About: Kevin Adelsberger
Co-Founder | Photographer | Videographer | Podcast Host
Kevin Adelsberger and his wife Renae moved to Jackson for college (proud Union alumni) and have stayed ever since. Jackson has since taken hold of Kevin’s heart, and he looks forward to continuing to grow with the city. Kevin opened Adelsberger Marketing in 2014 and saw working with Our Jackson Home as a way that he could serve the city he loves. Kevin and Renae are members of First Baptist Church and volunteer with the youth group there and with Madison County CASA.
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In the late 1960’s in America, most states still enforced laws that made it illegal for a black person to drink from the same water fountain as a white person. Not all Americans embraced this way of thinking, however. Men like Matt Drayton (played by David Lundgren), publisher of a San Francisco newspaper, made a point to show biracial couples on the front page of his newspaper. Despite his progressive views on integration in America, Matt struggles when his white daughter comes home from her internship with quite a surprise: a black fiancé.
We have loved following along with Jackson Downtown Development Corporation's "People of Downtown" series on Facebook and Instagram, and this week, we were lucky enough to have our own Editor-in-Chief Katie Howerton featured. Read a little more of her story below and find out why downtown Jackson is such an important part of Our Jackson Home's mission.
With Vol. 4, Issue 2: Sensations coming out here in just a couple of weeks, we've been working with Tennessee Industrial Printing Services to make sure the quality is as pristine as ever. Check out this video by Kevin Adelsberger interviewing our Editor-in-Chief Katie Howerton about why we love TIPS and what they have meant to our business over the years.
Who knew seven doors and a plate of sardines could cause so many uproarious laughs! The Jackson Theatre Guild has brought Noises Off by Michael Frayn to The Ned and it's guaranteed to keep you in stiches. Noises Off is a farcical play that gives the audience a peek behind the scenes of a live performance. The first act occurs the night before the first show; the dress rehearsal is going horribly. The director must constantly stop the action and redirect his actors.
"How many miles away is Sonic?" I stared, dumbfounded, as they told me the nearest Sonic was ten miles out of town. Kevin patted my leg reassuringly. "Well, you'll learn to enjoy the drive." We were newlyweds and newly graduated, interviewing for a Residence Life Director position for Kevin in Middle-of-Nowhere-Close-to-Sonic, Kentucky. They chose another candidate, and our lives forever shifted, allowing us to keep the roots we had been cultivating in Jackson during our stay here as college students.
2017 has been a year to remember, and much of that is thanks to our talented contributors who have poured themselves into telling the stories of Jackson in such a compelling way that they become part of our lives. With that, we are proud to share this year's top ten stories from our blog, encouraging you to read any you missed and to high-five the writers, photographers, and subjects featured.
Today may just be another Christmas morning for you, but for us, it's our third birthday! In honor of this special milestone in Our Jackson Home's history, here's a video by our own Kevin Adelsberger created for the Jackson Chamber's Women in Business event from earlier this month that highlights our mission and just how much we've grown in three years.
In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, we are dropped in the middle of a story already half told. Scrooge is a nasty, miserly man being haunted by his former business partner and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come. But why? Who are these ghosts and what are their motives behind repeatedly visiting Scrooge that fateful Christmas Eve?The Jackson Theatre Guild has brought the very play to The Ned that we need to answer these questions: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.
Fellow Jackson citizens: Do you need anything? How about legal counsel? Perhaps varicose veins reductions? Are you a painter who needs dance classes? What about some good old-fashioned matchmaking? Then you need Dolly! Fortunately for us, Hello, Dolly! has come to the stage at The Ned, and she has brought all her business cards with her. Dolly Levi, played by Julie Glosson, is an expert at everything. In her own words, she’s a professional meddler.
The Jackson Theatre Guild is kicking off this spring with Neil Simon’s farcical play Rumors this weekend at The Ned. Rumors is crammed with two hours of mass chaos, assumptions, misunderstandings, and (of course) rumors. The play opens as Ken and Chris Gorman (played by Kyle Williams and Caitlin Kent) arrive at their friends’ Charlie and Myra Brock’s house to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. But everything is amiss. Myra and the house staff are nowhere to be found, the meal isn’t cooked, and Charlie has survived a gunshot to his head.
There’s a lot of jerk chicken in Joseph Kabre’s future. It’s the most popular dish at Jamaican and African Cuisine, the restaurant he manages. On a typical day, he has enough ready to serve a couple dozen people. But Saturday, March 4, he’s hoping for potentially four times that many customers to show up hungry for the spicy dish. It will take him two days to prepare enough. The chicken has to be smoked, seasoned correctly, and then finished out in the oven.
