CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

City Takes First Steps to Implement Parklets in Downtown Hattiesburg

City Takes First Steps to Implement Parklets in Downtown Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, March 2, the Hattiesburg City Council will review two agenda items to establish the City’s first two parklets for two Downtown Hattiesburg eateries: The Porter and Nellie’s Chicken & Daiquiris. First discussed in a work session in October 2020, parklets are public seating platforms that convert curbside parking spaces into community spaces. Most parklets have...

Upgrades Complete for Tatum Park Tennis Complex Ahead of Tournament

Upgrades Complete for Tatum Park Tennis Complex Ahead of Tournament

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – With new lighting and new windscreens funded by the one-cent restaurant and hotel/motel tax, the Tatum Park Tennis Complex has received a little more than $100,000 in necessary upgrades, completed just in time for the South Mississippi Singles League Invitational this weekend (Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28). Funds generated by this source have created big...

Hattiesburg PD + City to Assist with Turbine Transport

Hattiesburg PD + City to Assist with Turbine Transport

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – This weekend, the Hattiesburg Police Department and the City of Hattiesburg will assist in a large turbine transport through Downtown Hattiesburg. Due to the nature of the transport, several traffic accommodations are being made to help it take place as safely and swiftly as possible. On Saturday, Feb. 27, West Pine Street – between Hemphill and Hardy...

Hattiesburg Announces Gordon Creek Commons Development + $1.4M TAP Grant Funding

Hattiesburg Announces Gordon Creek Commons Development + $1.4M TAP Grant Funding

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Mayor Toby Barker and city officials were joined by Transportation Commissioner for the Southern District Tom King on Thursday, Feb. 25 to announce the receipt of $1.4M in grant funding which will be used to lay the structural foundation needed for a new development – Gordon’s Creek Commons.  This project will provide a safe and attractive route...

Campbell Loop Bridge Construction Begins

Campbell Loop Bridge Construction Begins

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – After being closed due to unsafe structural conditions in October 2020, the construction of the Campbell Loop bridge began this week with the staging of equipment. The bridge is located between Broadacres Drive and Frontage Road on Campbell Loop. “With a few weather and technical setbacks out of the way, we’re glad to see this project move...

Three Voting Precinct Locations Updated to Align with County Elections

Three Voting Precinct Locations Updated to Align with County Elections

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, the Hattiesburg City Council voted to move three municipal voting precinct locations to align with precincts used in county, state and federal elections. These changes, first discussed in August during a work session, include the following: Ward 1 – Highland Precinct: These voters will vote at the Longleaf Trace Gateway building, which is the same...

Vaccination Weekend Clinic at CE Roy Community Center a Success

Vaccination Weekend Clinic at CE Roy Community Center a Success

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15, the City of Hattiesburg partnered with Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic to distribute a little more than 500 vaccines through a walk-in, no appointment vaccination event at CE Roy Community Center. “Our goal in this collaboration was to get access to underserved communities,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “On...

Smith Named Hattiesburg Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year

Smith Named Hattiesburg Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Engineer Robert Smith was recently named Hattiesburg Fire Department’s Firefighter of the year.  This award is given annually to one firefighter who always performs above expectations and who continues to be a positive role model for younger firefighters.  “Engineer Smith is a firefighter who leads by example. While we have several who go above and beyond in...

Hattiesburg Fire Department’s Recruit Class 2021-01 Begins Training

Hattiesburg Fire Department’s Recruit Class 2021-01 Begins Training

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On the heels of a graduating Recruit Class 2020-01 in October, the Hattiesburg Fire Department began its first academy for 2021 on Monday, Feb. 8 with Recruit Class 2021-01. Like the Police Department, the Hattiesburg Fire Department has moved to hosting two recruitment classes per year to help increase public safety numbers for the department. Currently, the...

City of Hattiesburg, Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic Host Vaccination Weekend Clinic at CE Roy Community Center

City of Hattiesburg, Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic Host Vaccination Weekend Clinic at CE Roy Community Center

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, the City of Hattiesburg, Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic will host a two-day vaccination clinic at CE Roy Community Center (300 East 5th Street) The clinic will be open from Noon to 5 p.m., and it will be first-come-first-served with no appointment necessary. There is no cost to the...

Hattiesburg Executive Orders Continue, Closing Times Extended One Hour

Hattiesburg Executive Orders Continue, Closing Times Extended One Hour

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, Feb. 4, the City of Hattiesburg continued its executive order, but with an update to allow for restaurants, bars and event venues to close in-house dining at 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. This decision comes after local hospitalization numbers dropped below 70 for the first time since Nov. 22 and with a downward trend...

Hattiesburg Calling on Students to Name Fire Engine

Hattiesburg Calling on Students to Name Fire Engine

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – The City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Fire Department are leaning on the city’s students, K-12 and from The University of Southern Mississippi, to name the fire department’s latest fleet addition – Engine #6. As a part of its capital expenditure budget for the 2021 fiscal year, the department purchased a new engine from Pierce Manufacturing. This...