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
8:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Ramsey Appoints Two to Tenn. Technology Development Corp.

Tennessee Technology Development Corp.

Tennessee Lt. Go. Ron Ramsey has appointed two men to the state’s Technology Development Corp. board of directors. East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Eastman Chemical Co.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Greg Nelson join the board of the nonprofit organization. The corporation was created by the state legislature to attract new science and technology businesses to Tennessee and expand those already there.

Election
8:31 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Voters Can Cast Ballots in Honor of Veterans

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office says residents of the Commonwealth can vote in next month’s general election in honor of military veterans. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says voters can get lapel buttons, which can be personalized with a soldier’s name, to show that they voted in honor of a veteran. The program for honoring troops has been in place across the country since 2007. For more information about how to request a button go to http://www.sos.ky.gov/veterans.

Crime
8:27 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Owensboro Man Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

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An Owensboro businessman has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for a scheme to defraud investors in three states. G3 Capital Management owner Cody George was also ordered to forfeit the contents of three bank accounts totaling about $484,000 to go toward final restitution. George pleaded guilty to 11 counts of mail fraud. In addition to his Owensboro office, he admitted to setting up offices in Florida and Texas.

Election
8:10 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Tenn. Early Voting Begins Today

Tennesseans can start casting their ballots for the presidential election Wednesday. Voters will have to present a government-issued ID to when they come to the polls adhering to a new state law. Beginning with this election voters will also be able to see candidates’ party affiliations on the ballot after a federal appeals court allowed the change in August.  Early voting for the general election ends Nov. 1.

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

Barkley Regional Airport

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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