Rhea Thornton

Rhea joined WTVA in August 2020.

Title: Multi-Media Journalist
rthornton@wtva.com

Originally from the Midwest, Rhea moved south and graduated from the University of Alabama in May of 2020 with a bachelor's degree in telecommunication and film and an emphasis in sports reporting.

While in Tuscaloosa, she worked for Bama's student recruitment team and interned at WVUA 23 in the sports department. It was here she developed a passion for reporting on SEC sports.

Rhea is based out of WTVA's Starkville bureau. She is excited to report on sports and tell the local stories in the Golden Triangle.

In her free time, Rhea enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog Riggins. Yes, he is named after Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights.

If you have a story idea, feel free to email her at rthornton@wtva.com.

Recent Posts by Rhea Thornton

New Columbus non-profit opens doors to bring transparency to city government

A Better Columbus cut its ribbon on Monday afternoon outside its new office in downtown Columbus.

Biewer Lumber set to bring 150 jobs to Montgomery County

The city of Winona will be home to the second Biewer Lumber sawmill in Mississippi bringing over 100 jobs to the town.

Baptist Memorial Hospital administers vaccines to qualified members of the public

Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle administered 220 vaccines to members of the public that were 75 and older.

Impacts of the coronavirus on health care workers at Baptist Memorial Hospital

Emergency Room Nurse Manager, Sandy Holman, gives us a look into what the coronavirus has done to healthcare workers at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle.

Mississippians grab last minute tickets before Mega Million numbers are drawn

People stopped by the Sprint Mart in Starkville to grab their Mega Millions tickets before the numbers are drawn on Friday night.

Peco Foods announced changes for several locations in Mississippi

Peco Foods announced the expansion of West Point plant but decided to close its business in Brooksville.

Baptist Memorial Hospital struggles to provide ICU beds for incoming patients

As of Tuesday, Baptist Memorial Hospital's ICU beds were filled with current patients.

Baptist Memorial Hospital offers new incentive to potential nursing hires

Baptist Memorial Hospital is giving new nursing hires a $5,000 signing bonus to help with the nursing shortage during the pandemic.

New Albany Walmart temporarily closes for cleaning

Local residents react to the closure of their Walmart after the company announces the closure until Wednesday morning.

MSU prepares to take on Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl

Mississippi State University's football team will travel to Fort Worth to play the University of Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 256827

Reported Deaths: 5638
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17257180
Hinds16331322
Harrison13567194
Rankin10804212
Jackson10453184
Lee8864141
Madison8314164
Jones6434112
Forrest6009120
Lauderdale5902186
Lowndes5405116
Lafayette499193
Lamar488565
Washington4803124
Bolivar3997109
Oktibbeha395381
Panola372379
Pontotoc367853
Monroe3558105
Warren354898
Union345960
Marshall344066
Neshoba3396152
Pearl River3301100
Leflore3041107
Lincoln298085
Sunflower286671
Hancock274459
Tate273162
Alcorn265453
Itawamba263759
Pike263778
Scott248046
Yazoo247056
Prentiss246552
Tippah243050
Copiah242749
Coahoma241054
Simpson236467
Leake231765
Grenada219471
Covington214672
Marion213073
Adams207070
Wayne202932
Winston201666
George199839
Attala194259
Newton193444
Tishomingo189361
Chickasaw185044
Jasper172736
Holmes168767
Clay159833
Stone144721
Tallahatchie141934
Clarke139862
Calhoun136521
Smith121424
Yalobusha117834
Walthall112336
Noxubee110822
Greene110429
Montgomery109834
Carroll104821
Lawrence102917
Perry102631
Amite98426
Webster92824
Tunica87321
Claiborne86625
Jefferson Davis85326
Humphreys83124
Benton82023
Kemper77620
Quitman6968
Franklin66715
Choctaw60913
Wilkinson58725
Jefferson54919
Sharkey43117
Issaquena1596
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 426543

Reported Deaths: 6126
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson62752920
Mobile30551554
Madison27303186
Tuscaloosa20835267
Montgomery19192305
Shelby18693114
Baldwin16513183
Lee12603101
Morgan12321113
Etowah11805168
Calhoun11206200
Marshall10236107
Houston8681148
Cullman8094105
Limestone807474
Elmore7923101
DeKalb771597
Lauderdale763183
St. Clair7599120
Talladega6224108
Walker5930174
Jackson583741
Colbert535473
Blount532083
Autauga522755
Coffee446256
Dale399781
Franklin368148
Chilton337865
Russell335910
Covington330168
Escambia321342
Dallas305196
Chambers288669
Clarke283133
Tallapoosa2630107
Pike251329
Marion247350
Lawrence245247
Winston229035
Bibb217047
Geneva203335
Marengo200829
Pickens196931
Hale177442
Barbour173836
Fayette171226
Butler170758
Cherokee160930
Henry155021
Monroe147317
Randolph141535
Washington138326
Clay127045
Crenshaw120244
Cleburne118423
Lamar118419
Macon116835
Lowndes111535
Wilcox103621
Bullock99728
Perry98219
Conecuh95120
Sumter89526
Greene76223
Coosa60515
Choctaw51524
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