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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Muhlenberg residents have filed a petition this week to block a tax the County School Board passed in January to help the school system with its deficit.  

The Muhlenberg County Clerk’s Office received about 3,200 unverified signatures. Only 1,294 verified signatures are needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

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Update 9:02pm

Westbound traffic on I-24 is now moving, eastbound still blocked by stalled semi. 

KYTC is reporting traffic backups on I-24 near exit 54 in Caldwell County. 

Two semi trucks running normal interstate speed attempted to exit into snow covered ramps and jackknifed. Road crews are working to clear the site as quickly as possible. 

KYTC urges all motorists to avoid unnecessary overnight travel and to be mindful of potential re-freezing due to extreme cold temperatures. 

Update: 3:49pm 

All eastbound and westbound lanes of I-24 are now open, but Kentucky road crews are still battling traffic obstructions.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says road conditions are still pretty rough, but traffic is now moving in both directions after coming to a standstill last night, stranding many travelers. 

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Downtown Murray property owners gathered last night to share concerns and ideas for the area’s future as it recovers from a year of disasters, including collapses and a fire.

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Hickman-Fulton Counties Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation and Gibson Electric Membership Corporation are proceeding with an in-depth study on consolidating the Kentucky and Tennessee utilities.

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A few hundred people turned out for Thursday’s public forum in Grand Rivers to express concerns over current and future logging at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander, who helped organize the event, says he’s concerned the logging is happening on too much land, and too fast.

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For the first time in about a century, no union coal miners are working in Kentucky. The state’s few remaining union miners were laid off New Year’s Eve when Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky shut down, the United Mine Workers of America confirmed.

“Appalachia was always a really tough nut for the union to crack, and I think maybe Kentucky was the toughest nut of all,” said labor historian James Green, author of a new book about West Virginia’s mine wars.

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A local college is backing what may become a bolstering industry in the region. West Kentucky Community and Technical College is hosting a meetup for regional craft brewers, vintners and distillers to discuss the industry and form potential partnerships as several microbreweries open across the region. 

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Though Todd County schools remain closed until Wednesday, students are still getting in their daily lessons. Their district was one of 13 the Kentucky Department of Education approved last fall to count up to 10 non-traditional instruction days so they don’t have to make up snow days later on.  

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At a McCracken County Board of Education meeting last week, members deliberated without making a decision on whether to sell or lease the Farley Elementary School building after it closes later this year.

McCracken County Schools spokeswoman Jayme Jones said there was much deliberation during the closed door meeting last Thursday.

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Paducah is closer to starting an expansion project for Schultz park near the riverfront with help from a nearly one-million dollar grant.

The city had budgeted for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Grant which it officially received yesterday.

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