Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Dupree’

Hattiesburg police chief, city attorney retiring

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has announced the retirement of City Attorney Charles Lawrence and Police Chief Frazier Bolton. The announcement came at the end of the city council’s meeting Tuesday night. Lawrence said he was retiring to focus more time on his ailing wife and also because he did not want to be […] [...]

Hattiesburg mayor to bring forward city clerk nominee

by Published: February 17,2015

Tags: Business, HATTIESBURG, Johnny Dupree, Mississippi, NEWS

HATTIESBURG — Consideration of a city clerk candidate will be among the items of business during the city of Hattiesburg’s first extended council meeting in 28 days. The Hattiesburg American reports Mayor Johnny DuPree has nominated city Purchasing Manager Verlina Underwood for council approval Tuesday as director of administration/city clerk. The city has not had […] [...]

Judge rules for Hattiesburg council in mayor’s suit

HATTIESBURG — Two Hattiesburg City Council members say a judge’s order will compel Mayor Johnny DuPree to bring forward administrative appointments in a more timely fashion. Details of Judge L. Breland Hilburn’s ruling have not been released. In a brief announcement Tuesday, Breland wrote he had ordered Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree to “comply with his […] [...]

American Eagle flies out of Hattiesburg for first time

HATTIESBURG — An American Eagle 50-passenger jet left the Hattiesburg Laurel regional airport yesterday as the airline made its debut. American Eagle will connect Hattiesburg-Laurel and Meridian regional airports with its parent carrier’s Dallas-Fort Worth hub. It replaced Silver Airways as the area’s commercial carrier. “We’ve got service now that we believe is something that […] [...]

Grand juries charge seven with election violations

HATTIESBURG — Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell says Forrest County grand juries have charged seven people with misdemeanors in Hattiesburg’s two mayoral elections last year. Burchell tells WDAM-TV that she cannot say who was indicted because the people have not been served with the indictments. She said in a news release that she […] [...]

Hub City wants lawmakers to extend lodging tax

HATTIESBURG — Travelers stopping for the night in the city of Hattiesburg could continue to pay a 2 percent lodging fee until June 2018 if legislators act on city officials’ request. The Hattiesburg American reports the city council unanimously adopted a resolution, requesting that the Legislature amend the legislation that created the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission […] [...]

City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American […] [...]

Mayor wants new sales tax for ‘Progress Hattiesburg’

HATTIESBURG — It may be too late for the 2014 wish list, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is interested in revisiting the addition of a 1 percent sales tax that could provide the city as much as $10 million annually. That initiative, dubbed “Progress Hattiesburg,” failed to win the necessary approval from the […] [...]

Mayor takes blame not telling council of gas card investigation

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree is taking the blame for failing to notify Hattiesburg City Council members about an investigation into fraudulent city employee gas charges. Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll complained at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and his colleagues were kept in the dark about the six-month Hattiesburg Police Department investigation into fraudulent […] [...]

Businesses sue city over street improvement project

HATTIESBURG — Four businesses on a busy Hattiesburg Street are suing Hattiesburg city government, claiming a street improvement project has cost them customers. The project on Hardy Street began Oct. 30, 2012, according to The Hattiesburg American. The work is nearly complete and traffic is flowing again. But Justin Green says customers have gotten out […] [...]

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