Hattiesburg housing coordinator dies from COVID-19

The city announced the death of Kévin Jordan, the housing coordinator in Urban Development. Jordan was 58 years old.

  Pine Grove sets up Community Emotional Support Line for COVID-19 concerns

  Liquor sales soar as people stay at home

Miss. health centers to receive $17 million in COVID-19 support

USM team creates respirator mask to aid nationwide deficit

  Backpack Buddies of Poplarville continues serving meals to kids

  Senior care service providing essential need home delivery

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CDC guidelines for making, wearing cloth masks

President Trump approves Miss. disaster declaration

Official explains why more than half of coronavirus deaths in Miss. are African-Americans

City of New Orleans to house homeless in hotels for one month amid COVID-19 outbreak

177 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths reported in Mississippi

  1,915 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 59 deaths

Logan’s Roadhouse fires all employees, closes restaurants

Owners say it's possible the restaurants won't reopen.

  3 Miss. doctors say they were fired after speaking up about COVID-19 safety

We have learned a third doctor and a nurse now say they have been fired after raising concerns about COVID-19 safety measures inside hospitals.

  Governor Reeves details state plans for increased COVID-19 cases

Governor Tate Reeves explains how the state is preparing to handle an uptick in COVID-19 cases before the projected peak.

  Churches prepare for Easter Sunday in midst of COVID-19 crisis

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, churches in the Pine Belt have had to improvise to hold church services while maintaining social distancing.

  Doctor gives guidelines for proper use of personal protective equipment

Petal restaurant worker tests positive for COVID-19

Veterans Health Care System confirms one veteran has died from coronavirus

President Trump approves Major Disaster Declaration for Mississippi

Health officials recommend Mississippians wear masks in public

  No work, no pay leading to unemployment frustration

Hosemann launches COVID-19 education initiative for students

The initiative, “Healthy at Home: K-12 Students’ Perspective on COVID-19,” consists of assignments that challenge students to thing about how the COVID-19 crisis impacts their communities and share ideas about how lawmakers can address it.

  Gov. Reeves: ‘There will be more Mississippians who die from this virus.’

Reeves says citizens can keep themselves as safe as possible by adhering to CDC guidelines.

Wanted man captured after being spotted in Jones Co. Monday

Henry David Jernigan, who is wanted on multiple charges, was spotted Monday afternoon beside a disabled vehicle in the 200 block of Eastview Drive before running into the woods.

  Reeves: Camp Shelby preparing to house 200 hospital beds

Camp Shelby is being outfitted to house 200 hospital beds.

Suspects in stolen car run over Marshall County deputy

According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy was trying to stop two suspects in the stolen vehicle on Highway 22. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says the suspects ran over the deputy.

  Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services launching emotional support line

The support line is operational Monday - Friday from 7 AM - 9 PM. The support line’s phone number is 601-337-2215.

Allstate to payback $600 million in auto premiums to customers amid the COVID-19 outbreak

The insurance company announced its Shelter-in-Place Payback where they will return more than $600 million in auto insurance premiums to customers for April and May.

  1,738 COVID-19 cases reported statewide; 110 are in the Pine Belt

MSDH reported 100 new cases on Monday and eight new deaths.

  ‘Live from a Safe Distance’ is providing a way for local artists to make money

Local musicians and artists show their talents on "Live from a Safe Distance."

Vic Schaefer takes head coaching position at University of Texas

Schaefer led Mississippi State to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back national championship appearances in 2017 and 2018.

History-making Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies from coronavirus crisis

Legendary New Orleans Saints place kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a battle with COVID-19. He was 73.

99 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Pine Belt; MS total at 1,638, 43 deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports there are now more than 1,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

  Local coaches adapt as Coronavirus interferes

The Pine Belt pines for some form of baseball as we enter week three without sports. However, time seems like a figment of imagination at this point.

  Finding ways to stay active during the shelter in place

Locals make there way to the Longleaf Trace to stay active during the shelter-in-place.

Gov. Tate Reeves shares ‘stories of Mississippi’s resilience’

He does not want people in the state to panic, however, stating that a plan is in place and will be followed to reduce loss of life.

Suspect in custody following West 7th St. shooting

A Friday night shooting injured three people in Hattiesburg.

  Wayne Academy cheer team spreads joy on Facebook

Social media is one of the few ways people can still keep in touch with friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wayne Academy cheer team used Facebook to spread some joy with a photo collage to share their love and remind everyone to wash their hands.

  Shelter-in-place goes in effect for Mississippi

Rules and Regulations for the Shelter in Place in the State of Mississippi

  From Egypt to Hattiesburg, El-Zare’s found home at USM

When he Mohammed El-Zare arrived in Hattiesburg in 2013, Southern Miss women’s soccer had not won more than five games in five years.

  Miss. State Health Officer: ‘This is going to be crunch time.’

Governor Reeves says other generations were called to world wars and our generation is being asked to stay at home.

Long Beach couple dies as a result of COVID-19

Jerry and Frances Williamson, both 72, died April 1 as they held each other’s hand, succumbing to COVID-19.

