Police search for suspect, family following shooting

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Police are currently searching for a man believed to be involved in an early morning...

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Education plans to seek grants from the federal government worth up to $15 million a year for four years to expand an existing pre-kindergarten program. That money could boost Mississippi’s fledgling effort to provide state-paid preschool for 4-year-olds. Supporters had hoped lawmakers would expand […]

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Teachers of Distinction winners included, from left, Amanda Koonlaba, Susan Hankins, Cynthia Huddleston, Allyson McGraw, Nina Roberts, Janna Fairley, Cheryl Dexter, Caren Barber, Mollie Gratz, Karen Logan and Annette Akins.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Joyner Elementary teacher Caren Barber felt inspired on Friday afternoon. She had just joined a group of 24 Tupelo Public School District educators who received the prestigious “Teacher of Distinction” award. Rather than resting on her success, however, she talked about wanting to become even better. “It validates […]

By David Helms Pontotoc Progress PONTOTOC – With only five photo affidavit ballots left to possibly count, the legalization of liquor sales inside the city of Pontotoc still hangs in the balance. The vote, for the moment, is tied. Those five ballots will not change the final outcome of beer/light wine sales, which was unofficially […]

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Customers waiting to purchase the new iPhone 6 line up outside the AT&T store in Tupelo on Friday morning before the doors opened at 8 a.m.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Jody Dill of Mantachie spent 16 hours waiting to buy the bigger, better, faster Apple iPhone 6, getting to the AT&T Wireless store on North Gloster Street Thursday afternoon at around 4 p.m. The store opened at 8 a.m. Friday, and his long wait paid off, as he […]

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City officials and community leaders shovel dirt Friday morning during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail on Friday morning at Fairpark.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The long-awaited Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail connecting downtown Tupelo to the birthplace and museum should be completed in 18 months, officials said Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony. Work on the project will begin the first weekend in October and should be finished by the spring of 2016. Once […]

Daily Journal ABERDEEN – An eight-person federal jury is deciding Letisha Mitchell’s discrimination case against the City of Tupelo. After a five days of testimony, the jury received the case around 4:30 Friday afternoon and was still deliberating at 9:30 p.m. At press time, it was not clear if the jury would continue deliberations Saturday […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Eric Clark, the former secretary of state who as a state representative from sparsely populated Smith County in the 1980s was a leader in challenging powerful Speaker C.B. “Buddie” Newman, announced Friday he is stepping down as the leader of the state’s 15 two-year colleges. Clark, […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – If you’ve placed a classified ad recently in the Daily Journal and somebody calls you after it’s appeared and asks for your credit card number, don’t give it to them. It’s a scam. Four Daily Journal classified customers have called the newspaper this week saying someone claiming to be from the […]