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 TUPELO – American flags will fly on veterans’ graves throughout Lee County today. The Memorial Day tradition is a project of American Legion Post 49 in Tupelo. Volunteers have placed a total of 2,000 flags on graves at 37 cemeteries. “It started out about 10 years ago with 400 […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Murray Coffey has a giant-screen TV and a comfortable chair in his living room. But the 91-year-old often can be found in a spare bedroom of his New Albany home, where a card table holds approximately 650 stories that he’s written. “I’ve been writing stories since […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The invention of the washing machine freed up old-fashioned wash pots for other uses. “One of these pots was used during World War II. It was mine,” said Harry Armstrong, 84, with the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Cook Team. “It belonged to my mother. She had it since […]

I was driving back from New Albany when a thunderstorm unleashed itself onto Highway 78. Wipers slapped at full speed, and sheets of rain obscured the other cars. Smart people slowed down to 45 mph, and dumb people slowed down to 70 mph. I was somewhere in the middle, either enlightened or mediocre, depending on […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I don’t know about you, but I want my post-apocalyptic wasteland to be a violent, petroleum-fueled nightmare. Director George Miller and his team deliver such a vision in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Something’s happened to the world, but it’s never made exactly clear. We know “might makes right” is […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Johnny Wilder’s daddy used to shoe horses and repair plows, but that was back in the 1950s. “By the time I got there, that was a done deal,” said Wilder, 56. “We were basically welding things.” He and his brother, Jimmy, grew up around metal. They twisted […]

When we got Bix the Mississippi mudhoud, my wife started calling herself “mommy” and me “daddy” in relation to the new dog in our lives. I’m fine with other people doing it – consenting adults, and all that – but it felt weird. Something inside me couldn’t let the practice continue. My case was simple: […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Old memories stirred on Friday, when the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled an exhibit dedicated to Shake Rag. The African-American community was bought out, bulldozed and burned down in the 1960s during an urban renewal project, but Shake Rag hasn’t been forgotten. “I was born about […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal With “Hot Pursuit,” Reece Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara attempted to make a stupid comedy. You can tell because the behind-the-scenes bad guys are so easy to spot. Since no real effort went into creating an interesting story, the movie has to rely on the comedic genius of Witherspoon and […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Something good started in New Jersey and radiated around the country and down into Mississippi. “We raised over $100,000 all together,” said Molly Cat Tannehill, a 10-year-old Oxford resident. The Miss America Organization decided to hold a national day of service, and that expanded into a national […]