Joe Rutherford


I am the editorial page editor and editorial writer here at the Daily Journal, where I have worked in some news/editorial capacity for 41-plus years. Northeast Mississippi is my home (I lived in Kossuth, Walnut and Ripley growing up, plus Oxford/Ole Miss). I had a passion for the life, development and progress in this area by the time I was a teenager. During my decades here I have been a beat reporter, area editor and editorial page editor. Every day is a new story, a new angle and most days, a reason for optimism. I am fortunate to have great friends and two wonderful dogs. My passion is travel, and planning the trips is as much fun as going.

Stories Written by Joe Rutherford

Will you travel by car or pick-up truck during the Thanksgiving holiday?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Jon Meacham, signing copies Tuesday morning of his new book, “Destiny and Power/The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” at Reed’s GumTree Bookstore, said the first Bush president is a “much more complicated man” than many perceive, and could be described as “Mr. Rogers trying to be […]

Is a twin-engine aircraft necessary for success of commercial air service in Tupelo?

Do you have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Should the Tupelo City Council and Mayor Shelton undertake a reassessment of municipal committee terms limits and the length of terms?

Do Mississippi leaders clearly explain Mississippi’s economic situation?

Can Tupelo learn valuable lessons about hospitality management by hosting a conference for 10,000 people spread over four days?

Did you celebrate Veterans Day last week by honoring military service members?

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – The Mississippi Department of Transportation rolled out its long-range MULTIPLAN 2040 in a two-hour walk-through public session Thursday afternoon at the department’s Tupelo District headquarters, with large charts showing how much money will be needed and where work must be done to provide transportation adequacy. MULTIPLAN (Mississippi’s Unified […]

Do you live in a county or community that does not have legal liquor and beer sales?