Mayor Johnny L. DuPree of Hattiesburg, MS Declares November 29th Small Business Saturday

Hattiesburg, MS – The city of Hattiesburg announced its endorsement and participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small independently-owned businesses that help boost local economies across the country.

“Black Friday is right around the corner and I urge my fellow community members to support our local, small businesses as they truly are the backbone of our nation’s economy. Pumping money into our local economy is a deposit into our community’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Mayor DuPree expressed.

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for small, independently-owned businesses. In 2013, millions of consumers shopped at independently-owned small business spending $5.7 billion on the day – up from $5.5 billion in 2012.

Similar to last year, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan small business advocate and operational arm of the Small Business Saturday Coalition, is rallying mayors across the country to show their support and encourage their local communities to “shop small” on November 29, 2014.

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Hattiesburg, Mayor Johnny L. DuPree will issue a Small Business Saturday Proclamation for the city.

“In 2013, elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. championed Small Business Saturday which helped drive consumers to small, independently-owned businesses on the day,” said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. “This year, we are urging Mayors everywhere to show their support and encourage their communities to ‘shop small’ during the holiday season.”

Hattiesburg small businesses will be offered toolkits and other resources to participate in Small Business Saturday by WIPP, on behalf of the Small Business Saturday Coalition.  Additional information about Small Business Saturday is available at:

9/11 Observance of Patriots Day

Hattiesburg, MS– The City of Hattiesburg will host its annual 9/11 program on Thursday, September 11, 2014. This event will be held at Fire Station #1, located at 810 North Main Street in Hattiesburg, Miss. The observance will begin at 8:40 a.m. to coincide with the times on September 11, 2001.

Citizens of Hattiesburg are invited by the City of Hattiesburg Fire Department to attend this ceremony in memory all the victims and heroes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania flight on September 11, 2001. There will be a wreath ceremony following at the 911 Memorial Park. For more information regarding the ceremony, contact the City of Hattiesburg Fire Department at 601-582-3311.

Hattiesburg hosts its 2nd annual Franklyn L. Tate Community Health Day celebration


Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg will host its 2nd annual Franklyn L. Tate Community Health Day celebration on Sat., Oct. 19 at Town Square Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Town Square is located on the corner of Buschman and North Main Streets.

Franklyn L. Tate Community Health Day pays homage to the city’s efforts to fight obesity and other preventable illnesses and the life of Tate who was the City of Hattiesburg Director of Federal and State Programs and a YMCA staple when he died last year.
The event will kick-off with a walking parade featuring the Hattiesburg High School Marching Band, The National Double-Dutch League based in Bronx, New York; Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center who gained worldwide notoriety when she “functionally cured” an infant of HIV and former Philadelphia Eagles Football Star Todd Pinkston. Various health and community-driven organizations will also be represented during the parade.

Upon entering Town Square, participants of Franklyn L. Tate Community Health Day will be privy to a slew of health-related exhibitors who will provide information on how to adopt and sustain a healthier lifestyle.  Agencies promoting adult and kid-friendly extracurricular activities will be on hand. The crowd can also expect electrifying exhibitions from Pinkston and the jump rope troupe who aims to inspire the return of jump roping as a sport within area schools to lower Mississippi’s obesity rate.  There will be a few surprises in store, plus tug-of-war battles between area media. Some of the city’s finest from the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Departments will adopt a team which is sure to continue their epic tug-of-war rivalry.

Near the conclusion of the event, citizens will have access to a mouth-watering display of fresh fruits and vegetables provided by J and J Produce Company and donated roasted peanuts from Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant. Lunch will be provided by Subway Restaurant and beverages from Coca Cola Bottling Company and Brown Bottling Group who have all assisted this endeavor since 2011, along with many other city-sponsored events. O’ Charley’s will provide a few freshly baked apple pies and sandwich platters. Other snacks will be available thanks to All Brands Foods. In years past, some people have walked away with treadmills, stationary bikes, bicycles, gym memberships, and Southern Miss homecoming tickets just for showing up. The same is to be expected on Oct. 19. Also, participants of the recent Mississippi Mayor’s Let’s Play Challenge will have their chance to win a “26 mountain bike for their efforts to help the city win a KaBoom playground in an effort to beat obesity.

