Stomp Out Obesity to be held Today

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg and P.A.C.E. Head Start will host their annual Stomp Out Obesity Health Fair today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Town Square Park, located on the corner of North Main and Buschman Streets.  Participants are to expect a fun-filled afternoon of giveaways, activities and health screenings which will promote the benefits of healthy living.

The Hattiesburg Police and Fire Departments are pumped up about the event as they are planning to go muscle for muscle in a tug of war contest.  The war of words is already underway.  “This will be a quick and easy win for our team,” said HFD Assistant Chief Paul Presley. But HPD Captain Terrance Bullock begged to differ.  “We shall see,” said Captain Bullock. “We excel in all that we do so Chief Presley and his troop better come prepared to play,” he warned.

Do not be surprised to see Mayor Johnny DuPree taking part in the action. “Creating a fun atmosphere while educating citizens-especially our babies-is a sure way to continue our tradition of being a healthy hometown,” said Mayor DuPree.  “I am very proud of the results so far from the collaboration between private and business entities.  “The unveiling of our health Web site soon and mobile app are just some of the great things on the horizon in our daily effort to fight obesity.”

To learn more about the health fair or how you can get involved, please contact Health Fair Chair Jessica Hartfield at 601.325.0122.

Mayor DuPree Urges Citizens to Apply for General Dynamics Information Technology Jobs

SONY DSCHattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg continues its efforts to rebuild as well as find gainful employment for hundreds of residents, especially those left homeless and jobless after the Feb. 10 F4 tornado that hit the city.

In days following the tornado, General Dynamics Information Technology promised to help stimulate the local economy and the morale of citizens by bringing 250 new jobs to the Pine Belt area.  In a progress report to Mayor DuPree on Tuesday, March 26, representatives of the Virginia-based company said they have hired 75 full-time, customer service representatives and are processing applications for 75 additional customer service reps, supervisors, trainers and lead positions. Nearly 100 temporary, customer service representative positions remain to be filled for first and second shifts, according to General Dynamics. Continue reading “Mayor DuPree Urges Citizens to Apply for General Dynamics Information Technology Jobs”

Press: City of Hattiesburg Mayor to Host Re-election Kick-off Rally on March 9

IMG_2064Hattiesburg, Miss. – City of Hattiesburg Mayor, Johnny L. Dupree, will formally announce his bid for re-election during a kick-off rally set for Saturday, March 9 from 1-3p.m., at his campaign headquarters located at 602 Adeline Street (corner of Hardy and Adeline Street)

Food and drinks will be provided as well as voter registration forms and campaign promotional items such as t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, yard signs, etc.

Mayor DuPree, a University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University alum, will take center stage at 2p.m., to share with the community his aspirations for the city for the next four years.  To learn more about Mayor DuPree and Saturday’s rally, please contact the Committee to Re-elect Johnny DuPree at 601.270.4731 or visit

Enhancing Hattiesburg’s Prosperity and Livability

City Planners Invite You to Share Ideas on Possible Land Development Regulations

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg is rolling full steam ahead in its mission to significantly enhance the area’s prosperity and livability, and would love for you to come onboard. The City’s Urban Development Department invites residents to learn more about the Full Steam Ahead-Updating the City’s Land Development Code project during a series of meetings slated to begin Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 13.

Adopted in December 2008, the City’s 2008-2028 Comprehensive Plan seeks to improve the area through mixed-use development, the addition of biking and pedestrian friendly streets, and the reduction of visual clutter.

“A comprehensive update or rewrite of the Land Development Code only comes around every 20 years or so,” said Urban Development Director Pattie Brantley. “Today’s citizens have the unique opportunity to provide input into the future land development regulations for their neighborhoods, business corridors and overall community.”

To participate in residents’ survey, plus get updates on participation opportunities in the upcoming months, please visit  For more information, please contact the City of Hattiesburg Public Relations Office at 601.545.4508.

DuPree to Celebrate International Walk to School Day with Lillie Burney Elementary Students

Hattiesburg– On Wednesday, Oct. 3, thousands of students, parents and communities representing more than 3,300 schools across the United Sates will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This one-day event is part of an international effort to encourage more families to get out of their cars and on to their feet to enjoy the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school.

“Walk to School Day continues to inspire community-grown events that celebrate health, safety and a sense of community,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS), which serves as the coordinating agency for the event. “Often, this one-day event becomes the catalyst to larger commitments and permanent improvements that make walking and bicycling to school safer transportation options year round.”

In 2011, Mississippi had the highest participation rate in the country. Mayor DuPree, Hattiesburg firefighters and police, will continue the tradition by joining a group of Lillie Burney Elementary students on tomorrow morning as part of the school’s Walk to School Day celebration. “We love any opportunity to promote safety, fitness and family-time,” said Mayor DuPree. “I would like to issue a challenge to all parents in the area to take a moment to take part in the event.”

The Mayor and other elected officials, along with the Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom King and Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Bacchus, recently celebrated the completion of a SRTS project at Rowan Elementary School.

The SRTS program enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The program will also aid the City in the fight against obesity as it encourages healthy and active lifestyles among children at an early age.

Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness of the need for communities to be more walkable. By 2002, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. In 2011, students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration, and the reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself.  For more information about Walk to School Day, visit

Rowan Elementary School Safe Routes to School Ribbon Cutting

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg along with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will unveil the completion of a project on Wednesday that aims to make children safer as they walk to school. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m., at Rowan Elementary School.

The SRTS Program enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The program will also aid the City in the fight against obesity as it encourages healthy and active lifestyles among children at an early age.

Mayor Johnny DuPree, Hattiesburg City Council members, MDOT Commissioner Tom King, Representative Toby Baker and Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Bacchus will speak at Wednesday’s event.

“Our children are very precious to us; therefore, we are always seeking opportunities that afford us a chance to not only protect them but also enrich the quality of their lives,” said Mayor DuPree.

MDOT awarded Hattiesburg $279,570 in March 2009. A total of $219,370 was used for preliminary engineering/design and construction of sidewalks in the vicinity of Rowan Elementary School. Specific locations of sidewalks included Ruby Ave., Cypress Ave., and Ashford St. Crosswalks were striped and signage installed as well. The remaining funds were used to complete a circulation study at all of the Hattiesburg Public Schools’ elementary schools; education (pedestrian safety skills training), encouragement (participation in International Walk to School Day) and enforcement activities in the elementary schools, with a focus on Rowan; and complete evaluation of the project and usage of the new routes.

When the application for this project was submitted, Rowan had 176 students living within a ½-mile radius of the schools and 268 students within one-mile radius. One hundred and ten of these students were walking on a regular basis.

For more information, please contact MDOT Commissioner Tom King’s office at 601.544.6511 or City of Hattiesburg Public Relations Coordinator Chinika Hughes at 601.545.4508.

Memorial Service Set for HPD Service Dog “Nero”

Hattiesburg-The Hattiesburg Police Department will hold a memorial service on Monday, July 23 at 6 p.m., for “Nero.”  The police service dog lost its life last month in a vehicle accident on Interstate 59. The public is invited to attend the memorial to be held at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Academy located at 53 Academy Drive. For more information, please visit which may also be accessed via the QR code (located in the upper, right corner) with your smart phone.