Keeping up with KELLY Jones
SPRUCE PINE – Kelly Jones had several things she wanted to do for a living after graduating from UNC-Charlotte.
She likes sports, decorating, working in television and marketing, to name a few.
She had trouble deciding on one, so, she is giving it her best shot at doing them all.
Jones, daughter of Ricky and Debbie Pittman, of Ledger, is a 2012 graduate of Mitchell High School and a 2015 graduate of UNC-Charlotte with degrees in mass media and English. She said she likes sports, working in TV, decorating venues for weddings and doing marketing – she currently does all those things in some capacity or another.
“I have all kinds of dreams and aspirations but I don’t know how to harness them all into one,” Jones said. “I might have six jobs my whole life just to get to do what I love doing.”
Jones’ TV jobs include producer of My40 shows Thursday Night Lights, Friday Night Rivals and the station’s Saturday local college game. She also works as a production assistant at iHeartMedia Inc. station 99.9 Kiss Country FM in Asheville; as digital media producer at the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce; is co-owner of Roan Weddings and Events with Summer Watson and is a waitress at the Switzerland Café.
Jones has been digital media producer at the Chamber for more than a year. In the part-time position, some of Jones’ duties include developing content for the Chamber’s social media pages, recruiting new members and organizing events.
“The Chamber is very fortunate to have Kelly on our team,” said Patti Jensen, Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “She is a wonderful ambassador for both the Chamber and the community in the work she does with and for our Chamber members and in promoting Mitchell County through our social media channels. We receive many compliments on the work Kelly does and, more importantly, about the joy she puts into her work. She is a great asset to our organization and we hope she never leaves.”
Jones was also the 2015 Rhododendron Queen, Athlete of Year when she was in eighth grade and is currently a substitute teacher for Mitchell County Schools.
“I have subbed some this year,” Jones said. “I like the high school level and prefer teaching English.”
Jones said she has always wanted to work in TV, but an internship at Country Music Television in Nashville in 2016 heightened her intentions.
“I got to help interview Dolly Parton and drove the car that was going to meet Loretta Lynn,” Jones said.
Roan Weddings and Events allows Jones to fulfill her desire to decorate.
She designed her own wedding to Jordan Jones in 2016 and realized there is a market for the business.
“Wedding planners are necessary but expensive,” Jones said. “We keep our costs low and we love doing what we do and it shows.”
Even with all she has going on, Jones said her goal is to work full-time on air at WLOS in Asheville.
“When I started doing sports on TV I had zero experience,” she said. “They just put me in a truck and said, ‘Let’s go.’ Now, I feel like I could talk about passing routes with Cam Newton.”