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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2013 TN General Assembly
7:41 am
Tue April 16, 2013

EpiPen Bill Goes to Tennessee Governor

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Legislation requiring at least two epinephrine auto-injectors in all Tennessee public and private schools is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate unanimously approved the measure Monday before the House passed it 90-0.

The so-called EpiPen is a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions. Under the proposal, a prescribing doctor or administering nurse would be protected from any injury to a child, unless there was "an intentional disregard for safety."

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:35 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee Senate Panel OKs School Security Bill

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A proposal allowing Tennessee school districts to hire individuals with prior law enforcement experience to handle security is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Frank Niceley passed the Senate Finance Committee 6-2 Monday. The companion bill is set to be heard on the House floor today.

The proposal would allow schools to hire retired law enforcement officers after they meet certain requirements, such as completing a 40-hour school security course. Police officers are typically required to have about 400 hours of training. 

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Government
7:28 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee DCS to Improve Abuse Investigator Training

The Department of Children's Services is reorganizing following problems that led to former Commissioner Kate O’Day’s resignation.

One of the biggest changes includes teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to better train child abuse investigators.

Interim Commissioner Jim Henry says district attorneys sometimes are unwilling to prosecute a case because of problems with the investigation. Henry also says DCS is moving forward with a new process for reviewing child deaths that officials hope will be a "gold standard" for the nation.

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Society
7:15 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Calvert City Teenager Missing

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Marshall County officials are looking for a missing 15-year-old Calvert City girl.

Sgt. Eddie McGuire with the Sheriff’s Office says Brandy Clark’s father reported her missing Monday at 2 p.m. Clark was last seen at her home around 8 in the morning. She was supposedly on her way to school, but did not show up.

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Education
6:43 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Dunn to Attend Open Forum

Murray State University President Randy Dunn will attend an open forum today Tuesday.

The Faculty Senate and Staff Congress are hosting the special meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Curris Center Theater where Dunn will answer questions. 

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Morning Cram
8:11 am
Mon April 15, 2013

The Morning Cram [jazz plus jazz equals jazz edition]

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From NPR: Have a hankering for public radio’s latest favorite tunes? Here’s a list of the 10 songs stations like WKMS just can’t stop playing – and don’t you worry, there’s more than just jazz.

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Politics
7:24 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Quinn Says Filing Last-Minute Taxes is OK

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says there's nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute to file tax returns.

Quinn says in the past he has even been guilty of coming right up against the deadline. Today is the final day to file 2012 tax returns. Quinn says paying taxes isn’t fun, but it's the price of living in a democracy.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:20 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Push for Tenessee Education Bills in Final Days of Session

Tennessee lawmakers trying to wrap up the General Assembly this month are hoping to push through two key education proposals.

One measure creates a state panel to authorize charter schools for five counties, and the other seeks to clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems. The session began with several proposals aimed at continuing education reform in Tennessee.

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Crime
7:16 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Thefts Pick Up at Hickman Farm Supplier

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Fulton County Sheriff Bobby Hopper says he suspects ammonia thefts have increased at an agricultural supplier's tank farm because the thieves sent to jail earlier are now out again.

Thefts of anhydrous ammonia have picked up at Speed Ag in Hickman. The substance is a popular farm fertilizer also used in making methamphetamine.

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Society
7:08 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Lone Oak Elementary Schooler Receives Kentucky Service Award

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A 10-year old Lone Oak Elementary School student has won the Kentucky Youth Volunteer Service Award for her anti-bullying initiatives.

Morgan Guess brought the Bully movie and its director Lee Hirsch to Paducah, raised $20,000 for a foundation she started with her mother and invited author and bullying survivor Jodee Blanco to speak to 6,000 middle and high schoolers. Guess also started a Kids for Kindness social media campaign.

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