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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The Salt
3:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Carp(e) Diem: Kentucky Sends Invasive Fish To China

Commercial fisherman Ronnie Hopkins (left) and his assistant, Armondo, catch Asian carp on Lake Barkley, Ky.
Paul Rister AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:47 pm

The invasive Asian carp has now been found in 12 states and in the Great Lakes watershed, gobbling up native fish, jumping aggressively into boats and reproducing like crazy. Researchers have tried various ways to slow the spread of the fish as it prowls other waterways.

And, so far, efforts to introduce the big, bony fish to American diners haven't caught on. So now a processing plant in Kentucky is trying the latest method of Asian carp disposal: sending them to China.

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Education
2:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WKCTC’s Interim Accreditation Report Approved

  Western Kentucky Community and Technical College has cleared its interim accreditation review today with a clean report of no referrals or follow-ups from the accrediting body.  

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Government
1:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Mike Miller Case Dropped With Grand Jury Decision

 A Marshall County Grand Jury has cleared longtime Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller of his charges of falsifying public records.

Special Prosecutor Zac Greenwell says Thursday the grand jury found there was not enough evidence for Miller to proceed to trial and issued a “no true bill.” 

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Politics
5:01 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Grimes' Jobs Plan: Just How Much Can One Senator Do?

Credit Facebook

    

U.S. Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes described her jobs plan for western Kentucky last night in Hopkinsville. But while she touts the length and depth of her plan, some question just how much one senator can do for the Commonwealth.

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Politics
11:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Grimes Says Expanding Broadband Internet Access, Working with Veterans Key to Western Kentucky Jobs

Credit Facebook

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says unlike her opponent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell she will work for instead of against better Internet access in rural Western Kentucky.

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Government
9:23 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Calloway County Judge Executive Says It’s Unlikely Fiscal Court Will Endorse Local Park Tax

Credit wikipedia

The Calloway County Judge Executive says it’s unlikely the Fiscal Court will endorse a local park tax that the Murray City Council unanimously supported last week.

Larry Elkins says the tax would give area parks 5 cents on every $100 of assessed property. That would total around $1.2 million dollars each year, which is 800,000 dollars more than the parks’ current annual budget. 

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Education
12:56 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Kentucky Community and Technical College System Takes Next Step to Finding New President

Credit kctcs.edu

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents selected the Association of Community College Trustees to help with the search for its next president during its quarterly meeting today.

Current and founding KCTCS President Michael McCall announced in November he plans to retire January 15, 2015.

The Washington, D.C.-based search firm has helped the Kentucky system find leadership for community and technical colleges in Owensboro, Henderson and Hazard.

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Sports
11:55 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Wet, Cold Weather Keeps Track from Preparing for Race, Must Reschedule

The first race at Calvert City’s Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in at least three years won’t happen due to poor track conditions after prolonged bad weather.

The National Dirt Racing League’s Bluegrass Nationals race was originally scheduled for March 27-29.

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Business
3:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Real Estate Magazine Ranks Three Area Communities as Places for Economic Development

Credit Site Selection Magazine

A corporate real estate strategy magazine has named three areas in our region as top places in the nation for economic development.

Site Selection Magazine released its annual Micropolitan Statistical Area report for 2013, ranking Paducah 16th and in Tennessee, Dyersburg  10th and Union City 27th.

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Sports
7:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Murray State Racer Basketball Team Plays Tournament, All Season Without Its Biggest Fan

Gearl Suiter's family including his wife Jeannette and son Larry sit around his empty chair at the Racers' last home game.
Whitney Jones WKMS News

The Murray State men’s basketball team begins OVC tournament plays tonight against Eastern Kentucky University in Nashville. This will be the first tournament the Racers play without the support of their biggest fan, who’s leaving behind quite the legacy.

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