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  • Hattiesburg announces Christmas tree lighting performers and activities

    Hattiesburg announces Christmas tree lighting performers and activities

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-11-22 21:13:26 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg
    Hattiesburg announced its Tree Lighting Ceremony performers and activities Wednesday.  The city will kick off its Christmas season with the lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Town Square Park and festivities beginning at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. This year's theme will be "Peace on Earth, goodwill to all." The cast of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's White Christmas, Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir and Art Makes...More >>
    Hattiesburg announced its Tree Lighting Ceremony performers and activities Wednesday.  The city will kick off its Christmas season with the lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Town Square Park and festivities beginning at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. This year's theme will be "Peace on Earth, goodwill to all." The cast of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's White Christmas, Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir and Art Makes...More >>
  • Appeals court affirms dismissal of postconviction-relief motion of Forrest County man

    Appeals court affirms dismissal of postconviction-relief motion of Forrest County man

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 3:40 PM EST2017-11-22 20:40:12 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network
    The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a Forrest County man's second postconviction-relief motion on Tuesday Domiano Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault after a robbery led to the shooting of a Forrest County man in 2004. Two others were also charged in the crime. Ratcliff was sentenced to a total of 50 years to be served consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2006,...More >>
    The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a Forrest County man's second postconviction-relief motion on Tuesday Domiano Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault after a robbery led to the shooting of a Forrest County man in 2004. Two others were also charged in the crime. Ratcliff was sentenced to a total of 50 years to be served consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2006,...More >>
  • One person arrested, narcotics seized in "significant" Jones County drug trafficking bust

    One person arrested, narcotics seized in "significant" Jones County drug trafficking bust

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:45 PM EST2017-11-22 19:45:59 GMT
    Patrick Newell. SOURCE: JCSDPatrick Newell. SOURCE: JCSD
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department made a significant narcotics arrest and recovery in an ongoing investigation of a large drug trafficking organization.  Deputies arrested Jermaine Antonio "Tony" Newell on during a Nov. 15 traffic stop on Highway 28, just west of Soso. From the traffic stop and search of several residences, investigators recovered over two pounds of heroin, approximately 220 pounds of high-grade marijuana, over 100 ecstasy pills and other pill...More >>
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department made a significant narcotics arrest and recovery in an ongoing investigation of a large drug trafficking organization.  Deputies arrested Jermaine Antonio "Tony" Newell on during a Nov. 15 traffic stop on Highway 28, just west of Soso. From the traffic stop and search of several residences, investigators recovered over two pounds of heroin, approximately 220 pounds of high-grade marijuana, over 100 ecstasy pills and other pill...More >>
  • Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

    Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:19 PM EST2017-11-22 19:19:38 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network
    A Hattiesburg man convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes must serve the remainder of his prison sentence after his denied motion for post-conviction release was affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Thomas Holder pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections in 2016, but the entire sentence was suspended subject to Holder's good behavior and compliance with certain conditions. After Holder provided a false add...More >>
    A Hattiesburg man convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes must serve the remainder of his prison sentence after his denied motion for post-conviction release was affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Thomas Holder pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections in 2016, but the entire sentence was suspended subject to Holder's good behavior and compliance with certain conditions. After Holder provided a false add...More >>
  • Internationally acclaimed organist to rededicate Poplarville organ

    Internationally acclaimed organist to rededicate Poplarville organ

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-11-22 19:01:23 GMT
    An internationally acclaimed organist and author will perform at a Poplarville church.  Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore, pastor of Poplarville First United Methodist Church, announced that Dr. Eileen Morris Guenther will be in recital at the church on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., where she will rededicate the church's 1975 Rueter pipe organ.  Guenther is a lecturer in Organ at The George Washington University and also serves as Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary....More >>
    An internationally acclaimed organist and author will perform at a Poplarville church.  Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore, pastor of Poplarville First United Methodist Church, announced that Dr. Eileen Morris Guenther will be in recital at the church on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., where she will rededicate the church's 1975 Rueter pipe organ.  Guenther is a lecturer in Organ at The George Washington University and also serves as Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary....More >>
  • "Trouble in Toyland" annual toy safety report released

    "Trouble in Toyland" annual toy safety report released

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 1:39 PM EST2017-11-22 18:39:10 GMT
    SOURCE: US PIRGSOURCE: US PIRG
    Press release from U.S. PIRG Education fund: Stores nationwide are still offering dangerous and toxic toys this holiday season and, in some cases, ignoring explicit government safety regulations in the process, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund’s 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping for children’s gifts. ...More >>
    Press release from U.S. PIRG Education fund: Stores nationwide are still offering dangerous and toxic toys this holiday season and, in some cases, ignoring explicit government safety regulations in the process, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund’s 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping for children’s gifts. ...More >>
  • MBI issues alert for missing 15-year-old

    MBI issues alert for missing 15-year-old

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:10 AM EST2017-11-22 16:10:07 GMT
    Jordan Nicole Thompson.  Source: Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.Jordan Nicole Thompson. Source: Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

    The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert for 15-year-old Jordan Nicole Thompson of Bolivar County, Mississippi.

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    The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert for 15-year-old Jordan Nicole Thompson of Bolivar County, Mississippi.

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  • Laurel Police want to warn you about counterfeit money

    Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

    Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:03 PM EST2017-11-22 04:03:11 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAM archivesPhoto credit: WDAM archives

    Laurel Police want to warn you about counterfeit money being used this holiday season. Recently, a man was taken down in Picayune after being sought after in the Pine Belt for passing fake money to area businesses. Captain Tommy Cox said, "Generally, it's 100 dollar bills. It comes in waves. We will get some and then it will kind of die down a little bit." But, recently Laurel Police Captain Tommy Cox said they have had several reports of fake money floating throughout are...

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    Laurel Police want to warn you about counterfeit money being used this holiday season. Recently, a man was taken down in Picayune after being sought after in the Pine Belt for passing fake money to area businesses. Captain Tommy Cox said, "Generally, it's 100 dollar bills. It comes in waves. We will get some and then it will kind of die down a little bit." But, recently Laurel Police Captain Tommy Cox said they have had several reports of fake money floating throughout are...

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  • Girl Scouts urging parents to not force kids to hug relatives, friends this holiday season

    Girl Scouts urging parents to not force kids to hug relatives, friends this holiday season

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:56 PM EST2017-11-22 03:56:45 GMT
    Source: Girlscouts.orgSource: Girlscouts.org

    As new sexual harassment stories made headlines everyday, one national organization has a message for parents this holiday season.  The Girl Scouts of USA issued a reminder on it's website for parents ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when it comes to interaction between your children and other family members or friends at functions. The post is titled "Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays."  The "hugs" addressed in the...

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    As new sexual harassment stories made headlines everyday, one national organization has a message for parents this holiday season.  The Girl Scouts of USA issued a reminder on it's website for parents ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when it comes to interaction between your children and other family members or friends at functions. The post is titled "Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays."  The "hugs" addressed in the...

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  • Hattiesburg, Laurel mayors discuss South State Championship matchup

    Hattiesburg, Laurel mayors discuss South State Championship matchup

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:43 PM EST2017-11-22 01:43:09 GMT
    Laurel and Hattiesburg will meet for a rematch of the Lil' Brown Jug rivalry game, but this time, the Class 5A South State Championship and a trip to the state title game are on the line. WDAM caught up with both cities' mayors to see what they had to say about the game. Hattiesburg won the regular season matchup for the third year in a row, claiming the Lil' Brown Jug, but Laurel has eliminated the Tigers from the playoffs in the past two years.  The two will meet Friday ...More >>
    Laurel and Hattiesburg will meet for a rematch of the Lil' Brown Jug rivalry game, but this time, the Class 5A South State Championship and a trip to the state title game are on the line. WDAM caught up with both cities' mayors to see what they had to say about the game. Hattiesburg won the regular season matchup for the third year in a row, claiming the Lil' Brown Jug, but Laurel has eliminated the Tigers from the playoffs in the past two years.  The two will meet Friday ...More >>
  • Laurel Council approves MML plan for old traffic fines, gives OK for vehicle purchases

    Laurel Council approves MML plan for old traffic fines, gives OK for vehicle purchases

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 7:56 PM EST2017-11-22 00:56:34 GMT
    The Laurel City Council has approved the purchase of 27 new city vehicles. Photo credit WDAM.The Laurel City Council has approved the purchase of 27 new city vehicles. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Laurel City Council Tuesday adopted a resolution supporting a statewide effort to allow cities to collect unpaid traffic fines by deducting money from an offender's state income tax refund.  

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    The Laurel City Council Tuesday adopted a resolution supporting a statewide effort to allow cities to collect unpaid traffic fines by deducting money from an offender's state income tax refund.  

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  • Christian Services hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner

    Christian Services hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 7:22 PM EST2017-11-22 00:22:29 GMT
    Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals at Christian Services, Inc. Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals at Christian Services, Inc. Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The folks at one Hattiesburg service organization invited the Hub City community to celebrate an early holiday meal with them Tuesday.  

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    The folks at one Hattiesburg service organization invited the Hub City community to celebrate an early holiday meal with them Tuesday.  

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  • Waynesboro Fire Department receives new truck

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-11-21 23:53:17 GMT
    Waynesboro fire department receives new truck. Photo credit WDAM.Waynesboro fire department receives new truck. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Waynesboro fire department is celebrating a new addition to its fleet. 

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    The Waynesboro fire department is celebrating a new addition to its fleet. 

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  • HPD searching for three auto burglary suspects

    HPD searching for three auto burglary suspects

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:43 PM EST2017-11-21 23:43:39 GMT
    SOURCE: HPDSOURCE: HPD
    The Hattiesburg Police Department is searching for three auto burglary suspects. The unknown suspects are believed to be involved in an auto burglary at Target located at 6143 US Hwy 98 on Oct. 29. They are believed to be three young black males and were last seen walking east through the parking lot. If anyone has any information regarding the crimes or suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    The Hattiesburg Police Department is searching for three auto burglary suspects. The unknown suspects are believed to be involved in an auto burglary at Target located at 6143 US Hwy 98 on Oct. 29. They are believed to be three young black males and were last seen walking east through the parking lot. If anyone has any information regarding the crimes or suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Mississippi woman arrested for embezzlement by public employee

    Mississippi woman arrested for embezzlement by public employee

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:28 PM EST2017-11-21 23:28:46 GMT
    Amanda Combs. SOURCE: AG's officeAmanda Combs. SOURCE: AG's office
    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Brandon woman after being indicted for three counts of embezzlement by a public employee.  Amanda Combs, 31, turned herself in to the Warren County Sheriff's Office after allegedly pocketing $65,000 in benefits while she was an employee of Mississippi's state retirement system. Combs is accused of redirecting the the funds of retiree and beneficiary payments into her own account while working in the payme...More >>
    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Brandon woman after being indicted for three counts of embezzlement by a public employee.  Amanda Combs, 31, turned herself in to the Warren County Sheriff's Office after allegedly pocketing $65,000 in benefits while she was an employee of Mississippi's state retirement system. Combs is accused of redirecting the the funds of retiree and beneficiary payments into her own account while working in the payme...More >>
  • Hattiesburg police searching for shooting suspect

    Hattiesburg police searching for shooting suspect

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:15 PM EST2017-11-21 23:15:09 GMT
    Donaven Harris. SOURCE: HPDDonaven Harris. SOURCE: HPD
    The Hattiesburg Police Department is searching for a shooting suspect. Officers responded to a shooting at the 200 block of Katie Avenue on Nov. 8 after a report of gunshots being fired at a vehicle that was driving down the road. Police later concluded that Donaven Harris was the shooter, and he was last seen leaving the area in a white Ford Focus with a missing front bumper.  Harris is 5'9 and approximately 170 pounds, and he is allegedly affiliated with the "East Coast...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Police Department is searching for a shooting suspect. Officers responded to a shooting at the 200 block of Katie Avenue on Nov. 8 after a report of gunshots being fired at a vehicle that was driving down the road. Police later concluded that Donaven Harris was the shooter, and he was last seen leaving the area in a white Ford Focus with a missing front bumper.  Harris is 5'9 and approximately 170 pounds, and he is allegedly affiliated with the "East Coast...More >>
  • Hattiesburg makes top 25 for Levitt AMP concert series grant

    Hattiesburg makes top 25 for Levitt AMP concert series grant

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 5:54 PM EST2017-11-21 22:54:38 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg
    The Levitt Foundation announced Hattiesburg as a top 25 city to receive a Levitt AMP Grant for $25,000.  After public voting concluded, Hattiesburg is one step closer to receiving the grant and will now undergo the Levitt review process. Winners will be announced on January 2, 2018.  This past summer, Hattiesburg hosted the Levitt AMP Concert Series due to the grant provided by the Levitt Foundation that was awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi School of ...More >>
    The Levitt Foundation announced Hattiesburg as a top 25 city to receive a Levitt AMP Grant for $25,000.  After public voting concluded, Hattiesburg is one step closer to receiving the grant and will now undergo the Levitt review process. Winners will be announced on January 2, 2018.  This past summer, Hattiesburg hosted the Levitt AMP Concert Series due to the grant provided by the Levitt Foundation that was awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi School of ...More >>
  • Turtle Creek Mall to host Black Friday Bash, announce hours

    Turtle Creek Mall to host Black Friday Bash, announce hours

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 5:04 PM EST2017-11-21 22:04:30 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Turtle Creek mall in Hattiesburg will open its doors for Black Friday shoppers from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, the mall announced Tuesday.  This year's Black Friday Bash will feature the following festivities: DJ Don King and DJ Big Daddy will be pumping out the jams and giving away hourly prizes from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can enter for a chance to win these prizes at the DJ Booth near Food Court (ages 18 and older). Hattiesburg Coca-Cola will be on...More >>
    The Turtle Creek mall in Hattiesburg will open its doors for Black Friday shoppers from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, the mall announced Tuesday.  This year's Black Friday Bash will feature the following festivities: DJ Don King and DJ Big Daddy will be pumping out the jams and giving away hourly prizes from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can enter for a chance to win these prizes at the DJ Booth near Food Court (ages 18 and older). Hattiesburg Coca-Cola will be on...More >>
  • HPD, Ryan's Chevrolet team up for 4th annual toy drive

    HPD, Ryan's Chevrolet team up for 4th annual toy drive

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:41 PM EST2017-11-21 21:41:43 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The Victim's Service Unit of the Hattiesburg Police Department and Ryan's Chevrolet announced their fourth annual toy drive.  The drive, which will take place at Ryan's Chevrolet located at 1501 West Pine Street in Hattiesburg, will benefit children of violent crimes and the Mississippi Children's Shelter. The toy drive kicked off with a "Stuff the Truck Toy Drive" at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and people are encouraged to bring toys to drop off at Ryan'...

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    The Victim's Service Unit of the Hattiesburg Police Department and Ryan's Chevrolet announced their fourth annual toy drive.  The drive, which will take place at Ryan's Chevrolet located at 1501 West Pine Street in Hattiesburg, will benefit children of violent crimes and the Mississippi Children's Shelter. The toy drive kicked off with a "Stuff the Truck Toy Drive" at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and people are encouraged to bring toys to drop off at Ryan'...

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  • 2017 Conerly Trophy nominees announced

    2017 Conerly Trophy nominees announced

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-11-21 21:13:23 GMT
    SOURCE: C SpireSOURCE: C Spire

    The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced 10 nominees for the 2017 C Spire Conerly Trophy Monday. The annual award honors Mississippi's top college football player, with each four-year college with a football program a nominee. The award is named in honor of College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, who played for the University of Mississippi and the New York Giants in the NFL. A winner will be selected by a panel of sports media and announced on Nov....

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    The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced 10 nominees for the 2017 C Spire Conerly Trophy Monday. The annual award honors Mississippi's top college football player, with each four-year college with a football program a nominee. The award is named in honor of College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, who played for the University of Mississippi and the New York Giants in the NFL. A winner will be selected by a panel of sports media and announced on Nov....

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  • Airport preparing for busiest travel period of the year

    Airport preparing for busiest travel period of the year

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:45 PM EST2017-11-21 17:45:47 GMT
    Holiday season brings busiest travel period of the season. Photo credit WDAMHoliday season brings busiest travel period of the season. Photo credit WDAM

    The holiday season is here, and airports all over the world are preparing for the busiest travel period of the year. 

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    The holiday season is here, and airports all over the world are preparing for the busiest travel period of the year. 

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  • Attorney Gen. Jim Hood urges shopping safey ahead of Black Friday, Cyber Monday

    Attorney Gen. Jim Hood urges shopping safey ahead of Black Friday, Cyber Monday

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:31 PM EST2017-11-21 17:31:06 GMT

    With the busiest shopping days of the year a few days away, Attorney General Jim Hood wants to remind shoppers of ways to protect themselves personally and financially for the holiday season. 

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    With the busiest shopping days of the year a few days away, Attorney General Jim Hood wants to remind shoppers of ways to protect themselves personally and financially for the holiday season. 

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  • Over 400 auto burglaries in Hattiesburg, HPD turns to technology to help

    Over 400 auto burglaries in Hattiesburg, HPD turns to technology to help

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:28 AM EST2017-11-21 13:28:00 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    So far, in 2017 the Hattiesburg Police Department has recorded 454 auto burglaries in the Hub City. MOBILE USERS WATCH LIVE HERE An auto burglary is considered a “Part 1 Offense,” and it’s one thing the police department is setting their sights on reducing. “Any citizen of Hattiesburg should be able to go to the actual local shopping center and go there and not have to worry about their vehicle getting broken in to," said Hattiesburg Police De...

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    So far, in 2017 the Hattiesburg Police Department has recorded 454 auto burglaries in the Hub City. MOBILE USERS WATCH LIVE HERE An auto burglary is considered a “Part 1 Offense,” and it’s one thing the police department is setting their sights on reducing. “Any citizen of Hattiesburg should be able to go to the actual local shopping center and go there and not have to worry about their vehicle getting broken in to," said Hattiesburg Police De...

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  • WDAM has learned more about the car wreck that killed 20 year old Tyone Clemons.

