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Multiple tornadoes reported in southern Mississippi as storm system moves east

National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit the southern half of Mississippi on Thursday as a storm system moves east. There was a tornado watch in the area until 11 p.m. CT that will likely turn into a severe thunderstorm watch, CBS News weather producer David Park


This All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Buffet In Mississippi Will Make Your Stomach Happy And Full

When it comes to tasty BBQ, there can never be too much — and that’s why a buffet is a perfect way to enjoy the classic fare. Luckily, the Magnolia State is home to some great BBQ buffets, and one of them is hiding in the small town of Laurel. Take a look:


Confirmed Tornado Heading Toward Jackson, Mississippi

A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located 7 miles southwest of Raymond, or 14 miles southwest of Clinton, moving northeast at 45 mph. This is a particularly dangerous situation.


A Hidden Side of Homelessness: Pine Belt lacks shelters for women

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some women in the Pine Belt are stuck without a home. Many reasons have been brought to the table which includes, money and transportation but one issue that has been expressed to me is the lack of women shelters.


Severe weather damage photos throughout Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI – Trees down, power outages and flooding are causing problems for Mississippi as another strong batch of storms came through the area. Below are pictures sent in from WCBI viewers from Wednesday night’s severe weather.


New Tornado Watch Issued For Extreme Eastern Louisiana & Southeastern Mississippi

A new tornado watch has been issued for the extreme eastern parts of Louisiana and the southeastern quarter of Mississippi until 9:00 pm tonight. This watch includes the cities of Philadelphia, Meridian, Laurel, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, and New Orleans.


Southern Mississippi hires Ladner as basketball coach

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Mississippi has hired Jay Ladner as its basketball coach. Ladner has been the coach at Southeastern Louisiana the past five years and led the Lions to a Southland Conference regular-season title in 2018.


Duke named athletic director at SE Bapitist

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) _ Buddy Duke, who had 37 years coaching/administrative experience, was named athletic director/men’s golf coach at Southeastern Baptist College. The school also named Broderick Hall as men’s basketball coach/cross country coach and Eugene White Jr. as assistant men’s basketball coa


Hattiesburg man arrested on drug charge

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police and Metro Narcotics Agents arrested a Hub City man on Wednesday and seized more than 400 grams of marijuana. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said 19-year-old Louis Jones was arrested after a traffic stop in the 2500 block of West 7th Str


Forbes names Sanderson Farms among America’s best employers

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A company based in the Pine Belt has been named by Forbes as one of the best employers in the nation. Laurel-based Sanderson Farms was recognized by the magazine in its 2019 America’s Best Employers, which ranks the top 500 employers in the U.S. across 25 different industries.


Several Mississippi school districts closing early due to severe weather risk

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Multiple Mississippi school districts are closing early Thursday due to the risk of severe weather. Coahoma County School District will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.


2 Mississippi men say they beat man in videotaped attack

WAYNESBORO, Miss. – Two Mississippi men admit they took part in a beating captured on video and shared on social media. WDAM-TV reports 32-year-old Landon McCaa and 28-year-old Tomas Sion Brown told Wayne County Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman on Wednesday that they assaulted an unnamed man.


Jay Ladner landed his ‘destination job’ at Southern Miss. Here’s how he got it.

When the call came in from Southern Miss athletic director Jeremy McClain Wednesday evening, Jay Ladner hesitated. “I didn’t want to answer the call,” Ladner said Thursday. “I knew who it was and I knew that it was going to be yes or no. I stared at it for a couple of rings. I said, ‘Ya know, I’m go


Storm roundup: Damage scattered all the way across central Mississippi

The first reports of damage came in from Adams and Claiborne counties followed by additional reports in Learned, Jackson, Brandon, Flowood, and Morton. Here is a look at some of the pictures sent in by viewers and captured by our team here at WJTV 12.


Minor damage, flooding reported following outbreak of strong storms

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The greatest threat for severe weather in the Pine Belt has passed. The National Weather Service in Jackson issued tornado warnings for Jefferson Davis, Forrest, Lamar and Jones counties Thursday afternoon, but those warnings have all expired.


Severe weather pounds Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi

(AP) - Heavy winds and power outages are being reported as a storm system moved across Louisiana and Mississippi. The National Weather Service reported gusts of 60 mph in Natchez, MS, on Thursday afternoon as the storm system moved across the Mississippi River from Louisiana.


HPD searching for commercial burglary suspect

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are asking for the public’s help in solving a commercial burglary. Hattiesburg Police Department Spokesperson Ryan Moore said the incident happened in the 5000 block of Hardy Street on March 31, 2019, around 9:45 p.m. at Rain Forrest Carwash.


Legal battle regarding new abortion law in Mississippi continues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) -- In Mississippi, neither side is backing down in the legal fight over one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. The state attorney general defended the law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It's set to go into effect July 1, bu


SCHOOL LIST: South Mississippi schools announce early dismissal times

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Schools across South Mississippi are announcing early release times ahead of severe weather headed our way Thursday. All schools will start at their regular times unless otherwise noted.


Suspect charged in vicious beating tells judge drinking, misunderstanding led to attack

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two men charged in a brutal on-camera beating that sparked outrage in the Wayne County community appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. Landon McCaa, 32, and Tomas Sion Brown, 28, admitted to the beating before Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman. McCaa and Brown are charge