Madison Academic Magnet High School is presenting the musical Grease this week, directed by Becky Fly. This is truly a Madison Academic Fine Arts Department production. Music Direction has been led by Kristy White (Band Director at Madison) and Lindsey Patterson (Choral Director at Madison), and the Art Department helped with the sets. The production consists of thirty students and ten crew members. Becky likes getting students involved in theatre because they learn more than just acting skills.
We had a blast last year at theCO's first annual celebration of theCOtoberfest—but what is it exactly? Check out this video by Kevin Adelsberger highlighting the best of last year's event, and join us this weekend for an even better time!
Richard Hannay gets swept into a spy thriller in the Jackson Theatre Guild's current production of The 39 Steps. When a gun is fired during a theater production, the seductive Annabella Schmidt convinces Richard Hannay to take her to his room for safety. While there, she is murdered. With her dying breaths, she mentions the mysterious "39 steps" in relation to a spy plot but does not reveal its meaning. Hannay, now a murder suspect, flees the country, follows Annabella's few, vague clues to discover the meaning of the 39 steps.
The Jackson Theatre Guild initiates the 2016-2017 season with the musical Guys and Dolls, now playing at The Ned. Set in colorful New York, the conflict between the police and the illegal gambling ring of craps is at an all time high. Nathan Detroit, played by Billy Worboys, is famous for setting up secret meeting places to shoot craps. But with the police on high alert, he must come up with $1,000 cash in order to secure a location.
The annual event "A Taste of Jackson & West Tennessee" took place at the West Tennessee Farmers' Market last night. This evening allows local restaurants and food vendors to showcase their wares to benefit the March of Dimes. Taste of Jackson is a great opportunity to try to flavors of some of Jackson's most popular restaurants as well as those of some places you may have never visited.
Merry Christmas, Jackson! For those of you who don't know, December 25 also marks our one-year anniversary from launching www.ourjacksonhome.com. In celebration of all the fun we've had this year, we present you with a little Christmas gift from us—an Our Jackson Home 2016 Desktop Calendar! Enjoy a little taste of Jackson each month while you work, featuring photography from stories we've run in 2015. Just save these photos to your computer and use them as you will.
The Jackson Theater Guild has brought a Christmas classic to The Ned in its presentation of It's a Wonderful Life. Set in the town of Bedford Falls, New York, in the 1940s, the play opens as George Bailey contemplates suicide at the top of a bridge. This triggers the appearance of Clarence Odbody, guardian angel, second class. He was sent to George to remind him of his past—times when he had acted honorably and made profound sacrifices for his family and friends.
Union University’s theatre has brought an Agatha Christie classic to stage in their production of And Then There Were None. Set on the secluded Indian Island, ten people are each brought by ship for various purposes, but all by a mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Owen. The ragtag group prepares for dinner when an ominous record booms accusations that each person is guilty of murder. All characters gather to share their stories and defend themselves.
Set in the 1950s, Moon Over Buffalo reveals the backstage of a theatre group during one of their most chaotic days. With the increasing availability of television in the 1950s, tickets to live theatre have plummeted and left the theatre group struggling for money. Act One sets up the increasingly tangled love relationships that have developed. The main characters are George and Charlotte Hay, who have been married and acting side by side their entire life.
Jackson non-profit Area Relief Ministries (ARM) hosted their annual Salt & Light Banquet Thursday evening (August 20th) at the Civic Center. Members of the Hub Club choir kicked off the event, and then ARM helped educate the audience to display the wide variety of ministries they oversee including Room in the Inn, freshSTART, and Hub Club. These ministries have goals such as giving youth alternatives to the gang lifestyle and creating jobs for those who may not easily find one elsewhere
Barnfest 2015 brought Humble Tip, Scott Dawson, and David Crowder to nearby town Denmark. An audience of around 4,000 gathered at the Barn at Snider Farms to hear these beloved performers and speakers from the Christian community. Local food venders provided plentiful dinner options, and several organizations, including Farmers & Merchants Bank, sponsored the event in order to keep it free to the public.
We're excited to introduce Jackson to Grubb's Grocery and owner Chris Felder! See just how many yummy, healthy, and fresh products they have to offer.
Jackson's Chamber of Commerce awarded local businesses and volunteers at their 2014 Annual Celebration, and Trevor Masterson and Kevin Adelsberger were there to capture the celebration of the volunteers and businesses that help make our Chamber and city great.
