2014 Special Reports - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

It’s been said that, no matter where you go, every person has a story. Join Margaret Ann each Monday on News 7 Sunrise as she throws a dart at a map of the Pine Belt to select a town where she will find interesting stories. Who knows what she will see, or who she will talk to along the way. Tune in Tuesdays during News 7 Six O’clock Edition to see what she found when she went “darting off” to find the stories of your neighborhoods.
Have you ever wondered how certain towns or people were named? Mike McDaniel will research some of the strangest names in the Pine Belt (Hot Coffee, anyone?) to uncover the stories behind the names. Watch News 7 Six O’clock edition on Mondays starting on April 28 to find out What’s in a Name.
Take a road trip with Rachel Beech as she travels to some of the fun and exciting destinations within and surrounding the Pine Belt. She’ll bring you the scoop on places to go and things to do for your next road trip. Take A Road Trip will air Wednesdays starting April 30 during News 7 Six O’clock Edition.
Once again, Mississippi topped the national list ranking as one of the most obese states in the nation. In this three part series, Erin will look to medical experts as well as Mississippi culture and economy seeking to understand why Mississippi residents remain obese. Don’t miss this fascinating look at obesity in Mississippi, April 30-May 2 during News 7 at 6:30.
Despite strong feelings on both sides of the argument, the use of cannabis oil for medical purposes recently passed in the Mississippi Legislature. Tune in to Mississippi Medical Marijuana with Vanessa Pacheco during News 7 Six O’clock Edition May 7 through 9 for a look at how this law affects people in our state and where the future of medical marijuana in Mississippi seems to be heading.
In Mississippi, state prisons currently house 21, 505 inmates with a national recidivism rate of 67% within three years. In her three part series, Megan will learn from law enforcement officials about programs designed to decrease recidivism and will talk to inmates that are trying to break the cycle. She'll also hear the moving testimony of a man who beat the odds. Breaking the Cycle with Megan Hodge starts Wednesday May 14 during News 7 Six O’clock Edition.
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  • What's in a Name: Hot Coffee

    What's in a Name: Hot Coffee

    To know Hot Coffee, you have to know the people. If you know the people, you know Lynda Sanford. She owns McDonald's store, and it's the only business you'll find in Hot Coffee. "The store around theMore >>
    To know Hot Coffee, you have to know the people. If you know the people, you know Lynda Sanford. She owns McDonald's store, and it's the only business you'll find in Hot Coffee.More >>
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  • United Blood Services, WDAM 7 to host annual "Blood Bowl"

    United Blood Services, WDAM 7 to host annual "Blood Bowl"

    Sunday, July 22 2018 2:23 PM EDT2018-07-22 18:23:28 GMT
    Will you help your community come out on top? Support your town and donate during this years’ “Blood Bowl” bash.; (Photo source: WDAM)Will you help your community come out on top? Support your town and donate during this years’ “Blood Bowl” bash.; (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM is committed to “Save our Summer.” With more 20 percent decline in blood donations over the summer, United Blood Services and WDAM 7 are teaming up to help save lives this summer in the Annual “Blood Bowl.”

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    WDAM is committed to “Save our Summer.” With more 20 percent decline in blood donations over the summer, United Blood Services and WDAM 7 are teaming up to help save lives this summer in the Annual “Blood Bowl.”

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  • Miss Hospitality crowns new winner

    Miss Hospitality crowns new winner

    Sunday, July 22 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-07-22 15:21:12 GMT
    A farewell brunch was held for the 2018 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant at USM Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.A farewell brunch was held for the 2018 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant at USM Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Saturday morning, contestants in the 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi for one last social event before the final competition.  

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    Saturday morning, contestants in the 68th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi for one last social event before the final competition.  

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  • MHP investigating deadly crash in Pearl River County

    MHP investigating deadly crash in Pearl River County

    Sunday, July 22 2018 11:19 AM EDT2018-07-22 15:19:55 GMT
    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash that happened on Hwy. 53 in Pearl River County on July 21. (Photo Source: WDAM Staff)The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash that happened on Hwy. 53 in Pearl River County on July 21. (Photo Source: WDAM Staff)

    Just after midnight on July 21, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatality on Hwy 53 in Pearl River County. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene.  According to authorities, a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic was traveling north of Highway 53 when it crossed the center line and crashed head on with a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado driving in the southbound lane. The driver and rear passenger of the Chevrolet Sonic and the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado were taken to Forrest...

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    Just after midnight on July 21, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatality on Hwy 53 in Pearl River County. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene.  According to authorities, a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic was traveling north of Highway 53 when it crossed the center line and crashed head on with a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado driving in the southbound lane. The driver and rear passenger of the Chevrolet Sonic and the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado were taken to Forrest...

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