“Franklyn was a person who strived for excellence daily-mentally and physically-as well as my friend,” said Mayor Johnny DuPree.  “As we strive to earn Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Healthiest Hometown designation and a grant award of $50 thousand next year, we believe this annual event provides a wonderful opportunity to win the award, plus honor Franklyn’s life and tireless efforts to enhance the families of this area. I am very proud of how the community has responded;  many public and private sectors are playing a major role in ensuring this year’s event is life-changing for citizens especially with the co-funding of the double-dutch troupe’s visit to the Pine Belt,” said DuPree.

Since 2011’s designation as a “Healthy Hometown” by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, health agencies and businesses have joined the City’s fight against obesity. The list of people wanting to play a key role in the move to a healthier Mississippi continues to grow.  This year’s sponsors and exhibitors thus far are:

  • All Brands Foods (sponsor)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (sponsor)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Anatomies (sponsor)
  • Antonelli College
  • Area Development Partnership (sponsor)
  • Bancorp South Bank (sponsor)
  • Bourne Brothers Printing (sponsor)
  • Brown Bottling Group (sponsor)
  • Caffee, Caffee & Associates
  • Citizens Bank (sponsor)
  • Coca Cola Bottling Company (sponsor)
  • Cotton Blues (sponsor)
  • Domestic Abuse Family Shelter
  • Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
  • Eubanks Produce Company (sponsor)
  • Electronic Caregiver Mobile Unit
  • Enterprise Car Rental (sponsor)
  • Fit Fine & Fabulous
  • Forrest General Hospital (sponsor)
  • FOX 23 (tug-of-war)
  • Good Twin, Bad Twin Talk Show (sponsor)
  • Hattiesburg American (tug-of-war)
  • Hattiesburg High School March Band (performer)
  • Hattiesburg Hot Yoga (performer)
  • Healing Touch and Spa
  • Heart South
  • Home Depot
  • J and J Construction
  • J and J Produce Company (sponsor)
  • Jump In’ Gymnastics & Tumbling (performer)
  • La Leche League
  • Lenny’s Sub Shop (sponsor)
  • Leroy Hill Coffee Co Inc. (sponsor)
  • Living Water Natural Healing & Health Solution
  • Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant (sponsor)
  • Magnolia Travel Agency (sponsor)
  • M & M Media Group (sponsor)
  • MS Ballroom Association (performer)
  • MS Organ Recovery Agency
  • MS State Dept. of Health\Southeast Public Health District VIII
  • MS State Dept. of Health\ Office of Preventive Health
  • Neel-Schaffer  (sponsor)
  • Nick Floyd and Associates
  • O’ Charley’s (sponsor)
  • Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center
  • Obesity Coalition
  • Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services
  • Play It Again Sports (sponsor)
  • Plexus Slim
  • Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts
  • Regions Bank (sponsor)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School
  • Sherwin-Williams (sponsor)
  • Shoe Carnival (sponsor)
  • Soccer Locker (sponsor)
  • Southeast MS Rural Health Initiative
  • Speedy Printing & Signs (sponsor)
  • Stretch-n-Grow
  • Subway (sponsor)
  • Susan Light Foundation
  • Target (sponsor)
  • Taylor Rental (sponsor)
  • Tiger-Rock Martial Arts
  • The First Bank(sponsor)
  • Thompson Engineering (sponsor)
  • Trustmark Bank (sponsor)
  • UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • United Blood Services
  • United Healthcare Group
  • United Way of Southeast Mississippi
  • USM College of Health
  • USM School of Nursing
  • Vitamins Plus (sponsor)
  • Walgreens(sponsor)
  • Wal-Mart (sponsor)
  • WastePro Recycling (sponsor)
  • William Carey University Medical School
  • WHLT 22 (tug-of-war)
  • YMCA
  • 24 7 Fitness Studio (sponsor and exhibitor)
  • 32 Degrees (sponsor and exhibitor)

Please stay tuned to and the City of Hattiesburg’s social media pages for further updates. To learn how you may participate in the event, please contact City of Hattiesburg Public Relations Coordinator Chinika Hughes at 601.545.4508 or via email at

To learn how you may join the walking parade, please contact Linda Montgomery, administrative assistant to the City of Hattiesburg Fire Chief, at 601.582.3311 or via email at The parade is open to any individual or organization that strives daily to enhance the community’s mental, physical and environmental state.



