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Crossroads Commercial Center, located in the center of Desoto County will be nothing less than “The Gateway” into the City of Hernando and surrounding areas. A 65-acre tract centered between two major interstates (I-55 and I-69) and located ten miles south of Memphis represents an opportunity to introduce tenants to a uniquely positioned mixed-use landscape.

Highly visible. Thoughtfully planned. Extraordinary potential. Learn more and watch the video


The 2014 Hernando Christmas Parade has been postponed until Monday, December 8 at 6:30pm.  Parade participants will start lining up on Vaiden Street at 5:30pm, with the parade to begin promptly at 6:30pm.  The parade route will begin at the corner of Mt. Pleasant Extended and Commerce Street, traveling down Commerce Street, around the Town Square and ending at Hernando Baptist Church on East Center Street.  Come and enjoy the holiday season with this annual tradition, bringing together local businesses and residents to the streets of Hernando.  For more information contact the Hernando Chamber of Commerce at 429-9055.

REPORTING STORM DAMAGE: If you or anyone you know had damage from the flooding last week please call 662-469-8017 or email Additional Info


To register for the Hernando Water Tower 10K Race click: or contact Gia Matheny at 662-429-9092

SPECIAL ELECTION AUGUST 5, 2014 (sample ballot)

City of Hernando Mayor and Board of Aldermen intend to hold a special election Tuesday August 5, 2014 for purposes of asking citizens if they are for or against a 2% (two percent) tourism and parks and recreation tax on restaurant sales and hotels and motel rentals.  Revenue from the tax would be placed in a special fund for the purpose of providing funds to promote tourism and parks and recreation within the city.


JACKSON, Miss. — Mark Loughman of Gulfport-based Mississippi Power, has been elected the 2014-2015 President of the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors. He has served as Treasurer and Vice President on the executive committee since joining the board in 2011.

The MMSA board is made up of a statewide group of business, government and community leaders. Joey Hudnall, 2013-2014 Board President, passed the gavel to Hudnall at the recent Annual Awards meeting in Jackson.

During the meeting, the 2014-2015 executive committee officers were announced and voted into office. New officers include: Past President Joey Hudnall of Neel-Schaffer in Jackson; President Mark Loughman of Mississippi Power in Gulfport; and President-elect Suzanne Smith of Renasant Bank in Tupelo.

Three new board members were also elected during the general meeting: Mayor Chip Johnson, City of Hernando; Steve Kelly, Board Member Emeritus; and Matthew McLaughlin, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

Loughman serves as the Director of Environmental Affairs for Mississippi Power in Gulfport.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Pascagoula Area Manager, the Major Accounts Sales Manager, and the Director of Economic Development.

He is a graduate of several leadership programs including Leadership Mississippi, Leadership Gulf Coast, Leadership Jackson County, and the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Master’s Program.

Johnson is serving his third term as Mayor of the City of Hernando, Miss., and previously served a term as an alderman for the city. He previously served one year as President of the Mississippi Municipal League and two years as the Legislative Chairman.

Johnson is a Board Member of the Mississippi Bike/Walk and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a member of the Desoto Economic Council where he serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee & the Tax Advisory Committee.

Kelly recently retired from Entergy where he worked for 27 years in economic development. An active volunteer with the Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Kelly gives tours at the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion and helps with archives research as well as history collections photography.

McLaughlin is with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. in Jackson. He advises clients on federal, state and local economic developmen incentives and non-traditional sources of capital, namely in the areas of energy, technology, manufacturing, affordable housing, historic preservation, and community development.

The 2014 MMSA Board of Directors are as follows:
Board President Mark Loughman, Mississippi Power Company; Past President Joey Hudnall, Neel-Schaffer, Inc.; President-elect Suzanne Smith, Renasant Bank; Allison Beasley, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development; Hilary Burroughs, Sanderson Farms, Inc., Steve Kelly, Board Member Emeritus; Matthew McLaughlin, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.; Mayor Robert E. Smith, Sr., City of Columbus; Sheila Varnado, Consultant; Wyatt Waters, Wyatt Waters Gallery; Beth Williams, The Alluvian Hotel & Spa; Mayor Chip Johnson, City of Hernando; H.T. Holmes, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leland Speed, EastGroup/Parkway Properties; Jim West, College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University; Mickey Howley, Water Valley Main Street Association; and Vickie Duke, New Albany Main Street Association.

Ex Officio Members are Brent Christensen of the Mississippi Development Authority and Alex Thomas, Mississippi Advisor to the National Trust. Designated Representatives to the board are Ken P’Pool, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; John Poros, The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University; and Joy Foy of the Mississippi Development Authority.


Download photos: Mark Loughman, MMSA Board President; Mayor Chip Johnson, Board Member; Steve Kelly; Board Member Emeritus and Matthew McLaughlin, Board Member.

The Mississippi Main Street Association is a program of the National Main Street Center, Inc., and the Mississippi Development Authority with many allied partners and investors. Main Street is an economic development program based in historic preservation. The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide visionary leadership, guidance and counsel to Mississippi Main Street communities through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make our cities and towns better places to work, live and play.

For more information, go to Ride of Silence

Hernando Ride of Silence took place Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 pm at the County Courthouse square.  The bicycle ride was to honor those who were killed or injured while bicycling.

City of Hernando Participates in Building Safety Month

May 6-11, 2014: Building Safety Month

To help raise awareness of building safety, the City of Hernando proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings.  Office of Planning

The Hernando Optimist Club will host the 37th annual A’Fair on Saturday, May 17.  The day will begin at 7:30 am with a 5K run/walk. Registration is held on Center Street across from the courthouse in the Trustmark Bank parking lot.  This is a rain or shine event and there is no admission fee and parking is free.  For information on becoming a sponsor click here. A’Fair sponsor letter & Hernando Optimist Club Sponsor packet

Mayor Johnson: Building a Culture of Health in Hernando (Video Clip).  Mayor Chip Johnson of Hernando, Miss., reacts to winning the 2013 Leadership for Healthy Communities Award. In an interview at the 2013 Leadership for Healthy Communities Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit in Baltimore, Mayor Johnson discusses the importance of promoting healthy eating and active living policies and the impact they are having in his community and in communities nationwide.

Economy linked to community’s health | ULI Member, Mayor Chip Johnson of Hernando, MS

Hernando Middle School Project Fit America! Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.  New opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy (Video Clip)

Hernando Mayor Takes the Reins of Statewide Organization

Fostering a Culture of Health and Wellness (Video Clip).  Watch as Mayor Chip Johnson from Hernando, MS fosters a culture of health and wellness citywide. To learn more, visit

Hernando is featured in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings Announcement in a video about health initiatives in the city –  Hernando health initiatives

Healthy Hernando MS (Video Clip) – Digital Muse is proud to have been contacted by the City of Hernando to partner with them in producing this educational video about the “healthy” progress of our town, Hernando, Mississippi!
Special thanks to Mayor Chip Johnson and Shelly Johnstone, Director of Community Development.  Without their efforts, most of the items in this video would not have been possible.  Another special thanks to all the tireless citizens working in the backgrounds to continue to push our city forward.

Mississippi State Department of Health Reports

Hernando Chamber of Commerce