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Dickson, TN, United States

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Past articles by Emily:

2 suspects arrested in connection to Laurel shooting investigation

Laurel police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 900 block of Dr. Deborah Hyde Avenue on Saturday at approximately 7:14 p.m. → Read More

Mississippi Wheelcats headed to national tournament

One teammate is sharing his excitement for the upcoming game. → Read More

TSA Prechecks available this week at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport

TSA Prechecks available this week at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport → Read More

JCSD rescues 6 malnourished huskies

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - It didn’t take long for a Jones County Welfare Officer to realize what she was dealing with. Regina Newton had answered a request after the living conditions for eight huskies in Jones County prompted concerned neighbors to call the sheriff’s department for a rescue. “I knew it was a bad situation…I got here, untangled, assessed the situation, looked at all the… → Read More

LPD hosts food drive for Salvation Army

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department held a food drive outside Walmart, collecting non-perishable items for the Salvation Army. Capt. Shannon Caraway called the turnout decent despite a windy morning. “Just to see and hear people say when they didn’t have and they would go to the Salvation Army, and they would receive help, it makes me proud and my staff proud that we can be a… → Read More

Traffic light changing to four-way stop in Laurel

LPD said the change to a four-way stop will be just as safe as the current traffic light. → Read More

Laurel helping residents through homeowner rehabilitation grant

Laurel helping residents rebuild through homeowner rehabilitation grants → Read More

City of Ellisville holds 5th annual Mardi Gras parade

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) - The City of Ellisville held its fifth Mardi Gras parade downtown. The Mardi Gras event aimed to bring the community together as it weaved it way through downtown. Each parade float gave out beads, moon pies, candy, glow sticks and more. “Isn’t it exciting?” asked parade organizer Rita Sumrall. That’s just awesome to have been able to start it here and to have our first… → Read More

Bill at state level could affect Pine Belt transgender youth

Bill at state level could affect transgender youth in the Pine Belt → Read More

Intersection of Lincoln and Hegwood roads closed on Monday

Intersection of Lincoln and Hegwood closed on Monday → Read More

Jones County Chamber of Commerce preparing for 2023 leadership forum

Jones County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its 2023 Leadership Forum → Read More

Pat Tillman scholar represented USM at Super Bowl LVII

Pat Tillman scholar represents USM at Super Bowl LVII. → Read More

Laurel City Clerk elected international president of IIMC

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Thoughts of City Hall normally evoke council meetings, perhaps the mayor’s office or even paying a fee, a bill. Thinking of an international presence in the midst? Not so much. And yet City Clerk/Financial Director Mary Ann Hess has changed that. Recently, Hess was elected president of the International Institute’s Municipalities Clerks, a first for the state of… → Read More

Inaugural ‘People’s Ball’ debuts in Laurel Saturday

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Mardi Gras festivities have been in Laurel for the past few years, but Saturday night marked a first with the city hosting its first ball. The People’s Ball hosted kings and queens of the People Society and kings and queens of Mobile at the Cameron Center. “People take away something different, something exciting, something to look forward to next year for the children,”… → Read More

The 11th annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook-Off returns home

11th annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook-Off perseveres despite the weather → Read More

City of Laurel celebrates Mississippi Arbor Day

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The City of Laurel is known for being the first tree city in the state, celebrating that designation for the past 40 years. These days, the city is keeping that tradition alive. Kathy Padgett sits on the City of Laurel Tree Board and said the whole city is in agreement to keep celebrating each Mississippi Arbor Day. “Our City of Laurel Parks Department and our city Public… → Read More

City of Laurel to apply for playground grant

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The Laurel City Council recently approved a motion that would have Mayor Johnny Magee to apply for a grant to benefit Mason Park. The grant would allow the city to receive $200,000 to completely tear down and rebuild the playground. If approved, the city would match the $200,000. “It’s going to be very important because the one we got there now is falling apart,” Magee… → Read More

Laurel prepares for Mardi Gras parade

The Fraternal Order of Police Laurel Lodge #2 will host its annual Mardi Gras parade this weekend. → Read More

Sandersville mobile home fire under investigation

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the State Fire Marshal’s Office with the investigation of a mobile home fire in Sandersville. → Read More

Food Truck February cooks up fun in the Hub City

Food trucks will now be featured at Town Square Park in Hattiesburg every weekend in February. → Read More