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

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – A potent weather system dumped flood-inducing rainfall across Northeast Mississippi on Friday, with the Little Tallahatchie River overflowing its banks in downtown New Albany, where commercial and residential flooding was reported by the National Weather Service at mid-afternoon. The rain, which began in the early morning hours before […]

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