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The road to recovery has been long for Tupelo Police Officer Joseph Maher. He was shot in the head by a bank robber on Dec. 23, 2013. Doctors hope a nerve graft will solve problems with facial and optical muscles and allow him to return to duty next summer.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Joseph Maher will never forget Dec. 23, 2013, even though he cannot remember most of the day. On that Monday afternoon nearly one year ago, Maher and fellow Tupelo Police Officer Gale Stauffer were involved in a gunfight on South Gloster Street with a bank robber. Stauffer was […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau FARMINGTON – Passage of a law to protect children of people who are mentally ill solidified Andrew Loyd’s place in the pantheon of super heroes. The youngster, who was 11 years old when he died on Oct. 11, 2012, was honored Thursday at Alcorn Central Middle School, where […]

BATESVILLE (AP) – Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a woman set on fire in Panola County and left to die by the side of the road. The Rev. Eric Greggs noted that classmates’ wishes at the packed service on Saturday included “Fly high,” a reference to the former cheerleader’s aerial acrobatics. Alabama author […]

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A motorist zooms past the speed limit sign on West Barnes Crossing Road, also known as the Northern Loop. The five-lane road that connects the west side of Tupelo with the retail center around the mall has a speed limit of just 50 mph, based on the engineers' recommendation.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – As Tupelo motorists have begun to travel the Northern Loop more often, so have the Tupelo Police. “We haven’t increased patrols on the road, we have just started familiarizing ourselves with it,” said Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre. “We’re trying to give the folks a little bit of […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A group reviewing Mississippi prison contracts could recommend changes requiring more accountability in how all state agencies purchase goods or hire people to provide services, members said after their first meeting Friday. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed a bipartisan, five-member task force to examine the Mississippi Department […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – An auction next weekend and a January concert will help a local mother continue the search for her son who disappeared nearly five years ago. Businesses from across the area have donated merchandise and prizes to Mildred Jones. Everything from Mississippi State University sports memorabilia to furniture to […]

By William Moore Daily Journal JACKSON – Anthony Carothers will spend the next 25 years in prison after the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed a 2013 appeals court ruling Thursday. Carothers was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault in November 2011 in Lafayette County Circuit Court for the beating of his half-sister Sheena Carothers earlier […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – A Tupelo man has been charged with burglary a commercial building. Joseph Lee Hamblin, 55, was arrested by Tupelo Police in connection to a burglary that took place Dec. 7 at a commercial building on South Gloster Street. Hamblin is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Lee County Justice Court […]

By Adrian Sainz Associated Press COURTLAND – Jessica Chambers was a former cheerleader and softball player who had started a new job and hoped to begin college next year, friends and relatives say. She liked to smile and playfully stick out her tongue at people. She was friendly and trusting of others, making her mother […]