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

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – The National Park Service observed its centennial last week with scores of events, but none overwhelmed the constant main mission of NPS during one of the busiest periods in parks everywhere. Woodrow Wilson signed the agency into law Aug. 25, 1916. Personalities like President Theodore Roosevelt, naturalist John […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – J. William Young Jr. former executive director of CREATE Foundation and a retired Tupelo businessman, died Friday morning at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Young, a native of West Point and resident of Tupelo since 1968, had been in declining health for several months. He was 85. Young […]

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Will the newly redesigned and refurbished downtown Tupelo attract more businesses and residents?

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