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
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.

Weather
6:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tornado Touches Down in Mayfield

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An EF-1 tornado hit Mayfield early Sunday morning injuring one and causing moderate damage to several buildings. The tornado touched down southeast of the Highway 80 and Purchase Parkway intersection around 6:35 a.m. with peak winds at 105 miles per hour. Several cars were shifted in a parking lot and one business lost part of its roof. No fatalities were reported.

Morning Cram
7:44 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Morning Cram [the boozing it up edition]

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From NPR: A Native American tribe sues big beer makers for selling millions of cans each year to a town of 11 people where residents of a nearby dry reservation come to drink it up on an almost daily basis.

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Crime
7:36 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ky. Trio Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets

Three men charged with stealing trade secrets from a Hopkinsville company who tried to use the information as leverage with a competitor are set for arraignment Nov. 15 in Paducah. A federal grand jury indicted Phillip Groves, Gregory Wampler and Eric Tinderholt this week. The men are charged with using USB drives to steal thousands of files from White Drive Products in 2007 and 2008. The jurors say the men went to another hydraulic motor maker and used the files to get jobs.

Business
7:32 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Daviess County Business Expands

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Valley Truck Equipment LLC will triple its workforce and improve its facilities in Daviess County. Governor Steve BeShear announced Thursday that the Utica business will expand adding 12 jobs and making $678,000 in improvements. Valley Truck Equipment began business in 2009 during the beginning of the economic downturn. Yet it has continued to thrive throughout the recession. The company sells, installs and repairs a variety of equipment for vehicles and currently has six employees.

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Education
7:16 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Community College to Return State Funding for Adult Education Program

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West Kentucky Community & Technical College will return state funding after the school inaccurately reported adult education testing scores. 

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Education
7:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ill. Lt. Governor Says College Should Be Affordable

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports making college tuition more affordable. She visited the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday and presented a plan to stop rising tuition costs. She says both state and federal officials need to work together to bring costs down. While at the university, she shadowed two students in a chemistry lab work-study program. Simon’s office says increases in college tuition and fees have outpaced inflation, citing a Pew Research Center report that found students had an average of more than $26,000 in student loans in 2010.

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