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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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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Government
2:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

City Releases Just How Much Paducah Spent to Hold Barbecue on the River

The City of Paducah has released a report showing how much it cost the city for 2013’s Barbecue on the River festival.

This comes shortly after Mayor Gayle Kaler asked for an audit of the BBQ & More retail store at a city council meeting to fulfill a 2011 agreement with Barbecue on the River organizers.

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Society
2:17 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

BBQ on the River, Paducah Symphony Orchestra Resolve Beer Garden Dispute

Barbecue on the River has resolved its dispute with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra about the festival’s beer garden management by offering the PSO the right of first refusal. That means PSO will be the first organization festival officials asks to manage the beer garden, but a press release from the two groups doesn’t say whether or not that contract will have any changes.

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Arts
1:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Drawings of Louisiana Varmints, Artist's Life Stories Fill Hazel Gallery

Glenn Earl Newman tells stories and gives a tour of his art gallery in Hazel, Ky.
Whitney Jones WKMS News

Paducah and Nashville are home to many art galleries, but between the two cities sits a small folk art gallery where visitors are treated with stories of the Louisiana swamp land.

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Government
5:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Paducah Officials Stay Quiet as Alleged BBQ Festival, Store Violations Come to Light

Paducah City officials are staying mum on what they will do about BBQ on the River’s violation of a 2011 agreement in the wake of the festival organization ending Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s management of a beer garden.

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Government
1:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Fort Campbell Won’t Know Impact of Cuts Until They’re Ordered

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on his recommendations to President Barack Obama for the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon, Feb. 24.
Credit Sgt. Aaron Hostutler / Department of Defense

A Fort Campbell spokesperson says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget cuts don’t yet have an effect on the Kentucky and Tennessee base.

Garrison spokesperson Bob Jenkins says those cuts are a policy issue.

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Business
4:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Laser Enrichment Company Files Intent to Build on PGDP Site

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment is seeking approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to use the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

GLE has been in negotiations with the Department of Energy since late November for use of the site and the depleted uranium stored there.

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Government
12:39 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Volesky Promoted to Take McConville’s Position at Fort Campbell

Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky
Credit http://www.army.mil

The Department of Defense has named Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky as Fort Campbell’s new commanding general.

Volesky is being promoted to major general and currently serves as the public affairs chief for the Army in Washington, D.C.

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