HPD sought auto burglary suspect

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police are looking for a suspect in connection to an auto burglary. Police said an unknown male took an electronic device from an unlocked white Chevrolet Impala on January 20 in the 200 Block of Mobile Street. If you know of any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

American Red Cross helps tornado victims

|This is a press release from American Red Cross of Southeast Mississippi HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The American Red Cross of Mississippi is partnering with other local disaster assistance organizations to open a “one-stop shop” for survivors of the storms that recently affected our area. The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 31, and will be located at the True Light Baptist Church, 840 Main Street in Hattiesburg, MS 39401. The MARC will be closed on Sunday, but will remain open Saturday, Feb. 5, 2017. Caseworkers will be available at the MARC to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate assistance f

North Forrest High School donates supplies to those affected by the tornado

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - For the second time in less than a week, North Forrest High School donated supplies to New Testament Baptist Church near William Carey Tuesday to help those affected by the tornado. North Forrest High teacher, Malia Triggs said, "The main thing is coming back into the community and seeing what a difference they make, because I don't think they really appreciated how much damage there was until we got down here. And, when we got down here, they really realized how lucky they were in addition to how they can make a difference." The school donated clothes, cleaning supplies, and much more. North Forrest High student, Louis Knight said, "I grew up around here. My auntie stay

National Guard and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Conduct Disaster Exercise During PATRIOT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following is a press release from Camp Shelby. Because a natural disaster can strike any time, the National Guard, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and other state and county emergency management agencies conducted a disaster readiness exercise called PATRIOT Tuesday. PATRIOT is a three-day field exercise held Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, taking place primarily at Camp Shelby and Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center. This exercise will test the National Guard’s abilities to support response operations during natural disasters utilizing simulated emergency scenarios: strong storms bringing high winds, storm surges crea

94-year-old Hattiesburg woman continues to volunteer 31 years later

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This week's Kindness in Action recipient highlights a 94-year-old woman who puts the needs of others ahead of herself. Betty Curry of Hattiesburg started volunteering July 31, 1986 with Forrest General Hospital (FGH). She will continue to volunteer until she physically cannot according to Betty. “I go down there Wednesday morning at Forrest General to volunteer to serve the lunches, you know they feed hungry people" said Curry. She added,"Forrest General what they do down there, it’s an awesome thing they do, people who are hungry come through and eat.” Before volunteering Betty was a bed side Registered Nurse from 1960 to 1980 at FGH. She said, “I had a whole life betw

HPD investigating American Red Cross burglary

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following is a press release from American Red Cross. Overnight (Friday, Jan 27.) the American Red Cross office in Hattiesburg was broken into. The individual or individuals who broke into the office at 2020 Hardy Street kicked in many doors throughout the facility and stole a portable office safe containing less than $200 in petty cash, two computers and a few other items. “This unfortunate event, however, will not hinder the ability of the American Red Cross to continue providing much needed Red Cross disaster relief assistance to those affected by the tornadoes just one week ago,” said John McFarland, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southeast Miss

DRC's encouraging survivors to register for FEMA, tornado survivor 'It's very beneficial

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) set up around the Pine Belt are available for tornado survivors to receive help. Officials said since their opening on Friday, they have helped 200 people at the C.E. Roy Community Building. Although it is a big number, they speculate there are more out there who still do not know of the DRC's service. “And yes we do expect more people to stop by and to get the help that they need, that particularly fits their situation, because every situation is different" said Ken Higginbotham FEMA Public Information Officer. DRC's are designed as a one stop shop for survivors where they can find a variety of resources, such as, contractors, non-pro

Meridian furniture store helps Pine Belt tornado survivors

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Woodstock Furniture in Meridian joins the relief effort, as families in Hattiesburg affected by last week’s tornado begin to recover. “One of our manufacturers came to us and said, ‘We want to partner with Mattress Express and Woodstock Furniture to see what we can do to help with the relief effort.’ So, I thought about it and said what do we need, what can we do,” said the owner, David Honeycutt. The furniture company is donating furniture to children affected by the storm with the help of Christian Services, a non-profit organization in Hattiesburg. Christian Services Executive Director Jim Prout said, “We are trying to get a sense of normalcy back to the children also

Mitch Williams to be honored for his work in the community

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Jesse L. Brown Elks Lodge will have its 18th annual Black History program coming up soon. This year’s recipient is well-known throughout the community. Committee chair member, Marshall Bell said, "This year, we're going to honor Mitchell Williams whose one of my first tracksters I had at Southern Miss. And certainty, Mitch has done an outstanding job. Not only as a trackster at Southern Miss, he's done an outstanding job in the community. He goes onto the TV station and does an outstanding job and retired from there. And, now he's with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. And, he's still doing an outstanding job on a daily basis. And with all of that, he's a family

Local man pours cooking grease on girlfriend

|This is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department JONES COUNTY, Miss. - On January 27, 2017, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators were contacted in regards to a domestic violence event. The victim, and girlfriend, of Timothy Joe Knight, 29 of Laurel, alerted authorities she had been physically abused by Knight. The victim stated Knight became enraged with her and woke her up around midnight by hitting her while she was lying in bed. He then burned her arm and face multiple times with a cigarette and poured liquids, including cooking grease on her. All of the commotion woke their young child, who witnessed the assault. The abuse continued for hours, until the pair went to

Laurel man arrested in drug bust

JASPER COUNTY, Miss. - One Laurel man has been arrested in Jasper County. Sheriff, Randy Johnson said Matthew Easterwood was pulled over for a traffic stop on County Road 21. Deputies noticed he was intoxicated and searched his vehicle. Deputies found 12 small bags of heroin. Easterwood is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI other, and, reckless driving.