    More details revealed in wreck that killed EMCC athlete

    More details revealed in wreck that killed EMCC athlete

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:35 PM EST2017-11-21 04:35:30 GMT
    Tyone Clemons. SOURCE: EMCC AthleticsTyone Clemons. SOURCE: EMCC Athletics

    WDAM has learned more about the car wreck that killed 20 year old Tyone Clemons. He was an East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman, and was a former West Jones High School all star athlete. Jessica Bowman was at the scene in Jones County Monday learning more about who Clemons was in the car with and what happened during this deadly accident Saturday morning.  Best Friends, teammates and brothers. That's what best describes 20 year old Tyone Clemons and 19 year old T...

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    WDAM has learned more about the car wreck that killed 20 year old Tyone Clemons. He was an East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman, and was a former West Jones High School all star athlete. Jessica Bowman was at the scene in Jones County Monday learning more about who Clemons was in the car with and what happened during this deadly accident Saturday morning.  Best Friends, teammates and brothers. That's what best describes 20 year old Tyone Clemons and 19 year old T...

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  • Mt. Carmel Church demolition almost complete, portion of Main Street to reopen Wednesday

    Mt. Carmel Church demolition almost complete, portion of Main Street to reopen Wednesday

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:25 PM EST2017-11-21 03:25:35 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    North Main Street is expected to reopen Wednesday after months of detours due to demolition at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. 

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    North Main Street is expected to reopen Wednesday after months of detours due to demolition at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. 

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  • Mississippi police departments looking for qualified applicants

    Mississippi police departments looking for qualified applicants

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:38 PM EST2017-11-21 02:38:48 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    A couple Mississippi police departments are searching for qualified applicants to join their team. The Hattiesburg and Biloxi police departments have encouraged qualified people to apply for positions within the departments. HPD has started an "Our story, your opportunity" Facebook video campaign to recruit potential new law enforcement officers.   HPD Recruitment | Our Story. Your Opportunity If you are interested in joining the Hattiesburg Polic...

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    A couple Mississippi police departments are searching for qualified applicants to join their team. The Hattiesburg and Biloxi police departments have encouraged qualified people to apply for positions within the departments. HPD has started an "Our story, your opportunity" Facebook video campaign to recruit potential new law enforcement officers.   HPD Recruitment | Our Story. Your Opportunity If you are interested in joining the Hattiesburg Polic...

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  • Petal School District recognized by Forrest County Board of Supervisors

    Petal School District recognized by Forrest County Board of Supervisors

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:43 PM EST2017-11-21 01:43:42 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Board of Supervisors recognized the Petal School District during Monday's meeting. Board President David Hogan read a proclamation honoring them as the number one district in the state. The school was at the top in the rankings released by the Mississippi Department of Education in October. The school district was one of only fifteen districts to receive the "A" grade rating. "We're very excited about our ranking as far as being the number one district...More >>
    The Board of Supervisors recognized the Petal School District during Monday's meeting. Board President David Hogan read a proclamation honoring them as the number one district in the state. The school was at the top in the rankings released by the Mississippi Department of Education in October. The school district was one of only fifteen districts to receive the "A" grade rating. "We're very excited about our ranking as far as being the number one district...More >>
  • Bridge on North 12th Street to be replaced

    Bridge on North 12th Street to be replaced

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:34 PM EST2017-11-21 01:34:06 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors considered bids to replace a bridge during their Monday meeting.  Bids were taken into consideration to replace a bridge near Hattiesburg High School on North 12th Avenue near Conti Street. A third-party inspection was made on the bridge just south of the high school and it was determined that it needed to be replaced due to having wood pilings for support. According to the board attorney, the bid was awarded to Mago Inc. const...More >>
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors considered bids to replace a bridge during their Monday meeting.  Bids were taken into consideration to replace a bridge near Hattiesburg High School on North 12th Avenue near Conti Street. A third-party inspection was made on the bridge just south of the high school and it was determined that it needed to be replaced due to having wood pilings for support. According to the board attorney, the bid was awarded to Mago Inc. const...More >>
  • Southern Miss offense picks up pace

    Southern Miss offense picks up pace

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:02 PM EST2017-11-21 01:02:49 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    For the second consecutive week, the University of Southern Mississippi offense hummed right along and put up a wheelbarrow full of points. Some of that certainly can be attributed to the competition, with both Rice University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte each sporting one victory on the season. But USM coaches also liked what they saw from not only the play but the decision-making of junior quarterback Kwarda Griggs. Griggs, who made Saturday his second consecuti...More >>
    For the second consecutive week, the University of Southern Mississippi offense hummed right along and put up a wheelbarrow full of points. Some of that certainly can be attributed to the competition, with both Rice University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte each sporting one victory on the season. But USM coaches also liked what they saw from not only the play but the decision-making of junior quarterback Kwarda Griggs. Griggs, who made Saturday his second consecuti...More >>
  • Meal tips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving

    Meal tips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:30 PM EST2017-11-20 23:30:24 GMT
    Tips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving. Photo credit NBCTips for vegans celebrating Thanksgiving. Photo credit NBC

    Thanksgiving is Thursday, and not everyone will have an appetite for Turkey. 

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    Thanksgiving is Thursday, and not everyone will have an appetite for Turkey. 

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  • Shriners serve Thanksgiving meals to Lamar County senior citizens and veterans

    Shriners serve Thanksgiving meals to Lamar County senior citizens and veterans

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:06 PM EST2017-11-20 22:06:23 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center held a Monday afternoon Thanksgiving meal filled with comradery and gestures of respect and appreciation. Shriners of Chenzira Temple number 235 of Hattiesburg passed out the plates, and felt a sense of satisfaction serving.  "We wanted to find an organization that we could give back, not only to the veterans, but to the senior citizens," Shriner Steve Collins said.  So these Shriners of Hattiesburg put tur...More >>
    The Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center held a Monday afternoon Thanksgiving meal filled with comradery and gestures of respect and appreciation. Shriners of Chenzira Temple number 235 of Hattiesburg passed out the plates, and felt a sense of satisfaction serving.  "We wanted to find an organization that we could give back, not only to the veterans, but to the senior citizens," Shriner Steve Collins said.  So these Shriners of Hattiesburg put tur...More >>
  • 1 injured, 1 jailed in Hub City shooting

    1 injured, 1 jailed in Hub City shooting

    Monday, November 20 2017 4:38 PM EST2017-11-20 21:38:00 GMT
    Coby Butler. SOURCE: HPDCoby Butler. SOURCE: HPD

    A Saturday night shooting in the Hub City injured one and landed another behind bars. Coby Butler, 56, of Hattiesburg was arrested Saturday night and charged with one count of aggravated assault.  Hattiesburg Police Captain Branden McLemore said both the suspect and victim are homeless, and the shooting happened in a homeless camp in the wooded area behind 5696 U.S. 49. around 6 p.m.  “The victim, was shot in the chest with a pellet rifle,” said Hattiesburg Po...

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    A Saturday night shooting in the Hub City injured one and landed another behind bars. Coby Butler, 56, of Hattiesburg was arrested Saturday night and charged with one count of aggravated assault.  Hattiesburg Police Captain Branden McLemore said both the suspect and victim are homeless, and the shooting happened in a homeless camp in the wooded area behind 5696 U.S. 49. around 6 p.m.  “The victim, was shot in the chest with a pellet rifle,” said Hattiesburg Po...

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  • EMCC football player, former West Jones athlete killed in Jones County wreck

    EMCC football player, former West Jones athlete killed in Jones County wreck

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:16 PM EST2017-11-20 20:16:33 GMT
    Tyone Clemons. SOURCE: EMCC AthleticsTyone Clemons. SOURCE: EMCC Athletics
    A weekend wreck in Jones County claimed the life of a former West Jones High School athlete.  Tyone Clemons, 20, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Summerland Road in Jones County according to Jones County authorities.  Clemons, who was currently a defensive lineman at East Mississippi Community College, was later pronounced dead at South Central Regional Medical Center.  pic.twitter.com/eFOIr6Brdn — EMCC Athletics (@EMCCathletics) November 19, 2017 ...More >>
    A weekend wreck in Jones County claimed the life of a former West Jones High School athlete.  Tyone Clemons, 20, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Summerland Road in Jones County according to Jones County authorities.  Clemons, who was currently a defensive lineman at East Mississippi Community College, was later pronounced dead at South Central Regional Medical Center.  pic.twitter.com/eFOIr6Brdn — EMCC Athletics (@EMCCathletics) November 19, 2017 ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg needs votes for Levitt AMP Concert Series to return

    Hattiesburg needs votes for Levitt AMP Concert Series to return

    Monday, November 20 2017 2:10 PM EST2017-11-20 19:10:07 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg
    This past summer, Hattiesburg hosted the Levitt AMP Concert Series, but the concerts were due to a grant provided by the Levitt Foundation that was awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism. They are up for the grant again, but currently need more votes to bring the concert series back. Hattiesburg is currently at No. 26 in voting, and they need to be in the top 25 to qualify.  Voting ends tonight at 7 p.m. To vote, go to ...More >>
    This past summer, Hattiesburg hosted the Levitt AMP Concert Series, but the concerts were due to a grant provided by the Levitt Foundation that was awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism. They are up for the grant again, but currently need more votes to bring the concert series back. Hattiesburg is currently at No. 26 in voting, and they need to be in the top 25 to qualify.  Voting ends tonight at 7 p.m. To vote, go to ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg Mayor's Financial Education Initiative looking for volunteers

    Hattiesburg Mayor's Financial Education Initiative looking for volunteers

    Monday, November 20 2017 2:00 PM EST2017-11-20 19:00:04 GMT
    City of HattiesburgCity of Hattiesburg

    The City of Hattiesburg is searching for volunteers for the Mayor's Financial Education Initiative. The initiative needs volunteers with tax preparation experience to help out the senior population and low-to-moderate income earners with their 2017 taxes. Volunteers should be comfortable computers and ideally have tax return preparation experience, though the latter is not required.  Training sessions will be held in December and January. Interested volunteers can contact Maxi...

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    The City of Hattiesburg is searching for volunteers for the Mayor's Financial Education Initiative. The initiative needs volunteers with tax preparation experience to help out the senior population and low-to-moderate income earners with their 2017 taxes. Volunteers should be comfortable computers and ideally have tax return preparation experience, though the latter is not required.  Training sessions will be held in December and January. Interested volunteers can contact Maxi...

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  • Top Mississippi colleges for online programs ranked

    Top Mississippi colleges for online programs ranked

    Monday, November 20 2017 1:42 PM EST2017-11-20 18:42:25 GMT
    SOURCE: onlinecolleges.comSOURCE: onlinecolleges.com
    Onlinecolleges.com released its rankings for the top colleges for online programs in the state of Mississippi on Monday. The website used a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. East Mississippi Community College secured a top spot, with the University of Southern Mississippi ranking at number 3.  All schools were ranked on 10-point scale against a 14 different metrics using data from the National Center for Educa...More >>
    Onlinecolleges.com released its rankings for the top colleges for online programs in the state of Mississippi on Monday. The website used a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. East Mississippi Community College secured a top spot, with the University of Southern Mississippi ranking at number 3.  All schools were ranked on 10-point scale against a 14 different metrics using data from the National Center for Educa...More >>
  • Pine Belt shoppers gearing up for Black Friday

    Pine Belt shoppers gearing up for Black Friday

    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:38 PM EST2017-11-20 01:38:20 GMT
    source:wdamsource:wdam

    Black Friday is November 25 and Pine Belt residents such as Emily Brumfield are getting ready for the big night. “I have several things on my list,” says Brumfield. “I have lots of tools. I have items such as guns for my boyfriend and my dad, cooking utensils, an iPod, electronics and all kinds of stuff.”

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    Black Friday is November 25 and Pine Belt residents such as Emily Brumfield are getting ready for the big night. “I have several things on my list,” says Brumfield. “I have lots of tools. I have items such as guns for my boyfriend and my dad, cooking utensils, an iPod, electronics and all kinds of stuff.”

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  • Laurel stuns Brookhaven to reach 5th consecutive South State title game

    Laurel stuns Brookhaven to reach 5th consecutive South State title game

    Sunday, November 19 2017 5:07 PM EST2017-11-19 22:07:40 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Friday night, the Laurel High School football team found itself in a situation that few thought the Golden Tornadoes could overcome successfully. Few, except a bunch of guys in cardinal and gold on the Laurel sideline. Down 22-14 in its Class 5A South State semifinal game with Brookhaven High School, Laurel scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game, including Zias Perryman’s game-winning 9-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds to play as the Golden Tornadoes stunned the Pan...More >>
    Friday night, the Laurel High School football team found itself in a situation that few thought the Golden Tornadoes could overcome successfully. Few, except a bunch of guys in cardinal and gold on the Laurel sideline. Down 22-14 in its Class 5A South State semifinal game with Brookhaven High School, Laurel scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game, including Zias Perryman’s game-winning 9-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds to play as the Golden Tornadoes stunned the Pan...More >>
  • Collins headed to South State under second-year coach Eric Booth

    Collins headed to South State under second-year coach Eric Booth

    Sunday, November 19 2017 12:40 AM EST2017-11-19 05:40:15 GMT
    Collins defeated Bay Springs 22-8 on Friday to advance to the class 2A south state title. Courtesy: WDAMCollins defeated Bay Springs 22-8 on Friday to advance to the class 2A south state title. Courtesy: WDAM

    After losing the first two games of the season by a combined five points, Collins has won 12 consecutive games to advance to the class 2A South State title. The Tigers (12-2) defeated Bay Springs 22-8 on Friday to advance to a south state matchup against Taylorsville (13-1). Collins scored twice in the fourth quarter to overcome the Bulldogs on the road. "I feel great," said Collins head coach Eric Booth, a former USM running back.

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    After losing the first two games of the season by a combined five points, Collins has won 12 consecutive games to advance to the class 2A South State title. The Tigers (12-2) defeated Bay Springs 22-8 on Friday to advance to a south state matchup against Taylorsville (13-1). Collins scored twice in the fourth quarter to overcome the Bulldogs on the road. "I feel great," said Collins head coach Eric Booth, a former USM running back.

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  • Firefighter honored for saving the life of 7 year old

    Firefighter honored for saving the life of 7 year old

    Sunday, November 19 2017 12:09 AM EST2017-11-19 05:09:27 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    2017 Hattiesburg Firefighter of the Year Ricky Sheppard was honored by the family of 7-year-old Mackenzie Holmes for saving her life on August 18, 2017. The family presented Sheppard with a plaque and a live performance for his heroic efforts. “She's not supposed to here but she is. And I thank him every day,” says Holmes mother Kelly James. 

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    2017 Hattiesburg Firefighter of the Year Ricky Sheppard was honored by the family of 7-year-old Mackenzie Holmes for saving her life on August 18, 2017. The family presented Sheppard with a plaque and a live performance for his heroic efforts. “She's not supposed to here but she is. And I thank him every day,” says Holmes mother Kelly James. 

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  • Beyond the Sidelines: Taylorsville football

    Beyond the Sidelines: Taylorsville football

    Sunday, November 19 2017 12:04 AM EST2017-11-19 05:04:53 GMT
    Taylorsville defeated North Forrest 49-14 on Friday. Courtesy: WDAMTaylorsville defeated North Forrest 49-14 on Friday. Courtesy: WDAM

    After finishing 4-7 a season ago, Taylorsville High School is 13-1 and headed to the 2017 class 2A South State championship. The Tartars defeated North Forrest 49-14 on Friday to advance to a south state battle against Collins. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Taylorsville's playoff win.

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    After finishing 4-7 a season ago, Taylorsville High School is 13-1 and headed to the 2017 class 2A South State championship. The Tartars defeated North Forrest 49-14 on Friday to advance to a south state battle against Collins. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Taylorsville's playoff win.

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  • Part of one lane of I-59 in Jones County closed after 18 wheeler accident

    Part of one lane of I-59 in Jones County closed after 18 wheeler accident

    Saturday, November 18 2017 10:52 PM EST2017-11-19 03:52:08 GMT
    A part of the right lane of Interstate 59 at the Sanford Road exit will be closed until bridge repairs can be made. Photo credit WDAM.A part of the right lane of Interstate 59 at the Sanford Road exit will be closed until bridge repairs can be made. Photo credit WDAM.

    A portion of one lane of Interstate 59 in Jones County will be closed until further notice, after an 18 wheeler hit a bridge and flipped over Saturday night.  

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    A portion of one lane of Interstate 59 in Jones County will be closed until further notice, after an 18 wheeler hit a bridge and flipped over Saturday night.  

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  • USM fans take advantage of last tailgating opportunity Saturday

    USM fans take advantage of last tailgating opportunity Saturday

    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:31 PM EST2017-11-19 00:31:46 GMT
    Southern Miss fans tailgate before the Golden Eagles-Charlotte 49ers game Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Southern Miss fans tailgate before the Golden Eagles-Charlotte 49ers game Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Fans of University of Southern Mississippi football got together one last time Saturday to have some food and fun on home turf. 

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    Fans of University of Southern Mississippi football got together one last time Saturday to have some food and fun on home turf. 

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  • Britton says PSC will be methodical, fair on Miss. Power rate request

    Britton says PSC will be methodical, fair on Miss. Power rate request

    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:05 PM EST2017-11-19 00:05:38 GMT
    Mississippi Power is requesting an 8.5 percent rate increase for 2018. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi Power is requesting an 8.5 percent rate increase for 2018. Photo credit WDAM.

    Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton is reacting to Mississippi Power's request for an 8.5 percent rate increase for 2018. 

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    Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton is reacting to Mississippi Power's request for an 8.5 percent rate increase for 2018. 

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  • WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 17

    WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 17

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:43 PM EST2017-11-18 04:43:48 GMT
    WDAM Gametime app. Source: WDAMWDAM Gametime app. Source: WDAM

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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  • HPD to host active shooter training seminar

    HPD to host active shooter training seminar

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:55 PM EST2017-11-18 02:55:09 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The Hattiesburg Police Department will be hosting an active shooter seminar and training session in late November.  The program will take place on Nov. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Police & Fire Training Academy at 53 Academy Drive in Hattiesburg.  The one-day course is designed to present proactive survival strategies for violent intruder or active shooter incidents. The purpose is to provide businesses, corporations, industries, schools and hospitals w...

