Category: News & Updates

Hattiesburg Fire Department Secures Class Three Rating
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Hattiesburg Fire Department Secures Class Three Rating

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, July 30, Mayor Toby Barker and the Hattiesburg Fire Department announced its upgraded fire rating, from a Class 4 to a Class 3.  On February 3, 1998, the City of Hattiesburg and Hattiesburg Fire Department received a Class 4 fire rating from the Mississippi State Ratings Bureau. This rating has...

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Hattiesburg Issues New Order to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Through Gatherings/Crowds

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday, July 29, Mayor Toby Barker issued new limitations for restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and dance halls through Executive Order 2020-14 in hopes to alleviate the spike of COVID-19 cases throughout Forrest and Lamar Counties.  “From the beginning, we’ve stated that our three goals in response to COVID-19 are to protect...

Hattiesburg Business Leaders and Partners Launch Campaign for Hattiesburg to Mask Up
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Hattiesburg Business Leaders and Partners Launch Campaign for Hattiesburg to Mask Up

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday morning, business and health care leaders – Bernard Green with GlobalGreen Insurance; Hoppy Cole with The First, A National Banking Association; Abb Payne with Payne Companies; Todd Jackson with The ADP; Traci Rouse with Merit Health Wesley and Dr. Rambod Rouhbakhsh with Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic – joined Mayor...

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Hattiesburg City Council Receives 2019 Fiscal Year Audit

At a special-called City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 30, the City of Hattiesburg received its 2019 Fiscal Year Audit, completed by Topp, McWhorter, Harvey, PLLC. The Council voted unanimously to receive the audit as-is. Links to the findings letter and the audit report can be accessed below: City of Hattiesburg – FY 2019 Audit...

Hattiesburg Announces $1.2M Project for 38th Avenue
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Hattiesburg Announces $1.2M Project for 38th Avenue

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 1 Councilman Jeffrey George, District 5 Forrest County Board of Supervisor Chris Bowen and Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, VP for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi to announce a $1.2 million project that will rebuild 38th Avenue. The project will create...

Hattiesburg Breaks Ground on Ninth Fire Station
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Hattiesburg Breaks Ground on Ninth Fire Station

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday morning, the City of Hattiesburg broke ground on its ninth fire station – which will provide the residents and business owners of north Hattiesburg with better response times and better insurance rates.  “Today, we officially break ground on this facility – keeping our commitment to do it and to help...

Hattiesburg Announces Free Community Testing Center for COVID-19
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Hattiesburg Announces Free Community Testing Center for COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – To accelerate testing capacity and access for residents in Hattiesburg, the City of Hattiesburg is partnering with the Forrest County Emergency Management District, the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, Hattiesburg Clinic, Forrest General and the Mississippi Department of Health to provide a free COVID-19 community testing center at C.E. Roy Community Center...

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Barbershops, Salons & Gyms to Open on May 11 in Hattiesburg with More Stringent Guidelines

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced Saturday that barbershops, salons and gym facilities in the city limits will open following Governor Reeves Executive Order 1480, but with more stringent guidelines. “Two weeks ago, we announced that reopening the city would include a measured approach – one built on local data and one built...

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City Administration Shares Financial Impact of Hattiesburg’s Reduction in Force

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, April 27, the City of Hattiesburg announced plans to move forward with a reduction in force process in response to projected shortfalls in sales tax revenues from COVID-19’s effect on the Hattiesburg economy. As of Friday, May 1, the city’s administration moved forward with a reduction in force that included...