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
7:55 am
Thu October 4, 2012

School Shooter Hearing Moved to December

A federal appeals court moved a hearing date for Michael Carneal, who was convicted of the 1997 Heath High School shootings. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has moved the hearing from Oct. 10 to Dec. 5. They will decide if Carneal waited too long to withdraw his guilty plea. A federal judge in Paducah ruled last year that Carneal could have acted sooner. Carneal is serving life in prison for killing three Heath High School classmates and wounding five others.  He will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Government
7:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Haslam: Child Deaths Not Mishandled

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says no immediate evidence of wrongdoing by the Department of Children’s Services has been found in the deaths of 31 children. He calls the deaths, which included ten infants with open case files, distressing. Haslam reviewed the reports and says the D-C-S took appropriate action in the cases.

Government
7:34 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Owensboro Will Appeal Ruling in Newspaper's Favor

Owensboro officials will appeal its case involving an open records dispute with The Messenger-Inquirer. City commissioners voted yesterday to appeal a circuit judge’s decision that the city must hand over two internal investigations opened last year against former police spokeswoman Marian Cosgrove.

Crime
7:28 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Former Soldier Convicted of Possessing Child Porn

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A former Fort Campbell soldier has been convicted of possessing child pornography. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says a Christian County jury found Michael Myers guilty on 12 counts and recommended he register as a sex offender for 20 years. Myers was indicted in 2010 after an undercover cybercrimes investigation in September 2009. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Government
7:13 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Smoking Ban First Reading Passes in Hopkinsville

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The Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of a smoking ban Tuesday with Mayor Dan Kemp casting the deciding vote.  The ordinance can’t take effect, however, until a second reading is approved.  Mayor Kemp says the move puts Hopkinsville in line with neighboring cities that also have smoking bans in place.  Opponents of the ban say they don’t want to take away business owners’ rights.

Society
7:03 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Grounded WWII Ship Dislodged

Stephen Lance Denee

A World War Two-era landing craft is on its way again after being grounded in Lake Barkley for two days.  The LST 325 was freed from shallow water near Kuttawa yesterday evening.  U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Dan McQuate says a salvage expert directed a commercial tugboat to try to dislodge the boat, but it remained stuck through the afternoon.  The LST ran aground Monday night after it left the navigation channel for unknown reasons.  The LST 325 landed troops on the Normandy beaches in 1944, and is now a tourist attraction based in Evansville, Ind.

Morning Cram
8:41 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The Morning Cram [the look Ma, no hands! edition]

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From NPR:  Californian Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill that clears a path for self-driving cars to become street legal, but obstacles still remain for the robotic vehicles.

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Government
8:31 am
Wed October 3, 2012

New Positions at Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office Have No Extra Cost

Recent promotions and newly-created titles at Montgomery County, Tennessee’s Sheriff’s Office won’t cost the agency extra money.  Officials with the department say they’ll actually cut costs. 

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Environment
7:56 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Drought Creates Conditions for Active Wildfire Season

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Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry say this summer’s lack of rain, along with tornadoes that have knocked down trees have created the conditions for a potentially bad wildfire season.  The recent drought has dried out state forests in the Commonwealth, and fallen trees and limbs means there’s plenty of fuel for wildfires.  State forester Leah MacSwords says this could lead to an active fire season and be dangerous for firefighters.  She says people should take extra precautions and watch out for forest arson, the leading cause of Kentucky’s wildfires.  This fall’s fire season

Health Care
7:38 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Judge Shuts Down Christian Health Care Ministry

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A Kentucky judge has shut down a Christians-only health care ministry, saying it could not operate until it got approval from the state Department of Insurance.  Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate made the ruling against Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry that helps pay medical bills for churchgoers who pledge not to smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex outside of marriage. 

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