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department will be hosting an active shooter seminar and training session in late November.  The program will take place on Nov. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Police & Fire Training Academy at 53 Academy Drive in Hattiesburg.  The one-day course is designed to present proactive survival strategies for violent intruder or active shooter incidents. The purpose is to provide businesses, corporations, industries, schools and hospitals w...

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  • Jasper County Sheriff's Dept. to hold church security workshop

    Jasper County Sheriff's Dept. to hold church security workshop

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:45 PM EST2017-11-18 02:45:19 GMT
    SOURCE: Jasper County Sheriff's Dept.SOURCE: Jasper County Sheriff's Dept.

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a church protection and security workshop in November. The program will be held on Nov. 28  at 6:30 p.m. in the Jasper County Farm Bureau Office in Bay Springs located at 3219 Hwy 15.  Sheriff Randy Johnson will conduct the seminar and discuss topics such as church protection measures, proper procedures for setting up security, laws covering churches' rights and other issues related to church security. All c...

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    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a church protection and security workshop in November. The program will be held on Nov. 28  at 6:30 p.m. in the Jasper County Farm Bureau Office in Bay Springs located at 3219 Hwy 15.  Sheriff Randy Johnson will conduct the seminar and discuss topics such as church protection measures, proper procedures for setting up security, laws covering churches' rights and other issues related to church security. All c...

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  • Southern Miss sorority raises $55K for Make-A-Wish

    Southern Miss sorority raises $55K for Make-A-Wish

    Friday, November 17 2017 8:33 PM EST2017-11-18 01:33:41 GMT
    SOURCE: Songfest Facebook event pageSOURCE: Songfest Facebook event page
    A University of Southern Mississippi sorority raised $55,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The announcement was made at Southern Miss' Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority during its annual Songfest, which was held Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is the longest-running Greek Life philanthropic event at Southern Miss. Admission was free, but donations were accept...More >>
    A University of Southern Mississippi sorority raised $55,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The announcement was made at Southern Miss' Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority during its annual Songfest, which was held Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is the longest-running Greek Life philanthropic event at Southern Miss. Admission was free, but donations were accept...More >>
  • Home Dedication held for Hattiesburg Resident

    Home Dedication held for Hattiesburg Resident

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:34 PM EST2017-11-18 00:34:32 GMT

    The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) held a home dedication service for Hattiesburg resident Belle Lange. Lange’s home was destroyed earlier this year in January’s tornados. She says she’s been living with family members since the tornados. “I'm thankful to God that he allowed me to see this day and to share it with my family and friends,” says Lange. “I'm just so grateful.” T

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    The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) held a home dedication service for Hattiesburg resident Belle Lange. Lange’s home was destroyed earlier this year in January’s tornados. She says she’s been living with family members since the tornados. “I'm thankful to God that he allowed me to see this day and to share it with my family and friends,” says Lange. “I'm just so grateful.” T

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  • World's smallest heart pump is saving lives

    World's smallest heart pump is saving lives

    World's smallest heart pump is saving lives

    Friday, November 17 2017 6:50 PM EST2017-11-17 23:50:59 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    WDAM looked inside a procedure at Forrest General Hospital. It's called the Impella device and doctors are using it on heart attack patients. Here's a breakdown from Cardiologist Dr. Craig Thieling about the device. Dr. Craig Thieling said, "Impella device is a small heart pump. It's really the world's smallest heart pump. Another thing that's unique about this is we are able to put this in just through an artery in the groin. You do not have to have open heart surgery or any ty...

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    WDAM looked inside a procedure at Forrest General Hospital. It's called the Impella device and doctors are using it on heart attack patients. Here's a breakdown from Cardiologist Dr. Craig Thieling about the device. Dr. Craig Thieling said, "Impella device is a small heart pump. It's really the world's smallest heart pump. Another thing that's unique about this is we are able to put this in just through an artery in the groin. You do not have to have open heart surgery or any ty...

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  • Salvation Army hosts Hattiesburg Angel Tree

    Salvation Army hosts Hattiesburg Angel Tree

    Friday, November 17 2017 5:20 PM EST2017-11-17 22:20:19 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    You can now help make one child's holiday a little more special the next time you make a trip to Turtle Creek Mall. 

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    You can now help make one child's holiday a little more special the next time you make a trip to Turtle Creek Mall. 

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  • Former IHL Board president Robinson named USM COB's Alumna of Year

    Former IHL Board president Robinson named USM COB's Alumna of Year

    Friday, November 17 2017 4:56 PM EST2017-11-17 21:56:51 GMT
    Robin Robinson (left) receives her Boardman Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from College of Business dean Faye W. Gilbert Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Robin Robinson (left) receives her Boardman Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from College of Business dean Faye W. Gilbert Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A top executive with Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been recognized as the Boardman Distinguished Alumna of the Year for the USM College of Business. 

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    A top executive with Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been recognized as the Boardman Distinguished Alumna of the Year for the USM College of Business. 

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  • Mississippi Public Universities to award 4,663 degrees in December

    Mississippi Public Universities to award 4,663 degrees in December

    Friday, November 17 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-11-17 21:27:51 GMT
    Southern Miss campus/Photo source: WDAMSouthern Miss campus/Photo source: WDAM
    Mississippi Public Universities will confer 4,663 degrees in December. According to a press release from Mississippi Public Universities, the Board of Trustees approved awarding the degrees, which includes 3,519 undergraduate and 1,144 graduate degrees. It in an increase of 235 more degrees than was awarded in December 2016.  2017 DECEMBER COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULES Alcorn State University Time/Date: 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 8, 2017 Location: Davey L. Whitney Health and Ph...More >>
    Mississippi Public Universities will confer 4,663 degrees in December. According to a press release from Mississippi Public Universities, the Board of Trustees approved awarding the degrees, which includes 3,519 undergraduate and 1,144 graduate degrees. It in an increase of 235 more degrees than was awarded in December 2016.  2017 DECEMBER COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULES Alcorn State University Time/Date: 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 8, 2017 Location: Davey L. Whitney Health and Ph...More >>
  • Southern Pine Electric begins Adopt-a-School program

    Southern Pine Electric begins Adopt-a-School program

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:04 PM EST2017-11-17 19:04:02 GMT
    Hopewell Elementary School has been the first school selected to benefit from Southern Pine Electric's new Adopt-a-School program. Photo credit WDAM.Hopewell Elementary School has been the first school selected to benefit from Southern Pine Electric's new Adopt-a-School program. Photo credit WDAM.

    Children at one Covington County school are benefiting from a new partnership with Southern Pine Electric Power Association.  

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    Children at one Covington County school are benefiting from a new partnership with Southern Pine Electric Power Association.  

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  • Waste tire grant to help Pine Belt clean-up

    Waste tire grant to help Pine Belt clean-up

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:24 AM EST2017-11-17 16:24:28 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Local counties and cities are getting over $200,000 to continue cleaning up tire waste around the Pine Belt. 

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    Local counties and cities are getting over $200,000 to continue cleaning up tire waste around the Pine Belt. 

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  • Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

    Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:08 AM EST2017-11-17 16:08:04 GMT
    Source:WDAMSource:WDAM

    There's no denying Hattiesburg has some of the busiest intersections and Hattiesburg Police said the roads will only get more crowded with the holidays.

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    There's no denying Hattiesburg has some of the busiest intersections and Hattiesburg Police said the roads will only get more crowded with the holidays.

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  • Unbeaten Hattiesburg visits Stone for a spot in South State

    Unbeaten Hattiesburg visits Stone for a spot in South State

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:17 AM EST2017-11-17 05:17:50 GMT

    Hattiesburg High school won its first region title since 1998 and wrapped up a perfect regular season. But the Tigers are still hungry for more. The proof was in last week's 50-0 shutout victory over South Jones. Hattiesburg is on the road this week to face Stone, a team it defeated in September by the score of 62-27.

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    Hattiesburg High school won its first region title since 1998 and wrapped up a perfect regular season. But the Tigers are still hungry for more. The proof was in last week's 50-0 shutout victory over South Jones. Hattiesburg is on the road this week to face Stone, a team it defeated in September by the score of 62-27.

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  • Collins and Bay Springs meet for class 2A South State bid

    Collins and Bay Springs meet for class 2A South State bid

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:10 AM EST2017-11-17 05:10:22 GMT
    Collins football. Courtesy: WDAMCollins football. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Collins Tigers are one of the best turn-around stories in the Pine Belt area. In his second season as head coach, Eric Booth has led the Tigers to an 11-2 record after winning just two games last season.

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    The Collins Tigers are one of the best turn-around stories in the Pine Belt area. In his second season as head coach, Eric Booth has led the Tigers to an 11-2 record after winning just two games last season.

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  • Stringer softball's Madison Rayner signs with USM

    Stringer softball's Madison Rayner signs with USM

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:00 AM EST2017-11-17 05:00:21 GMT
    Stringer's Madison Rayner signs to play softball with Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAMStringer's Madison Rayner signs to play softball with Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAM

    Stringer's Madison Rayner took the next step in her softball career on Tuesday, signing with the University of Southern Mississippi. "Its been a blast," Rayner said. "Started out my tenth grade year and I just fell in love with [softball] each year. [USM softball] coach [Wendy] Hogue is great. I'm ready to play under her. It feels like home, it's close."

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    Stringer's Madison Rayner took the next step in her softball career on Tuesday, signing with the University of Southern Mississippi. "Its been a blast," Rayner said. "Started out my tenth grade year and I just fell in love with [softball] each year. [USM softball] coach [Wendy] Hogue is great. I'm ready to play under her. It feels like home, it's close."

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  • The Laurel School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent.

    Laurel School District one step closer to having new superintendent

    Laurel School District one step closer to having new superintendent

    Thursday, November 16 2017 10:42 PM EST2017-11-17 03:42:26 GMT

    The Laurel School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent. Thursday the Laurel School District Board of Trustees started the public interview process of seven applicants. 

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    The Laurel School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent. Thursday the Laurel School District Board of Trustees started the public interview process of seven applicants. 

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  • DuBard School at USM celebrates 55th anniversary

    DuBard School at USM celebrates 55th anniversary

    Thursday, November 16 2017 9:49 PM EST2017-11-17 02:49:11 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi held an open house this afternoon in honor of the school's 55th anniversary. During the event, the school honored Dr. Maureen Martin, who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. "It's really exciting because over the last 55 years we have been privileged to service children with speech and language and hearing disabilities and help them become successful," said DuBar...More >>
    The DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi held an open house this afternoon in honor of the school's 55th anniversary. During the event, the school honored Dr. Maureen Martin, who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. "It's really exciting because over the last 55 years we have been privileged to service children with speech and language and hearing disabilities and help them become successful," said DuBar...More >>
  • State auditor speaks on reverse auction law

    State auditor speaks on reverse auction law

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:34 PM EST2017-11-17 01:34:00 GMT
    State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Photo credit: WDAMState Auditor Stacey Pickering. Photo credit: WDAM

    A new law regarding purchases by all Mississippi government entities will go into effect on January 1st. State Auditor Stacey Pickering made a stop by the Lamar County Supervisors meeting Thursday to shed light on a that new law. 

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    A new law regarding purchases by all Mississippi government entities will go into effect on January 1st. State Auditor Stacey Pickering made a stop by the Lamar County Supervisors meeting Thursday to shed light on a that new law. 

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  • 5 in custody, thousands in property recovered amid Perry Co. burglary investigation

    5 in custody, thousands in property recovered amid Perry Co. burglary investigation

    Thursday, November 16 2017 6:54 PM EST2017-11-16 23:54:31 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN
    A two-week burglary investigation in Perry County led to the arrest of five people and the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property. “Over the last two weeks, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department has been working on a burglary that occurred in the Runnelstown area,” said Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles. “As the investigation has progressed, several arrests have been made.” Joseph L. Williford, 46; Deborah S. Scarbroug...More >>
    A two-week burglary investigation in Perry County led to the arrest of five people and the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property. “Over the last two weeks, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department has been working on a burglary that occurred in the Runnelstown area,” said Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles. “As the investigation has progressed, several arrests have been made.” Joseph L. Williford, 46; Deborah S. Scarbroug...More >>
  • High blood pressure redefined under new guidelines

    High blood pressure redefined under new guidelines

    Thursday, November 16 2017 6:39 PM EST2017-11-16 23:39:54 GMT
    source: American Heart Associationsource: American Heart Association

    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology has redefined high blood pressure from the old definition of 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg. The statement was released November 13 stating that guidelines were put in place “for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure”. Studies show that nearly half of the adult U.S. population (46 percent) will have high blood pressure, or hypertension, und...

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    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology has redefined high blood pressure from the old definition of 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg. The statement was released November 13 stating that guidelines were put in place “for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure”. Studies show that nearly half of the adult U.S. population (46 percent) will have high blood pressure, or hypertension, und...

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  • AG Hood urges Congress to repeal law that allows oversupply of opioids

    AG Hood urges Congress to repeal law that allows oversupply of opioids

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-11-16 21:27:32 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM

    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined 44 states and territories this week urging a repeal of a federal law that strips the DEA of its ability to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable as it relates to the oversupply of opioids.

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    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined 44 states and territories this week urging a repeal of a federal law that strips the DEA of its ability to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable as it relates to the oversupply of opioids.

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  • Man struck by train in Hattiesburg

    Man struck by train in Hattiesburg

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:56 PM EST2017-11-16 20:56:19 GMT
    courtesy: WDAMcourtesy: WDAM

    A pedestrian was struck by a train in Hattiesburg early Thursday morning, according to police.

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    A pedestrian was struck by a train in Hattiesburg early Thursday morning, according to police.

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  • Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

    Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:31 PM EST2017-11-16 20:31:39 GMT
    SOURCE: HPDSOURCE: HPD
    Hattiesburg police need help locating two credit card fraud suspects.  The two suspects are both women and allegedly used a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49.  If anyone has information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    Hattiesburg police need help locating two credit card fraud suspects.  The two suspects are both women and allegedly used a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49.  If anyone has information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • HPD searching for auto burglary, credit card fraud suspects

    HPD searching for auto burglary, credit card fraud suspects

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:26 PM EST2017-11-16 20:26:00 GMT
    Suspect. SOURCE: HPDSuspect. SOURCE: HPD
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two suspects believed to be involved in an auto burglary and credit card fraud.  The auto burglary occurred on November 8 at the Walmart located at 6128 US-Highway 49. The subsequent credit card fraud occurred at 6072 Highway 98 and 6143 Highway 98. The suspects are described as black males and left the scene in a black Audi four-door passenger car with no plates. If anyone has any information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hatt...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two suspects believed to be involved in an auto burglary and credit card fraud.  The auto burglary occurred on November 8 at the Walmart located at 6128 US-Highway 49. The subsequent credit card fraud occurred at 6072 Highway 98 and 6143 Highway 98. The suspects are described as black males and left the scene in a black Audi four-door passenger car with no plates. If anyone has any information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hatt...More >>
  • Pass Christian couple arrested on child exploitation and lust charges

    Pass Christian couple arrested on child exploitation and lust charges

    Thursday, November 16 2017 2:31 PM EST2017-11-16 19:31:52 GMT
    Breland Sellers. SOURCE: AG's officeBreland Sellers. SOURCE: AG's office
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Pass Christian couple on charges of possession of child pornography and gratification of lust. Breland Sellers, 29, was arrested on Tuesday by the AG's Cyber Crime Division and charged with one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $75,000 and faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. Sellers' girlfriend, Kristina Lynn Crose, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and cha...More >>
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Pass Christian couple on charges of possession of child pornography and gratification of lust. Breland Sellers, 29, was arrested on Tuesday by the AG's Cyber Crime Division and charged with one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $75,000 and faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. Sellers' girlfriend, Kristina Lynn Crose, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and cha...More >>
  • Hodge says $5.2 million not enough to run Sheriff's Dept.

    Hodge says $5.2 million not enough to run Sheriff's Dept.

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-11-16 01:30:43 GMT
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department currently has 103 full and part-time employees. Photo credit WDAM.The Jones County Sheriff's Department currently has 103 full and part-time employees. Photo credit WDAM.

    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said his budget is preventing him from putting enough deputies on the road and enough corrections officers working in the county jail.  

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    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said his budget is preventing him from putting enough deputies on the road and enough corrections officers working in the county jail.  

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  • "You caused this dilemma, own up to it": Hattiesburg woman in retirement fund fight with school district

    "You caused this dilemma, own up to it": Hattiesburg woman in retirement fund fight with school district

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:47 PM EST2017-11-16 00:47:41 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Ms. Frankie Lee "retired" from Pearl River Community College this summer, but she has yet to receive a retirement check from the state system.  Lee said that's due to a mistake the Hattiesburg Public School District made over a decade ago.

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    Ms. Frankie Lee "retired" from Pearl River Community College this summer, but she has yet to receive a retirement check from the state system.  Lee said that's due to a mistake the Hattiesburg Public School District made over a decade ago.

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  • Mississippi Power seeks 8.5 percent increase in electric bills

    Mississippi Power seeks 8.5 percent increase in electric bills

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:40 PM EST2017-11-16 00:40:02 GMT
    Photo credit WDAM.Photo credit WDAM.

    Mississippi Power filed its annual Performance Evaluation Plan (PEP) base-rate review and fuel cost adjustments rate filings on Wednesday as required by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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    Mississippi Power filed its annual Performance Evaluation Plan (PEP) base-rate review and fuel cost adjustments rate filings on Wednesday as required by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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  • Ribbon cutting for JCJC-Haas partnership

    Ribbon cutting for JCJC-Haas partnership

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:08 PM EST2017-11-16 00:08:30 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for the official announcement of a public-private partnership between the college and Haas Factory Outlet.

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    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for the official announcement of a public-private partnership between the college and Haas Factory Outlet.

