By William Moore Daily Journal NETTLETON – When the polls open next week, Nettleton voters will have plenty of options. All candidates run as Democrats in the town of around 2,000 that straddles the Lee-Monroe county line, and every race on the primary ballot is contested. For the city’s top spot, voters will decide between […]

By William Moore Daily Journal SHANNON – When voters go to the polls Tuesday in Shannon, it will be just the first of three probable city-wide elections over a six-week span. The town of around 1,800 on the south end of Lee County has four mayoral candidates. With three in the May 2 Democratic primary, […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Candidates sparred over policing, park facilities and infrastructure during a forum held Thursday night just ahead of next week’s primary elections. Eleven candidates in total took the stage of New Dimension Community Church in East Tupelo, offering their platforms and policy ideas. Mayor Jason Shelton, a Democrat seeking […]


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 […]