NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Nashville's Queen of Jefferson Street, Miss Rosetta Perry, cut the ribbon on Friday morning to mark opening a new gift shop inside the airport.

The accomplishment at the Nashville Airport is something that Perry has been working on for years. The way she describes it.

"It was just something I had to do," Perry said.

Miss Rosetta is an 87-year-old who won't take credit for anything, but she should. Friday was the official opening of her shop, The Tennessee Tribune, at the airport. It's a place for last-minute gifts that help show off the Nashville Community, with a little extra push towards North Nashville. The whole project is something she's fought to get for years. 

"When I say we, I mean African Americans we've been in the city a long time at grocery stores," Perry said. "But we're just not in them with our vendors and products, and that's just not fair."

Miss Rosetta is loved and known well on Jefferson, probably not as much away from it. The Tennessee Tribune she knows will help that. All publicity drives the effort for improvement and readership of her newspaper, the Tennessee Tribune. She's convinced over the years that things keep getting better.

"It gets better each time we get a new mayor," Perry said. "They seem to understand."

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