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 STARKVILLE – Poets of the past dipped quills into bottles of shiny, black ink, then wrote flowing rhymes with plenty of “thous” and “methinks.” There probably are clusters of people in puffy shirts who stick to the old ways, but the vast majority of poets have evolved with the […]

Broken-down optimism is the only optimism worth having. It makes sense, if you think about it. You never know when an aggressive disease, a wayward bus or a malignant bullet might smash into your life or the life of a loved one. To be alive is to court disaster. Some lucky ones go from cradle […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Members of American Legion Post 49 want their new building to honor those killed and missing in action. The April 2014 tornado devastated the old building, but the replacement is coming together. One of the planned improvements is a memorial marker program, a collection of bricks with […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal The sense of foreboding started before I walked into the theater to see “Everest.” I knew it was based on a true story and set in 1996, and then writer John Krakauer shows up as a character. That’s bad news for the other climbers, because his book, “Into Thin […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Charles Johnston is a truck-driving man by day, and he’s also been known to make deliveries at night. “I have done sporting events and then went to finish my trucking job after the game,” the 52-year-old Tupelo resident said. He drives for Flying H, hauling bales of […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Women aren’t strangers to MLM Clothiers in downtown Tupelo. Some have worked there, and others have shopped for husbands, sons, fathers and boyfriends. In addition, the men’s store used to have an area for women’s clothing. “We had a room upstairs,” said Joe Yarber, co-owner of MLM. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Since I’ve got no ties to organized crime, I rely on gangster movies to dispel my ignorance about the criminal underworld. “Black Mass” offers up juicy morsels, like the way the FBI thinks it’s playing James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp), when he seems to be pulling the strings. The […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Salvation Army Majors Jeff and Linda Daniel have been preparing for the season of giving for a while. “We anticipate somewhere between 300 and 400 families that will probably need assistance for Christmas,” Jeff Daniel said. So it didn’t take them long to get into the holiday […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Reports vary about the origins of a 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe convertible. “It wasn’t at the house during the war,” said Lynn McAlpin, 64, of Tupelo. “We think he got it after World War II.” Her father, Guy Gravlee, flew 72 bombing missions in Europe, and […]

I sometimes get behind with my Page-A-Day quote calendar and have to catch up a week or two on one day. The cram sessions make it hard to understand what the quotes have to say, but regular reading doesn’t always help, either. Consider Aug. 12: “Fen-yang held up his walking stick and addressed the assembly: […]