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  • Boil water notice issued for some Ellisville residents

    Boil water notice issued for some Ellisville residents

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 5:54 PM EST2017-11-15 22:54:50 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    A boil water notice has been issued for Pine Grove Water due to a main water line break. The following roads are affected: Pittman Road to Highway 590 Intersection of Jordan and Pittman  Fred Pittman Road Cherry Bark Road Sandhill Road County Home Road Ellisville Turner Road The boil water will be in effect until further notice.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    A boil water notice has been issued for Pine Grove Water due to a main water line break. The following roads are affected: Pittman Road to Highway 590 Intersection of Jordan and Pittman  Fred Pittman Road Cherry Bark Road Sandhill Road County Home Road Ellisville Turner Road The boil water will be in effect until further notice.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Five McComb residents sentenced to prison on drug charges

    Five McComb residents sentenced to prison on drug charges

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 5:30 PM EST2017-11-15 22:30:43 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    A U.S. District judge sentenced two McComb women on Tuesday for their role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Shawanda Matthews, 31, and Veronica Thomas, 37, were sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent Christopher Freeze made the announcement in a Department of Justice press release. Matthews was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and Thomas was sentenced too 24 m...

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    A U.S. District judge sentenced two McComb women on Tuesday for their role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Shawanda Matthews, 31, and Veronica Thomas, 37, were sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent Christopher Freeze made the announcement in a Department of Justice press release. Matthews was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and Thomas was sentenced too 24 m...

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  • Neighbors rescue person from Jones County house fire

    Neighbors rescue person from Jones County house fire

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 2:23 PM EST2017-11-15 19:23:24 GMT
    (Source: WDAM Staff)(Source: WDAM Staff)

    Three neighbors went into a home and rescued an unconscious victim from a house fire in Jones County.   Jones County Fire Coordinator, Dan McKenna, said the Jones County Fire Department responded to the fire on Clayton Road around 9:30 on Wednesday morning. 

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    Three neighbors went into a home and rescued an unconscious victim from a house fire in Jones County.   Jones County Fire Coordinator, Dan McKenna, said the Jones County Fire Department responded to the fire on Clayton Road around 9:30 on Wednesday morning. 

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  • Student Government Association to hold Lighting the Way November 30

    Student Government Association to hold Lighting the Way November 30

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 12:38 PM EST2017-11-15 17:38:47 GMT
    Photo: USMPhoto: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government (SGA) will hold its annual  Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser November 30th  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government (SGA) will hold its annual  Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser November 30th  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

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  • UPDATE: Two women arrested in connection to Hattiesburg teen's disappearance

    UPDATE: Two women arrested in connection to Hattiesburg teen's disappearance

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 12:37 PM EST2017-11-15 17:37:35 GMT
    From Left: Natalie Lett, Shannon Hinton (Source: Forrest County Jail)From Left: Natalie Lett, Shannon Hinton (Source: Forrest County Jail)

    Two women face felony charges in connection to a Hattiesburg teenager's disappearance back on November 11th. 

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    Two women face felony charges in connection to a Hattiesburg teenager's disappearance back on November 11th. 

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  • Working to keep church congregations safe

    Jones County Sheriff's Dept. holds church security workshop

    Jones County Sheriff's Dept. holds church security workshop

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 11:00 PM EST2017-11-15 04:00:52 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The Jones County Sheriff's Department is making it their priority to help keep you safe while in front of the pulpit. Members of numerous church organizations received training from the Jones County Sheriff's Department Tuesday night on how to be prepared in case a shooter walked into their place of worship.  Major Jamie Tedford said, "We'll put them through a scenario, if you were in the congregation where would you sit your people that are going to be armed." Since ...

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    The Jones County Sheriff's Department is making it their priority to help keep you safe while in front of the pulpit. Members of numerous church organizations received training from the Jones County Sheriff's Department Tuesday night on how to be prepared in case a shooter walked into their place of worship.  Major Jamie Tedford said, "We'll put them through a scenario, if you were in the congregation where would you sit your people that are going to be armed." Since ...

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  • Hattiesburg hosts first of three hearings on USM transit route

    Hattiesburg hosts first of three hearings on USM transit route

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 10:12 PM EST2017-11-15 03:12:09 GMT
    SOURCE: USMSOURCE: USM

    Some proposed new mass transit routes to the University of Southern Mississippi were shown during the first of three public hearings Tuesday night.  

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    Some proposed new mass transit routes to the University of Southern Mississippi were shown during the first of three public hearings Tuesday night.  

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  • Mississippi named fattest state in America

    Mississippi named fattest state in America

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 10:05 PM EST2017-11-15 03:05:43 GMT

    Is fat the new normal?  It appears that may be the case in Mississippi.

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    Is fat the new normal?  It appears that may be the case in Mississippi.

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  • Starry Night at the Hattiesburg Zoo

    Starry Night at the Hattiesburg Zoo

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 8:19 PM EST2017-11-15 01:19:11 GMT
    Hattiesburg Zoo/Photo Credit: WDAMHattiesburg Zoo/Photo Credit: WDAM
    The Hattiesburg Zoo held a Starry Night event Tuesday evening. Along with the Physics and Astronomy Departments of  the University of Southern Mississippi, kids were offered a chance to see the stars through powerful telescopes and conduct neat experiments among other things.  “It’s a starry night, we have USM’s physics and astronomy department out here and they’re doing a wonderful job of giving us stargazing, doing experiments and were e...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Zoo held a Starry Night event Tuesday evening. Along with the Physics and Astronomy Departments of  the University of Southern Mississippi, kids were offered a chance to see the stars through powerful telescopes and conduct neat experiments among other things.  “It’s a starry night, we have USM’s physics and astronomy department out here and they’re doing a wonderful job of giving us stargazing, doing experiments and were e...More >>
  • Gulfport man found guilty, sentenced to two life sentences

    Gulfport man found guilty, sentenced to two life sentences

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 7:32 PM EST2017-11-15 00:32:09 GMT
    Kunta Kidd. SOURCE: HPDKunta Kidd. SOURCE: HPD
    A Forrest County jury found a Gulfport man guilty of aggravated assault and kidnapping on Tuesday.  Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced Kunta Kidd to a life sentence on each charge, with the terms to run consecutively. Kidd was arrested in September 2016 after a Hattiesburg man was set on fire in 500 block of Ruby Avenue. According to HPD, the victim said Kidd and another man poured gasoline on him and lit him on fire.  After an investigation, Kidd turned himself ...More >>
    A Forrest County jury found a Gulfport man guilty of aggravated assault and kidnapping on Tuesday.  Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced Kunta Kidd to a life sentence on each charge, with the terms to run consecutively. Kidd was arrested in September 2016 after a Hattiesburg man was set on fire in 500 block of Ruby Avenue. According to HPD, the victim said Kidd and another man poured gasoline on him and lit him on fire.  After an investigation, Kidd turned himself ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg man charged with rape of 14-year-old

    Hattiesburg man charged with rape of 14-year-old

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 4:54 PM EST2017-11-14 21:54:44 GMT
    Zhaire Ducksworth. SOURCE: HPDZhaire Ducksworth. SOURCE: HPD
    A Hub City man is behind bars facing a rape charge after an investigation by Hattiesburg Police. Zhaire Ducksworth, 19, was charged with one count of rape, according to Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore. The incident occurred in the 300 block of North 20th Avenue on Monday night. “The victim is a 14-year-old, who according to the investigation allowed the suspect entry into her room through a window,” McLemore said. The investigation is still ong...More >>
    A Hub City man is behind bars facing a rape charge after an investigation by Hattiesburg Police. Zhaire Ducksworth, 19, was charged with one count of rape, according to Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore. The incident occurred in the 300 block of North 20th Avenue on Monday night. “The victim is a 14-year-old, who according to the investigation allowed the suspect entry into her room through a window,” McLemore said. The investigation is still ong...More >>
  • Pine Belt food banks asking for donations for holidays

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 4:48 PM EST2017-11-14 21:48:45 GMT
    Donations needed for Thanksgiving. Photo credit WDAM.Donations needed for Thanksgiving. Photo credit WDAM.

    Thanksgiving is next week, and local volunteer organizations are asking for assistance is feeding members of the community.

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    Thanksgiving is next week, and local volunteer organizations are asking for assistance is feeding members of the community.

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  • Hattiesburg Mayor announces nomination for Police Chief

    Hattiesburg Mayor announces nomination for Police Chief

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 3:29 PM EST2017-11-14 20:29:33 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The Hattiesburg Mayor announced a familiar name as his nomination for Hattiesburg Police Department Police Chief on Tuesday.  Mayor Toby Barker named current Police Chief Anthony Parker as his nomination during an announcement held on the steps of City Hall. Barker also announced Parker's selection for new Assistant Chief as retired Captain Peggy Sealy, who was approved on Monday by civil service.  When Mayor Barker first took office, online applications were accepted for ...

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    The Hattiesburg Mayor announced a familiar name as his nomination for Hattiesburg Police Department Police Chief on Tuesday.  Mayor Toby Barker named current Police Chief Anthony Parker as his nomination during an announcement held on the steps of City Hall. Barker also announced Parker's selection for new Assistant Chief as retired Captain Peggy Sealy, who was approved on Monday by civil service.  When Mayor Barker first took office, online applications were accepted for ...

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  • Coffee with a Cop held at Forrest General Hospital

    Coffee with a Cop held at Forrest General Hospital

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 2:24 PM EST2017-11-14 19:24:53 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    November’s Coffee with a Cop meeting was held on Tuesday morning in the cafeteria at Forrest General Hospital. City officials and police were on hand to visit with residents from the area. The event is held to allow folks an opportunity to meet the men and women behind the badges. This is the second year the Hattiesburg Police have been holding the Coffee with a Cop program. Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker, says it’s an important tool ...

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    November’s Coffee with a Cop meeting was held on Tuesday morning in the cafeteria at Forrest General Hospital. City officials and police were on hand to visit with residents from the area. The event is held to allow folks an opportunity to meet the men and women behind the badges. This is the second year the

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  • Medal of Honor recipient who tried to save aviator Brown in Korea dies

    Medal of Honor recipient who tried to save aviator Brown in Korea dies

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 1:51 PM EST2017-11-14 18:51:15 GMT
    Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.

    The Medal of Honor recipient who risked his life to try and save Hattiesburg war hero Ensign Jesse L. Brown during the Korean War has died.    

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    The Medal of Honor recipient who risked his life to try and save Hattiesburg war hero Ensign Jesse L. Brown during the Korean War has died.    

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  • Hattiesburg man sentenced for child exploitation

    Hattiesburg man sentenced for child exploitation

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 1:23 PM EST2017-11-14 18:23:25 GMT
    Matthew Gospodinovich. Source: Attorney General's OfficeMatthew Gospodinovich. Source: Attorney General's Office

    A Hattiesburg man will spend the next five years behind bars for possessing child pornography and sharing those images over the internet.

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    A Hattiesburg man will spend the next five years behind bars for possessing child pornography and sharing those images over the internet.

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  • Failed green energy in the Pine Belt: Investments that cost Mississippi taxpayers millions

    Failed green energy in the Pine Belt: Investments that cost Mississippi taxpayers millions

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 8:22 AM EST2017-11-14 13:22:30 GMT

    Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour led Mississippi into its ambitious endeavor into green energy in 2010. 

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    Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour led Mississippi into its ambitious endeavor into green energy in 2010. 

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  • Chi Omega to host its 66th annual Songfest Nov. 17

    Chi Omega to host its 66th annual Songfest Nov. 17

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 7:52 AM EST2017-11-14 12:52:44 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi's Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority will hold its annual Songfest Friday, November 17th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi's Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority will hold its annual Songfest Friday, November 17th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus. 

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  • "Thunder and Lightning" lead Lumberton backfield

    "Thunder and Lightning" lead Lumberton backfield

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 1:30 AM EST2017-11-14 06:30:12 GMT
    Lumberton junior running back Davion Edwards. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton junior running back Davion Edwards. Courtesy: WDAM

    Normally when a team loses a player like Dre Coleman, who rushed for over 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2016, its run game will take a step back. Not the case for Lumberton High School this season, as freshman Robert Henry and Davion Edwards have made a name for themselves. "I would say thunder and lightning," said Panthers head coach Zach Jones.

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    Normally when a team loses a player like Dre Coleman, who rushed for over 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2016, its run game will take a step back. Not the case for Lumberton High School this season, as freshman Robert Henry and Davion Edwards have made a name for themselves. "I would say thunder and lightning," said Panthers head coach Zach Jones.

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  • Petal ready for rematch with Meridian in class 6A playoffs

    Petal ready for rematch with Meridian in class 6A playoffs

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 12:57 AM EST2017-11-14 05:57:07 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The Petal Panthers have been in playoff mode for several weeks now, having to win their final regular season games against George County and Terry to qualify for the class 6A playoffs. Petal (8-4) enters the second round of the "official" postseason this week at Meridian (6-6). The Panthers fell to the Wildcats 28-21 on October 20.

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    The Petal Panthers have been in playoff mode for several weeks now, having to win their final regular season games against George County and Terry to qualify for the class 6A playoffs. Petal (8-4) enters the second round of the "official" postseason this week at Meridian (6-6). The Panthers fell to the Wildcats 28-21 on October 20.

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  • USM baseball to host Thanksgiving Kids Camp

    USM baseball to host Thanksgiving Kids Camp

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 12:32 AM EST2017-11-14 05:32:56 GMT
    USM baseballUSM baseball

    Southern Miss baseball has a number of camps and showcases coming up this Thanksgiving. Head coach Scott Berry and the Golden Eagles host a fall showcase camp on November 19 for high school and junior college players. For the first time, USM will hold a Thanksgiving Kids camp from November 20-21. Several current Golden Eagles will be there to teach kids the fundamentals of hitting, base running and defense. Southern Miss has a Winter Showcase camp on January 13, 2018.

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    Southern Miss baseball has a number of camps and showcases coming up this Thanksgiving. Head coach Scott Berry and the Golden Eagles host a fall showcase camp on November 19 for high school and junior college players. For the first time, USM will hold a Thanksgiving Kids camp from November 20-21. Several current Golden Eagles will be there to teach kids the fundamentals of hitting, base running and defense. Southern Miss has a Winter Showcase camp on January 13, 2018.

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  • Former Jones Co. DA speaks out on Blakeney case

    Former Jones Co. DA speaks out on reversed capital murder conviction

    Former Jones Co. DA speaks out on reversed capital murder conviction

    Monday, November 13 2017 11:03 PM EST2017-11-14 04:03:02 GMT
    Justin BlakeneyJustin Blakeney

    A Laurel man is being given a new murder trial for the 2010 death of his then- girlfriend's little daughter, Victoria Viner. WDAM was able to speak to the current Jones County District Attorney who said his team is hard at work preparing for this new trial. During 2014 testimony one person said while on the stand, "He had taken the phone book and placed it on top of Victoria Viner's head and hit her with it." Disturbing descriptions of how Justin Blakeney is said to have ...

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    A Laurel man is being given a new murder trial for the 2010 death of his then- girlfriend's little daughter, Victoria Viner. WDAM was able to speak to the current Jones County District Attorney who said his team is hard at work preparing for this new trial. During 2014 testimony one person said while on the stand, "He had taken the phone book and placed it on top of Victoria Viner's head and hit her with it." Disturbing descriptions of how Justin Blakeney is said to have ...

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  • JCJC holds ribbon cutting for pedestrian corridor

    JCJC holds ribbon cutting for pedestrian corridor

    Monday, November 13 2017 10:17 PM EST2017-11-14 03:17:47 GMT
    A ribbon cutting was held on the campus of Jones County Junior College today to officially open the new pedestrian corridor. The area is a safe zone for students and faculty to study and socialize. The pedestrian corridor was made available through an 80-20 matching MDOT "TAP" grant of over $400,000. The focus of the new area is a three-tier water fountain in front of the Chapel, along with the big JCJC logo in the brick. "It's wonderful, I think it's one o...More >>
    A ribbon cutting was held on the campus of Jones County Junior College today to officially open the new pedestrian corridor. The area is a safe zone for students and faculty to study and socialize. The pedestrian corridor was made available through an 80-20 matching MDOT "TAP" grant of over $400,000. The focus of the new area is a three-tier water fountain in front of the Chapel, along with the big JCJC logo in the brick. "It's wonderful, I think it's one o...More >>
  • Operation Christmas Child kicks off in the Pine Belt

    Operation Christmas Child kicks off in the Pine Belt

    Monday, November 13 2017 10:07 PM EST2017-11-14 03:07:59 GMT
    Today begins "National Collection Week" for the shoe box gift drive called "Operation Christmas Child." That's a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. It provides shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene products and school supplies to children across the globe.  "Most of them go to children who've never had a gift before," said Pine Belt Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator,Wayne Landers. "They'v...More >>
    Today begins "National Collection Week" for the shoe box gift drive called "Operation Christmas Child." That's a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. It provides shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene products and school supplies to children across the globe.  "Most of them go to children who've never had a gift before," said Pine Belt Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator,Wayne Landers. "They'v...More >>
  • USM’s win at Rice provides dividends, recognition

    USM’s win at Rice provides dividends, recognition

    Monday, November 13 2017 9:32 PM EST2017-11-14 02:32:18 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    University of Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had a moment with his defensive counterpart Tony Pecoraro Saturday following the Golden Eagles’ 43-34 Conference USA at the University of Rice. “I think we were just thankful we won,” Dawson said, smiling. “I don’t remember exactly what was said, but it was probably something along those lines. It was suggested to Dawson that Pecararo might have been saying thank you for an offensiv...More >>
    University of Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had a moment with his defensive counterpart Tony Pecoraro Saturday following the Golden Eagles’ 43-34 Conference USA at the University of Rice. “I think we were just thankful we won,” Dawson said, smiling. “I don’t remember exactly what was said, but it was probably something along those lines. It was suggested to Dawson that Pecararo might have been saying thank you for an offensiv...More >>
  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Perry County

    Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Perry County

    Monday, November 13 2017 8:46 PM EST2017-11-14 01:46:26 GMT
    Maggie Conerly.. SOURCE: PCSO FacebookMaggie Conerly.. SOURCE: PCSO Facebook
    A traffic stop in Perry County led to a drug arrest on Friday night. Perry County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a vehicle on Memorial Road before discovering illegal narcotics in the vehicle, according to the Perry County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Maggie Elizabeth Conerly, 28, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights rese...More >>
    A traffic stop in Perry County led to a drug arrest on Friday night. Perry County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a vehicle on Memorial Road before discovering illegal narcotics in the vehicle, according to the Perry County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Maggie Elizabeth Conerly, 28, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights rese...More >>
  • Restoration complete at William Carey after January's tornado

    Restoration complete at William Carey after January's tornado

    Monday, November 13 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-11-13 23:49:50 GMT
    School of Business.  Source: WDAMSchool of Business. Source: WDAM

    The President of William Carey University is focused on new construction nearly ten months after the deadly EF-3 tornado hit campus earlier this year.

