M. Scott Morris


M. Scott Morris is an award-winning feature writer and columnist, and has worked at the Mighty Daily Journal since 1996. If you've got a story idea about an interesting person, place or thing, he'd love to hear about it.

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Stories Written by M. Scott Morris

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NETTLETON – Lacey Robinett “murdered” a classmate at Nettleton High School on Monday. Robinett and more than 100 members of the school’s Future Farmers of America played a team-building game during an assembly. “It was fun just going around and people not knowing who the killer was,” said Robinett, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A few years ago, Kenny Valiant was in an ICU unit. “They were asking me if I had a preacher or a will,” he recalled. “I said, ‘My blood pressure is high enough already.’” One treatment seemed to work for Valiant, though it wasn’t prescribed. Her name […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – In May and June, a team of classics students from the University of Mississippi spent five weeks in Rome on the front lines of archaeology. “Rome is a very, very old city,” said Andersen Marx, a 22-year-old from Buckhead, Ga. “You’re walking in ancient footsteps. You even […]

When I was a kid, my dad and I watched “The Lone Ranger” and “The Cisco Kid” on Sunday mornings. I’m not a drummer – and never will be, according to a test in middle school – but I learned to beat out “The William Tell Overture” from listening to the intro to “The Lone […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Coincidences happen regularly in real life, but they shouldn’t happen too often in fiction. And that’s a problem for “The Identical,” a straightforward, good-hearted tale that relies on events lining up just so. It’s not about Elvis Presley – a character makes a point to mention Elvis – but […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – With the words “Basement, now!” meteorologist Matt Laubhan became a YouTube sensation after the April 28 tornado. Months later, Laubhan and his wife, Emily Leonard, both with WTVA news, have been selected to be grand marshals for the 2014 Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade. “They’re great representatives of […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal BALDWYN – The romantic idea of an artist would include an intense scowl, paint-covered clothes, dramatic brushstrokes, hair flopping around and occasional cries of frustration and/or revelations late into the night. That kind of approach would wear out real-life artist Judy Tucci of Baldwyn. She likes her sleep. She […]

I like my travel toothpaste. It’s Colgate, though I don’t know the flavor’s name. It’s certainly not the Crest mint flavor I use at home. My travel underarm antiperspirant is different, too. The last time I needed a replacement, I picked up Degree because they didn’t have tiny original scent Old Spice. For that matter, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Gunther Bachmann is a German spy master, the kind of guy who develops sources close to the people he’s interested in and watches to see what happens. He’s a patient man, which also makes him a rare man in the post-9/11 world, when higher ranking government officials would rather […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Emily Word was trained as a social worker by the University of Mississippi, so she knows how to meet people where they are. But her clients at Living Independence For Everyone in Tupelo can be challenging. “Sometimes people call and they just complain and want to be […]