City official misses meeting on Hattiesburg stench

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - We still don't know the cause of the terrible odor that has plagued downtown Hattiesburg and surrounding neighborhoods off and on for years.

City engineer Bert Kuyrkendall was scheduled to address the monthly meeting of the downtown historic association today on the foul smell.  The stench has been a major source of conversation for months, but Kuyrkendall was a no show at the meeting.

City spokesperson Jenannta Bennett says there was some miscommunication between the city and the association about this morning's meeting. City leaders say they think they know the source of the odor but can't say right now because of possible legal ramifications.

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