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 “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” is a grim affair, as forces unleashed three movies ago reach their violent conclusion. Our heroine is Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and she wants vengeance on President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss has become a powerful symbol: She’s the Mockingjay of the title, a […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – People were nervous, so before everything got started, Sarah Kathryn Dossett said, “Take a deep breath and a sip of wine.” She’s an artist and a teacher, and on a recent Thursday night, Dossett led a painting party for adults at the University of Mississippi Museum. For […]

I saw this posted on Facebook: “I’ve got a bowl of 10000 m&ms, 10 are poisoned. How many of you bleeding heart liberals are gonna grab a handful?” Fine question, CowboysDerek, and a strong argument. If we let 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S., some terrorists probably will come with them, and innocent Americans will […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I’m generally aware of the news, so it’s easy to recall the rescue of the Chilean miners a few years ago. From those reports, I know how the story turned out, so I wasn’t 100 percent excited about seeing “The 33,” a big-screen account of the mine collapse and […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Dreams are easy things until somebody wants to make one come true. Bradley Golden was 14 years old when his brother brought “X-Men,” “Superman” and “Batman” comics home from the Jitney Jungle in Pontotoc. Golden devoured them. A couple of years later, he put together his own […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NEW SALEM COMMUNITY – The difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary can be a near thing. On one level, the effort people gave on Willie “Butch” Steele’s behalf this past week was simple. “Friends helping friends,” said Nancy White, 62, of Jasper, Texas. Steele’s usually the guy giving […]

Santa Claus had finished his hot chocolate. He’d eaten the tasty candy cane and worked his fingers through his mustache and beard to capture the last bits of flavor. But he stayed at the table, holding his empty red cup. He squinted and turned it from side to side, then flipped it over to check […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal There’s something confectionary about “Spectre,” the latest James Bond adventure. It’s all sugary goodness between the credits, and when it’s over, it’s almost as if it’d never been. But, hey, this is high-quality cotton candy. Daniel Craig is back as 007. He’s gone off the reservation to investigate a […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Veterans Day is also an anniversary for Hollis Powell. “I was sworn in on 11 November 1943 at the ripe old age of 17,” the 89-year-old Tupelo resident said. He didn’t see a reason to wait any longer than necessary to take part in World War II. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – As Veterans Day approaches, Robert Shands Jr. has been thinking about his father and namesake. “He’d sit there and start talking. He’d tell me everything,” Shands said. “He wasn’t one of those people who came home, quieted down and grumbled up. He talked about it, but […]