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Rex Thompson

Rex Thompson is the morning and noon weathercaster for WDAM 7 . He is originally from Columbia, MS. Rex’s interest in weather began in 1969 when he was just 8 years old. One of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the United State was hurricane Camille. It struck south Mississippi on August 17th-18th. Winds in his home town were estimated to be sustained at 120 mph with gusts to 140. This event made a huge impact on Rex. At the age of 12 he was fortunate enough to meet Jim Thornhill. Jim was the director of the Civil Defense for Marion county and Columbia. We know it now as Emergency Management. It tuned out Mr. Thornhill was a former Air Force meteorologist and immediately took Rex under his wing and began to teach him. Rex’s first ever broadcast experience was at WFFF radio in Columbia where he did a weather segment at just 13 years of age. He landed his first job in television in as the weekend weathercast for WAPT channel 16 in 1982. Rex has been has worked several stints in the Pine Belt on various television stations over the years as well as the weekend weathercast for WTVC in Chattanooga Tennessee.

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  • Wayne Co. School District receives $900K grant for new academy

    Wayne Co. School District receives $900K grant for new academy

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:25 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:25:05 GMT
    Source: WDAM ArchivesSource: WDAM Archives

    The Wayne County School District has received a $900,000 grant from the state for a new academy to help students who may have fallen behind. The school district says the STAR Academy is a "drop-out prevention" and "catch-up" type program that will be implemented in fall of 2017.

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    The Wayne County School District has received a $900,000 grant from the state for a new academy to help students who may have fallen behind. The school district says the STAR Academy is a "drop-out prevention" and "catch-up" type program that will be implemented in fall of 2017.

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  • Wayne County changing format of two schools

    Wayne County changing format of two schools

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:07 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:07:31 GMT
    Source:WDAMSource:WDAM

    The Wayne County School District has announced its two city schools will transition to Pre-K through K-8 beginning in the fall.

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    The Wayne County School District has announced its two city schools will transition to Pre-K through K-8 beginning in the fall.

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    Another suspect pleads guilty in deaths of Deen and Tate

    Another suspect pleads guilty in deaths of Deen and Tate

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:00:59 GMT
    Brodrick Varnado Sr. Source: HPDBrodrick Varnado Sr. Source: HPD

    A suspect involved in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers pleaded guilty Monday in Forrest County courtroom.

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    A suspect involved in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers pleaded guilty Monday in Forrest County courtroom.

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