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, three congregations gathered to worship together as one, focusing on their opportunity to unite and partner together in Christ. City Fellowship Baptist Church's Pastor Russ Pflasterer preached at the service, and First Baptist Church met at 433 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the home of Historic First Baptist Church and Pastor William Watson. Kevin Adelsberger attended the service and was able to skillfully photograph the moments below.
The Snow Day is a Southern Institution. Annually it affects our lives spent together in dramatic fashion. Schools close, milk is scant, and manufacturers of bread become wealthy overnight. As a life long Southerner the Snow Day is a cultural attribute of Southern life that I have come to adamantly defend.
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With the runoff election just around the corner, we’ve all been keeping eyes on updates in the Jackson Sun, and so much of that is thanks to reporter Adam Friedman. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this recent transplant from Indiana about his time at the paper and what’s he’s learned about our community.
With so many changes happening amongst our school system, it’s easy to become discouraged, but we’re thankful for leaders like Dr. Jared Myracle whose vision hold our community together. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this Chief Academic Officer of the Jackson-Madison County School System to learn about how he ended up in the world of education and why investing in our local schools is essential to building a great city.
Few people can boast starting their career at the young age of nineteen, but Darren Lykes has been taking photos since high school and loving it ever since. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this Atwood native about his work in portraiture and how he has built a rich life in Jackson.
Been thinking of growing your green thumb this spring? Morris Nursery can get you started on the right foot, and today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews retired “grower” Rita Randolph. Find out how Rita began her career in horticulture and how she has been able to share her love for plants far beyond Jackson.
Good health is nobody’s birthright, but thankfully the Faith Health Center is here to help those with health needs in our community, no matter what their status. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews founder and family medicine specialist Dr. David Larsen about his Jackson story and what led him to opening a faith-based medical facility for low-income families.
Jackson native Austin Brown and missionary kid Jesse Perkins from Africa never expected their paths to lead them to cooking, much less in a non-profit, pay-as-you-can café. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews these two ComeUnity Café chefs about how they met, what they love about cooking, and what makes their kitchen so special.
Next Thursday marks the 40th Leadership Jackson class to graduate from the Jackson Chamber's unforgettable leadership program for our community. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews the woman who started it all, Judy Renshaw, and the current Director of Leadership Development, Brandy Stutsman. Find out how these ladies got involved in the Chamber and how the program has become a life-changing experience since its founding in 1979.
Giving Tuesday is coming up in just three weeks, and today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger introduces us to a way you can get involved in giving back your time, finances, and resources right here in Jackson. Dr. Allison Shipp shares about her movement, Give Back Jack, and how it’s changing the 731 community one project at a time.
After playing football at UT Martin, coaching for thirty years at the University School of Jackson, and now basing his career at Trenton Rosenwald Middle School, Mickey Marley sure has a lot of lessons learned to share. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger gets a glimpse into his life and encourages us to get the full story in Mickey's new book, Game Ready.
Jackson is proud to boast an astounding symphony for a town our size, and today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger gets us ready for this month's Starlight Symphony by interviewing artistic director and conductor Peter Shannon. Find out how this Ireland choirboy developed his music career through diverse experiences and landed in West Tennessee.
Since 2007, Mayor Jimmy Harris has been serving in leadership over Madison County, and today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews him about the journey that led him there. From running multiple businesses to working in real estate, find out where Mayor Harris comes from and what he sees for the future of our community.
With 731Day just three weeks away, we've got all things Our Jackson Home on the mind—from Porchfest and water balloon fights to a new journal and fun merch. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews Editor-in-Chief Katie Howerton for her annual update on where OJH is at and where it's going for the second half of 2018.
A child's teenage years are some of the most formative of his or her life, and Youth Town is proud to serve in our community to guide our city's teens on the right path. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews executive director Dr. Pepper Pratt about this unique ministry and how it's changing the lives of young alcohol and drug addicts.
There aren't many places more special to Jackson than ComeUnity Café, and today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger gets the full story from creator Amy Crenshaw. Find out how this restaurant/ministry/garden came to be in the first place and the ways it has transformed our community over the past five years.
After spending years in various industries and as entrepreneur, Brent Lambert and his wife never expected their journey to lead them to pregnancy ministry, but almost thirty years later, Birth Choice is running strong under his leadership as CEO and founder. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews him about what led them here and how Birth Choice is changing the lives of expecting women throughout Jackson and Trenton.