Lady Eagles rally from behind to beat UAB

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Lady Eagles hosted UAB Saturday and defeated the Blazers, 64-59. However, this game was a tale of two halves. UAB started off strong; but, Southern Miss rallied from behind in the second half and were able to come out on top. Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis said, "What a basketball game. I will tell you it was about as ugly as we could play in that first half. We could not do anything right. I think that was the difference in the game. All the things that went wrong in the first three quarters went right for us in the fourth quarter." The Lady Eagles stepped up their game in the second half and were efficient, both offensively and defensively. One of the players who ste

American Red Cross Points of Collection & Distribution for Tornado Donations

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following is a press release. The American Red Cross of Mississippi has created a support circle through churches in Hattiesburg to make sure everyone affected by the tornado on Jan. 21st is served. The following churches have agreed to be points of collection and points of distribution for donated goods in the community: Antioch Baptist Church 1100 John St. Hattiesburg, MS East Jerusalem Baptist Church (This site is also a Volunteer Response Center) 410 Tipton St. Hattiesburg, MS West Point Baptist Church 184 Hartfield Rd Hattiesburg, MS Zion Chapel AME 621 New Orleans St. Hattiesburg, MS The Diplomat Center / The Holy Place Worship Center 723 Bowling Street Hatties

Disaster Recovery Centers Open for Tornado Survivors in Forrest and Lamar Counties

PINE BELT, Miss. - The following is a press release. Three disaster recovery centers are now open in Forrest and Lamar counties to provide assistance to survivors of the recent severe storms and tornadoes. Centers in Lauderdale and Perry counties will open soon. Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; representatives from MEMA, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, and American Red Cross are set up in the center to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with appropriate resources to assist in their recovery. The Forrest County centers are located at: C. E. Roy Community Center

SPAS offers shelter for displaced pets, needs donations

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Since the deadly E-F3 twister last Saturday morning Southern Pines Animal Shelter (SPAS) has given shelter to 50 pets. The shelter said they will continue to help tornado victims any way it can. However, because of the natural disaster, they have taken more animals than it can house. SPAS General Manager said donations are appreciated as they are welcoming the pets. “Any donation of can dog food, bleach, blue Dawn dish soaps, towels, dog bowls, leashes, those are all very appreciated" said Sims. She added, "We are also starting to go out to the tornado sites and give supplies for pets that may still be in those areas, dry dog food, houses, bowls, food, all appreciated un

Southern Miss accommodating Carey medical students, offers nursing building after tornado

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After William Carey University received one of the worst hits by a deadly E-F3 tornado last Saturday students and faculties were displaced. The tornado damaged almost all of its buildings and delayed some courses, it even moved all of its on site class sessions online. Although the tornado damaged the campus, the community is coming together to accommodate the Crusaders. It did not take long at all for the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to lend a helping hand to their sister institution only a few miles down the highway. USM Assistant Provost Debbie Hill said, “They would help us in our time of need, we had been through this with the tornado that hit our campu

Potential scams happening in Laurel

LAUREL, Miss. - The Laurel Police Department is warning citizens of scams that are happening in the area. Police said government grant, IRS, and lottery scams are happening through telephone communication. The scammers would ask the citizens to purchase a pre-loaded green dot credit card, an I-Tunes card, or wire money.

Tornado victims may be eligible to apply for disaster unemployment assistance

|This is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) JACKSON, Miss. - Individuals in Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry Counties in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today, January 26, 2017. People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred January 21, 2017 are entitled to apply and may be eligible to receive DUA. Self-em

Big team effort helps Lady Eagles dominate Middle Tennessee

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Lady Eagles defeated Middle Tennessee Thursday night by a score of 81-61. It was surely an impressive performance. Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis said, "I guess we just waited 'til this game to bring the best game that was played all year. They played extremely well. We really did. And, I think this is something we've got to build on." Southern Miss shot 57 percent from the field and had 29 bench points, large in-part to guard, Keri Jewett-Giles' 20-point performance. "I've just been in the gym lately and it helped build my confidence. My teammates got me the ball and I put up a lot of shots. So, that's all it is, me hitting some shots in the game," said Jewett-Giles.

Tornado Relief Updates

The following is a press release from the Community Crisis Coalition. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Emergency relief continues for those effected by the tornado. It opens to the public at 11:30am today at 600 Tuscan Ave. Today's relief effort include the following: Food Assistance. Again today we can serve about 2,500-3,500 meals FREE of charge to families in the effected area(s), first responders, volunteers, students, workers, and anyone who is assisting in the recovering aspects of this relief effort. Today we have 3 restaurants, 1 church, and 1 non-profit organization. 1 restaurant and 1 church will bbq today. Water. We have cases of water for families in need of water. We also have limited gator

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