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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Morning Cram
8:50 am
Mon November 26, 2012

The Morning Cram [little toy soldiers edition]

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From NPR: Lego has provided many boys with hours of play, and thanks to a Seattle entrepreneur the little plastic men can teach history too. Will Chapman wanted to teach his son about World War II by acting out history, but he couldn’t find the pieces he needed to do so. That’s why he started BrickArms, where he turns blank Lego pieces into WWII soldiers.

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Culture
8:41 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Fort Campbell Museum Adds to Collection

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The Don F. Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell added a set of pillow shams and copies of a military newspaper dating from both world wars to its collection. Kathy Kozlinkski of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, donated the pillow shams that were from Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, where the 101st Airborne Division first activated during World War II.

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Education
8:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Christian County Struggles to Replace Schools

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Two Christian County elementary schools are about to turn 50, the age that marks the time for replacing facilities. Christian County Public School facilities director Dan Damron says the district adheres to a 50-year policy for its buildings. The state mandates a school’s structure must last at least 30 years, but after that time the district can make no major renovations. They can only maintain the current structure. Damron says it is often cheaper to replace a school than to maintain it.

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Society
8:33 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Symsonia Highway Restricted to One-Lane Traffic

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is restricting traffic starting Tuesday on Kentucky 348 Symsonia Highway to one lane between Benton and Symsonia. The Tribune Courier reports that the lane restriction is due to repairs of several base failures.

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Society
8:28 am
Mon November 26, 2012

HPD Sergeant Charged with DUI

A Hopkinsville police officer is charged with driving under the influence following an incident over the weekend.  Sgt. John Thompson ran into and over parking lot barriers at the Eagles Club Saturday. His blood-alcohol level was .20. Kentucky’s legal limit is point .08.

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Government
8:11 am
Mon November 26, 2012

IL Lawmakers Face High-Profile Issues

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Illinois lawmakers will face high-profile issues in their six-day full session that begins Tuesday. Legislators will decide whether to reject vetoes by Governor Pat Quinn on expanded gambling, keeping prisons open and banning assault rifles. Quinn also rejected a plan to add five casinos in the state, but lawmakers hope to avoid overriding the veto and plant to negotiate a deal.

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Agriculture
7:51 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Late Rains Save Most TN Crops

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Tennessee farmers may be lamenting losses to the corn harvest resulting from this summer’s drought, but midsummer rains have saved most of their other crops. Cotton is expected to bring in some of the best per-acre yields. Farmer Willis Jepson says soybeans made 55 bushels per acre. That’s 15 more than usual. But his farm still lost $500,000  in corn.

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Politics
7:24 am
Mon November 26, 2012

TN General Assembly to Vote for Republican Leaders

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The Tennessee General Assembly votes for Republican leaders today. House Speaker Beth Harwell is unopposed in her bid for another term the head of the lower chamber. Although no one has stepped up to challenge Harwell, there are challengers for the number two position, House Speaker Pro Tempore. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville is running against incumbent Judd Matheny of Tullahoma.

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Business
10:33 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Small Business Saturday Pays Big Dividends

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Many holiday shoppers rush out to big chain stores on Black Friday, but an initiative for local businesses urges people to visit small shops tomorrow. Holiday shopping is crucial for many businesses recovering from a rough economy. Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to shop locally. Chris Wooldridge is district director for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. He says small businesses tend to fall off many consumers' "radar" when compared to so-called "big box stores" on Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays, which usher in the Christmas shopping season.

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Business
11:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Initiative Focuses Shoppers on Local Retailers for the Holiday

Downtown businesses in Murray, Ky.

Many holiday shoppers rush out for Black Friday, but an initiative for local businesses is urging people to visit smaller shops on Saturday. Holiday shopping is crucial for many businesses as they recover from a rough economy. Small Business Saturday is an effort to encourage shoppers to check items off their gift list within their communities.

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