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Digital Content Manager
Chris Thies is the Digital Content Manager for WDAM 7.
Recent Articles by Chris
Hattiesburg man dies in Covington County crash
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Published May 6, 2021 at 11:38 AM
LIST: Pine Belt schools dismissing early due to severe weather threat
School districts in the Pine Belt are announcing plans to dismiss students early Tuesday.
Published May 4, 2021 at 12:09 PM
USM student still missing near Dauphin Island, Ala.
The U.S. Coast Guard identified the missing swimmer as 18-year-old Rob Brent.
Published May 3, 2021 at 2:33 PM
Nearly $11K in stolen Dollar General merchandise found in Covington Co.
Investigators in Covington County uncovered a large cache of stolen Dollar General merchandise.
Published April 30, 2021 at 5:29 PM
Man wanted for questioning charged in Hattiesburg shooting
Darius Ja’mar Moye has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Published April 19, 2021 at 10:56 AM
Jury finds man guilty of 2017 murder in Marion Co.
Handy Anthony Willis Jr. was convicted of murder Thursday.
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Published April 15, 2021 at 4:30 PM
Murder trial begins for man charged in 2017 Marion County killing
Handy Anthony Willis Jr. is charged with the murder of 30-year-old Tamaneka Murree Alexander.
Published April 12, 2021 at 12:23 PM
18-wheeler overturns on I-59 north near Lumberton
Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers are responding to the crash.
Published April 12, 2021 at 11:23 AM
Tyce pleads guilty to capital murder in death of beloved Hattiesburg grocer
Lisa Nguyen was the owner of Steelman Grocery.
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Published April 8, 2021 at 12:53 PM
Tony Ducker declared mayor-elect of Petal
Tony Ducker has been declared mayor-elect of The Friendly City.
Published April 7, 2021 at 3:53 PM
Petal mayoral race too close to call
Petal City Clerk Melissa Martin said 52 affidavit ballots remain to be counted Wednesday.
Published April 6, 2021 at 9:29 PM
Hattiesburg man hit by car, killed while walking U.S. 98
MHP said he was hit by a car while walking on the highway in Lamar County.
Published April 6, 2021 at 12:37 PM
NWS confirms March 30 tornado in Covington Co.
The twister had an estimated peak wind speed of 75 mph and was 150 yards wide at its largest.
Published April 1, 2021 at 5:46 PM
Police: Men caught with pot after breaking into Ellisville church
Responding officers smelled marijuana and heard music playing through the church’s sound system.
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Published April 1, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Laurel drive-by shooting suspect arrested
Travarious Phillips is scheduled to have his initial appearance in Laurel Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Published March 30, 2021 at 11:12 AM
Hattiesburg man gets 40-year sentence for attempted murder
Denzel Juan Johnson, 24, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Published March 26, 2021 at 5:12 PM
Safe rooms open due to severe weather threat
Storm shelters in Forrest, Lamar and Jones counties are open.
Published March 25, 2021 at 10:49 AM
LIST: Pine Belt school closings, early dismissals due to storms
Some school districts are announcing schedule changes for Thursday.
Published March 24, 2021 at 5:42 PM
‘Career offender’ sentenced to 17 years for Forrest Co. drug bust
Oliver McNair, 30, was sentenced Wednesday to 210 months in federal prison.
Published March 11, 2021 at 4:25 PM
357 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths reported Tuesday in Miss.
Of the new deaths, two were reported in the Pine Belt with single deaths being reported in Perry and Jones counties.
Published March 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM
70 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths reported Monday in Miss.
Thirteen of the new cases were reported in the Pine Belt.
Published March 8, 2021 at 10:10 AM
Emergency meeting held in response to ‘Slave letter writing activity’
The meeting was called Thursday after pictures of an assignment titled “Slave Letter Writing Activity” spread on social media.
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Published March 4, 2021 at 10:22 PM
‘Slave letter writing activity’ sparks outrage in Miss. school district
A controversial school assignment has sparked outrage in the Lamar County community.
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Published March 3, 2021 at 4:34 PM
La. man sentenced for role in deadly Hattiesburg shooting
The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Mugshots restaurant in Hattiesburg on June 26, 2016.
Published March 3, 2021 at 1:12 PM
Barker: Hattiesburg mask order will remain in effect for ‘foreseeable future’
People living in and visiting Hattiesburg will continue to “mask-up.”
Published March 2, 2021 at 5:38 PM
MSDH: 301 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths reported Tuesday in Miss.
Of the new deaths, four were reported in the Pine Belt.
Published March 2, 2021 at 12:15 PM
348 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths reported Tuesday in Miss.
Of the new deaths, three were reported in the Pine Belt.
Published February 23, 2021 at 9:54 AM
Suspect in Valentine’s Day shooting in downtown Hattiesburg turns himself in
Taji McNair, of Purvis, has been charged with one count of aggravated assault.
Published February 22, 2021 at 4:13 PM
MSDH reports no new COVID-19 deaths for second consecutive day
MSDH reported no new COVID-19 deaths in the state for the second consecutive day Monday.
Published February 22, 2021 at 9:13 AM
Bar responds to criticism stemming from shooting in downtown Hattiesburg
Nostalgia Lounge & Bar said the shooting should not be tied back to the bar.
Published February 18, 2021 at 12:09 PM
Rain and thunderstorms likely Tuesday afternoon
COVID-19 in Mississippi: 267 new cases reported Tues.
Victim’s grandson charged in 1998 cold case of elderly woman who was stabbed to death
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Police searching for missing infant boy from Montgomery
Mixed feelings as Gov. Reeves puts stop to federal unemployment benefits