Daily Journal A portion of South Lawndale Drive will remain closed through Friday afternoon as the Tupelo Public Works Department replaces a storm drainage pipe. Work began Wednesday morning between Cliff Gookin Boulevard and Mitchell Road. South Lawndale was originally expected to reopen by 3 p.m. Thursday, but work is continuing. The area will be […]


By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – In January, Lee County residents will have new circuit clerk for the first time on 20 years. Current Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin is retiring after two decades of overseeing the county and circuit courts as well as all of the elections since 1996. The open seat initially drew […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Race, lawsuits, calls for recusal and a large municipal donation played into the drama of a rezoning vote on Tuesday. Oxford aldermen voted 5-2 against a request to change from agricultural (AG) and single-family (RA) to multi-family (RC) a 42.2-acre tract mostly surrounded by apartments. Alderman Preston Taylor […]


By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPLEO – District 5 voters will choose among three politically experienced candidates to represent them on the Lee County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent supervisor Billy Joe Holland will face Plantersville alderman Charles Dale Heard in the Democratic primary on Aug. 4. Joe McKinney, who previously represented the district, will […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – A Tupelo resident challenged the City Council to take a stand and refuse to fly the Mississippi state flag on city-owned properties. Mary Thomas said the flag, that features the Confederate battle flag, does not represent the community that recently received its fifth All-America City award, “The flag, […]

Daily Journal A temporary water advisory has been issued for Josey Creek in Oktibbeha County due to a force main break. The Mississippi Department of Environmtental Quality issued a water contact advisory Tuesday for the creek, extending from the Highway 182 West crossing north to the confluence with Trim Cane Creek. An MDEQ release says […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Workers started pouring the concrete at 2 a.m. Monday, completing half of the slab for the new police department by noon. “We poured in the middle of the night to avoid the high temperatures of the day,” said West Brothers Construction project supervisor Jim Shackelford. The work crews […]


By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – District 3 voters in Lee County have the most homework to do ahead of the Aug. 4 election. Seven candidates – six Republicans and one Democrat – are seeking to fill the post left vacant by Darrell Rankin’s decision not to seek another term on the Lee […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Since the primary use of two massive, dome-shaped safe rooms will be to shelter citizens during inclement weather, they do not need to have sprinkler systems. During today’s meeting, the City Council plans to approve a letter from Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker and Fire Marshal Jason Cross […]