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 LOS ANGELES – Bernadette Walker’s sons didn’t have to win at Sunday’s BET Awards to make her proud of them. “It’s amazing what they’ve done,” the 42-year-old Tupelo resident said. “I think it’s every parent’s dream to see your kids do something and be successful at it, and I’m […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Sometimes a person can get the overwhelming urge to become somebody else. Faking one’s death is always a possibility, but that’s risky. A safer option would be to visit a place like Costume World on Gloster Street. Drivers stopped by trains at Tupelo’s Crosstown probably would have […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA – Tupelo has a rooting interest for tonight’s 2015 BET Awards. Rae Sremmurd is a duo featuring Kalif “Swae Lee” Brown, 20, and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown, 23. The brothers started honing their sound while living in Tupelo, where their mother, Bernadette Walker, still lives. “It’s […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Heat and humidity are expected to make a powerful combination today. Temperatures are predicted to climb into the mid and upper 90s, and the National Weather Service in Memphis said the heat index has the potential to reach between 106 to 109 degrees between noon and 7 p.m. A […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I’ve expressed my Pixar loyalties before. I’m not saying I’d take a bullet for Pixar, but the filmmakers will have to mess up horribly several times in a row for me to miss an opening weekend. Why? The creative team consistently delivers imaginative stories that entertain the whole family. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not just hot, but officially hot. The National Weather Service in Memphis released a heat advisory for northwest Mississippi, eastern Arkansas and southwest Tennessee for Monday and Tuesday, and that could expand as weather patterns develop. Northeast Mississippi counties weren’t listed in the advisory, although a […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Home drew Leroy Springer back to the South, even though that home no longer exists, except in memories and old photographs. The 67-year-old grew up in Shake Rag, an African-American community that once existed north of where the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau now sits. Shake Rag […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A visitor with no knowledge of Elvis Presley Lake and Campground’s recent past might not notice anything amiss. Ashleigh Allgood, 26, of Oxford, Alabama, didn’t want to sit around a hotel room all day, so she followed the signs to the Elvis Presley Birthplace, but never made […]

We become known over time. People learn our predilections and act accordingly. This can be disturbing, especially for someone who believes it’s impossible for others to understand them. Which is worse? The misery of being an unfathomable loner? Or the misery of being a loner that everybody’s already figured out? • “No man is demolished […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Authors and readers will unite in Jackson on Saturday, Aug. 22, for the inaugural Mississippi Book Festival. The event at the State Capitol in Jackson will feature John Grisham, Greg Iles, Bill Ferris and Ellen Gilchrist, along with more than 60 of their fellow writers. “Two years […]