It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. What a day for Brittney Reese! What a day for Gulfport! The Gulfport High grad just soared to a gold medal in the women's long jump. She had six jumps in the finals. And on four of them, she scratched. But, on jump number two, she flew 7.12 meters. That was far enough to win her first Olympic gold medal. What an accomplishment!
Her high school coach Prince Jones joined us on the 4 O'clock Show to talk about today's gold medal jump. And on later newscasts, we'll watch the long jump finals with two Gulfport teachers who grew up with Reese. Wait until you see their reactions.
Gautier police are investigating what's being called a suspicious truck fire. The fire ignited around 11:00 this morning on Highway 57. As rescue teams extinguished the fire, they noticed a body inside the vehicle. Investigators have not ruled out foul play.
We learned today plans for a new Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi are moving forward. The museum director told Steve Phillips if things go as planned, a ground breaking ceremony will take place in mid-November. Steve has the latest on the museum's construction timetable on WLOX News at 6:00.
After that newscast ends, flip over to our CBS channel and watch WLOX News at 6:30. That's the only place you'll hear about what Loaves and Fishes is doing to feed people on both sides of Biloxi. Loaves and Fishes is located in East Biloxi. A few months ago, the soup kitchen started a partnership with a local church on Pass Road provide free meals to West Biloxi's hungry.