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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By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Great Recession gave Lori Green a chance to rethink things. “I used to be in mortgages,” she said. “When mortgages ended, I went home and said, ‘What can I do with the kids in the summer?’” She came up with a plan for the future that […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Vicky Manning, Teen Librarian, sounds like she could be a character in a Japanese comic book: By day, a mild-mannered school girl, by night, a heroine with her magic books and wildly improbable hair. In reality, Manning is teen librarian at Lee County Library, where she’s in […]

I’ve got a clear memory of a tornado carving its way through Tupelo, but it doesn’t necessarily line up with the video I shot on April 28, 2014. YouTube can show you how the tornado looked, but it only suggests how it felt. Meteorologists told us trouble could be heading our way that day, and […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lawhon Elementary School’s gymnasium was decorated with stars and streamers on Friday for the Association for Excellence in Education’s annual meeting. More than 200 students, educators, public officials and community members gathered to celebrate those who go the extra mile for public education. Joe Babb, vice president […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The rubble that used to be American Legion Post 49 can give a wrong impression. “If you look at it, it doesn’t look like we’ve done anything in the last seven months or so,” said Mike Pettigrew, post commander. The building was leveled by last year’s tornado. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal As with “Bears,” “African Cats” and other Disneynature releases, “Monkey Kingdom” reminds me of watching documentaries on “The Wonderful World of Disney” when I was a child. As far as I was concerned, the movie had a low-grade, nostalgia boost going on before it even started. Just on that […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal STARKVILLE – On April 3, 1853, a 16-year-old girl named Frances carried a letter in her hands. In part, it read, “She does not know that she is to be sold, I couldn’t tell her: I own all her family and the leave-taking would be so distressing that I […]

I was running late but it’s always good policy to take care of personal business before attending a meeting. So I was in the men’s room and heard some of the worst blowin’ and goin’ that I’ve heard in a while. A guy was forcing heroic blasts of air through his nasal cavity. To get […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Ballard Park will host country artist Gary Allan during the inaugural Sundown in Tupelo Festival. The event is slated for July 10, and organizers plan to feature six concerts with Allan taking the stage at 10 p.m. “Gary is a great performer,” said Charles Scott, the festival’s […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I walked into “The Longest Ride” with low expectations. It’s a love story based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, the man who also gave us “The Notebook.” The thing about Sparks is he has a fundamental understanding of storytelling. He can manipulate me even when I know I’m […]