Extra Table host food pantry fundraiser

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Extra Table will host its annual ‘Celebrity Wait Night’ to benefit food pantries across the state. The event will take place Tuesday, April 30 at Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg. Twenty percent of restaurant sales and tips will benefit the cause and it’s not too late to make dinner reservations. “There are over 700,000 hungry Mississippians. One in every five...almost 300,000 are children,” said Extra Table Executive Director, Martha Allen. Walk-ins are welcomed and dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until close.

Police Charge Victim's Ex-Boyfriend with Capital Murder and More Details are Starting to Unfold

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The Hattiesburg Police Department provides more information about the death of a 25-year-old mother of two, Falisa Carter. “On April 24th, Demarcus McGruder’s charge was upgraded to capital murder,” Captain Branden McLemore from the Hattiesburg Police Department said. Police originally arrested McGruder on a kidnapping charge, and now he faces capital murder for the death of his ex-girlfriend Falisa Carter, whose body was found in a wooded area off of J.C. Bryant Road in Hattiesburg. “As stated there was a relationship,” McLemore said. “In a domestic relationship, anything is possible.” Authorities acknowledged the relationship between Carter and McGruder but did not men

Medical professionals address possible Hattiesburg measles exposure

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed a possible measles exposure in three Hattiesburg locations. According to state health officials the contagious out-of-state traveler stopped at a Subway in Circle K on Highway 11 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. He also stopped at the Turtle Creek Mall Food Court the next day on Wednesday, April 10 between noon and 2 p.m. and later that night at Raising Canes Chicken Fingers between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Medical professionals are reminding people that measles is a virus. According to Hattiesburg Clinic Immediate Care Dr. Samuel Crosby the virus cannot reproduce on its own without a host cell. “If they w

Southern Miss names Keyes its next police chief

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) The University of Southern Mississippi names Rusty Keyes, a longtime local crimefighter, as its next chief of police. Keyes will succeed current Chief Bob Hopkins, who is set to retire June 30th after nearly two decades of leading the university's police force. Keyes brings nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience -- having worked as an HPD patrolman, narcotics officer, street crimes officer, detective, and detectives and patrol supervisor. Keyes, a Southern Miss graduation, joined the Southern Miss police department in 2006 -- working his way up to the current rank of assistant chief in 2017.

Forrest Co. men arrested for growing marijuana

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. – Two Forrest County men are behind bars Wednesday for growing marijuana plants. According to Hattiesburg Police Department Spokesman, Ryan Moore, Metro Narcotics agents, along with Mississippi Department of Corrections, Forrest County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics arrested 36-year-old Caleb Hanks and 36-year-old Joseph Palermo in connection to growing marijuana in Forrest County. Authorities found the marijuana plants inside of a residential location on Browns Bridge Road. Hanks is charged with manufacture/growing marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance (hydrochloride). Palermo is charged with manufacture/growing marijuana. Spokesm

Special Election: Restaurant/Hotel Sales Tax

A supermajority of voters in the Hub City approved an increase of a restaurant, hotel and motel sales tax. The special election was held April 23rd. The tax will increase from two percent to three percent. Hattiesburg city leaders say revenue generated from the one percent tax increase would be used for renovating Reed Green Coliseum on the main Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. The money from the tax increase would also improve parks and recreation facilities in the city.

MSDH: New local case of possible measles exposure

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Department of Health.) JACKSON, Miss. – A new location of possible measles exposure has been added to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) investigation into an out-of-state traveler who was contagious with measles while in Mississippi. The exposure happened at various locations from April 9-11. The new location is as follows: • Turtle Creek Mall Food Court, 1000 Turtle Creek Drive in Hattiesburg, 12-2 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 The locations and times of possible exposure previously released were as follows: • Subway Restaurant inside the Circle K, 4050 U.S. Highway 11 in Hattiesburg, 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 • Raisi

Hattiesburg honors family of Civil Rights activists with landmark

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg’s Historical Landmark program officials commemorate a local prominent civil rights activist couple, Mr. Benton Dwight and Mrs. Lula Dwight. “We are here celebrating my parents and their involvement in bringing Dr. King to Hattiesburg, Mississippi,” The city’s historic conservation commission along with the mayor and city council hosted a landmark ceremony to share the family’s story. The new landmark sign sits outside of the home on Spencer Street. “In a community…where the population is always sort of turning over, coming to take jobs, coming to go to school, sometimes we don’t gather roo

Hattiesburg City Council Establishes Date for Special Election

This is a press release from City of Hattiesburg. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - On Tuesday, April 23, voters in the City of Hattiesburg will have the opportunity to vote to raise the restaurant and hotel/motel sales tax by 1% to invest in parks and recreation facilities in the City of Hattiesburg. The additional 1% in restaurant and hotel/motel tax revenue is expected to generate at least $2.4 million per year. The total amount of new revenue would be split, with half going to improve parks and recreation facilities and half going to support renovations to Reed Green Coliseum, allowing it to also function as a municipal arena. “For more than a year, we have talked about the possibility of this propos

MSDH investigates measles exposure in Hattiesburg

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Department of Health.) The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is investigating measles exposure in Mississippi from an out-of-state traveler. The exposure happened at various locations from April 9-11. “We are conducting a thorough investigation of the contacts we know this individual made during that timeframe. Measles is extremely contagious, with a 90 percent chance of infection from exposure if you are not protected,” said MSDH State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “So far we have not identified any cases in Mississippi, but please understand that you may have been exposed without knowing. Those who have not been va


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