Editorial: Dalton's eyes and ears are on Jones as he embarks on new role as a Fox News contributor

When you turn on the television — or stream certain programs on your computer or mobile device — you might see another familiar face from Dalton.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Johnny “Joey” Jones, a Dalton native and a 2004 graduate of Southeast Whitfield High School, debuted Wednesday as an official Fox News contributor during "Fox & Friends." You'll see him and hear his views on a variety of Fox News media platforms, including Fox Business Network, Fox News and Fox Nation, a subscription streaming service.

Another Dalton native, Deborah Norville, has been the anchor of the syndicated television news magazine "Inside Edition" since March 1995. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she hosted NBC's "Today" show.

Jones has a tremendous story, one this newspaper has told a number of times. He was born and raised in Dawnville. After graduating from high school, Jones drove a hyster at a local carpet mill and took classes at Dalton State College. He decided to join the Marine Corps after his two best friends at the time enlisted, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Jones, as an explosive ordnance disposal technician, in August 2010 was involved in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast that caused him to lose both legs below the knees. He endured countless surgeries, recovered and was discharged in 2012. Since then, Jones has been a strong voice for veterans.

We're excited for Jones and his tremendous opportunity. We look forward to him continuing to represent the "Carpet Capital of the World" well.

"If you watch me on Fox, you hear me bring up Dalton and Georgia all the time," Jones told this newspaper on Tuesday, the eve of his start as a Fox News contributor. "So many of the issues the country is facing right now, I was exposed to firsthand growing up in a town as industrious and as good-hearted as Dalton. The people back in Whitfield County who watch Fox hear me bragging on them all the time."

You'll hear Dalton and Whitfield County folk bragging on you quite frequently as well.

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