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.


12:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Police Looking for Hazel Bank Robber

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at approximately 9:11 AM, a black male entered the BB&T Bank in Hazel, KY.   The unknown male was armed with a handgun and demanded money from a teller.  The teller complied and handed over an unknown amount of money.   The male then exited the bank and ran off on foot in an unknown direction of travel.  The robber was described as a black male approximately 6’0” to 6’6”, slim build.   The robber was wearing light colored pants, a long sleeve red plaid shirt, a ball cap and some type of clothing covering his face and head.   The robber was armed with a handgun and is considered to be “armed and dangerous”.

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Morning Cram
8:04 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Morning Cram [twist and shout edition]

From NPR: The founder of a game that’s responsible for many awkward party moments for many years has died. Chuck Foley, the co-founder of the game Twister, died earlier this month at the age of 82. His son says Foley enjoyed creating things.

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7:36 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Measure to Help Tennessee Students Attend Community Colleges

Tennesseans looking to attend a two-year public community college are getting some assistance.

Gov. Bill Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing yesterday at Chattanooga State Community College establishing an endowment of at least $35 million through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation for need-based students.

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7:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

McCracken County High School Opens

McCracken County Public Schools held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for its new high school Thursday.

After seven years of planning and two and a half years of construction, public school superintendent Nancy Waldrop revealed McCracken County High School to the public and discussed some of the school’s priorities.

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6:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Tennessee June Revenues $3.2M More Than State Budgeted

Tennessee’s Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says revenues in June were more than $3 million than the state budgeted.

Martin said in a release Thursday that state tax collections for last month were weak, but he said it marks the 11th consecutive month this year of positive growth in total collections. Sales tax collections were $100,000 less than the estimate for June, but franchise and excise taxes combined were $2.3 million more than budgeted. The general fund went over by $8.9 million.

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4:10 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hopkinsville City Council Passes First Reading for Water Rate Increase

An ordinance gradually raising water bills about 31 percent in Hopkinsville is set for the city council’s approval.

Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority General Manager Derrick Watson says the ordinance which spreads the increase over three years unanimously passed its first reading at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Watson says if the increase passes its second reading the additional revenue will go toward projects in Hopkinsville.

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3:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Stumbo Loses Redistricting Stay Bid

A three-judge panel has denied a request for a stay in two lawsuits asking that judges redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky.

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo sought the motion for a stay. He says it's the General Assembly's job to set the boundaries.

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5:41 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Canaan Chosen Early In NBA’s Second Round, Daniel Signs as Free Agent

Updated 12:28 p.m.

Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan is headed to the NBA as the newest player on the Houston Rockets. Canaan was the 34th pick in last nights draft selection. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year watched the draft surrounded by family and friends in his hometown of Biloxi, Miss.

Murray State officials say the Rockets also signed Canaan's teammate Ed Daniel as a free agent Friday, which means he will play in the team's summer games.

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3:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Federal Judge Ed Johnstone Remembered for Changing Kentucky Prisons

Credit Larry Spitzer/Courier Journal / exploreuk.uky.edu

Federal judge Edward Johnstone who reformed Kentucky’s prison system died yesterday at age 91.

The longtime Princeton Kentucky resident served as a circuit court judge in Lyon, Trigg, Livingston and Caldwell counties in 1976 before President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the federal bench the following year.

Johnstone mentored Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham when he was a young lawyer. Cunningham says Johnstone was well respected in the law community even if people did not agree with his policies.

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4:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Ag Officials Say Mosquito Control Safe, But Farmers Still Concerned

Credit wikipedia.org

A means to control mosquito swarms this summer around Land Between the Lakes is a concern for an organic farmer that lives less that 10 miles from where the Department of Agriculture plans to spray.

Hillyard Farms owner Brad Lowe grows organic crops and raises cattle, hens and pigs in Murray. He says although the insecticide won’t have a direct effect on his farm, he is still concerned.

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