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.

Pages

Politics
7:16 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Firs Lady BeShear Announces Grants for Western Ky. Trails

wikipedia

First Lady Jane BeShear has announced several grants that will create or improve walking trails throughout western Kentucky. Beshear delivered a $50,000 grant to Trenton for a 3,000 foot-long concrete trail that will run along U.S. Highway 41. Democratic Representative Martha Jane King joined BeShear at the Thursday presentation, which has drawn some criticism from Republicans who claim Governor Steve BeShear and his wife have been traveling under the guise of official business to campaign for Democratic legislative candidates.

Read more
Business
7:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ill. Gas Prices Stay Steady This Winter

www.ameren.com

Ameren Illinois officials say consumers should expect natural gas prices this winter to be similar to last year’s prices. The Peoria-based gas delivery company serves 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers in southern and central Illinois. Ameren gas supply manager Ken Dothage says prices should stay the same this winter because North American gas supply has increased. He says slower U.S. and global economies along with a decreased worldwide demand for energy also play a role in the steady price of natural gas.

Government
7:04 am
Fri October 19, 2012

US Ag Secretary Visits Tennessee

wikipedia

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes a Tennessee visit today to discuss the importance of passing comprehensive food, farm and jobs legislation. He will also talk about revitalizing small rural businesses and communities. Vilsack's stops include Cedar Hill and Clarksville. Officials say Tennessee farm income rose from $447 million in 2010 to almost $800 dollars in 2011.

Society
7:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

New Area Code Meeting Draws Small Audience

Wikimedia Commons

The meeting about the new area code for western Kentucky drew a small audience Wednesday. Only three people attended meeting at Hopkinsville Community College. Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovich says the meeting was held to explain the reasons behind a new area code and the options for adding a new one. One solution is an overlay, which means the 364 area code would apply to all of western Kentucky in addition to the existing 270 area code. The other option is a split.

Society
6:55 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ky. Lawmaker Honored with Historical Marker

The first Kentucky lawmaker to head the state legislative ethics board who also served as House speaker in the 1960s will have a historical marker in his honor in Benton. Shelby McCallum was born in Tennessee in 1917 but he moved to Benton just before 1940. McCallum opened several theaters and founded WCBL in December 1954. He was a state representative in the ‘50s and ‘60s and presided over passing civil rights legislation. McCallum died in 1987. The ceremony for the marker honoring McCallum is today in Benton.

Morning Cram
8:32 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Morning Cram [read their lips: taxes edition]

From NPR: Economists share their tax dreams, all of which would destroy any politician’s chance of being elected: no mortgage-interest deduction, no employee health benefits deduction and no corporate tax.

Read more
Crime
8:28 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Paducah Man Denied Probation for Motorcycle Death

A McCracken circuit judge has denied probation for a Paducah man whose stepdaughter was killed while riding with him on a motorcycle. Kira Bryant was just 14 when she died in a summer 2011 crash.  Jamison Turney pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the case. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was .09 percent and that Kira Bryant was not wearing a helmet. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Raymond McGee opposed the probation request, saying early release of a drunk driver who killed a teenager unduly depreciates the seriousness of the crime.

Society
8:21 am
Thu October 18, 2012

APSU to Hold Second Walk to Afghanistan Project

Wikimedia Commons

The Clarksville, Tenn., Mayor’s Fitness Council joins Austin Peay State University’s second Walk to Afghanistan Project to honor deployed soldiers. Participants in the October 22 event, which include families of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, are encouraged to walk the distance from Clarksville to Afghanistan. That’s roughly 10,644 miles. Project organizers will hold other Walk to Afghanistan events during the coming months but suggest participants to schedule their own impromptu walking events. Participants can sign in for the October walk at the Governor’s stadium from 4:30 p.m.

Government
8:12 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Judicial Nominating Commission Meets Next Week

wikipedia

The Judicial Nominating Commission that could recommend the Commonwealth’s Republican Senate President David Williams for a southern Kentucky circuit judgeship is set to meet next week in Burkesville. Williams says he’s interested in the position. The appointment will ultimately fall to Democratic Governor Steve Beshear who says being a lawyer, Williams is qualified to be a circuit judge. Beshear has appointed his Republican foes to high-paying jobs to pull them out of the Senate in the past. The Judicial Nominating Commission meeting is set for Oct. 25.

Government
7:41 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Tenn. Appeals Court to Hear Voter ID Law Arguments

Wikimedia Commons

The Tennessee Appeals Court will hear oral arguments today to strike down the new law that requires voters to show ID at the polls. Memphis officials and two residents claim the law violates the state constitution because the only voting requirements it lists are proof of age, residency and registration. They’ve asked that if the ID requirement is upheld that the judge rule separately to allow IDs provided by the city library to be used to vote. A Nashville judge ruled that the law is constitutional in September.

Pages