By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Approving a $500,000 grant usually sounds like a no-brainer, especially after the City Council approved matching tax dollars more than three months ago. But not this time, not for a Tupelo Regional Airport project to create a long-desired taxiway near a crumbling runway. While council members may support […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – The Hinds County Republican Party chairman said Tuesday that 300 to 350 possible illegally cast votes were found in Mississippi’s largest county in the Senate runoff between incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel. That total is significantly lower than McDaniel’s assertion that at least 1,500 improper […]


By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – While several department heads say they’re controlling most costs, some city officials say they may need to raise taxes for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The city faces having to clean up a decades-old dumpsite, furnish its in-progress fire station, do major repairs to its pool and buy new […]

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Clean-up and rebuilding continues in the back section of Lynn Circle in the Sharon Hills neighborhood on Monday morning in Tupelo.

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – A second neighborhood plans to officially accept an added layer of regulation bureaucracy in exchange for added peace of mind as homes are repaired and rebuilt. The City Council will likely approve a process to allow a five-member design review committee in Sharon Hills to decide whether to […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The City Council remained uncertain Monday about holding a vote today to provide $500,000 toward a matching grant for an airport renovation project rejected less than a year ago. Council members generally sounded supportive in discussing the Tupelo Regional Airport’s leveraging of state funding to help construct a […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel asked Monday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books. He’s trying to prove people who […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The just-completed 2014 fiscal year marks the third consecutive year the state has experienced revenue growth of more than 5 percent. Only four other times in Mississippi history since 1980 has the state experienced three consecutive years of revenue growth of more than 5 percent: • […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Sen. Chris McDaniel, still refusing to give up his challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, said Friday via email his campaign had found 8,300 questionable ballots across the state from the June 24 Republican primary runoff. He said many of those “were unquestionably cast […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his Democratic opponent, Travis Childers of Booneville, are slated to appear back to back on the same stage July 31 at the annual Neshoba County Fair political speakings. Childers is slated to speak at 10:20 a.m., followed by Cochran at 10:30. […]