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Past articles by Marcus:

Vicksburg mayor recommends first woman to lead police department

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – On Tuesday, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr., announced he has recommended Deputy Chief Penny Jones to serve as the incoming chief of the Vicksburg Police Department. “Deputy Chief Jones is a dedicated and accomplished law enforcement officer with over two decades of extensive experience in public safety,” Flaggs said. “She holds […] → Read More

Widespread damage reported in Warren County from Tuesday’s storms

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – Neighbors in Vicksburg are recovering from Tuesday’s severe storms. Crews were on Cherry Street on Wednesday working to cleanup the debris. Neighbors experienced power outages and flooding on Tuesday. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs said, ““Entergy Mississippi is working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to those affected […] → Read More

Single-game tickets for Mississippi Braves games go on sale Thursday

PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders with the Mississippi Braves announced single-game tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets to all 60 home games at, by calling the box office at 888-BRAVES4 or via Ticketmaster. All fans are strongly encouraged to manage their tickets through their mobile […] → Read More

$3.8M grant to address shortage of nurse educators in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Bower Foundation announced a $3.8 million dollar grant on Monday to create healthcare administrators and community college nursing educators by providing graduate education for 64 registered nurses through the RN-to-MSN program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. The project, Building a Strong Future for Nursing in […] → Read More

Vicksburg voters cast ballots in municipal primary election

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – Voters in Vicksburg voted in the municipal primary elections on Tuesday. The votes will be counted at Vicksburg City Hall after the polls close. In the mayoral race, the three Democratic candidates are Shawn Jackson, Tory Kimble and Willis Thompson. The winner will face incumbent Mayor George Flaggs Jur. and Darryl […] → Read More

Teen in critical after being shot by another teen in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Police Department is currently working on an accidental shooting in the 1300 block of Hair Street where police said a 14-year-old shot a 15-year-old. According to the Jackson Police Department, the victim was taken to Merit Hospital and then transported to University Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. → Read More

MEMA leaders provide update on Thursday’s severe weather

Video Courtesy: MEMA PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – With severe storms expected across Mississippi on Thursday, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) executive director Stephen McCraney provided an update. McCraney said Northeast Mississippi is now included in a Level 5 High Risk area. Any storms could produce damaging wind, large hail, flash flooding and violent, long-track tornadoes. […] → Read More

CPSC warns customers of risk of carbon monoxide after storms

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned consumers in the path of severe weather on Thursday to protect themselves against CO poisoning and fires. Officials said consumers need to be careful if power is knocked out. If they use a portable generator or other devices for sources of power and […] → Read More

Shelters, safe rooms open for severe weather on Thursday

PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced shelters and safe rooms will open due to severe weather on Thursday, March 25. Shelter and Safe Room Openings reported to MEMA: * Copiah County* Joe L Johnson Safe Room: 1060 Epps Lane, Hazlehurst, MS 39083 You can download the free WJTV 12 News app to keep up with the latest in news and weather. → Read More

Jackson’s Chief Administrative Officer joins National League of Cities

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Robert Blaine has taken a new job. According to the National League of Cities (NLC), Blaine will serve as the newest senior executive and director of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute). “I am proud to join NLC and lead the YEF Institute, […] → Read More

School closures and delays for Tuesday, Jan. 12

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Freezing temperatures are expected on Tuesday, January 12, in the Jackson-metro area. Some school districts have made changes to their schedules. Clinton Public School District – will enact a delayed start for Jan. 12 Clinton Park, Northside & Eastside will begin at 9:25 a.m. Lovett & CJHS will begin at 9:50 […] → Read More

Missing 13-year-old Brookhaven girl found safe

UPDATE: 1/13/2021 BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WJTV) – Authorities in Brookhaven said 13-year-old Tralisia Williams has been found safe. According to Chief Kenneth Collins, Williams was found out of state, but he wouldn’t say where. Detectives were traveling on Wednesday to pick her up and bring her home. Read the previous story below. BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WJTV) – […] → Read More

Mississippi joins coalition asking FDA for progress report on opioid fight

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced on Monday she joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in pushing federal regulators to examine recent progress in the national fight against opioid abuse. “The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities around the globe, bringing devastation from the loss of loved ones and the […] → Read More

Photos show damage to historic Capitol building

Pro-Trump rioters who breached the Capitol building Wednesday left what appears to be minor damage to the 19th-century neoclassical structure.. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

Ways to cope with anxiety post-election

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Does the election season have you stressed, depressed or angry? Many people have searched for ways to cope with post-election anxiety. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 60 percent of Americans said the election has caused significant stress. Sanetra Moore with Hinds County Adult Services said people should stay […] → Read More

First time voter casts ballot in Warren County

WARREN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – First time voters are making sure their voices are heard. In Warren County, a first time voter said it was important for him to make sure he exercised his right to vote. “This election was easy to choose who I was voting for, especially with seeing police brutality on people […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

Vicksburg mayor announces new COVID-19 guidelines for city

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced on Friday that the Civil Emergency for the city has been extended from November 2 at 8:00 a.m. until December 2 at 8:00 a.m. The following guidelines are in place for the city. RETAIL BUSINESSES Face Coverings are still required in the City of Vicksburg […] → Read More

Missing/endangered Memphis 12-year-old may be in Jackson area

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – According to Memphis police, a missing/endangered child may be in the Jackson area. According to investigators, 12-year-old Karime Ruiz left home without permission on October 14, 2020, and has not returned. She is believed to be with Raul Villanueva-Lopez, who is in his late teens or early 20s. Villanueva-Lopez may be […] → Read More

Digital First: Get rid of old, unused prescriptions on National Drug Take Back Day

WARREN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office, along with the DEA and other agencies, will hold a drug take back day on Saturday, October 24, at the Vicksburg Outlet Mall. The project was created by the DEA many years ago in partnership with local law enforcement agencies across the nation. “People can pull […] → Read More

Vicksburg Police Chief calls for senseless gun violence to stop

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – The Vicksburg police chief is calling for an end to senseless gun violence in the city. In a meeting on Monday, Chief Milton Moore and Warren County District Attorney Rickey Smith discussed a plan that would help them work together to put an end to crime in the city. “He called […] → Read More