Dixie EPA working to restore power after overnight storms

(The following is a press release from Dixie Electric Power Association.) A possible tornado caused outages across the northern portion of Dixie Electric’s system. The line of outages starts in the Soso area in Jones County and follows a line across to the Diamond Community in Wayne County. After the initial storm, more than 5,700 members were without power. As of 7 a.m., 4,500 remained without power. Initial assessment of the damage includes broken power poles and trees on the power lines. Here is a breakdown of outages by county: • Clarke - 45 • Jasper – 164 • Jones – 3577 • Perry – 1 • Wayne - 681 • Total – 4,474 Dixie Electric’s linemen have been joined by four crews from MDR Power

PRVEPA: Less than 1000 members without power

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association continues to restore power to members after this weekend's storms. As of this writing, there are 681 members without power. "We have crews from Coast Electric Power Association and Magnolia Electric Power assisting, along with contract crews from MDR and Looks Great Services," PRVEPA said in a statement.

MSDH: Fourteen more patients have died after contracting COVID-19

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 204 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 14 new deaths. The number of the state's cases since March 11 now stands at 4716, with 183 deaths. Two new long-term care facilities are also reporting COVID-19 cases, the MSDH said. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline continues to answer your questions about the virus at this toll-free number: 1-877-978-6453.

MSDH: Ten more patients die of COVID-19 complications

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 238 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 10 new deaths. The total of cases in Mississippi since March 11 now stands at 4512 -- with 169 deaths. The MSDH has identified eight new outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is taking your questions about COVID-19 at 1-877-978-6453.

PRVEPA working to restore power to members

After Sunday night's severe weather, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association is restoring power to, as of this writing, more than 8000 members. "This number is likely to rise however, as we work to assess damage," PRVEPA said in a statement. Crews will work until 11:59 p.m. tonight and will resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Update as of 11:45 a.m.: Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association tells FOX23 the utility has 3230 members without power. "Early estimates show around 150 broken poles throughout our service territory," the EPA said in a statement. PRVEPA adds contract crews are assisting in the efforts to restore power. PRVEPA submitted the following photos from Sandy Hook, the Hur

WCU alters schedule due to COVID-19 pandemic

The following details about upcoming events at William Carey University have been submitted to FOX23 from the Hattiesburg-based university. • Summer terms: Registration opens April 25 for online summer classes at William Carey University. The traditional summer term starts June 1. WCU also offers a concentrated, two-week summer term May 18-29. Online course fees of $15 per hour have been waived for both terms. For more information, visit www.wmcarey.edu or email admissions@wmcarey.edu. • Teacher Roundup: WCU School of Education will host an online “Teacher Roundup” on April 28 on its Facebook page. Prospective students can watch videos about the undergraduate, alternate route, and teacher as

Hattiesburg business donates 60,000 masks for Pine Belt residents

HATTIESBURG, Missisippi (WHPM-TV)- Spartan Mosquito donated 60,000 masks to the city of Hattiesburg, Forrest County, and Lamar County to give to residents at no cost. The masks meet the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Our latest executive order required that employees at essential businesses wear masks and we also made the recommendation that the general public wears masks when they are out running essential errands,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “Thanks to this local business, we have been able to take an innovative path forward in putting masks in the hands of many as we continue to navigate life through this pandemic.” City administrators partnered to

MSDH: Eleven more patients die after contracting COVID-19

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 169 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths. The total of the state's cases since March 11 stands at 3793, with 140 deaths. Two new long-term care facilities have also reported COVID-19 cases, the MSDH added. To have your questions answered about the virus, call the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline toll free at 1-877-978-6453.

Gov. Reeves extends shelter-in-place order until April 27th

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Governor's Office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that he is extending the statewide shelter-in-place by 7 days, while providing some ability for “non-essential” businesses to safely make sales. The Governor’s new executive order extends the expiration date of his previous order to Monday, April 27th. “I wanted to come here today and announce that we can all ease up and re-open, but we can’t. We can’t stay in this position for much longer. But we are still in the eye of the storm. I made a vow to protect the people of Mississippi. I have to do what the best information and wisdom I have tells me. Right now, it tells me

JCSD: Searching for registered sex offender

Jones County authorities need your help in finding Devante Keiaree Blanks. "Blanks is a non-compliant sex offender who fled from Jones County Sheriff's Department deputies on March 24, 2020 after a brief vehicle pursuit," the sheriff's department said in a statement. Authorities add they believe Blanks is homeless and has no known physical address. If you know his whereabouts, please call the sheriff's department at 601-425-3147, Jones County Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP (7867), 911, or your nearest law enforcement agency.

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