By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation is alive to provide $1 million to continue upgrades at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and to provide $655,000 to aid with construction of Vietnam Veterans Wall and other displays at Veterans Park. The two projects, officials say, will strengthen Tupelo’s efforts to attract […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former House Speaker Tim Ford, a Baldwyn native, known for his ability to build coalitions that enabled him to govern an often-raucous Mississippi House for four terms, died early Friday night at a home he owned in Oxford. Ford, 63, now a Jackson attorney, died from […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Circuit Clerk’s office was hopping Friday as 10 candidates waited until the final day to qualify. “We had people coming in all day,” said Deputy Circuit Clerk Dawn Coon. “We even had a handful wait until the late minute.” The late-comers helped fill out two […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Republicans and Democrats will begin nearly even in terms of uncontested races as they battle for control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday was the qualifying deadline for the state’s Aug. 4 party primaries and Nov. 3 general election. According to preliminary data gathered from […]


By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mike Hurst, stepping down from his role as a federal prosecutor, is running as a Republican against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. The 39-year-old Madison resident qualified Friday to seek the Republican nomination with his wife, Celeste, at his side. He told reporters at Republican Party headquarters that […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Democrat Joce Pritchett of Jackson said Friday that she’s running for Mississippi state auditor because she wants to fight corruption and hold officials accountable for how they spend tax dollars. “In recent years, we have seen scandal after scandal in our counties and our state agencies because […]

POPLARVILLE (AP) – Poplarville attorney Martin T. Smith, who served 20 years in the state Senate and 30 years as lawyer for Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees, has died at his home. He was 80. Pearl River Community College announced Smith died Thursday. Funeral arrangements are pending. Smith also worked as attorney for […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The field of candidates running in the May 12 1st District U.S. House special election continues to change. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo on Thursday became the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the seat. Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, who previously served […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Two of the hot-button education measures of the 2015 legislative session are heading to the House floor for consideration. The issues, providing scholarships or vouchers for special-needs children to pursue private education options and making possible changes to the education standards adopted by the state Board […]