting they should plan to be on campus from March 11-15 to meet with Witt/Kieffer consultants and the presidential finalists. The board decided to keep the presidential search confidential until the finalists are chosen. Then they will release the names to the community. 

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Education
7:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Regents Choose To Keep Presidential Search Confidential

Credit Murray State.EDU

Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris says the board has come to a consensus that the presidential search should be confidential up until the final stages.

The regents discussed confidentiality at their annual retreat Thursday. Curris says the kind of candidate Murray State is looking for should be open to some exposure.

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Education
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Murray State Presidential Search Committee Weighing Confidentiality Suggestions from Search Firm

Credit nse.org

Presidential Search Committee Witt/Kieffer told a Murray State University’s Presidential Search Committee Wednesday that it would be best to keep the names and specific details of the search process confidential.

Witt/Kieffer Managing Partner John Thornburgh told the Presidential Search Committee keeping those details under wraps would open the pool to higher quality candidates who might not want their name announced publicly. Committee Chairman Pro-tem Harry Lee Waterfield said the regents want to bring the best candidates in and will consider Thornburgh’s advice.

We feel there’s a trend nationally for really good candidates to want to not be in an open process where their name is battered about and we don’t want to limit the pool,” Waterfield said. “We’re going to try to find a way to have a process that’s open but maybe not as wide open as some in the past.”

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