J-Petal Owner Qi Sun from China says he opened the franchise after successfully opening Number One Chinese Food in North Jackson.


“I actually think it’s really cool because they mix up the stuff and it’s good Japanese and it’s different,” said 11-year-old customer Kaysey Stasel.

They make fruit-filled Japanese crepes, Thai rolled ice cream and even non-alcoholic mojitos inside a light-bulb.

“It’s probably my favorite place I’ve ever been in to and I’ve lived in Jackson my whole life and it’s my favorite place,” said 11-year-old customer Miriam Schott.

J-Petal on Stonebrook Place in Jackson already had a line to the door in their first few weeks of opening.

Customers are raving about the different flavors.

“I ordered Mango-A-Go-Go and it’s really fresh and taste a lot of mango,” said 12-year old customer Mariana Valdiva.

“I ordered the cookie monster one and I put gummy bears and it was so amazing! It was like really, really good,” smiled Stasel.


JACKSON, Tenn. — The lights, the cameras, ready for all the action of Miss Tennessee 2018.

“I’m so excited to get the prelims started and just to see where the rest of the week’s going to go,” said Miss University of Tennessee Martin Morgan Martin.

Organizers say they have been planning the sights and sounds of the show since October.

“Every number is a different color scheme, so it’s a color scheme that kind of fits the costuming and the music,” said Jimmy Exum, president and producer of the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant.

Exum says this year the music will incorporate a tribute to James Bond.

“What I do is I try to look at our audience and have a piece of music for each age group,” Exum said.

He says Miss Tennessee is the only state competition that includes a live orchestra.

“Because there’s nothing like live music,” Exum said.

The 37 contestants also made an appearance at the weekly Jackson Rotary Club luncheon Wednesday, getting the opportunity to introduce themselves and mingle with members of the community.

“I love the outdoors. I am a duck hunter, a turkey hunter, a skeet shooter,” Martin said.

The ladies shared how they’ve prepared.

“Lots of practice, lots of tilapia and green beans,” said Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival Katie Hodges.

And they shared their excitement for the upcoming competitions.

“And the earrings, oh my gosh, you’re going to die,” Hodges said.

Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis says this weekend is bitter sweet for her, having visited 150 schools over the past year.

“But of course my favorite part is the children,” Davis said. “Encouraging to them respect their teachers, respect their education, their dreams, the people around them, and, of course, themselves.”

Spoiler alert. Exum also says the finale is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with a performance from the Macedonia Baptist Church Choir. Wednesday’s competition started at 8:00 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Tickets for all nights are available at the box office.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson-Madison County School System has announced a list of changes to faculty at schools across the district leading into the 2018-2019 school year.

New principals include Richard Willis at Issac Lane Elementary, James Walker Jr. at Jackson Careers and Technology, Michael Morris at Northeast Middle/Academic Academy, and Teresa McSweeney at Rose Hill Middle School. A principal’s position is open at Parkview Learning Center.

The full list of administration changes across JMCSS schools includes:

  • Alexander Elementary
    • Principal: Carolyn Caldwell
  • Andrew Jackson Elementary
    • Principal: Ramonica Dorsey
    • Assistant Principal: Jennifer Wells
  • Arlington Elementary
    • Principal: Kippi Jordan
    • Assistant Principal: Dr. Shemon Reaves
  • Community Montessori
    • Principal: Dr. Melinda Harris
  • Denmark Elementary
    • Principal: Kimberly Quinn
  • East Elementary
    • Principal: Judy Record
    • Assistant Principal: Lajuan Sylvester
  • Isaac Lane Elementary
    • Principal: Richard Willis
    • Assistant Principal: Beverly Cannon
  • Jackson Central-Merry Early College High
    • Principal: Nathan Lewis
  • Jackson Careers and Technology
    • Principal: James Walker Jr.
    • Assistant Principal: Victoria Perry
  • Liberty Tech Magnet High
    • Principal: Dr. Janice Epperson
    • Assistant Principals:
      • Mitzi Kirk
      • Steven Luke Carter
      • Joseph Grapes
      • Donald Hornbuckle
  • Lincoln Elementary
    • Principal: LaDonna Braswell
  • Madison Academic Magnet High
    • Principal: Chad Guthrie
    • Assistant Principal: Frankie Spearman-Taylor
  • North Parkway Middle
    • Principal: Tiffany Taylor
    • Assistant Principals:
      • Jennifer Ballard
      • James Barnett
  • Northeast Middle/Academic Academy
    • Principal: Michael Morris
    • Assistant Principals:
      • William Arnold
      • Kyle Lutz
  • North Side High
    • Principal: Jason Bridgeman
    • Assistant Principals:
      • Dionne Springfield
      • Glenn Paschall
      • Mia Moore
  • Nova Early Learning Center
    • Principal: Tisa Day
  • Parkview Learning Center
    • Principal: Vacant
  • Pope School
    • Principal: Tracey Vowell
    • Assistant Principal: Terrance Morris
  • Rose Hill School
    • Principal: Dr. Teresa McSweeney
    • Assistant Principal: Melissa Helton
  • South Elementary
    • Principal: Scott Nelson
  • South Side High
    • Principal: Anita Tucker
    • Assistant Principala:
      • Richard McNatt
      • Casshawndra Sain
      • Shari Baldwin
  • Thelma Barker Elementary
    • Principal: Tim Gilmer
    • Assistant Principals:
      • Amanda Brabham
      • Linsey Pickens
  • West Bemis Middle
    • Principal: David Wicker
    • Assistant Principal: Adam Peachey

HENDERSON, Tenn. — “It’s been a long time coming that we need an animal shelter,” Jessica Moore, a Chester County resident, said.

