Michaela Morris


Since joining the Daily Journal staff in 1996, I’ve covered crime, courts, education, elections, Tupelo city hall, fashion, features and health care. I’m married to Daily Journal staff writer M. Scott Morris, and we have two children, a dog and a cat. I’m often inspired by the passion of our medical professionals and the determination of individuals facing down serious health issues. I love my work because I learn something new every day that can help my family and Daily Journal readers lead fuller, healthier lives. In the past two years, I’ve taken charge of my own health and lost 85 pounds.

Stories Written by Michaela Morris

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Twenty-nine days after a stroke, Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson is headed into intensive therapeutic rehab with an optimistic outlook. Doctors have been very encouraging, his wife Jodie Thompson posted on the public Team Thompson Facebook page. “(One of the doctors) felt with some intense rehab, Sean […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Three experienced prosecutors seek to fill the First District Attorney’s post. Arch Bullard of Corinth and Paul Gault of Amory will compete for the Democratic nomination on Aug. 4 primary. The winner will face John Weddle, who is unopposed in the Republican primary. With Trent Kelly’s election […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Drew and Cooper Edmondson won’t have to struggle for a topic on their back-to-school essays. The Tupelo seventh graders advocated for other Mississippi children living with Type I diabetes last week at the JDRF’s Children’s Congress in Washington D.C. “It was really inspiring,” Drew said. “It felt good to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Two challengers are aiming to unseat Lee County’s long-serving incumbent tax collector on Aug. 4. Leroy Belk Jr., who is finishing his fifth term as tax collector, faces Elise Robbins Hill and Danny T. Mitchell. All three are running as Republicans. If no candidate receives more than […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPLEO – District 5 voters will choose among three politically experienced candidates to represent them on the Lee County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent supervisor Billy Joe Holland will face Plantersville alderman Charles Dale Heard in the Democratic primary on Aug. 4. Joe McKinney, who previously represented the district, will […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – District 3 voters in Lee County have the most homework to do ahead of the Aug. 4 election. Seven candidates – six Republicans and one Democrat – are seeking to fill the post left vacant by Darrell Rankin’s decision not to seek another term on the Lee […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County took the first step toward refinancing its PUL Alliance bonds. The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved refinancing its portion of the money used to purchase and improve the industrial mega-site where Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi now sits. The alliance is a partnership between Pontotoc, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters in Lee County’s second district will have to decide which Smith they want to represent them on the Board of Supervisors. Incumbent supervisor Bobby Smith, who has served since 2000, will face cattle broker-producer Michael W. “Mike” Smith for the Republican nomination on Aug. 4. Because […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Paul “Buzzy” Mize will get zapped by some of his best friends Aug. 11. The Tupelo insurance executive will be the guest of honor at the annual roast and toast benefiting the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clnic. The event at the Summit in Tupelo will start […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal In 1997, Dr. Walter Eckman took his first surgical steps toward minimally invasive techniques to treat chronic back pain. The Tupelo spine surgeon and his team were aiming for an alternative to open techniques that required months of recovery time and had poor outcomes. “We’ll know it’s better if […]