M. Scott Morris

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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

Before he became my good friend from “Bradenton-Sun-in-the-Sun-Baby-Florida,” Jay Bell was my neighbor. We lived in Jackson, Alabama, which was in a dry county back then. The idea of Jay in a dry county almost doesn’t compute, but there he was, with an apartment filled with strong beverages that he’d hauled in from the county […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A February confluence convinced officials at the Oren Dunn City Museum to celebrate Palmer Foster’s service to Tupelo. It’s Black History Month, and the Boy Scouts of America was founded on Feb. 8, 1910. “He was the first black Scout executive, not just in Tupelo, but in […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Anyone looking for peace and quiet this time of year should be able to find it at Wall Doxey State Park. The wind rattles through the trees, and leaves skitter across the ground. Occasionally, a child’s cry of joy, surprise or frustration will rise up from […]

I used to get invited to a young journalists’ conference at the University of Mississippi, where I’d talk to high school writers about feature stories. But I must’ve done something wrong because I haven’t been asked back in years. Things went well for my first few appearances. Early on, they put me in small classrooms, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Longtime Salvation Army volunteer and supporter Jennie Lynn Johnson was named 2016 Outstanding Citizen during the 53rd Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball. As the band played “Tupelo Honey,” she walked to the stage to a standing ovation at the BancorpSouth Arena on Friday. “You know what? I feel […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Visitors to djournal.com/entertainus will have the power next week during the Daily Journal’s inaugural video contest. In late 2015, the call went out for people to submit their home movies. They could be elaborately plotted stories or quick snippets of real life. Beginning Monday, the 20 submitted […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – The season will get a multifaceted salute during “Winter Lights.” The storytelling event will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. It’ll be a celebration of the beauty and challenges of winter. “This is a community project, and we want everyone to […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal When they say, “They don’t make movies like they used to,” they’re not talking about “The Finest Hours.” The picture is a love story and an adventure about a young member of the Coast Guard who’s driven to do his duty in the days before satellite-based navigation. Chris Pine […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal ASHLAND – The tornado that blew through Benton County before Christmas messed up 17-year-old Juwan Page’s business. Winds destroyed his greenhouse, where he grew tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, bell pepper, cucumbers and more on family land in Lamar. “When I first started talking about what I wanted to do, my […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal FURRS COMMUNITY – Robbie Boyd believes in talent, that some people are born with special abilities. She also respects old-fashioned hard work. “There are talented people, and there are people who have studied and learned and painted miles and miles of canvas, and you can’t tell the difference between […]