By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The long process of developing a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, officially kicks off Tuesday when the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee convenes. The Budget Committee, which consists of legislative leaders, including Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, will […]

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Rochelle Tullos feeds a pear to Huckleberry, a "big baby."

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Rochelle Tullos is in charge of 21 horses that she calls “big babies.” She has one of those rare dream jobs that includes mucking out stables. “There are a lot of women I know who wouldn’t do this,” she said with a laugh. In 2000, she and […]

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases – the main concern at that time. Fordice had proposed increasing the hourly rate paid […]

Daily Journal Authorities in three states are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who crashed into a state trooper’s vehicle. Around 11 a.m. Sunday, Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were called to assist the Selmer (Tenn.) Police Department in apprehending a man who was wanted in a hit-and-run wreck earlier in the day. Selmer police and the […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Pontotoc voters approved the sale and consumption of beer and liquor in the city, while alcohol remains illegal in the rest of Pontotoc County. As a result of the Sept. 16 referendum, Pontotoc became the ninth city in Mississippi to take advantage of a 2012 state law. Two […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The most senior City Council member earns roughly half of what’s budgeted for the position, due to a state law approved 12 years ago. Ward 4 Councilwoman Nettie Davis, both the first black and female council president, has never earned pay equal to what her colleagues on the […]

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After unveiling the sign for the Lance Cpl. Stephen Baldwyn Memorial Bridge, Lee County Supervisor Phil Morgan, right, prepares to hug the fallen Marine’s mother, Stephanie Baldwyn.

By William Moore Daily Journal The unofficial entrance to the Eggville community is now marked by the Lance Corporal Stephen Baldwyn Memorial Bridge. More than 60 people gathered at the intersection of County Roads 1498 and 1154 Saturday morning for the ceremony to honor Baldwyn, a 2004 Mooreville High School graduate who was killed in […]

As the season changes, so does the Natchez Trace Parkway. Leaves are beginning to turn, and deer are becoming more active. Both are part of nature’s beauty, but only one has the potential to total a car. The Daily Journal’s M. Scott Morris recently posed three questions to Lisa McInnis, chief of resource management for […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Tourism continues to grow as an industry in Oxford, and industry leaders have plans in place to keep it on an upswing. The town has 94 more hotel rooms in newly opened TownePlaces Suites by Marriott, and three other hotels are in various stages of construction. […]