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Past articles by Deidra:

Crash suspect kicked out of Mississippi courtroom after outburst

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Wednesday was a dramatic day in court for the 21-year-old woman who was accused of leaving the scene of an accident that sparked a business fire. Kalyn Jones was kicked out of court during her initial appearance on Wednesday after a loud, expletive-laced outburst in the courtroom. Jones was initially charged […] → Read More

MSDH evaluates new COVID-19 recommendations for schools

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its recommendations for COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools. Now, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reevaluating those recommendations. The CDC has removed the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk settings. The agency also removed the requirement of ‘Test to Stay’ […] → Read More

Mississippi doctor addresses monkeypox concerns

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and pimple-like bumps on parts of the body are the symptoms of monkeypox. On Thursday, the Biden administration officially declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Doctors said this health emergency is not like COVID-19. “It’s not a huge concern, okay, this is not COVID. This is […] → Read More

Hattiesburg doctor offers advice amid surging COVID-19 cases

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – COVID-19 numbers in Mississippi have made a major jump, and it’s causing concerns for health officials. Over the weekend, COVID-19 numbers reached more than 1,500 cases. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), cases have been slowly rising since April. Dr. Mark Horne, MD, at South Central Regional Medical […] → Read More

Doctors push for COVID-19 booster shots for kids

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – COVID-19 booster shots are now available for children ages five and older. “Children can get COVID more than once, and that is something that we have seen over the last two years. We’ve seen children who got COVID during the Delta surge last summer and during the winter surge of Omicron. […] → Read More

Hepatitis cases reported in children across U.S.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – A disturbing spike in hepatitis cases has occurred among children under the age of six in the United States and around the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the cause of the sudden liver disease because the origin is unknown. Despite more than 20 other countries […] → Read More

Church buys championship rings for Raymond basketball team

RAYMOND, Miss. (WJTV) – The Raymond Rangers were the preseason number one in the state and finished as the number one team in the state for the first time in school history. Their designated fan base came in the form of the church. When the basketball team won state, church members were there to show […] → Read More

Mississippi umpire speaks out after being attacked by upset parent

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – A softball umpire was hit in the face after ejecting a parent from her child’s softball game for allegedly yelling profanity. Kristi Moore said she was assaulted on Saturday, April 9 after she tossed Kiara Thomas from the game. The mother allegedly attacked Moore in the parking lot. “This has been […] → Read More

Simpson County School District votes on construction of new high school

SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A special election in Simpson County was held on Tuesday, March 29 to determine the fate of a $39 million bond for the construction of a new high school. In this election the fate of the highschool is not what’s in Jeopardy instead it’s the fate of the buildings and […] → Read More

Police investigate deadly McComb shooting

PIKE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Police are investigating a shooting that happened in McComb on Sunday that left one person dead and two wounded. The call came in just before 1:30 a.m. When officers arrived at the Presley Banquet Hall, they found the structure and cars had been riddled with bullet holes. “I actually saw […] → Read More

Severe weather preparations underway in Jefferson Davis County

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – Jefferson Davis County neighbors are preparing for possible severe weather on Tuesday, March 22. Emergency management officials said neighbors should have a plan in place. If they see damage in the area, they are asked to contact the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Office to report it. Officials said reporting […] → Read More

7 resign from Magee Police Department, including chief

MAGEE, Miss. (WJTV) – Seven police officers, including the police chief and assistant police chief, resigned from the Magee Police Department. According to sources,, the officers were arguing about the increase of crime in Magee and how to handle it. Magee leaders are expected to appoint an interim police chief on March 5, 2022. → Read More

Over 2,000 volleyball players compete in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Girls from all over the South traveled to the Jackson Convention Complex for the Southern Hospitality Volleyball Tournament. More than 2,000 people competed with their teams for the championship. Some said the event showcases some of the best young ladies to play the sport. Some argued the tournament is only one […] → Read More

Doctors encourage Mississippians to get vaccines to avoid flurona

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Flurona is when a person has both influenza and COVID-19. Doctors in Mississippi said they have seen some patients who had the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. The coronavirus and influenza are both respiratory infections. Both viruses have similar symptoms including coughing, fever, diarrhea, and muscle and body aches. […] → Read More

Vicksburg-Warren School District imposes district-wide quarantine amid surge

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – The Vicksburg-Warren School District (VWSD) approved a five-day district-wide quarantine amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Schools and officer in the district closed on Friday, January 14 and will remain closed until Tuesday, January 18. In addition to the closures, the district also extended a mask mandate through February 15 on […] → Read More

Kwanzaa Celebrations wrap up with Faith Day

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Seven days of Kwanzaa have come to a close as the community gathered for the last day of celebration, centered around faith. Each day is focused on a different value like unity, self-determination, economics and community. The final day focused on faith. “We’re excited that we ended tonight with faith because […] → Read More

Local doctor on CDC’s decision to recommend shorter COVID isolation

LAUREL, Miss. (WHLT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened the recommended time for isolation and quarantine for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to five days. U.S. health officials said transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally one to two days prior to symptoms. They […] → Read More

Federal government announces that there were 100K overdose deaths this year

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Department of Health reported the leading cause of death by drug overdose is fentanyl poisoning. Drug overdoses primarily affect people ages 18-35. The United States hit its highest previous opioid death rate in 2017 with 78,000 deaths. In 2018, the country saw the first decline in twenty years at […] → Read More

Visually-impaired student graduates from Jackson State University

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A visually-impaired student has graduated from Jackson State University (JSU). Cathy Maberry is the youngest person to ever be diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) . Her doctor’s said she is a medical mystery. “I don’t even think of it as a disability. I just think of it as an alternative way […] → Read More

Arrest made in Austin Green murder case

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police have made an arrest in the Austin Green murder case. Montrell Smith was charged with the murder and Armed Robbery of a Business. Austin Green was reported missing in August of 2020 and found in a vacant home on September 23rd of 2020 with a gunshot wound to the head. […] → Read More