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    The President of William Carey University is focused on new construction nearly ten months after the deadly EF-3 tornado hit campus earlier this year.

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  • Hattiesburg Fire Dept. adds two lateral hires

    Hattiesburg Fire Dept. adds two lateral hires

    Monday, November 13 2017 6:30 PM EST2017-11-13 23:30:00 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Hattiesburg Fire Department is still working to fill the ranks by adding new firefighters, and they gained two more on Monday. Lateral hires from Claiborne County and Collins were both sworn in during a brief ceremony at City Hall in front of friends, family and fellow firefighters. “Anytime that you can add capacity, anytime that you can help as we try to continue moving this city and this department forward is a good thing,” Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker said....More >>
    The Hattiesburg Fire Department is still working to fill the ranks by adding new firefighters, and they gained two more on Monday. Lateral hires from Claiborne County and Collins were both sworn in during a brief ceremony at City Hall in front of friends, family and fellow firefighters. “Anytime that you can add capacity, anytime that you can help as we try to continue moving this city and this department forward is a good thing,” Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker said....More >>
  • VisitHattiesburg announces new Director of Communications and Digital Strategies

    VisitHattiesburg announces new Director of Communications and Digital Strategies

    Monday, November 13 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-11-13 22:35:51 GMT
    Paige CranePaige Crane
    The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission announced a new director of communications and digital strategies on Monday. Paige Crane was named the addition to the team and will serve as the media relations contact for VisitHattiesburg and focus on growing and strengthening the city's digital marketing efforts. “Hattiesburg is one of Mississippi’s top visitor destinations, and our community is primed for further growth in corporate and leisure travel," VisitHattiesburg E...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission announced a new director of communications and digital strategies on Monday. Paige Crane was named the addition to the team and will serve as the media relations contact for VisitHattiesburg and focus on growing and strengthening the city's digital marketing efforts. “Hattiesburg is one of Mississippi’s top visitor destinations, and our community is primed for further growth in corporate and leisure travel," VisitHattiesburg E...More >>
  • Laurel police arrest man for molestation

    Laurel police arrest man for molestation

    Monday, November 13 2017 5:13 PM EST2017-11-13 22:13:38 GMT
    Danny L. Henry. SOURCE: Jones County Sheriff's Office Inmate RosterDanny L. Henry. SOURCE: Jones County Sheriff's Office Inmate Roster

    Laurel police arrested a man accused of molesting a juvenile on Saturday morning.  Officers responded to a disturbance on West 11th Street in Laurel at approximately 5:23 a.m. on Saturday. Police determined that Danny L. Henry, 48, had allegedly molested a female juvenile before being subdued by family members.  Police arrested Henry and charged him with Molesting. His bond was set at $20,000 in Laurel Municipal Court on Monday. If anyone has information regardi...

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    Laurel police arrested a man accused of molesting a juvenile on Saturday morning.  Officers responded to a disturbance on West 11th Street in Laurel at approximately 5:23 a.m. on Saturday. Police determined that Danny L. Henry, 48, had allegedly molested a female juvenile before being subdued by family members.  Police arrested Henry and charged him with Molesting. His bond was set at $20,000 in Laurel Municipal Court on Monday. If anyone has information regardi...

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  • MS Senator Juan Barnett feeds people in his district before Thanksgiving

    MS Senator Juan Barnett feeds people in his district before Thanksgiving

    Monday, November 13 2017 2:58 PM EST2017-11-13 19:58:15 GMT
    Senator Barnett spent Monday feeding members of the community. Photo Credit WDAMSenator Barnett spent Monday feeding members of the community. Photo Credit WDAM

    Senator Juan Barnett fed members of the community Monday. Along with several volunteers, Barnett handed out plates at the Glendale community center. 

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    Senator Juan Barnett fed members of the community Monday. Along with several volunteers, Barnett handed out plates at the Glendale community center. 

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  • Marion County Veterans Day program

    Marion County Veterans Day program

    Monday, November 13 2017 2:33 PM EST2017-11-13 19:33:18 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Approximately 200 people attended a Veterans Day program ceremony held outside of the Marion County Courthouse in Columbia Monday morning.  The colors were posted, the anthem was sung, the allegiance was pledged, speakers spoke, the armed forces were saluted, a wreath was placed, a prayer was spoken and taps was played. "It is just an honor just to serve,"  said VFW Post 90 commander Laura Franklin. "The fact that people sacrifice, they committed themse...More >>
    Approximately 200 people attended a Veterans Day program ceremony held outside of the Marion County Courthouse in Columbia Monday morning.  The colors were posted, the anthem was sung, the allegiance was pledged, speakers spoke, the armed forces were saluted, a wreath was placed, a prayer was spoken and taps was played. "It is just an honor just to serve,"  said VFW Post 90 commander Laura Franklin. "The fact that people sacrifice, they committed themse...More >>
  • Southern Pine Electric holds annual membership meeting

    Southern Pine Electric holds annual membership meeting

    Monday, November 13 2017 2:26 PM EST2017-11-13 19:26:41 GMT
    SOURCE: SOUTHERN PINESOURCE: SOUTHERN PINE

    The 79th annual Southern Pine Electric Membership Meeting was held in Taylorsville, Miss. on Nov. 9. A crowd of over 600 people gathered, including statewide officials, Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi staff, law enforcement, Cooperative Energy staff, retired employees and members from across eleven counties. 

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    The 79th annual Southern Pine Electric Membership Meeting was held in Taylorsville, Miss. on Nov. 9. A crowd of over 600 people gathered, including statewide officials, Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi staff, law enforcement, Cooperative Energy staff, retired employees and members from across eleven counties. 

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  • DuBard School Celebrates 55 Years with Open House on Nov. 16

    DuBard School Celebrates 55 Years with Open House on Nov. 16

    Monday, November 13 2017 9:07 AM EST2017-11-13 14:07:33 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    On Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Dubard School for Language Disorder at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold an open house. 

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    On Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Dubard School for Language Disorder at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold an open house. 

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  • Erik Losey brings passion, "juice" to USM football

    Erik Losey brings passion, "juice" to USM football

    Monday, November 13 2017 1:37 AM EST2017-11-13 06:37:07 GMT
    USM offensive line coach Erik Losey. Courtesy: WDAMUSM offensive line coach Erik Losey. Courtesy: WDAM

    In just his first season as USM's offensive line coach, Erik Losey has already put his stamp on the program. Much of the energy coach Losey brings to the Golden Eagles is inspired by watching his favorite WWE professional wrestler "Triple H."

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    In just his first season as USM's offensive line coach, Erik Losey has already put his stamp on the program. Much of the energy coach Losey brings to the Golden Eagles is inspired by watching his favorite WWE professional wrestler "Triple H."

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  • Gametime show - November 10

    Gametime show - November 10

    Monday, November 13 2017 1:00 AM EST2017-11-13 06:00:18 GMT
    Hattiesburg high school football. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg high school football. Courtesy: WDAM

    All the high school football highlights from November 10, 2017 around the Pine Belt.

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    All the high school football highlights from November 10, 2017 around the Pine Belt.

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  • Hattiesburg hosts annual Veterans' Day Parade and Ceremony

    Hattiesburg hosts annual Veterans' Day Parade and Ceremony

    Sunday, November 12 2017 2:47 PM EST2017-11-12 19:47:00 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    The City of Hattiesburg hosted their annual Veterans’ Day Parade hosted by a ceremony to commemorate veterans. The parade started at 10 am Friday at the Hardy Street Baptist Church and ended at the Veterans’ Memorial Park where they began their Veterans’ Day Ceremony.

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    The City of Hattiesburg hosted their annual Veterans’ Day Parade hosted by a ceremony to commemorate veterans. The parade started at 10 am Friday at the Hardy Street Baptist Church and ended at the Veterans’ Memorial Park where they began their Veterans’ Day Ceremony.

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  • Beyond the Sidelines: North Forrest football

    Beyond the Sidelines: North Forrest football

    Sunday, November 12 2017 12:20 AM EST2017-11-12 05:20:28 GMT
    North Forrest high school hosts Taylorsville in the class 2A South State semfinals. Courtesy: WDAMNorth Forrest high school hosts Taylorsville in the class 2A South State semfinals. Courtesy: WDAM

    North Forrest High (9-4) defeated Enterprise-Clarke 56-30 in the second round of the class 2A playoffs. The Eagles host Taylorsville (12-1) in the South State semifinals on Friday night.

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    North Forrest High (9-4) defeated Enterprise-Clarke 56-30 in the second round of the class 2A playoffs. The Eagles host Taylorsville (12-1) in the South State semifinals on Friday night.

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  • 5th annual picnic/car show raises funds for wounded veterans

    5th annual picnic/car show raises funds for wounded veterans

    Saturday, November 11 2017 7:14 PM EST2017-11-12 00:14:06 GMT
    The 5th annual Veterans Picnic & Car, Bike and Truck Show was held at Columbia Water Park Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.The 5th annual Veterans Picnic & Car, Bike and Truck Show was held at Columbia Water Park Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Veterans from the Columbia area were honored Saturday with an annual Picnic & Car, Bike and Truck show at the city's Water Park. 

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    Veterans from the Columbia area were honored Saturday with an annual Picnic & Car, Bike and Truck show at the city's Water Park. 

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  • Downtown merchants meet holiday shoppers during Art Walk

    Downtown merchants meet holiday shoppers during Art Walk

    Saturday, November 11 2017 6:54 PM EST2017-11-11 23:54:58 GMT
    Shoppers check out merchandise from street vendors during an Art Walk and Holiday Open House Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Shoppers check out merchandise from street vendors during an Art Walk and Holiday Open House Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hattiesburg holiday shoppers were able to get a head start on gift buying in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday afternoon. 

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    Hattiesburg holiday shoppers were able to get a head start on gift buying in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday afternoon. 

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  • Veterans group honors Medal of Honor recipients in graveside services

    Veterans group honors Medal of Honor recipients in graveside services

    Saturday, November 11 2017 6:42 PM EST2017-11-11 23:42:52 GMT
    Members of the Marine Corps League participate in a wreath-laying service at the grave site of Hattiesburg Medal of Honor recipient Henry Commiskey Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Members of the Marine Corps League participate in a wreath-laying service at the grave site of Hattiesburg Medal of Honor recipient Henry Commiskey Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Three Pine Belt Marines who were awarded the nation's highest honor for military service were honored Saturday on Veteran's Day.  

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    Three Pine Belt Marines who were awarded the nation's highest honor for military service were honored Saturday on Veteran's Day.  

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  • Hattiesburg defense sets tone in Class 5A win over South Jones

    Hattiesburg defense sets tone in Class 5A win over South Jones

    Saturday, November 11 2017 2:25 PM EST2017-11-11 19:25:40 GMT
    Photo credit: Ryan Moore, WDAMPhoto credit: Ryan Moore, WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 10

    WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 10

    Friday, November 10 2017 11:07 PM EST2017-11-11 04:07:08 GMT
    WDAM Gametime app. Source: WDAMWDAM Gametime app. Source: WDAM

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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  • USM, British debate teams tackle AI in special debate

    USM, British debate teams tackle AI in special debate

    Friday, November 10 2017 7:18 PM EST2017-11-11 00:18:52 GMT
    The Southern Miss Speech and Debate Team hosted members of the British National Debate Team Friday. Photo credit WDAM.The Southern Miss Speech and Debate Team hosted members of the British National Debate Team Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team engaged in a face-to-face debate with counterparts from across the pond Friday afternoon.  

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    The University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Debate team engaged in a face-to-face debate with counterparts from across the pond Friday afternoon.  

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  • "Transparency breeds trust": Hattiesburg works on updating public records policy

    "Transparency breeds trust": Hattiesburg works on updating public records policy

    Friday, November 10 2017 6:42 PM EST2017-11-10 23:42:40 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The City of Hattiesburg is working on updating it's public records policies and procedures to make documents more accessible to citizens. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg is working on updating it's public records policies and procedures to make documents more accessible to citizens. 

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  • Laurel School District to hold public interviews for superintendent search

    Laurel School District to hold public interviews for superintendent search

    Friday, November 10 2017 4:54 PM EST2017-11-10 21:54:23 GMT
    SOURCE: Laurelschools.orgSOURCE: Laurelschools.org
    The Board of Trustees for the Laurel School District has narrowed its superintendent search to eight finalists and scheduled interviews that will be open to the public. Individuals can submit questions by noon Tuesday, Nov. 14 for consideration, and those that attend the interview will not be allowed to ask questions due to the interview time frame, according to a district press release. Questions can be emailed to lwalters@laurelschools.org. All submitted questions must i...More >>
    The Board of Trustees for the Laurel School District has narrowed its superintendent search to eight finalists and scheduled interviews that will be open to the public. Individuals can submit questions by noon Tuesday, Nov. 14 for consideration, and those that attend the interview will not be allowed to ask questions due to the interview time frame, according to a district press release. Questions can be emailed to lwalters@laurelschools.org. All submitted questions must i...More >>
  • MS Supreme Court reverses Jones County man's murder conviction

    MS Supreme Court reverses Jones County man's murder conviction

    Friday, November 10 2017 4:09 PM EST2017-11-10 21:09:05 GMT
    Justin Blakeney. SOURCE: MDOCJustin Blakeney. SOURCE: MDOC

    The Supreme Court of Mississippi reversed the capital murder conviction of a Jones County man accused of killing a toddler.  Justin Barrett Blakeney received a death penalty sentence in 2014 after being found guilty of capital murder in the death of 2-year-old Victoria Viner.  On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that Blakeney was denied the opportunity to present a complete defense and remanded his case for a new trial.  Viner, the daughter of Blakeney's girlfr...

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    The Supreme Court of Mississippi reversed the capital murder conviction of a Jones County man accused of killing a toddler.  Justin Barrett Blakeney received a death penalty sentence in 2014 after being found guilty of capital murder in the death of 2-year-old Victoria Viner.  On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that Blakeney was denied the opportunity to present a complete defense and remanded his case for a new trial.  Viner, the daughter of Blakeney's girlfr...

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  • HPD investigating shooting at Hub City hotel

    HPD investigating shooting at Hub City hotel

    Friday, November 10 2017 3:58 PM EST2017-11-10 20:58:05 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Hattiesburg police are investigating an early morning shooting that happened at a Hub City hotel. Just before 1 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a shooting at the Executive Inn at 6595 U.S. 49. “A white 4-door car with three men inside pulled up to another male and asked him about drugs, in the back area of the parking lot,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore. “The male outside the car said he didn’t use drugs, and the front passenger ...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are investigating an early morning shooting that happened at a Hub City hotel. Just before 1 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a shooting at the Executive Inn at 6595 U.S. 49. “A white 4-door car with three men inside pulled up to another male and asked him about drugs, in the back area of the parking lot,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore. “The male outside the car said he didn’t use drugs, and the front passenger ...More >>
  • Santa Claus arrives at Turtle Creek Mall

    Santa Claus arrives at Turtle Creek Mall

    Friday, November 10 2017 3:36 PM EST2017-11-10 20:36:55 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Turtle Creek Mall in Hattiesburg will be kicking off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus this weekend.  Santa Claus is set to arrive in Coca-Cola's iconic holiday truck on Saturday, Nov, 11 at 10 a.m. Guests can stand near the mall's exterior entrance by Chuck E. Cheese's as Santa makes his entrance into the mall. Children can tell Santa their wishes Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sundays he will be availa...More >>
    Turtle Creek Mall in Hattiesburg will be kicking off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus this weekend.  Santa Claus is set to arrive in Coca-Cola's iconic holiday truck on Saturday, Nov, 11 at 10 a.m. Guests can stand near the mall's exterior entrance by Chuck E. Cheese's as Santa makes his entrance into the mall. Children can tell Santa their wishes Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sundays he will be availa...More >>
  • Air Force ROTC at USM holds vigil

    Air Force ROTC at USM holds vigil

    Thursday, November 9 2017 11:22 PM EST2017-11-10 04:22:49 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    The Air Force ROTC cadets of the University of Southern Mississippi held a vigil in honor of all the men and women who died in combat. A list of names was read, each belonging to a brave man or woman who lost their life in service to our country. A bell rang after the reading of each veteran's name in remembrance. 

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    The Air Force ROTC cadets of the University of Southern Mississippi held a vigil in honor of all the men and women who died in combat. A list of names was read, each belonging to a brave man or woman who lost their life in service to our country. A bell rang after the reading of each veteran's name in remembrance. 

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  • Students of today becoming leaders of the future through Jobs for Mississippi Graduates

    Students of today becoming leaders of the future through Jobs for Mississippi Graduates

    Students of today becoming leaders of the future through Jobs for Mississippi Graduates

    Thursday, November 9 2017 11:09 PM EST2017-11-10 04:09:45 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Students of today becoming leaders of the future. Thursday night was a special ceremony for a group of students at N R Burger Middle School as well as some Hattiesburg High School students involved in the Jobs for Mississippi Graduates program. The group had their initiation and installation ceremony and banquet. As Jessica Bowman explained, it's a nationwide programming aiding students to further their future from outside the classroom. Amerah Gholar said, "This program is very...

