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Hattiesburg mayor cited for contempt of court order

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree/File

HATTIESBURG — After being found in civil contempt of a court order, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has to show in two weeks why that charge should not be enforced. If not, the four-term mayor could find himself taken into the custody of the Forrest County Sheriff Department. The Hattiesburg American reports special Judge L. Breland Hilburn found DuPree in civil ...

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Hattiesburg council overrides mayor's veto of funding law

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council will now review the mayor’s changes to the budget, employee positions and vacancies and other items without they take effect. The city council voted 4-1 Monday to override Mayor Johnny Dupree’s veto of the amended ordinance. DuPree said the council was overstepping its authority. Council members said they were being fiscally responsibility. The Hattiesburg ...

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Hattiesburg council approves pay scale tightening ordinance

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has amended an ordinance to tighten its financial oversight of pay scales, transfers and promotions for city employees, as well as the reallocation or abolishment of positions within city departments. But the new law may be challenged by the person who it will impact most, Mayor Johnny DuPree. The Hattiesburg American reports DuPree, who ...

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Hattiesburg mayor files for stay on appointees' order

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked the 12th Circuit Court to stay a ruling that required him to submit any remaining administrative candidates for approval, pending his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. In response, The Hattiesburg American reports City Councilmen Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley have asked that a stay not be granted, and argued that the ...

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Hattiesburg wastewater treatment system could cost $152M

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg could be looking at about $152.5 million over the next three years or so for a fully-mechanical wastewater treatment system that would continue to discharge into the Leaf River. In a presentation Tuesday night to the Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree, The Hattiesburg American reports Neel-Schaffer engineer Nathan Husman offered four fully-mechanical ...

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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 the “focus of division” in ...

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Hattiesburg mayor to bring forward city clerk nominee

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 a full-time clerk since Eddie ...

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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 duties as mayor of the ...

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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 you can grow,” Hattiesburg-Laurel Executive ...

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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 also cannot give any specifics ...

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