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Chris Thies is the Digital Content Manager for WDAM 7.
Recent Articles by Chris
Hattiesburg teen charged in crash that killed woman, grandson in Biloxi
Izaun Cade Baxter is charged with two counts of manslaughter, culpable negligence.
Published October 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM
Petal woman sentenced to prison for sexually abusing infant
Tiffany Meghan McClellan was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation.
Published September 3, 2020 at 3:31 PM
USM football players skip practice, march against social injustice
The football team will not practice Friday as players intend to march in protest of “instances of racial injustice in our country.”
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Published August 28, 2020 at 1:30 PM
VIDEO: Arson captured on Ring doorbell camera
Two homes and a vehicle were damaged in the fire, but no one was injured.
Published August 10, 2020 at 3:57 PM
Two ex-police officers indicted for allegedly beating Black man in Miss.
Two former Laurel, Miss. police officers have been indicted by a grand jury in Jasper County.
Published August 4, 2020 at 6:42 PM
Man charged with wife’s murder in Wayne County
Eric Holifield has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife, Kimberly Nanette Holifield.
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Published July 27, 2020 at 12:16 PM
Search suspended for 2 possible drowning victims, will resume in morning
The search for two people who possibly drowned in the Bouie River in Forrest County has been suspended for the night.
Published July 24, 2020 at 10:24 PM
Man accused of ramming MCSO vehicle, nearly hitting deputy
Kelby Glenn Jordan is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and burglary.
Published June 19, 2020 at 4:17 PM
Forrest Co. voters will decide fate of Confederate monument in November
The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to put the issue of relocating the statue on the ballot in November.
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Published June 15, 2020 at 1:10 PM
WATCH: Mother of Marc Davis speaks at Petal protest
Catherine Davis gave an emotional account of her son’s final moments and called for justice for his death.
Published May 30, 2020 at 4:14 PM
‘Home Town’ returning in 2021 with fifth season
HGTV announced Thursday the hit show “Home Town” will be back with 16 new episodes in 2021.
Published May 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Sheriff: Man wanted for leaving scene of deadly Covington Co. crash arrested
Logan Thomas Shows, 18, was killed in a crash on Cascio Taormina Road in the Sanford community.
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Published May 27, 2020 at 3:14 PM
Brett Favre named in Miss. DHS audit report
The audit says Favre Enterprises was paid $1.1 million for events Favre was contracted to speak at but never did.
Published May 5, 2020 at 11:42 AM
Search continues for missing Hattiesburg toddler
Noah Greenwood was last seen on Aug. 18, 2019.
Published May 3, 2020 at 7:47 PM
PHOTOS: April 23 storm damage in the Pine Belt
Strong early morning storms caused damage in several Pine Belt counties on April 23, 2020.
Published April 23, 2020 at 10:08 AM
Miss. native and ‘Green Acres’ actor Tom Lester dies at 81
Tom Lester, a Mississippi native and actor best known for his role on the sitcom “Green Acres”, has died.
Published April 20, 2020 at 6:26 PM
Reeves, Hosemann survey storm damage in South Mississippi
Gov. Tate Reeves and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann spent Tuesday morning in some of the areas most heavily damaged by Sunday’s storms.
Published April 14, 2020 at 11:57 AM
COVID-19 patient dies at Forrest General Hospital
A patient diagnosed with COVID-19 died Wednesday at Forrest General Hospital.
Published April 1, 2020 at 6:43 PM
Body of Mississippi soldier to return home Saturday
Cpl. Zachary Austin Holloway will be escorted to Laurel where he will be laid to rest next week.
Published February 21, 2020 at 5:30 PM
All roads back open after Petal train derailment, evacuees return home
More than a dozen railroad cars derailed in Petal just after midnight Friday.
Published January 24, 2020 at 9:42 PM
Escaped inmate captured in Covington County; 2 still on the run
One of the inmates who escaped from the Covington County Jail late Wednesday night is back in custody.
Published January 18, 2020 at 5:58 PM
Manhunt continues for escaped Covington County inmates
The search is on for three inmates who escaped from the Covington County Jail.
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Published January 16, 2020 at 2:50 PM
Man convicted in Deen, Tate murder case arrested again
The man who pleaded guilty to selling a gun to the suspect accused of killing two Hattiesburg police officers in 2015 is back behind bars in Forrest County.
Published December 4, 2019 at 3:39 PM
Former student accused of threatening high school shooting in song lyrics
A former FCAHS student is behind bars, accused of making a song with lyrics threatening a shooting at the school.
Published November 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM
Woman killed in Hwy. 49 crash identified
A 21-year-old woman from Mendenhall was killed in a two-car crash on U.S. Highway 49 in Forrest County on Wednesday.
Published November 14, 2019 at 1:12 PM
Escaped MDOC inmate captured in Marion County
A state inmate who escaped from a work detail in Lincoln County on Monday is back in custody.
Published November 7, 2019 at 1:32 PM
Second man sentenced to prison for Mississippi cross burning
A second man who pleaded guilty to participating in a cross burning in a predominantly African American neighborhood in Mississippi has been sentenced to prison.
Published November 5, 2019 at 2:23 PM
4 soldiers remain hospitalized after training mishap at Camp Shelby
The paratroopers are expected to fully recover and be able to return to active duty.
Published October 3, 2019 at 11:33 AM
23 soldiers injured in training accident at Camp Shelby
Several soldiers were injured during a nighttime airborne training exercise Wednesday at Camp Shelby.
Published October 3, 2019 at 12:41 AM
Newton Co. supervisor accused of fraud
A Newton County supervisor has been arrested by special agents with the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office after being indicted for fraud by a grand jury.
Published September 26, 2019 at 1:51 PM
More than half of Mississippi’s counties under enhanced COVID-19 restrictions as hospitals feel strain
Courtney Ann Jackson
MS HIV cases rise as the globe recognizes World AIDS Day
Miss. Secretary of State warns of charity scams around the holidays
Ammo scarcity in Mississippi blamed on pandemic, concern of a Biden administration
Nash Co. deputy dies from injuries in crash