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    Students of today becoming leaders of the future. Thursday night was a special ceremony for a group of students at N R Burger Middle School as well as some Hattiesburg High School students involved in the Jobs for Mississippi Graduates program. The group had their initiation and installation ceremony and banquet. As Jessica Bowman explained, it's a nationwide programming aiding students to further their future from outside the classroom. Amerah Gholar said, "This program is very...

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  • New interactive photo gallery unveiled in Hattiesburg

    New interactive photo gallery unveiled in Hattiesburg

    Thursday, November 9 2017 8:57 PM EST2017-11-10 01:57:58 GMT
    The Saenger Theater has two photos that are part of an interactive gallery downtown. Photo credit WDAM.The Saenger Theater has two photos that are part of an interactive gallery downtown. Photo credit WDAM.

    There is a new way you can learn more about Hattiesburg's history and all you have to do is take a walk downtown. 

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    There is a new way you can learn more about Hattiesburg's history and all you have to do is take a walk downtown. 

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  • Temple Baptist Church, PRCC host Veterans Day programs

    Temple Baptist Church, PRCC host Veterans Day programs

    Thursday, November 9 2017 8:55 PM EST2017-11-10 01:55:57 GMT
    Temple Baptist Church hosts an annual Veterans Day program Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.Temple Baptist Church hosts an annual Veterans Day program Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Students at Oak Grove High School and Pearl River Community College honored veterans in ceremonies Thursday.  

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    Students at Oak Grove High School and Pearl River Community College honored veterans in ceremonies Thursday.  

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  • Petal High School hosts Veteran's Day celebration

    Petal High School hosts Veteran's Day celebration

    Thursday, November 9 2017 8:15 PM EST2017-11-10 01:15:02 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM
    Petal High School hosted a Veterans Day celebration on Thursday. Staff and students honored the people who've served and sacrificed for our country during an event held at the Petal High School Performing Arts Building. Veterans from around the area were greeted with waving flags and patriotic songs. Presenting the colors was the Petal High School Junior ROTC.  "It's an absolute thrill that so many people have showed up to honor these veterans and what they've done f...More >>
    Petal High School hosted a Veterans Day celebration on Thursday. Staff and students honored the people who've served and sacrificed for our country during an event held at the Petal High School Performing Arts Building. Veterans from around the area were greeted with waving flags and patriotic songs. Presenting the colors was the Petal High School Junior ROTC.  "It's an absolute thrill that so many people have showed up to honor these veterans and what they've done f...More >>
  • Stakes even higher in Perry Central-Taylorsville rematch

    Stakes even higher in Perry Central-Taylorsville rematch

    Thursday, November 9 2017 7:42 PM EST2017-11-10 00:42:25 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    When Taylorsville and Perry Central high schools met on the football field Sept. 22 in New Augusta, a potential unbeaten regular season was on the line. Friday night, both teams will be competing to continue playing this season. The Bulldogs (10-1) will visit the Tartars (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday for a second-round showdown in the Class 2A playoffs. The winner will face the winner of Friday’s Enterprise (Clarke)-North Forrest second-round game in a Class 2A South State semifina...More >>
    When Taylorsville and Perry Central high schools met on the football field Sept. 22 in New Augusta, a potential unbeaten regular season was on the line. Friday night, both teams will be competing to continue playing this season. The Bulldogs (10-1) will visit the Tartars (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday for a second-round showdown in the Class 2A playoffs. The winner will face the winner of Friday’s Enterprise (Clarke)-North Forrest second-round game in a Class 2A South State semifina...More >>
  • New van needed to drive local veterans to VA Hospital in Jackson

    New van needed to drive local veterans to VA Hospital in Jackson

    Thursday, November 9 2017 7:25 PM EST2017-11-10 00:25:42 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The Hattiesburg Veterans Committee makes sure a van takes two trips to Jackson every week.

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    The Hattiesburg Veterans Committee makes sure a van takes two trips to Jackson every week.

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  • Hattiesburg's annual Veteran's Day Parade to be held Friday

    Hattiesburg's annual Veteran's Day Parade to be held Friday

    Thursday, November 9 2017 7:05 PM EST2017-11-10 00:05:44 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg
    The annual City of Hattiesburg Veteran's Day Parade is set to be held on Friday morning.  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and roll along Hardy Street. The parade route will begin at 17th Avenue at Hardy Street Baptist Church and end at Veterans Memorial Park on West Pine. Mayor Toby Barker will serve as the grand marshal of the parade, and a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. following the parade.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    The annual City of Hattiesburg Veteran's Day Parade is set to be held on Friday morning.  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and roll along Hardy Street. The parade route will begin at 17th Avenue at Hardy Street Baptist Church and end at Veterans Memorial Park on West Pine. Mayor Toby Barker will serve as the grand marshal of the parade, and a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. following the parade.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Sen. Roger Wicker requests improvement plan for Mississippi's VA medical centers

    Sen. Roger Wicker requests improvement plan for Mississippi's VA medical centers

    Thursday, November 9 2017 6:58 PM EST2017-11-09 23:58:36 GMT
    G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MSG.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS

    U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) is asking the Veterans Affairs Secretary for help from the agency to improve Mississippi's two VA medical centers.

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    U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) is asking the Veterans Affairs Secretary for help from the agency to improve Mississippi's two VA medical centers.

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  • Salvation Army kicks off its Angel Tree campaign

    Salvation Army kicks off its Angel Tree campaign

    Thursday, November 9 2017 6:51 PM EST2017-11-09 23:51:00 GMT
    Salvation Army of Laurel FacebookSalvation Army of Laurel Facebook
    The Salvation Army of Laurel officially kicked off its Angel Tree and Red Kettle campaign today at the Sawmill Square Mall. The Angel tree is located in the center of Sawmill Square Mall, but you can also contact the Salvation Army to adopt an angel. New this year is a "Dip Jar," which allows folks to donate using their credit card. There are 213 families with around 480 children in need of help from around the area. The Salvation Army Laurel, MS Copyright WDAM 2...More >>
    The Salvation Army of Laurel officially kicked off its Angel Tree and Red Kettle campaign today at the Sawmill Square Mall. The Angel tree is located in the center of Sawmill Square Mall, but you can also contact the Salvation Army to adopt an angel. New this year is a "Dip Jar," which allows folks to donate using their credit card. There are 213 families with around 480 children in need of help from around the area. The Salvation Army Laurel, MS Copyright WDAM 2...More >>
  • Hattiesburg native elected to serve as Chair of Chancery Judges Conference

    Hattiesburg native elected to serve as Chair of Chancery Judges Conference

    Thursday, November 9 2017 6:08 PM EST2017-11-09 23:08:57 GMT
    Chancellor M. Ronald DoleacChancellor M. Ronald Doleac
    The Mississippi Conference of Chancery Judges elected officials on Oct. 26 at the Fall Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in Jackson, and a Hattiesburg native was chosen as conference chair.  Tenth District Chancellor M. Ronald Doleac of Hattieburg was elected chair of the conference, while Chancellor Lawrence Primeaux of Meridian was elected vice-chair and Chancellor Robert Q. Whitwell of Oxford was elected secretary-treasurer of the Conference of Chancery Judges.  Acc...More >>
    The Mississippi Conference of Chancery Judges elected officials on Oct. 26 at the Fall Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in Jackson, and a Hattiesburg native was chosen as conference chair.  Tenth District Chancellor M. Ronald Doleac of Hattieburg was elected chair of the conference, while Chancellor Lawrence Primeaux of Meridian was elected vice-chair and Chancellor Robert Q. Whitwell of Oxford was elected secretary-treasurer of the Conference of Chancery Judges.  Acc...More >>
  • Unbeaten Hattiesburg meets South Jones in opening-round 5A clash

    Unbeaten Hattiesburg meets South Jones in opening-round 5A clash

    Thursday, November 9 2017 5:18 PM EST2017-11-09 22:18:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For the past three months, Hattiesburg High School football has followed a simple mantra during its weekly preparation for each upcoming opponent. “When the game is over, we want to be 1-0 that week,” HHS coach Tony Vance has said on more than one occasion. “We tell our guys we want to be 1-0 every week.” So far, that creed has worked to perfection, with the Tigers ripping off 11 consecutive victories on their way to a Region 4-5A championship and the first u...More >>
    For the past three months, Hattiesburg High School football has followed a simple mantra during its weekly preparation for each upcoming opponent. “When the game is over, we want to be 1-0 that week,” HHS coach Tony Vance has said on more than one occasion. “We tell our guys we want to be 1-0 every week.” So far, that creed has worked to perfection, with the Tigers ripping off 11 consecutive victories on their way to a Region 4-5A championship and the first u...More >>
  • Local first graders kick off annual "Deck the Halls" canned food drive at Ashley HomeStore

    Local first graders kick off annual "Deck the Halls" canned food drive at Ashley HomeStore

    Thursday, November 9 2017 4:49 PM EST2017-11-09 21:49:42 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM

    Oak Grove Primary School and Longleaf Elementary first graders kicked off their 10th annual "Deck the Halls" at Ashley HomeStore to benefit Homes of Hope for Children.

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    Oak Grove Primary School and Longleaf Elementary first graders kicked off their 10th annual "Deck the Halls" at Ashley HomeStore to benefit Homes of Hope for Children.

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  • One person killed in Lamar County accident

    One person killed in Lamar County accident

    Thursday, November 9 2017 4:25 PM EST2017-11-09 21:25:31 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN
    One person was killed in an early Thursday morning vehicle accident in Lamar County. Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a one-vehicle accident on MS-42 near the Jefferson Davis County Line. Initial investigation determined that Eric Vansinderen, 45, of Monticello, Miss. was driving a Ford Escape SUV east on MS-42 when it crossed the westbound lane and left the roadway before overturning, according to Sgt. Brent Barfield of MHP Troop J. Vansinderen was ejected from the vehicle d...More >>
    One person was killed in an early Thursday morning vehicle accident in Lamar County. Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a one-vehicle accident on MS-42 near the Jefferson Davis County Line. Initial investigation determined that Eric Vansinderen, 45, of Monticello, Miss. was driving a Ford Escape SUV east on MS-42 when it crossed the westbound lane and left the roadway before overturning, according to Sgt. Brent Barfield of MHP Troop J. Vansinderen was ejected from the vehicle d...More >>
  • JCJC holds annual Math League Playoffs

    JCJC holds annual Math League Playoffs

    Thursday, November 9 2017 12:43 PM EST2017-11-09 17:43:51 GMT

    The Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League Playoffs for the Super Bowl Championship took place on Wednesday, November 8th on campus in Ellisville. After weeks of regular season competition and a shootout round, the top teams competed for cash prizes, scholarships and most of all, bragging rights. The competition focuses on academic talents of the Pine Belt’s brightest math students. Dr. Jessica Bunch, JCJC League Commissioner, says...

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    The Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League Playoffs for the Super Bowl Championship took place on Wednesday, November 8th on campus in Ellisville.

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  • 2 jailed, 77k in drugs seized in high-risk warrants in Jeff Davis, Covington Counties

    2 jailed, 77k in drugs seized in high-risk warrants in Jeff Davis, Covington Counties

    Thursday, November 9 2017 12:22 PM EST2017-11-09 17:22:37 GMT

    Multiple high-risk search warrants in Covington and Jeff Davis County landed an alleged drug dealer behind bars. 

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    Multiple high-risk search warrants in Covington and Jeff Davis County landed an alleged drug dealer behind bars. 

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  • Laurel police arrest one armed robbery suspect, one at large

    Laurel police arrest one armed robbery suspect, one at large

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 11:10 PM EST2017-11-09 04:10:07 GMT
    Jonathon Rashod Cooley. SOURCE: LPDJonathon Rashod Cooley. SOURCE: LPD

    Laurel police arrested a suspect following an armed robbery early Wednesday morning.  Officers responded to the Alliance Energy Gas Station located at 313 South 16th Avenue in Laurel at approximately 1:31 a.m., according to a Laurel PD press release. An employee said that two black males entered the store armed with pistols and demanded money from the register.  Within minutes a suspect matching the description was arrested near the scene. According to police, Jo...

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    Laurel police arrested a suspect following an armed robbery early Wednesday morning.  Officers responded to the Alliance Energy Gas Station located at 313 South 16th Avenue in Laurel at approximately 1:31 a.m., according to a Laurel PD press release. An employee said that two black males entered the store armed with pistols and demanded money from the register.  Within minutes a suspect matching the description was arrested near the scene. According to police, Jo...

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  • Hattiesburg veteran featured in MPB Vietnam War documentary

    Hattiesburg veteran featured in MPB Vietnam War documentary

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 8:58 PM EST2017-11-09 01:58:21 GMT
    Hattiesburg veteran Charles Brown will be featured in the MPB documentary "Mississippians in Vietnam: A Shared Experience." Photo credit WDAM.Hattiesburg veteran Charles Brown will be featured in the MPB documentary "Mississippians in Vietnam: A Shared Experience." Photo credit WDAM.

    A Hattiesburg man is among six Vietnam War veterans across the state who are being featured in a new documentary about that war. 

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    A Hattiesburg man is among six Vietnam War veterans across the state who are being featured in a new documentary about that war. 

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  • WCU hosts 11th annual Pine Belt College Fair

    WCU hosts 11th annual Pine Belt College Fair

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 8:53 PM EST2017-11-09 01:53:17 GMT
    Students and college recruiters meet face to face at the 11th annual Pine Belt College Fair Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.Students and college recruiters meet face to face at the 11th annual Pine Belt College Fair Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Thousands of Pine Belt high school students met college and military recruiters face-to-face at William Carey University Wednesday.

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    Thousands of Pine Belt high school students met college and military recruiters face-to-face at William Carey University Wednesday.

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  • Lights heading to Hattiesburg dog park

    Lights heading to Hattiesburg dog park

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 5:57 PM EST2017-11-08 22:57:55 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Dog owners in the Hub City will soon have more time to spend outside with their furry friends. New lights will soon be installed at the Central Bark at Keg & Barrel Dog Park on West Pine Street.  City Council unanimously voted to add those lights at its regular meeting Tuesday. "Whenever you drive by there, there's usually going to be one or more people there with their dog, so it's been a real quality of life boost for this side of Hattiesburg," said Ma...

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    Dog owners in the Hub City will soon have more time to spend outside with their furry friends. New lights will soon be installed at the Central Bark at Keg & Barrel Dog Park on West Pine Street.  City Council unanimously voted to add those lights at its regular meeting Tuesday. "Whenever you drive by there, there's usually going to be one or more people there with their dog, so it's been a real quality of life boost for this side of Hattiesburg," said Ma...

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  • Jones County Sheriff's Department to offer 'Church Security Workshops'

    Jones County Sheriff's Department to offer 'Church Security Workshops'

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 5:52 PM EST2017-11-08 22:52:27 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The Jones County Sheriff's Department will be holding two church security workshops next week. The department said the workshops are in response to many requests following the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas over the weekend. The workshops will be held on Tuesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 16th at the Jones County Sheriff's Department's Training Center in Laurel.  Both classes will start at 6 p.m. The workshops are free to the public and updated ...

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    The Jones County Sheriff's Department will be holding two church security workshops next week. The department said the workshops are in response to many requests following the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas over the weekend. The workshops will be held on Tuesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 16th at the Jones County Sheriff's Department's Training Center in Laurel.  Both classes will start at 6 p.m. The workshops are free to the public and updated ...

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  • McComb police searching for missing teen

    McComb police searching for missing teen

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 5:49 PM EST2017-11-08 22:49:50 GMT
    SOURCE: McComb PDSOURCE: McComb PD
    McComb police are searching for a missing or runaway McComb teen. Janiah Moore, 15, was last seen on November 8 at approximately 12 a.m. when she left her mother's residence. She is approximately 5'5 and 175 pounds. If you see Moore or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the McComb Police Dept. at 601-684-3213. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    McComb police are searching for a missing or runaway McComb teen. Janiah Moore, 15, was last seen on November 8 at approximately 12 a.m. when she left her mother's residence. She is approximately 5'5 and 175 pounds. If you see Moore or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the McComb Police Dept. at 601-684-3213. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Union Bridge in Jones County open for traffic

    Union Bridge in Jones County open for traffic

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 5:22 PM EST2017-11-08 22:22:57 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Union Bridge on Moselle-Ovett Road is now open for traffic after closing for over a month  According to Chataura Sanders with the Jones County Board of Supervisors, the bridge has been cleared for traffic after repairs shut it down in late September.  Copyright WDAm 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Union Bridge on Moselle-Ovett Road is now open for traffic after closing for over a month  According to Chataura Sanders with the Jones County Board of Supervisors, the bridge has been cleared for traffic after repairs shut it down in late September.  Copyright WDAm 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • JCJC instructor named Humanities Teacher of the Year

    JCJC instructor named Humanities Teacher of the Year

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 5:13 PM EST2017-11-08 22:13:09 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    A local educator has been named Humanities Teacher of the Year. Dr. Stacy Ruth, a Sociology Teacher at Jones County Junior College, was chosen for the prestigious honor. During the ceremony, Ruth gave a presentation of “The Evolution of the Family Through Animation."  The theme was how cartoons have reflected family values through the years. Dr. Ruth said she was thrilled after receiving the news of the award. “It’s great to know that people r...More >>
    A local educator has been named Humanities Teacher of the Year. Dr. Stacy Ruth, a Sociology Teacher at Jones County Junior College, was chosen for the prestigious honor. During the ceremony, Ruth gave a presentation of “The Evolution of the Family Through Animation."  The theme was how cartoons have reflected family values through the years. Dr. Ruth said she was thrilled after receiving the news of the award. “It’s great to know that people r...More >>
  • Missing Hattiesburg woman found safe

    Missing Hattiesburg woman found safe

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 5:08 PM EST2017-11-08 22:08:15 GMT
    SOURCE: HPDSOURCE: HPD

    Hattiesburg police are searching for a missing woman last seen on Oct. 30.  Crystal Edison was last seen heading to her brother's residence in Gulfport, Miss, according to HPD. Edison drives a 2015 Black Nissan Altima TX tag FRD3358. If you have seen her or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. at  601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Hattiesburg police are searching for a missing woman last seen on Oct. 30.  Crystal Edison was last seen heading to her brother's residence in Gulfport, Miss, according to HPD. Edison drives a 2015 Black Nissan Altima TX tag FRD3358. If you have seen her or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. at  601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Hattiesburg testing fire hydrants this week

    Hattiesburg testing fire hydrants this week

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 4:24 PM EST2017-11-08 21:24:32 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg

    The City of Hattiesburg will be testing fire hydrants this week, which could result in low water pressure or discolored water.  Hattieburg released the following scheduled for testing: Nov.8 WL Runnels  Academy Dr. N 19th Ave. to Hwy 49 Hillendale Dr. to Heatherwood Dr.  Mandalay Dr. to Lincoln Rd Nov. 9 Edwards St. (from Milton Barnes to Shelton, including Dews Foundry) Roby St. Arledge St. (between Milton Barnes and Duke) James St. (from Faulkner to D...

