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Thao Ta

WJTV 12 News

Jackson, MS, United States

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Recent articles by Thao:

Two Jackson teachers strive to build success on, off court

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A public charter school in Jackson has a new basketball program, thanks to a pair of teachers who are showing students how learning goes beyond the classroom. Head Coach Jordan Crump and Iquez Common are two first year teachers at Midtown Public Charter School. The pair met at the Jackson school, […] → Read More

Former Jackson Public Works director reassigned to new role

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson’s Public Works director has been reassigned to a new role. Marlin King, Jr., told WJTV 12 News that as of Tuesday, August 30, he is the deputy director of the Public Works Department. He said the new role has to do more with administrative duties. This comes after Governor Tate […] → Read More

Flooding begins to recede on Canton Club Circle

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Floodwaters are impacting many parts of Jackson, but in some areas, the water began to recede on Monday. In Northeast Jackson, the water reached up to people’s driveways along Canton Club Circle. Trashcans were toppled over with trash strewn onto the flooded roadways. Neighbors in the area, who experienced the flooding […] → Read More

Is Greyhound leaving Jackson?

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Hinds County supervisor said the board will do what they can to keep the Greyhound bus station in Jackson. News of the station’s move to Flowood caught many by surprise. Employees said some of them were notified about the move to the Love’s Travel Stop in the last few days. […] → Read More

‘I am frustrated’: Mississippi governor addresses Jackson’s water woes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson’s ongoing water crisis is now getting the attention of the governor, but is it enough to get more state help? Long lines stretched around the central fire station, as Jacksonians waited to get their one case of water on Thursday. WJTV 12 News also heard from the governor on Thursday, […] → Read More

Jackson salon gives away free haircuts to students

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – An annual tradition continues at Hair Explosion in Jackson. It’s been a tradition close to three decade. The owner and his team of 15 stylists provide free haircuts for children as they return to school. “This is something we look forward to each and every year,” said Jeffery Ross, the owner […] → Read More

Woman arrested for child abuse at Flowood daycare

FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV) – Flowood police arrested a woman after they received an allegation of a child abuse case at a daycare on July 26, 2022. The case was reported at the Circle of Friends Learning Center on Luckney Road, according to investigators. They said after investigation by the Flowood Detective Division, the allegations were […] → Read More

Jackson mayor objects to latest citywide boil water alert

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said he objects to the latest citywide boil water advisory that was issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). The notice was issued on Friday due to high turbidity levels, which is cloudiness in the water. The mayor said the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment […] → Read More

Ribbon-cutting held for Tesla dealership in Brandon

BRANDON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi’s first Tesla dealership is now open for business. AT the ribbon-cutting, guests got to test drive some of the models. It was the first day of business for the Brandon dealership. Those who attended the ribbon-cutting got quite a show of the available models like Model S, Model 3, Model […] → Read More

Jackson church hosts school supplies drive

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – This year’s “Drive Through Back to School Blast” had yet another large turnout in the capital city. Volunteers handed out hundreds of bags of school supplies and the Word and Worship Church in Jackson on Saturday, July 30. The annual event is designed to help families just as school begins. “Because […] → Read More

Family still searching for Jackson man missing 6 years

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The family of a missing man is pleading with the public for answers in the disappearance of Kourtenay Davis. “When we actually knew he was missing, January 16, it was actually Martin Luther King holiday, so that forever stays in our head,” said his aunt, Martha Hartzog. That date, January 20, […] → Read More

Attorney relieved of duties in MDHS welfare scandal

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Many Mississippians are still reeling from the news that Attorney Brad Pigott was relieved from his duties amid the ongoing civil lawsuit in the welfare scandal. Pigott was notified on Friday, July 22 that the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) would allow his current contract to expire and would not […] → Read More

Madison County School officials prepare for school year

MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Many schools are preparing for the first day back and the excitement that comes with it. In the coming days, the Madison County School District (MCS) plans to roll out with a more visually appealing district website with the hopes that it also becomes more user-friendly. MCS New Employee Orientation […] → Read More

Pearl mayor blames death of USPS employee on chase suspect

PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – Pearl Mayor Jake Windham addressed the recent death of a United States Postal Service employee after Pearl police officers chased a man into the City of Jackson. “I am saddened and sickened at the death of the post office employee as a result of the actions by Brandon Andrews. This is […] → Read More

Clinton Public Schools implement safety protocols ahead of new school year

CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) – Schools across the Jackson-metro area are working to implement safety protocols ahead of the 2022-23 school year as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. Leaders with the Clinton Public School District (CPSD) said they’re implementing best practices that they have used since the start of the pandemic in 2020. […] → Read More

COVID-19 vaccines provided to Jackson community as cases rise

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson State University (JSU) partnered with the Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center (JHCHC) to distribute COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, July 19. Dozens of people went to One University Place to get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. One JSU facility member received his second booster. He said it was important to protect […] → Read More

Jackson drivers see decreasing gas prices

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – You may have noticed the price of gas lowering in recent weeks. According to AAA, the decrease in demand, coupled with declining oil prices, is driving pump prices down. Drivers in the Jackson area said it gives them some relief at the pumps. They’re holding on to hope that prices continue […] → Read More

Drivers line up for gas giveaway in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Some drivers were lucky to snag free gas in Jackson on Saturday, July 16. The gas giveaway is thanks to the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi. Dozens of drivers lined up along the J & A Fuel Store on Medgar Evers Boulevard. People were able to redeem a $50 […] → Read More

MSDH reports 1,732 new COVID-19 cases

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Mississippi has been increasing over the last few weeks. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported there were 1,732 new cases on Tuesday, July 12. Fourteen deaths were reported. The new cases were reported to the department by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July […] → Read More

Governor praises closure of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Thursday, July 7, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, known as The Pink House, will close its doors. Gov. Tate Reeves responded to the news on Twitter on Thursday morning, saying, “Today we wake up in a state where the church doors are open and the abortion clinic’s doors are closed. All […] → Read More