Joe Rutherford


I am the editorial page editor and editorial writer here at the Daily Journal, where I have worked in some news/editorial capacity for 41-plus years. Northeast Mississippi is my home (I lived in Kossuth, Walnut and Ripley growing up, plus Oxford/Ole Miss). I had a passion for the life, development and progress in this area by the time I was a teenager. During my decades here I have been a beat reporter, area editor and editorial page editor. Every day is a new story, a new angle and most days, a reason for optimism. I am fortunate to have great friends and two wonderful dogs. My passion is travel, and planning the trips is as much fun as going.

Stories Written by Joe Rutherford

Will you follow implementation of the Mississippi Board of Education’s five-year strategic plan?

Will you have a designated driver if your group plans to drink during a Christmas-season party?

Did you know Lee County has a Juvenile Detention Center?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal Mississippi U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have been given their committee assignments by Republican Party leaders, and Cochran, as expected, will chair the Appropriations Committee, one of the most influential positions in Congress. Wicker, of Tupelo, recently elected chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, will gain seniority […]

Will first-rate buiIdings and sports facilities help Ole Miss and Mississippi State attract more and better students?

Is it fair to shortchange schools at a time when standards have been raised and districts asked to do much more to get Mississippi’s lagging educational performance on the upswing?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Leaders of Mississippi’s major transportation sectors stressed the necessity Thursday of intermodal cooperation in moving the state’s economy forward. A session at Itawamba Community College’s Belden Center sponsored by the college included representatives of highways, railroads, airports, waterways and ports. Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert stressed the […]

Is full funding for education, using reallocated funds, the right thing to do?

Do you make any kind of charitable contribution during the traditional year-ending holiday seasons?

Do you expect your local property taxes to rise if the state does not fully fund public education?