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 U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., announced Friday he is returning to Mississippi for the first time since early summer when he suffered a stroke while having brain surgery. Nunnelee spokeswoman Elizabeth Parks said Friday he would return to his Tupelo residence and continue physical rehabilitation to help him recover from […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal Completion of the largest and most expensive construction project in the I-22 corridor from Memphis to Birmingham has been delayed for a year because of design issues with bridges over I-65 in Birmingham, Alabama Department of Transportation employees confirmed this week. The Birmingham Business Journal reported last week that the […]

Has Okolona taken a positive step with passage of a school bond improvement bill?

Are you aware of the special election in Tupelo’s Ward 3 on Sept. 4?

Are you aware that all Mississippi public schools use the Common Core standards?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Construction on the West Barnes Crossing Road Bridge and interchange crossing U.S. Highway 78 near Belden is on schedule for a September completion, MDOT construction engineer Jamie McDonald said this week. The $10.5 million bridge, contracted to Century Construction of Tupelo, has been underway since mid-March, with a […]

he American Heart Association said Monday e-cigarettes should be treated as are all “tobacco” products delivering nicotine. Do you agree?

Do you agree that career education must be presented and encouraged with clear information about current prospects and projections for future employment?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extensively discussed taxation and the necessity of adequately funding road maintenance countywide, agreeing to provide themselves with road priorities by district by Sept. 30. The work session didn’t result in votes on anything, only the verbal agreement to provide highest road […]

Should setting road maintenance priorities countywide be a board of supervisors policy?