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JT Show Recap: Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn + More!

jtshowarchivesWe had a great line-up today, July 31st, at the Neshoba County Fair!  Check out some of the notable interviews below from today:

We were joined by Governor Phil Bryant who made a surprising announcement:

7/31/14: Phil Bryant on the JT Show at the Neshoba County Fair 

Interview with Lynn Fitch, State Treasurer of MS:

7/31/14: 10:30 am- Lynn Fitch - State Treasurer of Mississippi: The Neshoba County Fair: 11:45 am- Phil Bryant - Governor of MS : The Neshoba County Fair 

Mayor of Louisville Will Hill:

7/31/14: Mayor Willl Hill of Louisville joins the JT Show live at the Neshoba County Fair 

Speaker of the House of Representatives Philip Gunn:

7/31/14: Philip Gunn: Speaker of the House of Representative joins the JT Show at the Neshoba County Fair 

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Palmer Home Radiothon: Tour of the Phillips House

Thanks to Emily Ferril, Palmer Home Development Director for the Golden Triangle, and Jana Bell, Palmer Home Development Director for Jackson, for giving us a full guided tour of one of the group homes at Palmer Home.


Check out the video below:


How you can help:
– Donate $10 by texting PALMER to 501501
– Donate over the phone at 662-245-4642
– Donate online at
– Visit the Palmer Home for Children Thrift Stores


LIVESTRONG with Jeremy and Claire Jungling

A big thanks to Jeremy and Claire Jungling for taking the time to come on The J.T. Show and share their story.  Jeremy was diagnosed with colon cancer on August 29, 2012. Cancer was a seemingly unconquerable mountain that had been placed squarely in his path and sent him into the deepest valleys—emotionally, physically and financially. At that point, he had no choice but to start climbing out. Jeremy tell us how lucky he is to have an amazing wife, a loving family and incredible friends to support him. Together, they all started their climb over the cancer mountain.

Check out the interview below:

The JT Show
6/18/14: Interview with Jeremy and Claire Jungling 

Click here to check out an article News Mississippi wrote on Jeremy and Claire.


A Great Mississippi Story That Was Almost Untold

Below is a Facebook post that William Tate “Buddy” King, Winston County Emergency Management Agency, posted shortly after the tragic Louisville Tornado:

“I do have one story to share that I have been asked not to tell. I hope it doesn’t get me in too much trouble, because I just have to share it. This story will make the hardest heart believe in the goodness in a human’s heart and soul.

phil_and_deborah_bryantAs we were sitting here in my office Monday afternoon watching the destruction in Tupelo and monitoring a storm that was developing and heading our way, Captain Clay Bane called me aside and asked me if we had a safe place to shelter a dignitary. I assured him that we did, he then introduced me to the First Lady, Mrs. Bryant.

She told me she had been traveling to Tupelo to read to some Elementary students there and the tornado there had caused her to turn around and head back towards Jackson. She had made it this far when she was alerted to the storm coming out of the south that we had been watching. She was very charming and relieved some of the stress we were having in watching the storms.

The storm coming toward Louisville began to intensify and we began to study it path more closely. as it reached the county line a deputy reported that it was actually a tornado on the ground in South Winston County. We all became very busy in sounding sirens, putting out pages, Facebook postings, two way radio information, as busy as we get in this office. The First Lady stood back out of the way watched as everyone worked so hard to get the information out. As it became more clear that the storm was headed toward Louisville, she was escorted to interior of the courthouse. As damage reports began to flood in I really lost track of get. Due to the large number of people who came to the courthouse to seek shelter, I left and went to the 911 Center to gave more direct communications with our first responders and began to receive devastating reports. The 911 Center soon became full of people and I moved to the Louisville City Council Chambers to be able to communicate with the various responders. Things became intense quickly.

About an hour and a half I realized that Mrs.Bryant was still at the courthouse and I made contact with the MHP to try and get her an ex court to a safer place. She overhead my radio traffic from one of the first responders and had one call me on the radio and tell me that she wasn’t going anywhere.
I then ask that she come to Louisville City Hall where there was more area and she could assist with the response.

