Faces of Jackson County: Josh Tedder

Meet Josh Tedder! Josh is a local business owner who has recently made Jackson County his home. His wife Kacy works at Jefferson High School and they have enjoyed working and playing in Jackson County.
Josh owns Sliced, a pizza shop which has several locations in the area. Outside of his business ownership, Josh is a volunteer coach for Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department.
We would like to thank Josh Tedder for sitting down with the Entrepreneurship students at Jefferson High School for this interview.

Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I always wanted to be in business for myself and I was in the food industry and an opportunity came up to open up a restaurant with a friend of mine and I decided to take that leap.”

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County, and what do you love there?
A: “That would be Sliced that’s kinda a loaded question. Yeah, I mean what do I love there, I mean I’m a big pizza fan. I love pizza!”

Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “Wow, uh, air conditioning. Yeah, I can do without a cell phone and the internet.”

Q: Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
A: “Good question, I would have to say my favorite teacher was Mr.Jones my 8th grade math teacher. He’s very fun, very funny guy.”

Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “Lived in Jackson County for two years, worked here for three years.”

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Jackson County?
A: “I know a guy named Harold Jarrett. He is a long time Jefferson fan and his kids go to Jefferson High School. I think he went to Jefferson High School and he knew a lot of history about the area and he is an all-around interesting guy.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “I would go to New Zealand. Why I would go there is for the natural beauty and the ability to see a different part of the world and a culture that’s not like what we have here.”

Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “‘E.T.'”

Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “A random crowd of people? Be nice to your mother, be nice to your parents.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “To learn how to spike fish.”

Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Classic rock would probably be my favorite. I would want to see Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and I would like to see King McLeon.”

Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Jackson County and why?
A:The Crawford W. Long Pharmacy. It just reminds me of an old pharmacy with a restaurant in the back.”

Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “I’m gonna’ go with George Washington. I would love to know how it was creating a new country because it seems to be an impossible feat. I would go to Sliced Pizza, because it would seem easy for him to eat pizza.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “I like the community, the people, the fact that there are no big giant box stores everywhere. Traffic’s not too bad, quiet, quaintness of it. That’s why I like it.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years?
A: “Hopefully the same place where I am today. Living in Jefferson and still running and owning my restaurant.”

Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I wish I was left handed. Because it is different, and seems like everyone in the world is right handed.”

Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Family, Food, Comfort.”

The Faces of Jackson County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email abernathycochran@gmail.com.

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