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

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 […]

Will you use the new airline in Tupelo, connecting to Memphis and Nashville?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert on Friday suggested Mississippians must consider a possible fuel tax increase to address a huge backlog of maintenance needs, beginning with a $700 million estimate of necessary work on 700 “posted” state bridges. “The only thing worse than a tax increase is […]

Does Tupelo stand to expand its tourism business?

Does Tupelo stand to expand its tourism business?