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

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal From the earliest movie trailer, I wasn’t sure how Matt Damon’s character ends up in ancient China for the new movie “The Great Wall.” It turns out the answer makes perfect sense. His William is a soldier of fortune hoping to steal the secret of gunpowder and sell it […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Organizers of the 2017 Tupelo Comic Con are looking for a few good volunteers. This year’s event will be expanded to two days, April 1-2, and the celebration of science fiction, fantasy, games, comics and cosplay will be staged at Tupelo Furniture Market Building No. 5. “We […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Alexander Markov didn’t really have a choice about playing the violin. His father and mother played, and he started at age 5. “When I was growing up as a kid, to me it became such a natural process,” he said during a phone interview from his apartment in New […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Meredith Martin and her son, Josh, have experienced Facebook fame this week. They appear in a video from Human Rights Campaign Mississippi, and they talk about the day Josh Martin, 18, told his mom he was gay. When asked to do the video for the #LoveYourNeighbor series, […]

They were planning a big event at Brice’s Cross Roads National Battlefield Site a few years ago, and I went out to do a story. My motives were selfish. I had a Sunday hole to fill, so I needed something that I thought would interest readers. Deadlines keep coming in this business, and they require […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal The first “John Wick” broke a lot of rules that I have for storytelling. As played by Keanu Reeves, the title character is a nonstop killing machine who mows down his foes with unfailing accuracy. Wave after wave of enemies litter the bloody ground in his wake. Normally, I’d […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The American Legion national commander dropped by Post 49 in Tupelo to salute its members and the work they do. “This is where it all happens at the American Legion,” said Charles E. Schmidt during a Monday morning breakfast meeting. “Everything we do starts here.” An Oregon […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal WREN COMMUNITY – Storms were rolling through Monroe County, so Virginia Murphree, 96, had her television tuned to The Weather Channel. She might have been slightly worried for herself. The big storm of 2011 twisted her home in the Wren community on its blocks and blew her son’s place […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal HOUSTON – In life, seconds add up to days, and, for the lucky, days add up to decades. “I never would have recognized him. He had gotten old,” Peggy Sue Horn, 85, said. “You would have never recognized me, would you?” “No,” 87-year-old Albert Horn said. The two got […]

It’s the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, so the roads will be clogged with cars and trucks full of lovers looking to buy tokens of their affection. Who makes more money off Feb. 14? Oil companies or chocolatiers? • “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. […]