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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Politics
6:03 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Illinois Pushes to Block Hastened Concealed-Carry

Illinois is amplifying its argument that a federal judge reject a legal push by gun-rights advocates to immediately start carrying firearms publicly, rather than waiting months under the state's new concealed carry law.

The law that passed July 9 gives Illinois State Police six months to set up a concealed-carry program before accepting applications. Police then have 90 days to process the forms.

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Society
5:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

OutsideIN Gives New Life To Old T-Shirts

Whitney Jones WKMS

Obion County’s unemployment rate has hovered around 12 percent this year, extending persistent high unemployment since Goodyear closed its Union City Plant in 2011. One woman in the small town of Troy is trying to make a dent in that number while giving new life to her products and a new perspective to her employees.

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Society
2:45 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce to Name Next President

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce will announce the new Chamber president Thursday at its annual dinner.

The full board met Monday to approve the search committee's pick for the job. The committee picked from  four finalists. Two of the finalists were from Murray, and the others were from Kentucky and out of state.

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Crime
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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Education
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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Education
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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Government
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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Business
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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Politics
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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