'Counting Cars' Star Says He Wants To Live And
Work Here Again --
But Not Quite Yet
BY O.J. EARLY
"Counting Cars" cable television star Scott Jones may live and work in Las Vegas, but his heart remains here.
"People from Greeneville probably don't know how nice it is because they are from Greeneville," Jones said. "When you're in the big city and stuff like that, people don't really have a lot of time for each other."
Known for his no-nonsense focus and gruff style as shop manager of Count's Kustoms on the popular reality television show, Jones was all smiles, hugs and handshakes when he stopped on Friday at Kykers Extreme Automotive -- the same place he used to work.
"It's wonderful to have him back," said Dale Kyker, owner of the business. "He loves the community here. He's family here to us."
Dozens of "Counting Cars" fans came to see Jones, talking car maintenance and grabbing autographs with the celebrity.
Nic Davis was one of those fans.
"It was pretty cool," said Davis, a regular viewer of the History Channel program. "He's a pretty cool guy. Really nice guy."
During his pit stop in Greeneville, Jones couldn't stop praising his former home.
"When someone asks me how my day was here they sincerely want to know," he said. "You say that in Vegas, that's just a bull line you run by someone.
"It's kind of nice to be home," he said with a smile.
"In a small town like this, people care about what's going on in the community," he added.
In fact, Jones plans to retire to Greeneville when his time in Las Vegas is finished.
"He and I are going to go in together on a shop when he moves back here into Greeneville," Kyker said.
It's yet to be determined when that will happen, Jones said.
His goal is for his youngest son to attend high school in Greene County.
"I owe them as a family to spend time with them," he said.
"I'll spend some more time in Vegas before I get done. I'm 43 now. I'm ready for a slower lifestyle."
Until then, the dream continues for the the once local automotive worker.
"When you say 'celebrity' to me, I say I'm a guy that goes to work every day and has 36 employees that are really the celebrities," Jones said.
"I'm just fortunate enough that I have a crazy personality and people want to see me on TV."
Both Count's Kustoms merchandise and Jones' own new line of t-shirts are available for purchase at Kykers.
VISITS BEWLEY ALSO
After Jones left the automotive store, he traveled to the City Garage Car Museum on South Main Street in downtown Greeneville.
There, Kent Bewley presented $250 to the Greene Technology Center's automotive department in honor of Jones.
Following his appearance in Greeneville, Jones headed to Charlotte, N.C.
There, he will join the rest of the "Counting Cars" team today at the HISTORY 300 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SISTER LIVES HERE
Jones was introduced to Greeneville a few years ago through his step-sister, Mona White, a Greeneville resident since 2008 with whom he has a close relationship.
Both her brother and her husband, Tim White, who is now semi-retired, were at one time tow truck operators in Las Vegas, she said in an interview last week.
But, Mona continued, she and her husband decided to move to Tennessee from Nevada and chose to live in Greeneville because they liked it. They have lived here since 2008, and love it, she said.
Subsequently, Scott moved here also to be close to the Whites, and took a job with Kykers Extreme Automotive.
He continued to visit in Las Vegas, however, because his fiance -- now his wife -- lived there.
She had for some time held an administrative position with Count's Kustoms, an automotive shop which was then relatively small.
On a visit to Las Vegas, Scott met Danny Koker, the owner of the shop. Koker offered Scott a job, and he decided to take it.
He moved back to Las Vegas in early 2011.
Over a period of months, the business continued to grow, Mona said, and the decision was made to launch the TV show.
Mona White is also employed in various administrative roles with Count's Kustoms, but works from her home here
ABOUT THE SHOW
Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny "The Count" Koker, the show's lead crew member, bets with cars.
Known from his numerous appearances on Pawn Stars, Koker walks and talks classic American muscle cars in every episode of "Counting Cars."
Jones and Koker often have loud disputes, a staple of the program.
When Koker sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it -- including making on-the-spot cash offers to owners taken by surprise with the offers.
Koker and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Vegas shop in the black.
From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Koker and the crew of Count's Kustoms stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.
Count's Kustoms, as seen on the "Counting Cars" show, is a licensed dealer of choppers and hot rods. They are a one-stop shop for in-house paint, upholstery, frame-up builds and service.