Caleb Bedillion

Caleb Bedillion

Stories Written by Caleb Bedillion

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 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 […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Local voters face a Saturday deadline to cast absentee ballots in municipal elections, though not many citizens have done so thus far. As of Monday afternoon, the Tupelo City Clerk’s office reported that 41 absentee ballots have been cast. “They are really low,” said City Clerk Kim Hanna, […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County leaders look likely to receive a recommendation that the county jail remain within the city limits of Tupelo. The Board of Supervisors ramped up efforts earlier this year to plan for the replacement of an overcrowded jail that’s in poor repair. Supervisors appointed a site selection […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Elected leaders have agreed to spend $22,500 over the next six months in order to determine the viability of a partnership intended to assist the city’s homeless population. During a meeting Tuesday night, the Tupelo City Council voted unanimously to approve a short-term contract with the non-profit agency […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal NOXAPATER – They came from across north Mississippi, packed a tiny town hall to capacity and spilled out beyond into the parking lot, all to hear U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly talk policy and take questions. Kelly began Tuesday morning early, meeting with conservative groups in DeSoto County but by the […]

By CALEB BEDILLION DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – Lee County election officials are once again pushing a plan to reduce the number of voting precincts within the county. Circuit Clerk Camille Roberts and the county’s election commissioners have unveiled an updated consolidation plan, one that calls for bringing 38 voting precincts down to 26 precincts. That’s […]

By CALEB BEDILLION DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – A taxpayer-funded initiative to redevelop a residential area along part of the West Jackson Street corridor has begun to yield its first fruits. Framing is now underway on the first new residence to be built within the Ingram Drive subdivision, located near the intersection of West Jackson Street […]

By CALEB BEDILLION DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – It was just a trip to Walmart, but she phoned her father after it was over. “This is great. I’m getting paid to help people go and shop,” Dana White said during the call. “That’s a good job perk.” That shopping trip? She was there with about 11 […]