Forrest County

Forrest County, Mississippi

630 N Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: (601) 582-3213
Fax: (601) 545-6065
www.co.forrest.ms.us

In southeastern MS, southwest of Laurel; organized Apr 19, 1906 from Perry County. Name Origin: For Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-77), Confederate general often quoted as saying "Get there fustest with the mostest."

Area (sq mi):: 470.17 (land 466.58; water 3.59) Population per square mile: 160.90
Population 2005: 75,095 State rank: 9 Population change: 2000-20005 3.40%; 1990-2000 6.30% Population 2000: 72,604 (White 63.70%; Black or African American 33.60%; Hispanic or Latino 1.30%; Asian 0.70%; Other 1.40%). Foreign born: 2.00%. Median age: 29.70
Income 2000: per capita $15,160; median household $27,420; Population below poverty level: 22.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,337-$24,803
Unemployment (2004): 5.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): 2.10% Median travel time to work: 21.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 25.50%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Hattiesburg County seat (46,442)

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    The county will provide a tax exemption valued at $16 million over 10 years on personal property, machinery, raw materials as well as a freeport warehouse waiver, Forrest County Board of Supervisors Attorney David Miller said in an interview with the Journal.
    Securities and Exchange Commission, assigned an Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of 'A+' and upgraded the revenue bond rating to 'A+' from 'A' on the following debt issued by the Mississippi Hospital Equipment & Facilities Authority on behalf of Forrest County General Hospital or Forrest Health (FH), MS.
    "We had an extreme flash flooding event," said Glen Moore, the emergency management director in Forrest County, in southwestern Mississippi, which saw 9 inches fall over 12 hours through early Friday.
    The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) and Mississippi Center for Justice are suing Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee and staff at the jail.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved almost $7.4 million for the State of Mississippi to fund the construction of eight stand-alone safe rooms designed to withstand winds up to 200 mph at schools in Forrest County.
    This two-day market is held at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center and hosts more than 100 vendors from across Mississippi as well as seven other Southern states.
    "It gives you a goal, a realization that if you set that goal for yourself there's nothing holding you back," said Amanda Parker, PRCC's assistant vice president for Forrest County operations.
    Retrospectively, on January 10, 1966, Klansmen murdered civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer in Forrest County, Mississippi.
    * Flandreau Public School Forrest County Agricultural High School
    Clearwater, FL, June 11, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Forrest County Agriculture High School is using the B-60 Biodiesel processor as their hands-on educational tool to demonstrate how to produce renewable energy.
    The Forrest County seat of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the adjacent town of Petal, both about 100 miles Southeast of Jackson, the state capital, bore the brunt of storms that struck less than an hour before dark, Reuters reported Sunday.