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    The City of Hattiesburg will be testing fire hydrants this week, which could result in low water pressure or discolored water.  Hattieburg released the following scheduled for testing: Nov.8 WL Runnels  Academy Dr. N 19th Ave. to Hwy 49 Hillendale Dr. to Heatherwood Dr.  Mandalay Dr. to Lincoln Rd Nov. 9 Edwards St. (from Milton Barnes to Shelton, including Dews Foundry) Roby St. Arledge St. (between Milton Barnes and Duke) James St. (from Faulkner to D...

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  • Chili Cook-Off Brings the Heat to the ‘Pete’ on Nov. 11

    Chili Cook-Off Brings the Heat to the ‘Pete’ on Nov. 11

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 7:29 AM EST2017-11-08 12:29:59 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    On Saturday, November 11th     from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. , the 12th annual Sigma Phi Epsilon Chili Cook-Off takes place at The University of Southern Mississippi's Pete Taylor Park. 

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    On Saturday, November 11th     from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. , the 12th annual Sigma Phi Epsilon Chili Cook-Off takes place at The University of Southern Mississippi's Pete Taylor Park. 

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  • Lt. Gov. Reeves visits Pine Belt, talks about 2018 legislative session

    Lt. Gov. Reeves visits Pine Belt, talks about 2018 legislative session

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 11:18 PM EST2017-11-08 04:18:58 GMT
    Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks to Lamar County teachers and administrators at the Jefferson-Todd Education Center Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks to Lamar County teachers and administrators at the Jefferson-Todd Education Center Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Lt. Governor Tate Reeves was in the Pine Belt Tuesday, to meet with educators and to speak about the upcoming 2018 Legislative session.  

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    Lt. Governor Tate Reeves was in the Pine Belt Tuesday, to meet with educators and to speak about the upcoming 2018 Legislative session.  

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  • Laurel councilman focusing on youth for 'Brighter Tomorrows'

    Laurel councilman focusing on youth for 'Brighter Tomorrows'

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 11:11 PM EST2017-11-08 04:11:46 GMT
    Brighter TomorrowsBrighter Tomorrows
    A newly elected Laurel City Councilman is making it his mission to improve his ward by involving teens.  Jason Capers of Ward 1 made it his platform when elected back in the summer to serve, lead, mentor and invest in the younger generation.  "I'm so thrilled about positive things that are happening in our city and in our community," Capers said. "One of the reasons I ran for city council is I really wanted to be able to work with young people and ...More >>
    A newly elected Laurel City Councilman is making it his mission to improve his ward by involving teens.  Jason Capers of Ward 1 made it his platform when elected back in the summer to serve, lead, mentor and invest in the younger generation.  "I'm so thrilled about positive things that are happening in our city and in our community," Capers said. "One of the reasons I ran for city council is I really wanted to be able to work with young people and ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg announces legal action against Stion Corporation

    Hattiesburg announces legal action against Stion Corporation

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 10:40 PM EST2017-11-08 03:40:54 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The City of Hattiesburg will be taking legal action against the Stion Corporation after the company announced it would be closing its plant next month.

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    The City of Hattiesburg will be taking legal action against the Stion Corporation after the company announced it would be closing its plant next month.

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  • Smith wins race for Jasper County School Board District 2 West

    Smith wins race for Jasper County School Board District 2 West

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 9:39 PM EST2017-11-08 02:39:26 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Jasper County voters elected a new School Board member for District 2 West. With all six precincts reporting, Debbie Smith defeated Isis M. Page with 58.08 percent of the vote. Smith received a total of 169 votes to Page's 122 votes.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Jasper County voters elected a new School Board member for District 2 West. With all six precincts reporting, Debbie Smith defeated Isis M. Page with 58.08 percent of the vote. Smith received a total of 169 votes to Page's 122 votes.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Lady Crusaders practice in newly renovated gymnasium

    Lady Crusaders practice in newly renovated gymnasium

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:23 PM EST2017-11-07 23:23:59 GMT
    Photo cred: WDAMPhoto cred: WDAM

    The women’s basketball team has been practicing this week in their newly renovated Clinton gymnasium. In the wake of the tornado that swept through the area in January, the Clinton Gymnasium was heavily damaged. Both the women’s and men’s basketball team has relied on a schedule using other gyms to play ball. Now, with renovations complete, the Crusaders can boast of their state of the art facility including a new floor along with other...

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    The women’s basketball team has been practicing this week in their newly renovated Clinton gymnasium. In the wake of the tornado that swept through the area in January, the Clinton Gymnasium was heavily damaged. Both the women’s and men’s basketball team has relied on a schedule using other gyms

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  • Laurel police searching for credit card fraud and domestic assault suspect

    Laurel police searching for credit card fraud and domestic assault suspect

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:18 PM EST2017-11-07 23:18:12 GMT
    Bobby Joe Reed Jr. SOURCE: LPDBobby Joe Reed Jr. SOURCE: LPD
    The Laurel Police Department needs help locating a wanted man. Bobby Joe Reed Jr., 25, is being sought in connection to charges of felony credit card fraud and simple domestic assault. If you have any information regarding Reed's whereabouts, please contact LPD at 601-425-4711. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    The Laurel Police Department needs help locating a wanted man. Bobby Joe Reed Jr., 25, is being sought in connection to charges of felony credit card fraud and simple domestic assault. If you have any information regarding Reed's whereabouts, please contact LPD at 601-425-4711. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Mississippi Power awards 2017 Environmental Education Grants

    Mississippi Power awards 2017 Environmental Education Grants

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:11 PM EST2017-11-07 23:11:00 GMT
    Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey and Sacred Heart teacher Nancy Osboren. SOURCE: MS PowerPine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey and Sacred Heart teacher Nancy Osboren. SOURCE: MS Power
    Mississippi Power announced the more than 40 teachers from across the company's service territory that will receive 2017 Environmental Education Grants. According to Mississippi Power, the grants will be used for projects and classroom equipment that will advance the teaching of the skills needed in the environmental field.  Winning teachers will claim a share of the approximately $21,000 available for funding. Mississippi schools and teachers could apply for up to $1,000 ...More >>
    Mississippi Power announced the more than 40 teachers from across the company's service territory that will receive 2017 Environmental Education Grants. According to Mississippi Power, the grants will be used for projects and classroom equipment that will advance the teaching of the skills needed in the environmental field.  Winning teachers will claim a share of the approximately $21,000 available for funding. Mississippi schools and teachers could apply for up to $1,000 ...More >>
  • Drugs, money seized in Perry County roundup

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 5:24 PM EST2017-11-07 22:24:28 GMT
    2 arrested in Perry county drug roundup. Photo credit: Perry County Sheriff's Department2 arrested in Perry county drug roundup. Photo credit: Perry County Sheriff's Department

    The Perry County sheriff’s department with the help of the Lamar county sheriff’s department, and the Petal Police department, seized drugs in Beaumont Tuesday. 

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    The Perry County sheriff’s department with the help of the Lamar county sheriff’s department, and the Petal Police department, seized drugs in Beaumont Tuesday. 

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  • Hattiesburg man's murder conviction affirmed by Court of Appeals

    Hattiesburg man's murder conviction affirmed by Court of Appeals

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 5:17 PM EST2017-11-07 22:17:40 GMT
    Jarius Collins in court. SOURCE: WDAMJarius Collins in court. SOURCE: WDAM

    On Tuesday the Mississippi Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi affirmed a life sentence for a Hattiesburg man convicted of murder.  Jarius Collins, 32,  was first found guilty of murder in the death of Ebony Jenkins, a Crystal Springs native,  in April 2013.   That conviction was overturned in August 2015 when The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the court failed to suppress Collins’ statement to police after ...

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    On Tuesday the Mississippi Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi affirmed a life sentence for a Hattiesburg man convicted of murder.  Jarius Collins, 32,  was first found guilty of murder in the death of Ebony Jenkins, a Crystal Springs native,  in April 2013.   That conviction was overturned in August 2015 when The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the court failed to suppress Collins’ statement to police after ...

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  • Aggravated assault conviction affirmed in 2014 Hattiesburg shooting

    Aggravated assault conviction affirmed in 2014 Hattiesburg shooting

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 5:14 PM EST2017-11-07 22:14:40 GMT
    Vernell Miskell. SOURCE: Forrest County Sheriff's Dept.Vernell Miskell. SOURCE: Forrest County Sheriff's Dept.

    On Tuesday the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed an aggravated assault conviction for a man convicted for a 2014 Hattiesburg shooting.  Vernell Miskell, 24, was convicted of aggravated assault in May 2014 for the 2014 shooting of Albert Pollard. A Forrest County court sentenced Miskell to 20 years in prison. Today, the Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling and a review found no errors.  According to the decision, Miskell and Pollard attended a Hattiesburg par...

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    On Tuesday the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed an aggravated assault conviction for a man convicted for a 2014 Hattiesburg shooting.  Vernell Miskell, 24, was convicted of aggravated assault in May 2014 for the 2014 shooting of Albert Pollard. A Forrest County court sentenced Miskell to 20 years in prison. Today, the Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling and a review found no errors.  According to the decision, Miskell and Pollard attended a Hattiesburg par...

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  • Puppies found in ditch believed to be poisoned

    Puppies found in ditch believed to be poisoned

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 4:29 PM EST2017-11-07 21:29:40 GMT
    Source: Facebook/Southern Cross Animal RescueSource: Facebook/Southern Cross Animal Rescue

    Rescuers believe two puppies found in a Jones County ditch were poisoned.

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    Rescuers believe two puppies found in a Jones County ditch were poisoned.

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  • Through the Eyes of a Burglar

    Through the Eyes of a Burglar

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 8:44 AM EST2017-11-07 13:44:29 GMT

    There were an estimated 1,515,096 burglaries at homes across the country last year.  According to the FBI, 23,354 of those were in Mississippi. 

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    There were an estimated 1,515,096 burglaries at homes across the country last year.  According to the FBI, 23,354 of those were in Mississippi. 

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  • Southern Entrepreneurship Program Youth Series Set to Begin 11th Year

    Southern Entrepreneurship Program Youth Series Set to Begin 11th Year

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 7:55 AM EST2017-11-07 12:55:20 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    On November 7th, the  Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) youth series starts its 11th year competition. 

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    On November 7th, the  Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) youth series starts its 11th year competition. 

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  • USM quarterback Kwadra Griggs expected to start Saturday

    USM quarterback Kwadra Griggs expected to start Saturday

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 12:52 AM EST2017-11-07 05:52:19 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Shortly after the University of Southern Mississippi’s 24-10 loss Saturday night at the University of Tennessee, USM coach Jay Hopson acknowledged a change likely was forthcoming at quarterback for the Golden Eagles.

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    Shortly after the University of Southern Mississippi’s 24-10 loss Saturday night at the University of Tennessee, USM coach Jay Hopson acknowledged a change likely was forthcoming at quarterback for the Golden Eagles.

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  • Darian Yancey: A lover of football and animals

    Darian Yancey: A lover of football and animals

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 12:45 AM EST2017-11-07 05:45:45 GMT
    USM junior linebacker Darian Yancey with his pet bearded dragon "Jeffrey." Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior linebacker Darian Yancey with his pet bearded dragon "Jeffrey." Courtesy: WDAM

    Darian Yancey stepped up for the Golden Eagles on Saturday at Tennessee, playing on the defensive line after spending most of the season at linebacker. The junior's efforts helped Southern Miss limit the Volunteers to just 95 yards rushing and 2-for-13 on third down.

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    Darian Yancey stepped up for the Golden Eagles on Saturday at Tennessee, playing on the defensive line after spending most of the season at linebacker. The junior's efforts helped Southern Miss limit the Volunteers to just 95 yards rushing and 2-for-13 on third down.

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  • North Forrest ready for rematch with Enterprise in the postseason

    North Forrest ready for rematch with Enterprise in the postseason

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 12:22 AM EST2017-11-07 05:22:37 GMT
    North Forrest head football coach Anthony Dillon. Courtesy: WDAMNorth Forrest head football coach Anthony Dillon. Courtesy: WDAM

    North Forrest took care of business in the first round of the class 2A playoffs, beating Mize 50-30 on the road. The win earns the Eagles (8-4) a home playoff game against Enterprise-Clark (4-8).

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    North Forrest took care of business in the first round of the class 2A playoffs, beating Mize 50-30 on the road. The win earns the Eagles (8-4) a home playoff game against Enterprise-Clark (4-8).

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  • Seminary hopes to ride momentum into second round of playoffs

    Seminary hopes to ride momentum into second round of playoffs

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 12:10 AM EST2017-11-07 05:10:20 GMT
    Seminary football. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary football. Courtesy: WDAM

    At 5-6, Seminary entered the class 3A playoffs as a No. 4 seed. The Bulldogs evened their record and advanced the second round after knocking off one-seeded Velma Jackson 21-20 on the road.

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    At 5-6, Seminary entered the class 3A playoffs as a No. 4 seed. The Bulldogs evened their record and advanced the second round after knocking off one-seeded Velma Jackson 21-20 on the road.

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  • Psychology of violent behavior

    Psychology of violent behavior

    Monday, November 6 2017 11:09 PM EST2017-11-07 04:09:34 GMT
    First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas. SOURCE: NBC newsFirst Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas. SOURCE: NBC news
    The reasoning behind what lead 26-year-old Devin Kelley to commit such violent acts as he did inside the church at Sutherland Springs, Texas is unknown at this point. It's too early to point at any one specific reason, but here is what we do know, according to reports: Kelley had a pattern of violence from the past. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was court-martialed back in 2012 for assaulting his wife and a child. He then served one year in confinement. Two years la...More >>
    The reasoning behind what lead 26-year-old Devin Kelley to commit such violent acts as he did inside the church at Sutherland Springs, Texas is unknown at this point. It's too early to point at any one specific reason, but here is what we do know, according to reports: Kelley had a pattern of violence from the past. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was court-martialed back in 2012 for assaulting his wife and a child. He then served one year in confinement. Two years la...More >>
  • Design for new Hub City transit facility en route to City Council

    Design for new Hub City transit facility en route to City Council

    Monday, November 6 2017 10:53 PM EST2017-11-07 03:53:12 GMT

    Construction on a new mass transit facility in Hattiesburg is expected to begin at the start of the year.

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    Construction on a new mass transit facility in Hattiesburg is expected to begin at the start of the year.

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  • Pink up: Doctor comes home to spread awareness

    Pink up: Doctor comes home to spread awareness

    Monday, November 6 2017 10:48 PM EST2017-11-07 03:48:33 GMT

     Hattiesburg native, Nina Watson came home to spread some news. "Although the number of breast cancers in Mississippi is lower when compared to other states, unfortunately, more women are dying of breast cancer in Mississippi," Watson said. That statistic isn't data she stumbled upon, it's part of a field she has dedicated her life to, Nina Watson is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist practicing in New York. "For the state of Mississippi around 2,300 new c...

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     Hattiesburg native, Nina Watson came home to spread some news. "Although the number of breast cancers in Mississippi is lower when compared to other states, unfortunately, more women are dying of breast cancer in Mississippi," Watson said. That statistic isn't data she stumbled upon, it's part of a field she has dedicated her life to, Nina Watson is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist practicing in New York. "For the state of Mississippi around 2,300 new c...

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  • HPD investigating shooting into occupied dwelling

    HPD investigating shooting into occupied dwelling

    Monday, November 6 2017 10:44 PM EST2017-11-07 03:44:38 GMT
    Photo credit: Facebook, Annie FortenberryPhoto credit: Facebook, Annie Fortenberry

    Hattiesburg police are investigating a Monday evening shooting in the Hub City.  The shooting happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Katie Avenue in Hattiesburg, according to HPD Lt. LaTosha Myers-Mitchell. The bullet was fired into an occupied dwelling, but no one was injured. There are no suspects at this time, and Hattiesburg police are investigating.  If you have any information regarding the shooting, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. ...

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating a Monday evening shooting in the Hub City.  The shooting happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Katie Avenue in Hattiesburg, according to HPD Lt. LaTosha Myers-Mitchell. The bullet was fired into an occupied dwelling, but no one was injured. There are no suspects at this time, and Hattiesburg police are investigating.  If you have any information regarding the shooting, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. ...

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  • Columbia Academy takes another step forward on football field

    Columbia Academy takes another step forward on football field

    Monday, November 6 2017 9:09 PM EST2017-11-07 02:09:45 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    COLUMBIA: Last season, the Columbia Academy Cougars made the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football playoffs for the first time since 2012, winning an opening-round game before falling in the second round of the postseason. This fall, the Cougars have taken another step forward. Sophomore quarterback Ras Pace rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns and threw for a fifth as Columbia Academy took down once-beaten Riverfield Academy Friday 38-26 in Rayville, La. The ...More >>
    COLUMBIA: Last season, the Columbia Academy Cougars made the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football playoffs for the first time since 2012, winning an opening-round game before falling in the second round of the postseason. This fall, the Cougars have taken another step forward. Sophomore quarterback Ras Pace rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns and threw for a fifth as Columbia Academy took down once-beaten Riverfield Academy Friday 38-26 in Rayville, La. The ...More >>
  • State Superintendent visits Petal, Lamar school districts on 'Celebration of Excellence Tour'

    State Superintendent visits Petal, Lamar school districts on 'Celebration of Excellence Tour'

    Monday, November 6 2017 8:19 PM EST2017-11-07 01:19:26 GMT
    State Superintendent Dr. Carey WrightState Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright

    The state superintendent of education is on a "Celebration of Excellence Tour." Today, she made stops at two high-achieving school districts here in the Pine Belt to personally commend them on their success. Petal and Lamar county school districts got to brag on their "A" ratings in state accountability this week with State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright making a trip to the Pine Belt to congratulate them. "I think it's important that they know ho...

