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
7:50 am
Mon February 4, 2013

TN DCS Commissioner to Meet with Legislative Panel

Credit TN Department of Children's Services

A state legislative committee is expected to hear from the head of the embattled Tennessee Department of Children's Services this week. Commissioner Kate O'Day is scheduled to address questions from the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.

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Politics
7:40 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Version of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Filed in Tennessee

Credit http://www.capitol.tn.gov

A Tennessee bill that proposes forcing schools to tell parents if their children have talked to a teacher or counselor about being gay has set the stage for a new fight over social issues in the state legislature. Opponents call the legislation unnecessary and a government intrusion in family matters. State Senator Stacey Campfield’s measure is already drawing attention.

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Society
4:26 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Grimes Collects Public Opinion on Increasing Kentucky's Civic Health

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes stopped in Murray today in an effort to gather public opinion about ways to improve the civic health of the state after finishing the Kentucky Civic Health Index earlier this year. The civic health index identifies strengths and weaknesses in the overall public participation and civic literacy.

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Business
3:23 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Big Rivers Electric Customers Can Expect Rate Increases

Big Rivers Electric customers in western Kentucky can expect a marginal increase in their rates soon but a much larger increase could be coming their way in July. The Kentucky Public Service Commission reaffirmed a 2011 decision that decreased subsidies for two aluminum smelters, fixed a $450,000 mathematical error and added legal costs, which adds 45 cents to the average customer’s bill. 

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Business
2:03 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ashland Plant to Retain 500 Jobs in Calvert City

A chemical and technology company plans to retain 500 full-time jobs with a $15 million investment at its Calvert City plant. Ashland Incorporated provides specialty chemicals and technology for consumer and industrial markets internationally. 

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Roads & Highways
11:39 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Eggners Ferry Bridge Lane Closure

Credit KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet restricts traffic to one lane on Eggners Ferry Bridge Friday. The lane closure is to allow crews to patch the roadway on the bridge deck.

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Business
12:39 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Double Arrow Explosives Building Indoor Blasting Chamber

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An explosives manufacturer in southern Hopkins County is building an indoor blasting center after nearby residents have complained the blasts are damaging their homes. Double Arrow Explosives has been hardening rail tracks with explosives since October and is located at the same site as Donovan Commercial Industries. 

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Politics
12:59 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Quinn Signs Law to Require Sex Abuse Awareness Programs in Schools

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A new law is requiring all Illinois public schools to have sexual assault and abuse awareness programs. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the requirement Thursday, effective immediately. Age appropriate programs will be instituted for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students. Erin’s Law is named after Illinois native Erin Merryn who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and is trying to pass the law in all 50 states.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Tea Party Activists Take Aim at Insurance Exchange

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Tea party activists are pushing to dismantle Kentucky's new health insurance exchange before it even gets off the ground. After a Thursday board meeting for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange activists said they are supporting a bill to require legislative approval of the exchange, which was created by Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order.

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Roads & Highways
12:54 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Traffic Accidents in Ohio, Hopkins Counties Due to Ice

Credit KYTC

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews are reporting several accidents in the area due to icy conditions. KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says highways through Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties have glazed over. An accident involving three semi trucks on Western Kentucky Parkway at the 84 mile marker in Ohio County is blocking all but one eastbound lane. Tow trucks are having diffuculty with the accident due to icing conditions.

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