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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Crime
4:31 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Man Robs First National Bank in Paducah

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Paducah police are looking for a man who robbed First National Bank in Paducah this afternoon.

Bank employees told police a man came to the bank at about 2:20 p.m., went behind the counter and demanded money. They gave him an undetermined amount of cash and he fled on foot. The approximately 6 foot, 200 pound white man was last seen running west on Jefferson Street.

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Society
2:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

400 Mile Yard Sale Leads to Several Marshall County Traffic Accidents

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Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars says last weekend’s 400 Mile Yard Sale caused an uptick in traffic accidents in his jurisdiction.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Tennessee Speakers Seek Review of No-Bid Outsourcing Deal

The Tennessee House and Senate speakers say they will seek a review of a no-bid contract with a real estate firm because it once counted Governor Bill Haslam among its investors.

The Haslam administration hired Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle for a $1 million contract to consult on office space issues. That deal has since evolved into a five-year, $38 million contract to manage all state-owned and leased properties outside of higher education. 

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Roads & Highways
12:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Hinkleville Road Zoning Changes

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Three parcels of land off Hinkleville Road in Paducah housing an elementary school and two churches could undergo a zoning change that would make their operations easier.

City Planning Director Steve Ervin says the city’s planning department initiated the switch from Residential 1 to Highway Business District for Concord Elementary School, Olivet Baptist Church and Concord United Methodist Church.

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Government
4:09 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Mayfield City Council Passes Smoking Ban Ordinance First Reading

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The Mayfield City Council has passed the first reading of a city-wide smoking ban ordinance with a 6-4 vote. Mayor Teresa Cantrell says yesterday’s vote is the first step to ban smoking in public places like restaurants and other businesses.

“We’ve been working on this for a little over a year and we did a community poll and it was overwhelmingly in support,” she says.

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Society
2:57 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Hopkins County Board of Health Names New Director, Approves Budget

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The Hopkins County Board of Health has named Denise Beach as its new public health director. Her appointment awaits approval from the state, but she says her tentative start date is June 24.

Beach is taking the position after Jack Morris, who announced his retirement in April.

“Because I’m waiting on appointment from the state we haven’t really started doing much yet in transitioning,” Beach says. “But he and I have worked closely together for the 12 years that I’ve been director of nursing.”

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Society
2:37 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Metropolis Honeywell Plant Receives Bomb Threat

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The Honeywell Uranium Processing Facility is allowing some plant workers to leave while law enforcement and plant management continue investigating a report of an explosive device in the plant.

Honeywell went on lockdown after receiving the report this afternoon. Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe said law enforcement and members of the state bomb squad are on scene. 

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Politics
2:57 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Quinn Calls Special Session on Pensions

Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield June 19 for a special session to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement of the special session comes as Moody’s Investor Service lowered the state's credit rating from A3 to A2. That’s just three levels above junk status.

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Business
4:05 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Public Service Commission to Hold Public Meetings for Big Rivers Electric Rate Increase

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission will conduct public hearings in Paducah, Henderson and Owensboro over a proposed rate hike for electric customers who could see their bills increase by nearly 20 percent.

The proposed hike comes as Big Rivers Electric attempts to raise a $74.5 million to fill a budget hole left by its biggest customer, Century Aluminum and pay debt obligations.

The possible 20 percent increase would account for an extra $24 per month for the average customer. Industrial customers would see nearly 17 percent rate increases.

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Education
5:02 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Education Department to Announce Kentucky Districts of Innovation

Three western Kentucky counties look like they will not become a District of Innovation. The Kentucky Board of Education’s review team is making its recommendations at its meeting tomorrow.

McCracken County, Trigg County, and Owensboro Independent schools are not among the review team’s recommendations.

Districts of Innovation come after the passage of a new state law that allows chosen districts to be exempt from certain KDE regulations and local board policies in order to improve student learning. The law was a compromise to charter school legislation.

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