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    The state superintendent of education is on a "Celebration of Excellence Tour." Today, she made stops at two high-achieving school districts here in the Pine Belt to personally commend them on their success. Petal and Lamar county school districts got to brag on their "A" ratings in state accountability this week with State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright making a trip to the Pine Belt to congratulate them. "I think it's important that they know ho...

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  • HFD growing beards for Pine Belt girl's cancer battle

    HFD growing beards for Pine Belt girl's cancer battle

    Monday, November 6 2017 6:54 PM EST2017-11-06 23:54:38 GMT
    Kaitlyn WrightKaitlyn Wright
    Members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department are growing their beards for a Pine Belt girl battling cancer. Kaitlyn Wright, 2, is about to start her fifth round of chemotherapy for AML, a form of Leukemia, and Hub City firefighters are pitching in to help out. “We do it to raise money for local children, usually it’s a child with cancer,” said Hattiesburg Firefighter, Jourdan Arnold. “Cancer kind of hits home close to fireman, because we are much more likely th...More >>
    Members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department are growing their beards for a Pine Belt girl battling cancer. Kaitlyn Wright, 2, is about to start her fifth round of chemotherapy for AML, a form of Leukemia, and Hub City firefighters are pitching in to help out. “We do it to raise money for local children, usually it’s a child with cancer,” said Hattiesburg Firefighter, Jourdan Arnold. “Cancer kind of hits home close to fireman, because we are much more likely th...More >>
  • Sullivan Kilrain Road construction to begin soon

    Sullivan Kilrain Road construction to begin soon

    Monday, November 6 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-11-06 23:49:57 GMT
    Sullivan Kilrain Road. Photo credit: WDAMSullivan Kilrain Road. Photo credit: WDAM
    A heavily traveled roadway that connects Lamar and Forrest Counties will soon be getting a makeover. The moving and realigning of Sullivan Kilrain Road is something Lamar County administrators are looking forward to, and hope to improve the roadway for safety concerns. “Sullivan Kilrain is a main connecter road out of Lamar County and Oak Grove area, out to Forrest County and the interchange at Interstate 59 and Highway 11,"  said Lamar County Administrator Jody Wait...More >>
    A heavily traveled roadway that connects Lamar and Forrest Counties will soon be getting a makeover. The moving and realigning of Sullivan Kilrain Road is something Lamar County administrators are looking forward to, and hope to improve the roadway for safety concerns. “Sullivan Kilrain is a main connecter road out of Lamar County and Oak Grove area, out to Forrest County and the interchange at Interstate 59 and Highway 11,"  said Lamar County Administrator Jody Wait...More >>
  • Hattiesburg's Jordan Murphy grabs first college reception

    Hattiesburg's Jordan Murphy grabs first college reception

    Monday, November 6 2017 6:07 PM EST2017-11-06 23:07:31 GMT
    Hattiesburg High grad Jordan Murphy (11) is a freshman wide receiver at the University of Tennessee. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg High grad Jordan Murphy (11) is a freshman wide receiver at the University of Tennessee. Courtesy: WDAM

    Tennessee freshman Jordan Murphy had appeared in three games prior to Saturday's contest against Southern Miss. It seemed the Hattiesburg High grad waited until he faced his hometown's college football team to grab his first career catch. Murphy caught a 12-yard pass in the second quarter of the Volunteers' 24-10 win over the Golden Eagles.

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    Tennessee freshman Jordan Murphy had appeared in three games prior to Saturday's contest against Southern Miss. It seemed the Hattiesburg High grad waited until he faced his hometown's college football team to grab his first career catch. Murphy caught a 12-yard pass in the second quarter of the Volunteers' 24-10 win over the Golden Eagles.

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  • One80 Fitness holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

    One80 Fitness holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

    Monday, November 6 2017 6:00 PM EST2017-11-06 23:00:10 GMT
    SOURCE: One80 FitnessSOURCE: One80 Fitness
    Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and many families go hungry this time of year. That’s why One80 Fitness will be taking donations for the Edwards Street Fellowship Center until November 16th. The Center provides emergency and supplemental food to over 1,200 food-insecure households each month in the surrounding counties. One80 Fitness is asking you to bring by any non-perishable food items to help to feed those families that might otherwise miss a meal. Help give back to ...More >>
    Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and many families go hungry this time of year. That’s why One80 Fitness will be taking donations for the Edwards Street Fellowship Center until November 16th. The Center provides emergency and supplemental food to over 1,200 food-insecure households each month in the surrounding counties. One80 Fitness is asking you to bring by any non-perishable food items to help to feed those families that might otherwise miss a meal. Help give back to ...More >>
  • Construction for U.S.-49 pedestrian bridge to begin soon

    Construction for U.S.-49 pedestrian bridge to begin soon

    Monday, November 6 2017 5:24 PM EST2017-11-06 22:24:12 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    A pedestrian bridge that will cross Highway 49 is one step closer to getting underway. The proposed pre-engineered metal bridge will have a $300,000 price tag, with the city and county splitting 20 percent of the cost at around $42,000 each. MDOT will use federal dollars to cover the remaining 80 percent. The footbridge will cross U.S. Highway 49 at Country Club Road. Construction should begin soon and be finished by next year. “I think there is a rea...More >>
    A pedestrian bridge that will cross Highway 49 is one step closer to getting underway. The proposed pre-engineered metal bridge will have a $300,000 price tag, with the city and county splitting 20 percent of the cost at around $42,000 each. MDOT will use federal dollars to cover the remaining 80 percent. The footbridge will cross U.S. Highway 49 at Country Club Road. Construction should begin soon and be finished by next year. “I think there is a rea...More >>
  • McLain shooting leaves one dead, Sheriff's Dept. investigating

    McLain shooting leaves one dead, Sheriff's Dept. investigating

    Monday, November 6 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-11-06 21:27:30 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN
    One man is dead after a Sunday shooting in Greene County. The shooting happened on Sunday night in McLain. According to the Greene County Coroner, a black man in his late twenties was found shot at an abandoned house on Highway 57 and pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is not being released until his family is notified.  WDAM has reached out to the Greene County Sheriff's Office for more information. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    One man is dead after a Sunday shooting in Greene County. The shooting happened on Sunday night in McLain. According to the Greene County Coroner, a black man in his late twenties was found shot at an abandoned house on Highway 57 and pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is not being released until his family is notified.  WDAM has reached out to the Greene County Sheriff's Office for more information. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Lamar County School District to host events honoring veterans

    Lamar County School District to host events honoring veterans

    Monday, November 6 2017 3:54 PM EST2017-11-06 20:54:02 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The Lamar County School District will be hosting several events this week to honor veterans. The following events are free and open to all veterans and active duty servicemen: Wednesday, Nov. 8, Purvis High School will host a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the school library.  Thursday, Nov. 9, Oak Grove High School will host a 7 a.m. breakfast at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Friday, Nov. 10, Sumrall High School will host a 7 a.m. breakfast at First Baptist Church ...More >>
    The Lamar County School District will be hosting several events this week to honor veterans. The following events are free and open to all veterans and active duty servicemen: Wednesday, Nov. 8, Purvis High School will host a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the school library.  Thursday, Nov. 9, Oak Grove High School will host a 7 a.m. breakfast at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Friday, Nov. 10, Sumrall High School will host a 7 a.m. breakfast at First Baptist Church ...More >>
  • Gov. Bryant orders flags to be flown at half-staff after Texas church shooting

    Gov. Bryant orders flags to be flown at half-staff after Texas church shooting

    Monday, November 6 2017 1:57 PM EST2017-11-06 18:57:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Texas church shooting that claimed 26 lives. The order comes after President Donald Trump's Executive Order No. 1408, which ordered flags on all public buildings and grounds across the U.S. to be flown at half-staff.  Flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset, November 9, 2017.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Texas church shooting that claimed 26 lives. The order comes after President Donald Trump's Executive Order No. 1408, which ordered flags on all public buildings and grounds across the U.S. to be flown at half-staff.  Flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset, November 9, 2017.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • HPD investigating rape case in Hub City

    HPD investigating rape case in Hub City

    Monday, November 6 2017 1:33 PM EST2017-11-06 18:33:06 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN
    Hattiesburg police are investigating a sexual assault that happened in the Hub City over the weekend. “On Sunday, Nov. 5th, around 8 a.m., Hattiesburg Police officers responded to 5001 Hardy Street, Wesley Medical Center, for a victim that reported an alleged rape,” said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell. Myers-Mitchell added that the victim, who was a woman, said she was sexually assaulted inside her residence in the 100 block of Plantation Blvd. Myers...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are investigating a sexual assault that happened in the Hub City over the weekend. “On Sunday, Nov. 5th, around 8 a.m., Hattiesburg Police officers responded to 5001 Hardy Street, Wesley Medical Center, for a victim that reported an alleged rape,” said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell. Myers-Mitchell added that the victim, who was a woman, said she was sexually assaulted inside her residence in the 100 block of Plantation Blvd. Myers...More >>
  • Small Business Development Center Workshops Scheduled for November

    Small Business Development Center Workshops Scheduled for November

    Monday, November 6 2017 7:38 AM EST2017-11-06 12:38:01 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    The Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast centers of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development (SBDC) will team up  to hold a series of Business 101 workshops in November. 

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    The Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast centers of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development (SBDC) will team up  to hold a series of Business 101 workshops in November. 

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  • Man charged with murder in Jones County shooting

    Man charged with murder in Jones County shooting

    Sunday, November 5 2017 4:47 PM EST2017-11-05 21:47:21 GMT
    courtesy: Jones County Sheriff's Officecourtesy: Jones County Sheriff's Office

    The Jones County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Jones County man after a Friday night shooting.

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    The Jones County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Jones County man after a Friday night shooting.

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  • USM hosts first wheelchair basketball tournament

    USM hosts first wheelchair basketball tournament

    Saturday, November 4 2017 10:53 PM EDT2017-11-05 02:53:39 GMT
    USM hosted the Golden Eagles Invitational wheelchair basketball tournament Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.USM hosted the Golden Eagles Invitational wheelchair basketball tournament Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Dozens of athletes from three states gathered at Southern Miss Saturday for a first-ever wheelchair basketball tournament. 

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    Dozens of athletes from three states gathered at Southern Miss Saturday for a first-ever wheelchair basketball tournament. 

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  • Family members hold benefit for gas explosion survivors

    Family members hold benefit for gas explosion survivors

    Saturday, November 4 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-11-05 01:07:05 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    A benefit was held for Jasper County gas explosion survivors.

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    A benefit was held for Jasper County gas explosion survivors.

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  • Downtown Laurel to host annual Christmas Open House Sunday

    Downtown Laurel to host annual Christmas Open House Sunday

    Saturday, November 4 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-11-04 23:54:42 GMT
    Laurel downtown merchants will host a Christmas Open House on Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Photo credit WDAM.Laurel downtown merchants will host a Christmas Open House on Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Laurel downtown business community will be celebrating Christmas early on Sunday with an annual holiday event. 

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    The Laurel downtown business community will be celebrating Christmas early on Sunday with an annual holiday event. 

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  • WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 3

    WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 3

    Friday, November 3 2017 10:45 PM EDT2017-11-04 02:45:51 GMT
    WDAM Gametime appWDAM Gametime app

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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  • SCAR hosts first Jail and Bail fundraiser

    SCAR hosts first Jail and Bail fundraiser

    Friday, November 3 2017 7:52 PM EDT2017-11-03 23:52:59 GMT
    Southern Cross Animal Rescue hosts its first Jail and Bail at Tractor Supply Company Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Southern Cross Animal Rescue hosts its first Jail and Bail at Tractor Supply Company Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Homeless pets in the Jones County area got some support Friday from public officials and other folks, who volunteered to go to jail.  

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    Homeless pets in the Jones County area got some support Friday from public officials and other folks, who volunteered to go to jail.  

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  • Sumrall Police Dept. appoint new police chief

    Sumrall Police Dept. appoint new police chief

    Friday, November 3 2017 7:47 PM EDT2017-11-03 23:47:07 GMT
    Tony Kepper Credit: Tony Kepper; (via Facebook)Tony Kepper Credit: Tony Kepper; (via Facebook)

    The Sumrall Police Department now have a new Police Chief on board.

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    The Sumrall Police Department now have a new Police Chief on board.

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  • New Petal mobile app now live

    New Petal mobile app now live

    Friday, November 3 2017 5:58 PM EDT2017-11-03 21:58:02 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    If you live in Petal and see a problem that needs fixing the solution is only one click away. 

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    If you live in Petal and see a problem that needs fixing the solution is only one click away. 

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  • One person injured in Hattiesburg shooting, one in custody

    One person injured in Hattiesburg shooting, one in custody

    Friday, November 3 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-11-03 21:50:57 GMT
    Hattiesburg shooting at Hwy 42 bypass.Hattiesburg shooting at Hwy 42 bypass.

    Hattiebsurg police arrested a suspect after a woman was shot in the Hub City on Friday afternoon.

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    Hattiebsurg police arrested a suspect after a woman was shot in the Hub City on Friday afternoon.

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  • Hattiesburg man jailed on armed robbery charge

    Hattiesburg man jailed on armed robbery charge

    Friday, November 3 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-11-03 20:30:59 GMT
    Tavell Whitfield. SOURCE: HPDTavell Whitfield. SOURCE: HPD
    Hattiesburg Police arrested a Hub City man wanted for armed robbery. Tavell Whitfield, 21, was arrested at an apartment on Eagle Drive by HPD around 8 p.m. Thursday.  Whitfield was being sought for an outstanding warrant for armed robbery that happened July 12, 2017 in the 100 block of Mable Street. According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. LaTosha Myers Mitchell, Whitfield suffered a gunshot wound to the neck by the victim in the robbery.  Whitfield is being held in the ...More >>
    Hattiesburg Police arrested a Hub City man wanted for armed robbery. Tavell Whitfield, 21, was arrested at an apartment on Eagle Drive by HPD around 8 p.m. Thursday.  Whitfield was being sought for an outstanding warrant for armed robbery that happened July 12, 2017 in the 100 block of Mable Street. According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. LaTosha Myers Mitchell, Whitfield suffered a gunshot wound to the neck by the victim in the robbery.  Whitfield is being held in the ...More >>
  • Four arrested in South Mississippi opioid prescription drug investigation

    Four arrested in South Mississippi opioid prescription drug investigation

    Friday, November 3 2017 3:50 PM EDT2017-11-03 19:50:04 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and local law enforcement officers arrested four suspects after agents seized 74 dosage units of oxycodone tablets during a search warrant of a Picayune home on Oct. 30.  The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $2,200, and $990 in cash was also seized.  Wayne Wade, 59, of Picayune, and occupant of the home where officers served the search warrant, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a contr...

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    The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and local law enforcement officers arrested four suspects after agents seized 74 dosage units of oxycodone tablets during a search warrant of a Picayune home on Oct. 30.  The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $2,200, and $990 in cash was also seized.  Wayne Wade, 59, of Picayune, and occupant of the home where officers served the search warrant, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a contr...

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  • Greene County man arrested for auto theft, drugs

    Greene County man arrested for auto theft, drugs

    Friday, November 3 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-11-03 19:28:02 GMT
    Pat Brewer. SOURCE: Greene County Sheriff's Office FacebookPat Brewer. SOURCE: Greene County Sheriff's Office Facebook
    The Greene County Sheriff's Office arrested a Greene County man after stolen property, drugs and a stolen vehicle were discovered during the execution of a search warrant.  According to the Greene County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Chief Deputy Brad Warrick  discovered several stolen items at a home off Bull Brim Drive after receiving complaints of vehicles being broken into. Several tips led to search warrant for the residence of Pat Brewer, who pulled up to the resid...More >>
    The Greene County Sheriff's Office arrested a Greene County man after stolen property, drugs and a stolen vehicle were discovered during the execution of a search warrant.  According to the Greene County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Chief Deputy Brad Warrick  discovered several stolen items at a home off Bull Brim Drive after receiving complaints of vehicles being broken into. Several tips led to search warrant for the residence of Pat Brewer, who pulled up to the resid...More >>
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  • Hattiesburg announces Christmas tree lighting performers and activities

    Hattiesburg announces Christmas tree lighting performers and activities

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-11-22 21:13:26 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg
    Hattiesburg announced its Tree Lighting Ceremony performers and activities Wednesday.  The city will kick off its Christmas season with the lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Town Square Park and festivities beginning at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. This year's theme will be "Peace on Earth, goodwill to all." The cast of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's White Christmas, Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir and Art Makes...More >>
    Hattiesburg announced its Tree Lighting Ceremony performers and activities Wednesday.  The city will kick off its Christmas season with the lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Town Square Park and festivities beginning at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. This year's theme will be "Peace on Earth, goodwill to all." The cast of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's White Christmas, Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir and Art Makes...More >>
  • Appeals court affirms dismissal of postconviction-relief motion of Forrest County man

    Appeals court affirms dismissal of postconviction-relief motion of Forrest County man

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 3:40 PM EST2017-11-22 20:40:12 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network
    The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a Forrest County man's second postconviction-relief motion on Tuesday Domiano Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault after a robbery led to the shooting of a Forrest County man in 2004. Two others were also charged in the crime. Ratcliff was sentenced to a total of 50 years to be served consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2006,...More >>
    The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a Forrest County man's second postconviction-relief motion on Tuesday Domiano Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault after a robbery led to the shooting of a Forrest County man in 2004. Two others were also charged in the crime. Ratcliff was sentenced to a total of 50 years to be served consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2006,...More >>
  • Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

    Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

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