State Democrats congratulate Mayor DuPree

( In a prepared statement, Rickey  Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, issued the following statement in response to the certified results of last week’s mayoral election in Hattiesburg.

“On behalf of all Democrats in Mississippi and around the country, I congratulate the Honorable Johnny L. DuPree, his family, friends and supporters upon his re-election to serve another term as Mayor of Hattiesburg.  We are proud of Mayor DuPree, and we know that he will continue to lead Hattiesburg with the same quiet dignity and unswerving dedication that have been the hallmarks of his long career as a public servant,” said Cole in the news release.

According to Cole, the campaign was hard-fought and the struggle was long.

“We congratulate all those who worked so hard to win the battles.  We especially appreciate attorneys Precious Martin and Brandon Jones, whose dogged determination through the court trial and through the conduct of the most recent election made it possible for democracy to prevail.  These men are examples of what true patriots really are,” said Cole in a prepared statement.

“We salute all the elections officials who worked under enormous pressure and did their very best.  From the precinct poll workers to the election commissioners to the government observers sent from Jackson and Washington, we appreciate the tremendous efforts made to afford the people of Hattiesburg a free, fair and honest election,” according to Cole.

“Now that the election results have been certified, it is time for all citizens to come together.  Let us all congratulate the victor, say kind words to the vanquished, heal the wounds of division, and enter into a constructive conversation on how we can all move forward in unity for the betterment of all,” said Cole.

Thank You!

This election has been a long and difficult process. But, because of you, we are victorious!

I would like to congratulate Dave Ware on a very hard-fought campaign. Mr. Ware and his supporters should be commended for their dedication, hard work and participation in this process.

Most of all, I want to give my deepest appreciation to you – who may be a citizen of Hattiesburg or may have come to show your support from across the state. You stood by me, supported my family, knocked on doors, made phone calls, drove people to the polls, made contributions, and sometimes just lifted our spirits with your kind words.

For that, I want to say Thank you.

Without you, this would not be possible. You showed the world that every vote counts.

We saw something amazing in Hattiesburg. We witnessed the largest voter turnout in our city’s history. Whether you supported Mr. Ware, Mr. O’ Hara, or me, I am so proud of the people of our city for exercising their right to vote.

We must also thank those who volunteered their time and service to make our electoral process work. Election Commissioners, poll watchers, and deputy clerks fulfilled their responsibilities under extremely the high scrutiny.

Some of us are feeling really good right now, and some of us aren’t. We all must heal. Hattiesburg has made it through hurricanes and tornadoes, and we will make it through this stronger and more unified than ever before.

I would be remiss if I did not use this opportunity to advocate for the re-assessment of Mississippi’s voting laws. Voting in Mississippi is much too cumbersome, both for the voter and the election workers. We need early voting in Mississippi. We need simplified absentee voting for our Seniors and Veterans. Voters deserve this.

My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for your prayers and your unwavering support.


Johnny DuPree
Mayor of the City of Hattiesburg


Moving Hattiesburg forward–the right way.

Three to One. This is how much my campaign was outspent by my opponent during the General Election.

We were successful because of people like you, and because we did more with less.

We have led Hattiesburg the same way. Since I have been Mayor, we have:

  • Generated the second-highest sales tax revenues in Mississippi (second only to Jackson);
  • Created 1500 jobs in 2011, 1100 jobs in 2012, and over 1500 jobs so far in 2013;
  • Not raised taxes or furloughed any city employees–even during the Great Recession;
  • Recognized with numerous awards for community involvement, small business development, health, attractions, and more.

We have done great things in Hattiesburg, but the best is yet to come.

The Special Election in Hattiesburg is on Tuesday, September 24th, and I need your help.

Please pitch-in $10, $25, or any amount you can afford to help us send the message that elections cannot be purchased, and that the will of the people is not for sale.

Moving Hattiesburg forward–the right way.

Johnny DuPree
Mayor of Hattiesburg