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About: hattiesburg, mississippi

Founded in 1882 by William H. Hardy, Hattiesburg was named in honor of Hardy's wife Hattie. The town was incorporated two years later with a population of 400. Hattiesburg's population first expanded as a center of the lumber and railroad industries. It now attracts newcomers to the area because of the diversity of the economy, strong neighborhoods and the central location in South Mississippi.

Population: 44779
Local Newspapers: The Hattiesburg American
Local Sports Teams:
Local Colleges: University of Southern Mississippi William Carey University

Zip Codes associated with hattiesburg, mississippi: 39042 39401 39402 39437 39459 39465 39475 39482
Towns/Cities near hattiesburg, mississippi : Petal Carterville Dixie Sunrise Maybank Eatonville Leeville Barrontown Batson

Hattiesburg News
Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

"I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping," Trody said. "I mean, it's a madhouse everywhere you go," Trody said.

Pine Belt shoppers have new cashless way to donate to Salvation Army

Holiday shoppers in Hattiesburg and Laurel can now use a device called a Dip Jar, instead of the traditional red kettles. All you have to do is "dip" your credit or debit card into the box and it records a donation.

Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

A Hattiesburg man convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes must serve the remainder of his prison sentence after his denied motion for post-conviction release was affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Thomas Holder pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections in 2016, but the entire sentence was suspended subject to Holder's good behavior and compliance with certain conditions.

Waynesboro fire department receives new truck. Photo credit WDAM.

"It took us about a year and a half to spec and for them to build the truck," said Assistant fire chief Eric Scott Bunch. "It's a 2017 freight liner Rosenbauer single cab."

Mississippi police departments looking for qualified applicants

The Hattiesburg and Biloxi police departments have encouraged qualified people to apply for positions within the departments. HPD has started an "Our story, your opportunity" Facebook video campaign to recruit potential new law enforcement officers.

Photo credit: WDAM

An auto burglary is considered a "Part 1 Offense," and it's one thing the police department is setting their sights on reducing. "Any citizen of Hattiesburg should be able to go to the actual local shopping center and go there and not have to worry about their vehicle getting broken in to," said Hattiesburg Police Department Capt.

Bryan Nelson welcomes Chase Ford Morgan as newest addition

Chase Ford Morgan has joined the offices of Bryan Nelson P.A. She will practice primarily out of the firm's West Hattiesburg.

Shriners serve Thanksgiving meals to Lamar County senior citizens and veterans

The Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center held a Monday afternoon Thanksgiving meal filled with comradery and gestures of respect and appreciation. "We wanted to find an organization that we could give back, not only to the veterans, but to the senior citizens," Shriner Steve Collins said.

Hattiesburg Paratransit Operator Named Best in America

Dan Reid, a non-emergency transportation services operator, has been named the 2017 Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association .

Firefighter honored for saving the life of 7 year old

"She's not supposed to here but she is. And I thank him every day," says Holmes mother Kelly James.

Southern Miss sorority raises $55K for Make-A-Wish

The announcement was made at Southern Miss' Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega Sorority during its annual Songfest, which was held Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus.

WDAM 7 Gametime Show Nov. 17

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Home Dedication held for Hattiesburg Resident

Lange's home was destroyed earlier this year in January's tornadoes and has been living with family members since the tornadoes. "I'm thankful to God that he allowed me to see this day and to share it with my family and friends," Lange said.

Salvation Army hosts Hattiesburg Angel Tree

You can now help make one child's holiday a little more special the next time you make a trip to Turtle Creek Mall. Salvation Army Hattiesburg kicked off it's annual Angel Tree Program at the mall on Friday.


Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined 44 states and territories this week urging a repeal of a federal law that strips the DEA of its ability to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable as it relates to the oversupply of opioids. According to a press release from the AG's office, Hood and other attorney generals sent a letter to Congress Monday asking for the repeal of the "Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016," which weakens enforcement efforts on drug distributors by the DEA.

Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

There's no denying Hattiesburg has some of the busiest intersections, and Hattiesburg Police said the roads will only get more crowded with the holidays. I tracked accidents around Forrest and Lamar Counties for about three weeks through Mississippi Department of Transportation alerts.

Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

Hattiesburg police need help locating two credit card fraud suspects. The two suspects are both women and allegedly used a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49. If anyone has information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept.

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