Therese Apel was the breaking news and crime reporter at The Clarion-Ledger from 2010 to 2018, after spending almost four years at the Daily Leader in Brookhaven. She began her journalism career at the Copiah County Courier when she was 15, writing high school sports and features for the weekly county newspaper.
During her time at the newspaper, Apel distinguished herself with her work on the 2014 Jessica Chambers burning death, and in 2017, the accused murderer of eight Lincoln County residents spoke to her on camera at the scene, confessed to one of the murders. She also worked such high-profile cases such as the Kingston Frazier, Otis Byrd, and Myra Lewis investigations.
Apel has been featured in documentaries on the Chambers case, and has been appeared on numerous national news programs to talk about her reporting. She has also won several Associated Press, USA Today, and Mississippi Press Association awards for her work.
Apel was the first female sports director at the campus television station during her time at the University of Mississippi, where she graduated in Broadcast Journalism and Criminal Justice.
University of Mississippi; Broadcast Journalism, Criminal Justice
On Sunday night in Rankin County, representatives of the family of first responders gathered at the county’s Emergency Operations Center to show love for their medical counterparts in the fight against the coronavirus.
A lot of Mississippians have taken to wearing nitrile or latex gloves to battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Medical professionals say, however, the gloves won’t save you if you don’t wear them right.
The teachers at Ann Smith and Highland Elementary Schools wanted to make sure their kids knew how much their teachers miss them. They saw the idea of a teacher parade on Facebook and wanted to make it theirs, hoping it would be a fun way to reconnect with their kids after weeks out of class.
They are boxes where people can bring books to donate or take books they want to read. Now, they’re little grocery stores. If you see something you need, take it, and hopefully in a few weeks when you’re able, you can replace it.
Sgt. Jeff Thames said he cleans out his car multiple times a day now with sanitizer and wipes, and he washes or sanitizes his hands even more than that. It has to be done that way during today’s coronavirus scare.
Now families are staying home instead of going to school, work, church, and numerous other activities because of the dangers of coronavirus. Sandy Middleton, director of the Mississippi Center for Prevention of Violence, says some homes could be at risk for domestic violence flare-ups.
Around the state, medical first responders are responding to 911 calls for minor AND major situations. With Coronavirus on the way, it's probable that those volunteers could be responding to someone who is infected.
"This community will never be the same, but through God’s grace and through God’s love and through the love of our people in this town, we’ve come together,” said Tressie Durr, wife of fallen Lincoln County Deputy William Durr.