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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Politics
7:47 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tenn. Voter Registration Deadline Monday

Today is the last day Tennesseans can register to vote. Despite the Columbus Day holiday, election offices will be open today in all but two of the state’s counties.  Residents in Lewis and Hickman counties can bring their forms to a neighboring county. Early voting begins Oct. 17th. Voters are required to have a government-issued photo ID to cast ballots under a new state law.

Society
7:43 am
Mon October 8, 2012

McCracken County Deputy Shoots Man with Sword, Gun

Kentucky State Police say a McCracken County sheriff’s deputy shot a man who waved a handgun and sword at him. Deputy Jared Rivera was called Saturday night to a southern McCracken County residence in response to reports the man inside was suicidal. As Rivera approached the house, he found 50-year-old Michael Lakin inside with a handgun. When the officer returned to his vehicle, Lakin appeared in the doorway with the gun and a sword. Rivera ordered him to drop the weapons, but Lakin instead came toward him.

Politics
7:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Centre College Security Increased for VP Debate

Security at Centre College in Danville has significantly increased for Thursday’s vice presidential debate. The most outward signs of this increase include chain-link fences and concrete barriers on the streets surrounding the college. Centre’s Debate Committee Co-chairman Clarence Wyatt says planning this year is much more complex than when the college hosted its first vice presidential debate in 2000. Roads around the campus will be closed starting Tuesday and anyone attending the event should expect their bags to be searched.

Morning Cram
8:03 am
Fri October 5, 2012

The Morning Cram [the shaken, not stirred edition]

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From NPR: Scientists answer if martinis are better served shaken or stirred in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond release.

From Kentucky: Oak Grove issues a boil advisory for Monday due to main line repairs.

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Society
7:42 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Oak Grove Issues Boil Advisory

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The Oak Grove Utilities Office has issued a boil water advisory for Oct. 8 because of main line repairs near the north end of Mace Lane. The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports that workers will flush the main line once the repair is made and take bacteriological samples for any possible contamination.

Crime
7:37 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ill. Businessman Sentenced to Prison

A prominent Springfield, Illinois, businessman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison yesterday for trying to get campaign contributions in exchange for state business. William Cellini, once known as the “King of Clout,” was convicted last year for his role in trying to exchange state business with an Oscar-winning producer for a $1.5 million contribution for imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini usually stays out of the public eye, but he issued a public statement taking responsibility for his actions.

Society
7:22 am
Fri October 5, 2012

WW II Ship Returns to Home Port

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A World War II-era landing craft that spent two days stuck in Lake Barkley has arrived back to its Indiana home port. The LST 325 pulled into its Evansville dock Thursday after being freed just one day earlier. The ship’s captain says the ship was not damaged after being grounded for two days. The LST 325 was returning from a trip on the Cumberland River. The historic ship landed troops on the Normandy beaches in 1944, and is now a tourist attraction.

Society
7:15 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak Tied to Back Pain Injections

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More than 500 patients at an Evansville, Indiana, hospital received injections of a recalled back medication tied to a meningitis outbreak. A St. Mary’s Health spokeswoman says 10 of the 250 patients the hospital has contacted have symptoms of the illness. The steroid injections for back pain were distributed in nearly two dozen states and have been contaminated with a deadly fungal meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control says 35 people in six states, including Tennessee, have contracted meningitis. Five of them have died.

Election
7:10 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Tenn. Voter Registration Deadlines

Tennesseans who want to vote by mail this election must register today. Post offices will be closed Monday for Columbus Day, which is also the last day to register to vote in person. Only Lewis and Hickman county election offices will be closed Monday. All others will be open for last-minute registrations. Eight driver service centers will open Saturday to issue photo IDs to allow voters to comply with a new state law requiring identification for casting ballots. The offices will be in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Putnam, Shelby, Washington and Weakley counties.

Morning Cram
8:44 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Morning Cram [it’s peanut butter time edition]

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From NPR:  A treatment for malnourished children  made of enriched peanut butter is being used not just in hospitals but also at snack time.

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