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

Between getting a degree and getting a job, I worked a part-time delivery route in the Atlanta area. One of my stops was a Christian bookstore, where the manager and I often talked about this and that before I continued my rounds. On Oct. 31, I walked in and said, “Happy Halloween.” “Gesundheit,” he said. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – William Faulkner’s big, giant head now looks over his hometown. The Nobel Prize-winning author was born in New Albany on Sept. 25, 1897, and as of Wednesday, his visage graces a water tower at Highway 15 and Bankhead Street. With help from a USDA grant, the […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The individual pieces of music planned for North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday concert can stand on their own merit. But Musical Director Steven Byess meant for them to go together. He’s calling the night “French Connections,” but there’s an American at the center of it all. “The […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I think there’s an agenda behind “Fury,” a World War II movie written and directed by David Ayer. That conflict has been called “The Good War,” and the movie makes the case that the Nazis needed to be defeated. It also makes a second case: That killing, even for […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The trend in Harold Turrentine’s family has been to keep health problems a secret. “There’s no telling how many of my family members have died without mentioning cancer,” the 41-year-old Tupelo resident said. His father might’ve preferred to keep his illness to himself, but the truth came […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal CORINTH – Railroads are a central focus of the Crossroads Museum at the Historic Corinth Depot, and rightly so. Tracks put down for the Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio railroads cross just behind the building, and turned the town into a strategic transportation hub during the […]

I’ve been saying “Sorry” to Bix the Mississippi mudhound a lot lately. “Stop apologizing, Boss,” he said. “Just throw food.” “That would be easier,” I said. “Happy to help.” But it hasn’t helped. I still feel guilty for what I’ve done and what I’ll continue to do. A while back, I wrote about how Bix […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – An author and a bookstore joined forces to move forward a plan to build a 60 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. At the Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore on Thursday, Jack Reed Jr., president of R.W. Reed Co., presented a check for $1,372.56 to Lou […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal In “The Judge,” Hank Palmer is a defense attorney who knows how to make the law sing just about any tune he wants it to sing. As played by Robert Downey Jr., Hank is confident to the point of obnoxiousness, and he’s clearly due to learn something about life. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal PLANTERSVILLE – It’s almost always growing season for Milton Hill. “Lord, yes. I’m planted for the winter,” he said. “I’m raising all types of greens.” His three and a half acres are loaded with mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, rutabaga and broccoli. At harvest time, he’ll hook […]