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The New Website is available now at this web location:
Courthouse Location on Map (641 Main Street, Hattiesburg, MS)
(601) 545-6000

Next Board Meeting: Monday, January 7, 2013
10:00 pm

Listed below are links to the drawings related to the Western Beltway Project. This project
will link Highways 98 to 49. The drawings below are for
information purposes. Files are in JPEG format.


Typical Road Section

The population for Forrest County, Mississippi is 74,934. (Census 2010)

Forrest County is located in south central Mississippi approximately 100 miles south
of the State Capital, Jackson. The County is a dynamic, growing center for business,
population and learning.

Two universities are based in Forrest County: University of Southern Mississippi and
William Carey University. There are also two colleges: Antonelli College and Pearl River Community College.

The County is serverd by interstate 59 (New Orleans to Meridian) and Highway 49 (Gulfport to Jackson)
as well as Highway 98 (Mobile to Columbia.) Hattiesburg, where the county offices are located, is
therefore known as the Hub City.

There is also an excellent Medical facility: Forrest General Hospital.

Greater Hattiesburg MSA Regional Profile


Flood Inundation Project Web Site to be Released for Public Use

Hattiesburg- A new Flood Inundation Project was presented and a website unveiled for public use during a
press conference on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10:00 a.m., at Chain Park, located at 912 East 8th Street.

The Web site, http://wim.usgs.gov/FIMI/, will allow residents to estimate the potential for flooding based on the
flood level of the Leaf River. The project is a joint partnership between the City of Hattiesburg, City of Petal, Forrest County,

Forrest County Emergency Management, MS Emergency Management Agency, MS Office of Homeland Security,
USGS, and the National Weather Service.

The City of Hattiesburg will also dedicate a monument and flag pole commemorationg the 1974 reord flood.
During the 1974 Flood, Leaf River reached the reord of 34.03 feet at the USGS gauge at Highway11.
For more information contact 601 545.4508.

November 5, 2012

Chief Charles Bolton is presented with the (2012 Forrest County Officer of the Year Award).
This award is presented annually to the law enforcement and firefighters by the Hattiesburg Exchange Club.


“Taking part in the Pre-Game Activities at the September 27th Oak Grove vs Petal football
game, are Congressman Steven Palazzo- MS 4th Congressional District, District 4 Supervisor
Lamar County- Phillip Carlisle, and District 3 Supervisor Forrest County- Burkett Ross”.

 FY 2013 Budget Presentation

Presented at the Public Board Meeting 9-4-2012
by: Penny Steed, Forrest County Chief Financial Officer
Click Here (PDF)




August, 9, 2012

The Board of Supervisors recognized and commended the Hattiesburg Americans 8 year old baseball team for reaching the championship
game of the 2012 Dixie Youth Regional World Series in Searcy, Arkansas. The team won 6 of 9 games played over a three day span.

Prior to reaching the World Series, the Americans amassed an undefeated record of 21-0 and won the State Tournament held in Magee.

Team Members: Joey Acosta, Matthew Adams, Jermel Ford, Timothy Hunt, Antonio Johnson, Nick Lee, Collin Necaise, Levi Odom,
Landon Scott, Channing Ware, Luke Wiest and Blake Wilberding.
Coaches: Jay Acosta, Mark Necaise, Dontae Scott and Cliff Wilberding.


July 30, 2012

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted to help sponsor the Hattiesburg Dixie Boys 13 Year Old baseball Team and assist
with a contribution for their travel expense as they represent Mississippi in the World Series. The World Series will be held in
Christiansburg, Virginia and the team will depart Hattiesburg on Thursday, August 2, 2012.


Forrest County's new Community Shelter

June 25, 2012

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors and other officials recently had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Forrest County Community Shelter.
The facility is 10,000 square feet with a capacity of 882 people during an emergency. It is designed to protect for 36 hours and withstand
200 mph winds.

Cost of the project was funded by a 2.1 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant and administered by MEMA. FEMA picked up 95% of the cost,
with the county covering the remaining 5%.

The facility is located off U.S. Highway 49 near the county's Multi-Purpose Center.


June 4, 2012

Evan Dillard and Wade Spruill presented Burkett Ross with a Resolution from AAA Ambulance Service for his service on their Board.
Burkett servered as a member of the Board of Directors of AAA Ambulance Service for 24 years from July 1987 until December 2011.

Burkett servered the board in various capacities including that of Vice-President.

The Proclamation was presented as an official record for appreciation and admiration for Burkett's outstanding and unselfish contributions
to the Service and growth of AAA Ambulance Service during the period Burkett served.


