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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Crime
8:04 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Clarksville Teller Arrested for Embezzlement

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested the head teller at a Clarksville bank for false bookkeeping and theft more than 60,000 dollars. Kristy Hodges was arrested Saturday after a Montgomery County grand jury indicted her Tuesday. She faces one count of theft and several counts of false bookkeeping for Capital Bank. The TBI says it began the embezzlement investigation in September at the request of District Attorney General John Carney. Hodges is alleged to have taken more than 60,000 dollars between 2008 and 2012. She was released on a 2,500 dollar bond.

Society
8:01 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tenn. Foreclosure Help Notices Mailed

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An estimated 37,000 Tennessee borrowers might be eligible for payment under a $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Eligible borrowers will receive claim forms in the mail this month. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper urges those who receive the forms to complete and return them by the Jan. 18 deadline. Those eligible include people who lost their homes between 2008 and 2011 to five major mortgage services, which include Ally/GMC, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The mailings will go out through Oct. 12.

Crime
7:58 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tenn. Man Arrested in Ky. Slaying

Calloway County Jail

A Tennessee man has been charged with running over a woman with his van and killing her in Murray. Calloway County deputies say James Cook of McLemoresville, Tenn., is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and leaving the scene of the accident. The victim was Desiree Moore of Puryear, Tenn. Maj. Clayton Hendricks says Cook and Moore were both in the van, but Moore got out during an argument. Hendricks says Cook ran over her at least twice with the van.

Society
7:53 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Ky. Parks Offer Discount to Military Members

wikipedia

Current and former military members can stay at Kentucky state parks for a discount starting Nov. 1. They will be able to stay in lodge rooms starting at $44.95 a night and cottages starting at $74.95 excluding tax. To get the discount, military members are required to have proof of their service at check-in. The discount will run through March 31. Through October, military members can get a 10 percent discount to camp or lodge in state parks.

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]

wikipedia

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.

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