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

Do you know anyone who had tree and landscaping damage in the April tornado?

Is full education funding worth fighting for in the 2015 legislative session?

The Tupelo City Council may rehab the existing Tupelo Police Department headquarters for improved municipal court space. Do you:
• Strongly agree
• Somewhat agree
• Disagree

Will you consider flying the new flights offered by SeaPort Airlines out of Tupelo Regional Airport?

Should Mississippi expand Medicaid eligibility to provide health insurance for approximately 300,000 additional Mississippians?

Did the April 2014 Tupelo tornado change the way the City Council should go about planning?

Do you have any kind of vaccine every year as a preventive measure?

Do you have any kind of vaccine every year as a preventive measure?

Will you vote for a special initiative referendum requiring the Legislature over a period of years, to gradually fund a higher percentage of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program?

Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Construction has started on the $11.5 million Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail linking East Main Street in downtown Tupelo at U.S. Highway 45 to Veterans Boulevard, with traffic flow restrictions expected for the next 12 months. Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association Executive Director Debbie Brangenberg said Tuesday the bridge-widening, landscaping […]