May 24, 2012

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors recognized Alexis Keys of Petal, MS for being awarded a scholarship from the
Mississippi Association of Supervisors Minority Caucus. Alexis represented the 4th Congressional District and received
a $ 1,000.00 check. The Mississippi Association of Supervisors has a history of supporting higher education through the
awarding of scholarships to Mississippi colleges.

Left to Right: David Hogan (Dist 1.), Charles Marshall (Dist. 2), Alexis Keys (Scholarship winner),
Burkett Ross (Dist.3), Genae Key (Alexix's Mother), Rod Woullard (Dist. 4), Chris Bowen (Dist 5).

Not Pictured
: Patrick Keys (Alexis's Father) was working and not able to attend.


May 7, 2012

The Board of Supervisors presented a Proclamation to the 2012 Forrest County Agricultural High School (FCAHS) Girls
Basketball Team and 2012 Hattiesburg High School Girls Basketball Team today at the Board Meeting.

The Hattiesburg High School Girls Basketball Team finished the 2011-2012 regular season with a record of 17 - 2,
capturing the Region 5-6A regular season title as well as the 6A South State Championship and was runner-up in the State Championship.

The Forrest County Agricultural High School Girls Basketball Team finished the 2011-2012 regular season with an undefeated
record and captured the Region 8-4A regular season title as well as the 4A South State Championship and was runner-up in the State Championship.


March 22, 2012

Forrest County Board of Supervisors presented Sheriff Billy McGee with a proclamation officially naming the new Forrest
County jail facility the Billy McGee Law Enforcement Complex. The new jail will be a 103,000 square-foot facility and will
house up to 600 inmates.

The $20 million dollar facility expects to open late this summer.

Aerial View of the New Jail.

One of the many inmate cell blocks and kitchen


February 9, 2012

Forrest County Board of Supervisors accept delivery of a new Fire Truck for theSunrise Volunteer Fire Department.

December 20. 2011

Friends attend the Retirement Party for District 3 Supervisor Lynn Cartlidge at the Forrest County Courthouse. Lynn has
served as District 3 Supervisor since 1976. Lynn has also served on the National level serving on the National Association
of Counties and serving on the Board of Directors of the state's NACO chapter.

Petal businessman Burkett Ross was recently elected and will succeed Lynn in January.


HATTIESBURG PowerPoint Presentation

High Resolultion Link (Powerpoint)

Lower Resolution Link (Adobe Pdf)



NOVEMBER 10, 2011

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors presented a Proclamation to three Forrest County men who made a
heroic rescue of an elderly man from his home last month.

On October 7, 2011, Mr. Buck Husbands home in the Maxie Community was destroyed by fire. Prior to the arrival
of the Carnes, Brooklyn, and McLaurin Volunteer Fire Departments, three Forrest County residents made a
heroic rescue of the elderly Mr. Husband from his home.

Mr. Chris Moffet, Mr. Anthony Jordan and Mr. James Guinn all assisted in rescuing and leading Mr. Husband to safety.

The Board of Supervisors wanted to make a permanent record of the character and bravery exhibited by these men
in selflessly risking life and limb to save another should be made in the official minutes of the board.



March 14, 2011

Eve Elias. Regional Director for the American Heart Association, recognized Forrest County for its
participation in the 2010 Forrest/Lamar Start! Heart Walk by The American Heart Association.
Forrest County received the Rookie of the Year award for raising $4,002.00, 60% over the 2010

County officials in conjunction with Merchants Food Service sponsored a fish fry to raise money for
the heart walk. Also, Heart Walk Team Leaders at the Chancery and Tax Building, District Attorney's
Office and the Forrest County Jail/Sheriff's Office coordinated the event and recruited walkers.

David Hogan, President of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors stated, "We appreciate the
leadership of County officials and employees for participation and support of this national walking
event designed to raise life-saving funds and to encourage physical fitness."




January 6, 2011

Chad Newell, ADP president, attended the Board of Supervisors meetings to thank the
Board for their cooperation with State and Local officials, on bringing Stion, a Californina
based company to the Pine Belt.

Stion will bring 1,000 jobs to the Pine Belt over the next 6 years and invest $500 million
into the local economy.

A manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar panels, will open a mass production
facility in the former Sunbeam plant in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park.


Forrest County's preliminary Flood Insurance Rates Maps


FloodPlain Damage Prevention Ordinance (PDF)

(How to calculate your current Taxes)

Voter Registration Information

Forrest County Board of Supervisors
Left to Right: Chris Bowen District 5, Rod Woullard- (Vice President) District 4, Burkett Ross-District 3,
Charles Marshall- District 2, David Hogan - (President) District 1.