  So, why are liquor stores considered essential businesses?

Some continue operating because they can impact the health of citizens if they close.

  Waynesboro police will enforce shelter-in-place order

Law enforcement agencies around the state will be doing their part to remind those individuals that driving around should only be when it’s necessary.

Gun hidden in bathroom leads to prison sentence for convicted felon

Iva Lacey, 44, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

  Hattiesburg Half Marathon goes virtual

With several events and charity drives being canceled due to COVID-19, one Hub City event will now be going virtual rather than canceling.

Miss. landlords tried to cut off tenants’ utilities before governor’s ban on suspensions

The suit was filed by the Mississippi Center for Justice after two Lee County tenants had their utility services disconnected by their landlords.

HUD moves to make $26.5 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to Miss.

HUD is making available $3.064 billion through its Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs.

  Lamar County passes emergency order due to COVID-19

The Lamar County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency order Friday aimed at locally implementing Gov. Tate Reeves’ executive order.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

LIST: Pine Belt businesses closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Here is a list of Pine Belt businesses that are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

How to watch ‘TV Classroom’ lessons on WDAM

WDAM 7 is teaming up with different Mississippi school systems to bring the classroom to TV.

81-year-old man accused of killing his son-in-law in Jackson County

An 81-year-old man from the Big Point community of Jackson County is now facing charges after authorities say he shot his son-in-law twice.

Convicted felon arrested on drug and weapon possession Thursday night

According to Ryan Moore, public information officer for the Hattiesburg Police Department, officers seized two handguns during the arrest.

2 men, 2 teens arrested following Monday night shooting on Hardy St.

Hattiesburg police managed to make four arrest following a possible gang-related shooting that happened Monday night.

Dirt Cheap donates equipment to Hattiesburg healthcare providers

The company has now donated over 14,000 N95 masks to emergency responders in multiple communities.

Lt. Gov. asking churches to ring bells in support of healthcare workers and those who are sick

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann is asking Miss.churches to ring their bells for one minute every day beginning April 6.

Governor Reeves requests Major Federal Disaster Declaration from Trump in response to COVID-19

The incident period is from January 20 and continuing.

Mississippi State Department of Health breaks down the numbers for COVID-19 cases

The State Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, says the state will see more cases and unfortunately more deaths.

Small businesses deal with effects of mandates to prevent COVID-19 spread

Some businesses in downtown Biloxi are struggling to stay open, like Mary Mahoney's, while others, like Lavish Salon, have had to shut their doors under the new mandate.

  Columbia mayor discusses shelter-in-place order

Gov. Tate Reeves’ statewide shelter-in-place order goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m.

  Mississippians prepare for shelter-in-place

With Gov. Tate Reeves announcing a statewide shelter-in-place order Wednesday, Mississippians are heading to grocery stores to stock up before it goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m.

  Institute estimates Miss. could have 918 COVID-19 deaths by early August

Of the 26 deaths from COVID-19 thus far, 85 percent were people over the age of 60.

  TEC sets up WiFi hotspots in Bay Springs

The company announced that it will set up two hotspot locations in Bay Springs. One location is in the parking lot of the TEC central office, the other is at a park in downtown.

  Why are cities issuing orders after the governor’s shelter-in-place order?

Local leaders add to Governor Reeves' executive shelter-in-place order.

  When it comes to ‘essential,’ what can you not do without?

Just who are the people in “essential services” who remain on the job?

A list of all businesses that can stay open during Mississippi’s ‘Shelter-in-Place’ order

All non-essential businesses are to stop all activities other than those necessary for minimum operations.

Tim’s Two Cents: Another week of isolation

Tim's Two Cents podcast will feature WDAM's Tim Doherty flying solo for a second, consecutive week, courtesy of COVID-19's "Shelter in Place" policy.

Hattiesburg Arts Council will host virtual art classes

The Hattiesburg Art Council announced a way for people stuck inside to stay occupied.

  Pine Belt business reacts to shelter-in-place order

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statewide shelter-in-place order Wednesday afternoon after COVID-19 cases surpassed 1,000 in the Magnolia State.

30,000 Mississippians file for unemployment in 1 week as virus takes toll on economy

Gov. Reeves described the coronavirus as both a health and economic disaster for the U.S. and Mississippi alike.

Covington County issues curfew due to coronavirus threat

The Covington County Board of Supervisors ordered a countywide curfew Thursday to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Man leaves $300 tip at Flowood restaurant after only buying a sweet tea

A generous tip left at a local restaurant took the whole staff by surprise!

Gov. Reeves reveals why gun stores are considered essential business in Miss.

Americans purchased two million guns last month alone, the second highest month for gun sales ever, according to The New York Times.

JC faculty members make 3D masks for healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic

The JC team’s prototypes were developed out of a collection of files already tested in Montana and from other parts of the country.

Virus sickens USM athletics’ budget

The University of Southern Mississippi is having to find a way to fill a shortfall in the "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in its athletic budget caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Reeves reschedules House District 88 special election

The election has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Abandoned hotel catches fire overnight in Hattiesburg

The cause of the fire is unknown.

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.