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 – Traffic on West Main Street is scheduled to be diverted Tuesday morning. Beginning at 8 a.m., Edwards Moving and Rigging will maneuver a 445,000-pound Tennessee Valley Authority transformer through Tupelo on its way to West Point. It’ll move north on Green Street, then west on West Main […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Football was Milton DePriest’s game back in the day. He remembers full stands at Robins Field when he played for Carver School. “One thing about Tupelo, they love a winner,” the 67-year-old said. “They don’t care who it is. If you’re a winner, they love you.” Football […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Blank canvases aren’t a problem for artist Lee Gibson. Before getting to serious business, she applies underpainting by spreading random colors here, there and everywhere until little or no white can be seen. “I take the paint and put it on. That’s how it builds up,” she […]

You’ll have to trust my memory because there’s only so long I can poke around the Internet and call it “research.” I can’t find a story by Aesop, the ancient Greek fabulist. He wrote parables about talking animals, like tortoises and hares, and each one had a moral, like “Don’t take naps in the middle […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Ollie Johnson and her husband, George, had an important disagreement about 10 years ago. They’d lived in New Orleans, and fled to Tupelo before Hurricane Katrina and the flood waters hit their hometown. “We sat in the hotel and watched as they called out different areas hit […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Most people decided to skip the stoner/action flick “American Ultra.” It didn’t crack the top 5 in box office receipts, so it’s doubtful we’ll see Jesse Eisenberg unleash his mad, death-dealing skills in a sequel. “American Ultra” is an off-kilter movie. It’s different elements don’t exactly line up. There’s […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – These are busy, creative days for Sam Haskell III. When he’s not in Hollywood, he’s in Atlantic City or Conyers, Georgia. A recent weekend at Magnolia Hill, his Oxford home, provided the chance to change out his laundry and catch “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” with his wife, […]

I’ll never vote for him, but I’m enjoying the audacious candidacy of Donald J. Trump. When you get down to it, he probably is the president we deserve. He’s a reality star, after all, and Americans can’t get enough of those. Trump’s got no strings holding him up. He doesn’t have to bow and scrape […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Neuroscience tells us happy people can make great art, but that doesn’t mean angry artists can’t blow the doors off. “Straight Outta Compton” opens in a poverty- and crime-ridden part of Los Angeles, where aggressive policing sweeps up the guilty and innocent alike. It’s a tense place, and friends […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal JACKSON – More than 100 authors will gather at the Mississippi Capitol on Saturday for the first Mississippi Book Festival. Tupelo’s own Emily Gatlin is author coordinator for the event. She’s been making arrangements for 102 authors, including John Grisham, Greg Iles, Haley Barbour and Ellen Gilchrist. Grisham will […]