Forrest County supervisor, others take Hattiesburg council, mayor to court

Published: Feb. 5, 2015 at 9:27 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2015 at 9:56 PM CST
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hub City's mayor and council will head to court Monday morning over the absence of Citizens Forum.

Forrest County Supervisor Rod Woullard, Reverend Kenneth Fairley and NAACP President Rev. Clarence Magee filed an emergency petition Monday for a temporary restraining order on the group in Forrest County Chancery Court.

The petition states that the council and mayor have made decisions affecting taxpayers, such as the wastewater project, since suspending the Citizens Forum. The petition states that the council has placed "unreasonable limitations on speech."

That forum, however, is not required by law and was suspended by the council in October 2013 for a minimum of 90 days. Its continued absence caused protests this week at City Hall that prevented city business from being conducted.

The group will meet in Forrest County Chancery Court Monday, February 9 at 11 a.m. under chancery Judge Dawn Beam.

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