I need to explain something about my job here. Probably one of the most difficult responsibilities of my job is in setting up temporary shelters. Which requires working with several different agencies to establish safe places where displaced families cam get out of the weather and sleep, eat and recover from the trauma they had been through. Given that it was already late afternoon, I knew it would be an even more difficult process with a time limit.

We were running short of people that I could assign tasks to at the time, so I gave the First Lady the job of setting up shelters and moved on to other important response activities. Knowing the she wouldn’t get very far considering the number of agencies involved, transportation, food, cots, security.

About an hour later we began to get requests for shelters, not only for the displaced families with storm damage but on top of that the nursing home residents all had to have a very specialized shelter.

When I checked back with the First Lady, I just knew we would be behind on getting shelters.

Much to my surprise she reported to be that she had established a special shelter for the 100 nursing home patients and they were in the process of being transported to it, AND she had established a shelter for the first 100 people who needed shelter AND she had a third shelter set up if there was more than a hundred that needed it immediately. I have been in this business for 30 years and I promise you, that even if that was the only task I was working on, I could not have made it happen.

Not only did she set-up the shelters, she was at the shelters making sure that everyone’s needs we’re taken care of. This was around 2 am last time I saw her.
I have no idea if she ever laid down but I do know she was out tending to these shelters very early the next morning.

With so much going on and the shelters doing their job, I was able to move on to so many more issues.

I lost track of the First Lady, after all she didn’t need my help and so many more did.

I did not see her until this afternoon at a press conference the Governor held at Louisville City Hall. And folks the First Lady was not in front of the cameras, she was on the back row with me. As the Governor was giving the numbers of deaths in Winston County I had such a sinking feeling. She noticed and told me I looked like I needed a hug and gave me the best hug I had since this all started.

It’s the worst times in life when the best people appear out of no where.

I know this post is long, and I had been asked not to share, but someone out there needs to hear about the nature of some of the people who are helping people in Winston County.”


Diversity…on the Oxford Square?

oxfordsquareReally! That is what makes a news story for NewsWatch 99, the student run television station at the University of Mississippi. The report by the newscast pointed out that 20% of Oxford’s population is black, while 70% is white  (I’m not sure what happened to the other 10%, but I didn’t write the story).  The students set up a camera on the square for two hours, that’s right two hours, and counted only one black person among every 10. The students then concluded that those numbers indicated a lack of racial diversity on the Square in Oxford. 

I make no efforts to hide my love for the Maroon and White, but this is like somebody picking on your cousin that you don’t really like, but then again they are family. When people go to the Square in Oxford it is their choice, regardless of their color.

What’s next, if a city doesn’t have a Mexican restaurant, are they not diverse enough? What about the Asian food section at the grocery store, is there supposed to be a certain number of people on that aisle? The last time I checked, this is a free country, or at least it used to be. People have the right to choose when and where they want to spend their money, unless of course it comes to their health insurance.  By the way, the Square in Oxford really is a beautiful place.


Kirk Cameron on The J.T. Show

lwff_poster.2014-05-04.jackson-ms_forwebKirk Cameron, cultural icon of the 80’s as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains, joined the J.T. Show this morning to promote “Love Worth Fighting For : Marriage Event” which will take place at First Baptist Church in Jackson on Sunday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m.

For the last four years, Cameron, and musical guest Warren Barfield, have been spreading their passion and faith in the power of marriage at churches and complexes throughout the country by sharing their personal experiences and using the tools of music and humor to help eager couples who are either married or preparing to be. “Marriage is the foundation upon which you build a family, and if families fall apart, then our churches, our communities and ultimately our whole nation crumbles,” Cameron says. “We’re excited to share this event with the people of Jackson and know that it will bring both hope and healing.”

Check out the full interview with Kirk below:

Kirk Cameron on The J.T. Show
4/23/14: Kirk Cameron Vows to Help Strengthen Marriages with Local Event