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

Does your county have deficient bridges on any of its state roads?

Do you have a favorite yet in the 1st District special congressional election?

Do you agree that competing for All America City honors creates its own reward?

Have you felt confident in raising your consumer spending so far in 2015?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Significant damage to the north abutment of the Natchez Trace Bridge crossing Town Creek north of the U.S. 78 interchange near Tupelo will indefinitely delay completion of a repair project. That project involves one-lane traffic north and south of the bridge and crossing it. The project began in […]

Has ICC made the right decision to modify and expand academic offerings at its Tupelo campus?

Should the Legislature appropriate additional funds for pre-kindergarten education?

Has Chancellor Dan Jones’ leadership had a positive impact on the University of Mississippi?

Is the legislative leadership going overboard in proposing huge long-term cuts that could result in a shortage of funds for government services?

Is it better to maintain public schools as the need arises or postpone maintenance until needs become critical?