Editor’s Note: A preview of mayoral candidate Candice Knowles’ platform will be in Saturday’s edition of the Daily Journal. By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – It was his first election and his first electoral victory, but euphoria did not erase thought for the future. That’s how Jason Shelton found himself, as mayor-elect of Tupelo […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state Senate’s minority leader said Wednesday he hopes Gov. Phil Bryant allows the Legislature to consider a bond bill in the upcoming special session. Via social media, the Republican governor announced late Tuesday he would call a special session on June 5 to take up […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Headed into his first re-election bid with a contested primary, Mayor Jason Shelton has easily raised and spent more money than any other election candidate in the city. All candidates in municipal races were required this week by state law to report on the financial activities of their […]


By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – A long-serving incumbent in a diverse ward faces a pair of primary opponents next week. Nettie Davis, 75, is a retired teacher completing a fourth term representing Ward 4 on the Tupelo City Council. Running as a Democrat, she hopes for a fifth term, but several other candidates […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The bicentennial edition of the Mississippi Blue Book, the state’s official and statistical register, was unveiled Tuesday by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann during a news conference in his Capitol office. The Blue Book, more than 800 pages in its latest incarnation, is released every four […]


By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Amid a low-key election season in the All-America City, the Ward 2 City Council race stands out for some hard edges and sharp words. First-term incumbent Lynn Bryan, a 54-year old construction contractor, hopes to win re-election. To do so, he must fend off challenger Phillip Thomason, a […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5. He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1. Legislators ended their three-month regular session in late […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The disagreement that resulted in three agencies not being funded during the 2017 legislative session pales in comparison to what occurred in 2009 when no agency was funded during the regular session. And while almost everyone agrees that the three agencies will be funded before the […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Local voters face a Saturday deadline to cast absentee ballots in municipal elections, though not many citizens have done so thus far. As of Monday afternoon, the Tupelo City Clerk’s office reported that 41 absentee ballots have been cast. “They are really low,” said City Clerk Kim Hanna, […]