CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

City Announces Two Personnel Changes in Urban Development

City Announces Two Personnel Changes in Urban Development

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – The City of Hattiesburg announces two personnel changes in Urban Development with Tonya Jordan as its newest neighborhood coordinator and the addition of public engagement coordinator to Stephanie Hall Campos’ current duties as office manager. “Our department has a lot of moving pieces and parts. Both Tonya and Stephanie (since day one) have embodied the vision of...

City Employees Benefit from New Agreement with William Carey University

City Employees Benefit from New Agreement with William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday afternoon, Mayor Toby Barker joined William Carey University President Tommy King, Ph.D. to sign an agreement that will provide a 50 percent discount to city employees with children (under the age of 25) who are pursuing an undergraduate degree. It will also provide six free credit hours per trimester as a pilot program for the...

Hattiesburg Celebrates Black History Month Through Multiple Events

Hattiesburg Celebrates Black History Month Through Multiple Events

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Throughout February, the City of Hattiesburg and local organizations and institutions like the African American Military History Museum and The University of Southern Mississippi will host several events in celebration of Black History Month. All events are listed on this site in the community calendar, but can also be located below. Additional events will be added as submitted or known.  

City of Hattiesburg Releases Spring Paving List for 2019

City of Hattiesburg Releases Spring Paving List for 2019

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, the City of Hattiesburg released its list of spring paving projects that will take place in 2019. “Fostering progress across all five wards continues to be a priority for our administration, along with being transparent about which streets will be paved,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “These additional projects are happening because of the City Council’s willingness to increase...

Forrest County Receives $15M to Replace East Hardy Street Bridge

Forrest County Receives $15M to Replace East Hardy Street Bridge

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Friday afternoon, Mayor Toby Barker joined the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, Mississippi Department of Transporation (MDOT) Commissioner for the Southern District Tom King, Representative Larry Byrd, Representative Percy Watson, Representative Missy McGee, Representative Chris Johnson and Senator Juan Barnett to acknowledge the recent allocation of $15 million to replace the East Hardy Street Bridge between...

City Lights + Music Nights Concert Series Set for 2019

City Lights + Music Nights Concert Series Set for 2019

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday morning, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Arden Barnett of Ardenland Music Productions, Millie Swan of Forrest Health, Hoppy Cole of The First Bank – A National Banking Association and several community businesses and leaders to announce City Lights + Music Nights, a concert series for Hattiesburg. This series was crafted after several conversations between...

Hattiesburg Launches Safety Ambassador Program

Hattiesburg Launches Safety Ambassador Program

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday morning, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker to announce the launch of the City’s new Safety Ambassador program with the swearing in of Chelsey Gunter and Yvette Randolph, the first two hires for this program. To begin, the program will be focused on the downtown areas with the expansion to Midtown...

Operation Veteran Home Renovation in Hattiesburg Marked Complete

Operation Veteran Home Renovation in Hattiesburg Marked Complete

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, January 15, home renovations for Vietnam Veteran Jasper Perry were revealed to mark Operation Veteran Home Renovation complete in Hattiesburg. With a line of service beginning with his grandfather (World War I) and father (World War II), Perry went on to serve in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Air Force (1963 – 1969) after...

Hattiesburg Public School District Receives Pre-K Funding

Hattiesburg Public School District Receives Pre-K Funding

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, January 7, Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) Superintindent Dr. Robert Williams was joined by House District 102 Representative Missy McGee, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker, HPSD Federal Programs Director Carrie Hornsby, HSPD Board of Trustees, House District 103 Representative Percy Watson, House District 87 Representative Chris Johnson and early education partners to announce the district’s award...

City of Hattiesburg Hosts New Year’s Eve Celebration

City of Hattiesburg Hosts New Year’s Eve Celebration

Hattiesburg, Mississippi ー On December 31, the City of Hattiesburg is inviting all to join them in Downtown Hattiesburg for the city’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Celebration, which will include an iconic ball drop at the intersection of Front Street and Main Street. Several local bars and restaurants in and around downtown Hattiesburg will be open and providing live music...

City of Hattiesburg’s Bond Rating is Restored

City of Hattiesburg’s Bond Rating is Restored

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, Dec. 20, Moody’s Investors Services restored the City of Hattiesburg’s bond rating at an initial Aa3 According to the credit opinion published by Moody’s, “Mississippi cities have an institutional framework score of ‘Aa’ or ‘strong.’” This rating comes after the City’s administration and council worked diligently to produce three financial audits (FY 2015, FY 2016 and...

Hattiesburg Notifies Residents of Water Reporting Violation

Hattiesburg Notifies Residents of Water Reporting Violation

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – During a press conference today, Mayor Toby Barker announced that residents will soon receive notice about two Water System Reporting Violations on the back of their water bills. “Recently, we were made aware that our water system violated a reporting requirement for drinking water from the Mississippi Department of Health,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “We believe transparency...