There a lot of special places in Jackson, Tennessee, but The Care Center may be one of the most amazing and yet most unexpected and overlooked. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this ministry's executive director, Nathan Young, about the crazy path that led him and his wife to serving and housing homeless women with a myriad of stories, struggles, and addictions and bringing them to a life of freedom.
When Shawn Daly entered the manufacturing industry after college, he had no idea that it would take him to Japan, Argentina, Brazil, and eventually Jackson, Tennessee. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this general manager of Toyota Bodine about his career in his industry, growing up in a coal mining town, and making the most of the Jackson community with his family.
When Ronnie Coleman and his wife began to have the vision for SoulQuest Church in 2006, they had no idea how beautiful the community it has created would be in 2018. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this West Tennessee native and pastor about his ministry journey, SoulQuest's search for a permanent location, and what makes this place of worship so unique.
Ever been curious about our state Supreme Court Justices? We've got one right here in our backyard: Roger Page, the first member from West Tennessee outside of Memphis. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews him about his Chester County heritage, career path, and personal priorities in his significant role.
On September 3, 2014, our founders Luke Pruett and Jim Wilhelm were launching our very first podcast on YouTube—before our blog, our team, our journal . . . everything! Three and a half years later, we're finally launching our 100th episode and celebrating all the amazing people we've met along the way, including our faithful host since fall of 2015: Kevin Adelsberger. Today we're turning the tables on him and hearing his story, interviewed by theCO's operations manager and Kevin's good friend, Dan Drogosh.
If you're familiar with theCO (which happens to be the place that funds and houses us), you know that they've always got something incredible and a little wild up their sleeve, and their most recent collaboration with the State of Tennessee is no exception. Today Kevin Adelsberger interviews two of the folks behind this larger-than-life project, Driving Innovation, to learn all about its mission to bring the latest in the tech world to Tennessee's most distressed counties.
It's not every day that you meet a fourteen-year-old entrepreneur, but Seth Nelson is doing much more than serving out of a coffee pot these days. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews the creator of The Farmer's Perk about his business journey over the last six years, going from simple cups of joe to speciality drinks and now a full-blown donut truck.
Did you know that West Tennessee Healthcare employs over 5,800 people? That's a pretty big impact. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews the organization's president and CEO, James "JR" Ross, about his journey through the medical world, his West Tennessee roots, and the future of the hospital and the many other services offered through WTH.
Have you taken a flight from the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport? Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with Jackson-Madison County Airport Authority's executive director, Steve Smith. Find out how this West Tennessee native ended up in the world of aviation and how our city's airport came to be—and where it's going in the future.
Not many folks can boast a background in chemistry, career as an arborist, and starting their own business, but Sam Bryant isn't your average Joe. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with this past A Night of Storytelling speaker to learn all about his journey to Samuel T. Bryant Distillery and what this unique West Tennessee spot has to offer.
Keeping 150-200 hungry bellies fed every day of the year is no easy feat, and the Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA) is about so much more than just that. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with this non-profit's executive director, Lisa Tillman, to discuss the mission of this 40+-year-old organization and what efforts they'll be making in 2018 to fight hunger in Jackson.
While always encouraging safety and respect in our community, let's not forget to listen to and comfort those who have not found safety and respect. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews Wo(Men)'s Resource & Rape Assistance Program (WRAP)'s executive director Daryl Chansuthus, who is striving to do just that. Discover how this Tennessee native ended up in Thailand (and now back in her home state) and how her heart for the hurt and unheard is changing the lives of sexual assault and domestic violence victims in West Tennessee.
Got a side hustle and wondering if it could one day be your full-time gig? Then check out our first-ever live podcast created in collaboration with the Chamber's Jackson Young Professionals group: Side Hustle to Full Hustle. Kevin Adelsberger interviews three well-known entrepreneurs in the Jackson community about their unique success stories, markets, and goals for the future. Featuring Lisa Garner of Garner Blue, Ben Hays of Gourmet Your Way Catering, and Katie Nickey of Pure Barre Jackson.
Mark your calendars for our Live Podcast event! Thursday, November 9 is Jackson Young Professionals: Side Hustle to Full Hustle.
Starting a family business is no easy feat, and creating a restaurant might be the toughest of all, but West Alley BBQ has hit their stride. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with manager Christian Brantley to discuss his story with Jackson, the restaurant business, and all that the future holds—including a new location in Phoenix!