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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Education
3:04 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Murray Elementary Gets Community Garden Through Statewide Initiative

Murray Elementary student carry plants to the courtyard raised bed.
Whitney Jones WKMS

Tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage along with a wide variety of other vegetables will sprout in Murray Elementary’s community garden with support from the Commonwealth Garden Grant.

Phara Bourque built the school’s first raised bed last year when a teacher asked her to help build one in Murray Elementary’s courtyard. Bourque has two children at the school and two more at Murray Middle School.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Against Residents’ Wishes 250-Year-Old Burr Oak Tree Cut Down On Lake Barkley Bridge Easement

Credit Paul Fourshee / Facebook

A rare burr oak tree in Canton was cut down this weekend to make way for the new Lake Barkley bridge, upsetting some Trigg County residents.

They had worked with Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander to save the 250 year old tree. But Alexander says the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet ultimately had to cut down the tree for the project.

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Education
2:18 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Murray State, Kentucky Leaders Break Ground On Engineering Physics Building

Credit Chad Lampe / WKMS

Murray State University leaders and Gov. Steve Beshear turned the ceremonial first shovel of dirt for a $37 million campus construction project today. The Engineering Physics Buildings is the final stage of MSU’s Gene W. Ray Science Campus.

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Society
2:35 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Why Are People More Dismissive Of Smokers Than Those Who Are Overweight?

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More Kentuckians are supportive of higher insurance rates for smokers than for those who are obese, according to a new health issues poll.

The Foundation for a Health Kentucky conducted the study which found a majority of non smokers and former smokers agree higher rates are justifiable for smokers.

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Education
7:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

First Student To Graduate In May From College To Career Experience Program

Blake Hopkins, second from left, at work in the Wellness Center at Murray State University.
Credit Murray State University

Blake Hopkins has said he would go to Murray State since he was a child. But his mother wasn’t sure that dream would come true. There were complications at Blake’s birth that left him intellectually handicapped and doctors weren’t sure he would be able to walk.

But his dream came true.

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Business
4:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Farmers To Join Universities This Year In Industrial Hemp Growing Projects

Credit Whitney Jones / WKMS

Around 120 Kentucky farmers will grow hemp this year as the state enters its second of five years of hemp research and testing as allowed under the Farm Bill.

Adam Watson is the industrial hemp program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. He says though growing hemp commercially isn’t legal yet, there’s growing interest in the crop.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Heavy Rainfall Delays Kentucky Planting Season

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Heavy rainfall across the state is impacting springtime planting. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon said the state has averaged seven inches of precipitation over the last month. Dixon says that's about three inches above normal. 

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Government
2:35 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Paducah Mail Processing Ends This Weekend, Longer Delivery Times Begin

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Changes to the Paducah post office are starting this weekend with all mail processing moving to the Evansville, Indiana, location after today.

American Postal Workers Union Local 2500 Vice President Gerl McKinney said that change could add one or more days to delivery times in the region, which could be critical for some.

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Education
2:21 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Mayfield Schools Names Henderson As District's Next Superintendent

Credit Mayfield Independent Schools

Mayfield Independent Schools Assistant Superintendent Joe Henderson has been promoted to lead the system.

His predecessor Lonnie Burgett announced his plans for retirement last year after serving more than two decades in the post.

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Government
4:51 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Hopkins County Library Requests Operational Funding As Construction Continues On Its New Location

Credit Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, Facebook

The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library asked the city for the same amount of operating funds as it prepares to move to its new location on East Center Street later this year.

Library Director Joel Meador said the $180,000 allows them to continue programming like their health initiative.

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