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 – Infant mortality in Mississippi has hit an all-time low, dropping to a rate of 8.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The Mississippi State Department of Health announced the milestone in reducing infant deaths, noting the state has seen a significant trend since 2005. In all, the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tucker Whitenton, Hayden Johnson, Alaina Callens and Jackson Caldwell are hoping for more than A’s on their Tupelo High School senior project. They want to inspire their classmates and people across the community to never, never give up. “We’ve had peers who have attempted suicide,” Callens said. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Adults are struggling to budge the scale, but the youngest kids are giving public health advocates hope in the battle against obesity. “We’ve made progress in Mississippi in very young children,” said Dr. Dan Jones, director of clinical and population science for the Mississippi Center for Obesity […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo elementary students have brightened up exam rooms at IMA-Tupelo without setting foot in the door. The medical clinic has 50 paintings on loan from young artists at Lawndale Elementary. The physicians, staff and the patients have appreciated colorful additions to the exam rooms. “The patients love […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County crews will start emergency repairs on the Campbelltown Creek Bridge on County Road 941 this week. The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved a $15,000 request to fix the bridge near Baldwyn for repairs at its Monday meeting. Cracks were discovered in the southern truss […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Project Hope has blown out the candle on its 15-year effort to help local heart disease, diabetes and cancer patients. “Our board of directors made the difficult decision to dissolve Project Hope because of declining contributions and participation, coupled with the deaths of two founding members,” said […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Few things are more miserable than a little one with a big cold. Tiny noses get red and runny. Throats get scratchy. It’s hard for anyone in the house to get any sleep. When adults have the sniffles, there’s a huge range of the over-the-counter options to keep them […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi veterans now have four doctors, a mental health team and a 10,000-square-foot clinic to call their own. In partnership with the Veterans Administration Medical Center Memphis, Onsite OHS has opened a community clinic to provide care for 4,000 veterans in seven Northeast Mississipppi counties. “We […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – After double checking the tallies from three problem boxes, the unofficial returns put incumbent Sadie Holland back on the Lee County Justice Court bench over challenger Phyllis Maharrey Dye by 66 votes. The Lee County Election Commission on Friday re-scanned ballots from three precincts – Tupelo 1, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Their fingers weren’t as nimble as they once were, but residents at Tupelo Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center molded clay into personal masterpieces. “It’s something I’ve never done before,” said Helen Dye, 79, of Tupelo. Dye and the other elders were guided by potters Michael and Laura […]