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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Government
8:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Paducah City Commission Previews Health Insurance Plan

The Paducah City Commission heard a preview last night for the city’s health insurance plan for next year and approved an increase in premiums. Participants in the city’s health insurance plan can expect a rise of 5.3 percent on their premiums next year. The city’s allocation to employees is also going up 1.5 percent.  The commissioners will vote Oct. 23 to hire Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide stop loss insurance and administrative services for the health insurance plan.

Education
7:38 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Ky. Education Foundaties Files with State

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Kentucky is following Colorado’s lead by starting a nonprofit education foundation to attract funding for innovative school programs. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is delivering paperwork today to the secretary of state’s office for the new Fund for Transforming Education. The nonprofit’s trustees will meet for the first time Thursday. The Department of Education worked with the Denver-based Colorado Legacy Foundation on the nonprofit. The Colorado group brings millions of dollars into the public school system with programs to improve students’ health and wellness.

Morning Cram
8:41 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The Morning Cram [what a dope edition]

From NPR: In the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, some may think that all professional cyclists were involved. That’s just not the case.

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Government
7:52 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Tenn. Children's Services Hotline Swamped with Calls

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The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services hotline for suspected child abuse has been swamped with calls and is trying to answer them more quickly. The line rings more than 400 times each day, and callers are usually put on hold. DCS says as many as one in four hang up. Carla Aaron oversees the call center and says any call might have critical information about a child’s safety. The Nashville center added five case managers this summer bringing the total to 70.

Society
7:47 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Lake Barkley Airport Closed Until December

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The Lake Barkley State Resort Airport will be closed until at least mid-December for a runway paving project. The airport shut down Monday to allow contractors to begin the resurfacing project. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says work could be delayed by weather conditions, but they expect the paving will be finished before Christmas.

Morning Cram
8:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

The Morning Cram [don't pop that zit edition]

From NPR:  As acne becomes more resistant to typical treatments, researchers are scrambling for new ways to get rid of those nasty bumps.

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Government
7:51 am
Mon October 15, 2012

TVA Shortfall Affects Ratepayers

A new Tennessee Valley Authority quarterly report shows their pension fund shortfall is affecting ratepayers. TVA officials say one of the main reasons for the 2 percent increase was the $300 million the agency put into its pension fund. TVA has added nearly 1.3 billion from customers to the fund since 2008. But, the utility didn’t add to the fund or increase rates this year. John Thomas with TVA says he expects market gains to make up for the shortfall in 10 to 15 years.  He says TVA will continue to take care of its employees and retirees. Less than 20 years ago, the fund had a surplus.

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Society
7:19 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Clarksville Babysitter Charged with Abuse

A Clarksville babysitter has been charged with abusing a 2-month-old boy. Police say Jessica Watkins turned herself in Saturday and is facing charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect. The infant was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for multiple broken bones last month. Watkins called the boy’s mother and said he had a swollen leg. She told the police the infant’s leg popped when she took him out of the car while babysitting him. The police issued a warrant for Watkins and Montgomery County jail officials say she is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Society
7:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Peak season for deer on roadways

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Drivers should be on the alert for deer in Kentucky. October marks the beginning of a three-month peak season to see deer on roadways. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that’s because this time of year is mating season. Deer are more likely to cross roads with bucks chasing does. The Kentucky Farm Bureau says almost half of all collisions involving deer happen in October, November and December. Hardin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Greg Lowe says deer are most active early in the morning or late at night.

Society
6:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Montgomery Co. Sheriff Dies

Montgomery County Sheriff Norman Lewis has died after battling a long illness. County Mayor Carolyn Bowers says Lewis died at his home. He had been receiving stem cell treatments in Houston in the weeks leading up to his death. Lewis had been a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and served three terms as sheriff.

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