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.

Dedication to Urban Forestry Lands City a National Honor

Hattiesburg-The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Hattiesburg a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 20th year Hattiesburg has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

Hattiesburg had to meet four standards to become a Tree City USA community. They include the development of a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day Observance and proclamation.

“A Tree City USA designation for the past two decades is awesome,” said Andy Parker, City Arborist. “Teamwork and a clear understanding of the value of trees has been the key to our success.

Research shows trees promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles; moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife; reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings; reduce energy use and increase property values.

“We all benefit when communities like Hattiesburg place high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We applaud Hattiesburg elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. For more information about Tree City USA, please visit .

City of Hattiesburg Moves to Beef up Health Care in Mississippi

Mayor Johnny DuPree Proclaims August 8-12 as National Health Center Week

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg is continuing efforts to provide premium health care to people of all economic backgrounds living in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas by proclaiming the week of August 8-12 “National Health Center Week.” 

A proclamation ceremony was held Wednesday at The Kaye Ray Medical Complex (Hattiesburg Family Health Center). Geroldean Dyse, interim CEO of Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., said community health centers across the state play a key role in providing health care to uninsured and medically underserved people across the state.

“The need for community health centers has never been greater,” said Dyse.  “Throughout our 14 sites, located in and around the Hattiesburg area, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., provided health care to over 40,000 patients last year, resulting in over 100,000 visits. We have board certified providers and a well-trained staff with big hearts striving to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve.”

Health centers are nonprofit, community-owned and operated health providers that aim to reduce health care costs by fostering prevention and integrating the delivery of primary care with aggressive outreach, patient education, translation and other enabling services. The centers have made great strides in the Mississippi health care system specifically by maintaining high standards of accountability, demonstrating cost-effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of care and empowering communities to address unmet health needs.