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
1:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Madisonville City Council Names New Councilman

The Madisonville City Council has a new Ward 2 councilman. Madisonville’s Customer Service Director Leslie Curneal says longtime banker Tom Morgan was named to the position after a 4-1 vote yesterday Thursday. The council nominated two candidates, Morgan and C.D. Palmer.

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Education
12:23 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

McCracken County High School Considers Metal Detectors

The McCracken County School Board is considering whether or not to put stand alone metal detectors in the new consolidated high school. Board members made the decision at last night’s monthly meeting. School Safety and Security Supervisor Larry Zacheretti says school officials aren’t sure if those types of metal detectors are necessary.

“And that’s that was the reason for the proposal last night to put together a committee to put together a feasibility study,” he said.

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Society
1:27 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

McCracken County Precinct Wet-Dry Vote Postponed

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A wet-dry vote for McCracken County’s Maxon Road precinct has been postponed after officials examined the petition calling for the vote and found it was five signatures short. The county’s Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice says 323 valid signatures were necessary for the vote that was scheduled for May 7.

“I looked at the signatures on all of them, and found that some didn’t have the last name in it and some didn’t have a telephone, address and some of them were actually in another precinct,” he said.

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Business
12:21 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

USEC Proposes Staying at Paducah Enrichment Plant

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The United States Enrichment Corporation and several other companies have sent proposals to the Department of Energy to continue enriching uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. USEC is currently operating at the plant but is scheduled to end its work there May 31. USEC spokesperson Paul Jacobson says the corporation is discussing a several month extension at the plant, but that doesn’t change its statement that the high costs and old technology makes continuing commercial endeavors beyond 2013 difficult.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:04 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Tennessee House Strips Student IDs from Voting Bill

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A Tennessee House committee has stripped student identification cards issued by public universities from a bill about photo IDs that can be used to vote. Tuesday's change comes less than a week after the full Senate passed the bill allowing student IDs 21-8. Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin made the change, arguing that "there's a public policy good in making sure that the right people are voting."

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Education
2:16 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Hopkins County Board of Education Begins Search for New Superintendent

The Hopkins County Board of Education begins its search for a new superintendent this week. Kentucky Association of School Administrators Senior Search Consultant Phil Eason says the board will post the open position Wednesday that should remain open for 30 days.

Current Superintendent James Stevens announced Feb. 28 that he plans to retire no later than June 30.

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Education
11:22 am
Tue March 19, 2013

EKU Cuts Spending, Regents Promote Early Retirements

While Eastern Kentucky University is working to cut spending by $23 million, its Board of Regents will promote early retirements to before instituting layoffs. Chairman Craig Turner says a plan the regents approved Tuesday morning offers incentives to professors willing to work part-time and staff members who qualify for early retirement.

“The objective here again is to treat everybody as fairly as possible, providing incentives for them to potentially retire, and based upon those numbers, then that will determine how deep cuts go on the reduction plan itself,” Turner said.

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Business
3:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Paducah Power System Public Hearing Tonight for Possible Rate Increase

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Paducah Power System residential customers may have another rate increase starting in April.

PPS spokeswoman Andrea Underwood says the proposed residential 7.5 percent jump would begin April 1. This proposed increase follows a 5 percent November increase. PPS is also proposing another rate increase in April 2014 for its residential customers.

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Society
2:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

All Animals Safe After Christian County Shelter Fire Extinguished

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A fire damaged the Christian County Animal Shelter Monday morning. The county’s Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says all of the animals survived the fire. He also says there is some structural damage to one wing and the offices in the building.

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Society
1:53 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Earlington Fire Department Awarded $393K Grant

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the Earlington Fire Department almost $393,000 to better protect the public.

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