State flag still not flying in Hub City - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

State flag still not flying in Hub City

Mississippi state flag Mississippi state flag
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Two months after Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree ordered the removal of the Mississippi flag from all city buildings, the flag is still down.

DuPree released a statement in June that said the decision came after the Charleston church massacre, where nine black people were killed by a white man with white supremacist ties.

"We have removed the state flags to honor the lives of the nine individuals slain in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina," the statement read.

DuPree's spokesperson said last month there were discussions on when or if the flag would be flown again in the city, however, when asked this week about the status of the flag, she said the mayor had no comment.

Mayor DuPree said in his June statement that the flag at City Hall "has not been up for several years." However, according to video shot by WDAM last summer, the state flag was flying, and Google Earth shows the state flag at City Hall last spring.

Petal voted to keep the state flag flying at town buildings, however Starkville and Oxford both voted to remove state flags at their city buildings.

Additionally, the University of Southern Mississippi released a statement in June of disapproval of the state flag, although it is still flying at the front of campus.

Copyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • 1 person shot at Collins plant

    1 person shot at Collins plant

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-01-23 00:29:55 GMT
    1 person shot at Sanderson Farm plant in Collins. (Photo source: WDAM)1 person shot at Sanderson Farm plant in Collins. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of a shooting at the Sanderson Farm plant in Collins where one person was shot.  According to Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder, the shooting happened inside the facility around 4 p.m.  The factory was closed down while the scene was made secure according to Ponder.  He said one person was shot and transported to a local hospital with injuries, but he did not know the extent of them.  A suspect did flee the sce...

    More >>

    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of a shooting at the Sanderson Farm plant in Collins where one person was shot.  According to Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder, the shooting happened inside the facility around 4 p.m.  The factory was closed down while the scene was made secure according to Ponder.  He said one person was shot and transported to a local hospital with injuries, but he did not know the extent of them.  A suspect did flee the sce...

    More >>
  • Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Monday, January 22 2018 6:45 PM EST2018-01-22 23:45:54 GMT

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>
  • USM ranked among top universities in MS for online classes

    USM ranked among top universities in MS for online classes

    Monday, January 22 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-01-22 21:10:03 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi is ranked the 2nd top public university for online courses in the state of Mississippi. The school has approximately 15,000 students with more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Southern Miss also has a graduation rate of 50 percent.  Several degrees are offered at the university in areas such as business administration, applied technology, and education.  To view the full list of ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi is ranked the 2nd top public university for online courses in the state of Mississippi. The school has approximately 15,000 students with more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Southern Miss also has a graduation rate of 50 percent.  Several degrees are offered at the university in areas such as business administration, applied technology, and education.  To view the full list of ...More >>
Powered by Frankly