Residents in Chester County say one of their biggest problems is stray dogs. Now they’re ready to fix that problem.

“We started the petition about a year ago. It’s a county problem and we need the county to fix it,” Moore said.

That petition is to have an animal shelter or humane society built in Chester County.

The Henderson Animal Control Department only takes dogs found in the city.

We did reach out to the Chester County Mayor who said he didn’t want to be on camera. So, we asked him about the humane society for the county and he said it would just be too expensive.

But, volunteers say they’re willing to work to pay for the shelter.

“We would do fundraisers,” Moore said. “I mean humane societies work in all the other surrounding counties. I don’t feel like there would be any reason why Chester County couldn’t have one too.”

Moore says there are hot spots in the county where people drive and just dump the dogs they don’t want.

We also spoke with the Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver on Wednesday. He didn’t want to be on camera, but he did tell us that they take seriously each call they get about dogs being left in unsafe conditions and they respond to each one.

Sheriff Weaver says they get calls almost every day about dogs being left outside, and if it is a case of animal cruelty they will follow through with the case.

But ultimately, Moore says, she and the small group of volunteers can’t do it on their own.

“We need the support of the community to get this done because, like I said, it’s a small group of volunteers,” Moore said. “There’s just four or five of us, and they won’t listen to just four or five. We need more.”

You can go to Oliver’s in Henderson to sign the petition.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — The Lexington High School community is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Panama City Beach Police said Tyler Spann, 15, drowned Tuesday afternoon. The school said Spann was a rising sophomore and played wide receiver on the football team.

A witness said Spann was not far from the shore. “Maybe 150 feet,” Ben Trahan, a beach visitor, said.

Yellow flags were flying at the time, indicating rough ocean conditions. We’re told not a single lifeguard was stationed nearby.

“Saw everybody going out with their rafts looking for him and then man holds up the red flag, like he found him,” Trahan said.

Spann’s teammates and coaches met with local pastors and counselors at the school Wednesday. Out of respect for the family, they did not want to talk on camera Wednesday.

People who knew Spann said the teen always had a smile on his face and could brighten the room.

Spann’s football coach said the teen also played basketball and ran track.

Eight people already died in the gulf this year, according to the Florida Department of Health.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Driving to work is part of State Representative Jimmy Eldridge’s everyday routine.

But Wednesday, he opted for a new way of transportation.

“We’ve been blessed in Jackson. We’ve had a public transportation system many years,” Eldridge said.

Jackson city leaders ditched their car keys and hopped on a Jackson Transit Authority bus as a part of national Dump the Pump Day.

“You’re saving a lot of money, and it’s a solution to keep our air environment clean,” Eldridge said.

Organizers say this is a way to support public transportation while saving money at the pump.

JTA transportation manager Erris Yarbrough says the national campaign started in 2006 when gas prices were at $3 or more a gallon.

“We’re at that point again, almost $3 a gallon,” he said.

Yarbrough says for $1.25, an adult can travel on one of the buses nearly anywhere in Jackson.

“We cover all the main boroughs in Jackson, and at this point we even go out to the airports,” he said.

Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist says the buses have been part of the city for more than a decade.

“Many people our size don’t have public transportation, so we are fortune JTA is here,” he said.

With cities across the country celebrating Dump the Pump Day Thursday, those with JTA have one request.

“We’re asking you to ‘dump the pump’ and ride with JTA,” Yarbrough said.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Part of Ridgecrest Road was closed Wednesday afternoon after a crash near Henderson Road in northeast Jackson.

Police say they responded to the intersection around 2 p.m. after a van attempting to cross Ridgecrest Road was hit by an SUV.

Police say the van rolled as a result of the crash and the driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

No one in the SUV was injured.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep families together at the southern border, saying at the White House that he doesn’t like the sight of children being separated from their families.

He said, “We are keeping families together.”

But the president added the “zero tolerance” policy will continue.

Vice President Mike Pence added that they are calling upon Congress to change the laws. Trump adds that the word “compassion” comes into it.

Trump has been trying to win over congressional support on immigration amid a crisis along the border involving the separation of immigrant children from their families.

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor are set to square off in a debate.

The one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion.

The debate will include Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, Congresswoman Diane Black, former state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd and businessman Bill Lee.

It will be the second debate in the statewide Tennessee Governor Debate Series. The first debate was held April 18 in Memphis. A final debate will be held July 22 in Knoxville. The series is being produced by Nexstar Media Group.

Jackson Transit Authority operates from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For a full list of fares and bus routes, visit the JTA website.

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