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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Arts
7:43 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Pennyroyal Arts Council Names New Director

The Pennyroyal Arts Council has chosen Margaret Prim to succeed the group’s outgoing director Carol Barta. The Kentucky New Era reports Barta is set to leave the council at the end of the year.

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Government
7:39 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Tenn. DCS Works to Recruit Foster Parents

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is looking to expand its network of foster homes as need continues to increase. After a decade of steady decreases of children in state custody, Tennessee is beginning to see the number of abused and neglected children grow. The state’s largest provider is Youth Villages, which started a recruitment campaign after researching the demographics of what makes a good foster parent.

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Society
7:33 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Man Dead in Southern Ill. Mining Accident

A worker has died after being trapped in machinery Saturday at a Saline County, Ill., mine. The incident happened at Willow Lake Mine.  The operation, which employs about 460 people, is run by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation. Peabody Spokesperson Meg Gallagher says 30-year-old Chad Meyers of Goreville died after being pinned by a continuous mining machine he was operating.

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Government
7:29 am
Mon November 19, 2012

TDOT Halts Lane Closures for Holidays

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials say all construction-related lane closures will stop Wednesday at noon and will resume next Monday at 6 a.m. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says more law enforcement will be on the roads. 

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Education
7:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Ky. Schools Receive Grants to Improve Teacher Quality

Credit mspmentor.net

Murray State is among several Kentucky universities receiving federal grants to improve teacher quality.  The grants from the Council on Postsecondary Education total $859,000. MSU and three other lead universities will partner with high-need school districts and five colleges, including Madisonville Community College.

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Society
7:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Owensboro Reinstitutes Juvenile Drug Court

The City of Owensboro and Daviess County are restarting their juvenile drug court.  County Attorney Claud Porter says both are putting up 88,000 dollars per year to fund the program. The juvenile drug court was discontinued because of state budget cuts.

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Health Care
4:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Kentucky Top State for Antibiotic Overuse

Credit www.nlm.nih.gov

Kentucky is the top state in the country for antibiotic over-use according to a new study from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy. Antibiotic over-use can cause some infections to become resistant to treatment. Dr. Ramanan Laxminaryan is director of the CDDEP’s Extending the Cure project. 

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Business
4:37 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Lyon County to Vote on Alcohol Sales

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Lyon County residents have an alcohol referendum scheduled for Jan. 15. Judge Executive Wade White says the petition to bring alcohol to the county began in May and was turned in Nov. 2 with around 650 signatures. Only 579 were required.

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Business
4:43 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Rural Post Offices to Reduce Hours in 2013

Credit wikipedia.com

The United Postal Service will reduce hours at more than 25 rural post offices in western Kentucky next year. Nationally, the USPS proposes reducing hours at 13,000 post offices to help save money. United States Postal Service Spokesperson David Walton says the two-year plan to reduce hours is an alternative to closing small branches. He says,

“We look at it as a win-win situation. You know, we can keep the post offices open and make the community happy but at the same time we’ll be able to reduce the hours at these locations, which will in turn save the Postal Service money as well.”

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Business
3:19 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Teletech Moves Forward with Hopkinsville Call Center

The Teletech call center in Hopkinsville is expected to open in the first quarter of next year. Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Director Mitch Robinson says the company originally anticipated opening this fall, but pushed back the date because they did not have a committed client.

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