Perhaps you recognize Ryan Porter from the Jackson Chamber—or you knew him when he was a kid at North Side. Or you met him a few years back through the police department or JEA. Any way you put it, Ryan is a Jackson man through and through, and today our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews him about the many hats he wears and why he's planted roots in West Tennessee.
Jackson State Community College celebrated their fifty-year anniversary this year, and now that class is back in session for the semester, the rubber is hitting the road for new president Dr. Lana Hamilton. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews her about her move to Jackson and what she has planned for her time at JSCC.
Adoption isn't an easy journey for any family, and today on our podcast Kevin Adelsberger sits down with Union University professor Dr. Fonsie Guilaran and his wife Lesley to hear about their especially unique story of bringing their children home. Find out how special needs, health, and international culture shifts play a huge role in creating a family.
Our Jackson Home believes that the strength of a city lies in its public school system, and we're proud to have a new superintendent for the Jackson-Madison County School System who agrees. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews Mississippi native Eric Jones about his journey with education both in and outside of Jackson and what he's dreaming for our schools' future.
It ain't everyday you get the meet a pro athlete, but now that Donnie Nickey calls Jackson home, you can at least watch one coach a football team on Friday nights in the fall at North Side High School. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this former Tennessee Titan about his football career from childhood and Ohio State to the NFL and his new coaching career.
No matter what the home situation, education struggles, or financial issues, all kids could use some love and encouragement, and the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson-Madison County is here to make a difference in the lives of our city's youth. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with Executive Director Sabrina Anderson to find out how this Louisiana girl came to Jackson and what her mission is a the club.
If there ever was a jack-of-all-trades for our city, it's Paul Taylor. Today on the podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this Jackson native about his carrying on of the family business, Gary A. Taylor Investment Company. Find out how Paul got into architecture and what exciting projects he's working on to improve our city's future.
Anybody looking for some Southern summer tunes? We've got the perfect concert for you coming up Saturday, June 24! Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews Jackson transplants Zachary Charles and Dan Drogosh of local Southern rock band Mutual Live. Find out how this Michigan childhood friends ended up in West Tennessee and how the four years they've spent developing their music has paid off.
Been noticing some changes in The Jackson Sun lately? While change can be a tough thing, we're excited for the ways our local paper is evolving, including some of their newest staff members. Today on the podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews recently transplanted journalist Omer Yusuf. Find out how this Minnesota native came to the South and what his experience reporting on local business and government has been like.
If you haven't heard yet, there's a lot of exciting new things happening this year in downtown Jackson. (Think mobile businesses, classic movies, street art, and a new website.) So we thought it was about time we sit down with Jackson Downtown Development Corporation's (JDDC) Matt Altobell and Megan Elston to get the details. Find out how you can be a part of all that's coming to the heart of our city!
Have you heard the Jackson "anthem" yet? If not, you're in luck because this podcast is all about Josh Smith's song, "Jackson's Still My Home." Kevin Adelsberger sits down with the artist along with Jackson Chamber President/CEO Kyle Spurgeon and University of Memphis at Lambuth music professor Dr. Jeremy Tubbs to find out how this simple song gained momentum over the last year and brought together dozens of local musicians to create something special.
So many of the best and worst parts of a city are seen most clearly in its school system, and it's thanks to our school board that issues can be addressed and families can be encouraged. Today on the podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews Jackson-Madison County School Board member Bob Alvey about the challenges of his role, his perspective on public and private schools, and what new superintendent Eric Jones has to offer.
We may have interviewed Scott Conger in 2015 about all his responsibilities with The United Way, but that ain't his only job. Today on the podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this city councilman about his responsibilities making sure our city is kept in line and supported as it continues to grow and evolve.
For the next few weeks on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger will be interviewing various elected officials from our city to learn about their responsibilities and how we can better be a part of our community. Today he interviews County Commissioners Jason Compton and Jay Bush to find out how these guys got to Jackson, what their day jobs at Jackson Generals and Clayton-Little PLLC are like, and what our County Commission does on a daily basis.
This week is bringing a lot of change with the Our Jackson Home journal, but what else is in store for 2017? Kevin Adelsberger sits down with our own Editor-in-Chief Katie Howerton to get the inside scoop on A Night of Storytelling, 731Day, and more exciting things to come.
Those of you who have met Sharon Younger know just what a whiz she is at working with our city's demographics to serve local businesses in the best way possible. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger hears the story behind this Younger Associates president's life in Jackson and exponential growth in her marketing business's success.
For those of you who know Steve Pitcairn, you understand just what lengths this business coach will go to to get your company in gear. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this CEO of Clear Vision Business Services to learn about his background, career, and life in Jackson.
West Tennessee is full of rich history, but as development continues, often our past becomes dissolved. The Big Black Creek Historical Association out of Denmark is dedicated to preserving some of our region's most historically significant buildings and cemeteries—and, more importantly, the stories they hold. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews president Billy King to learn more about the association, his personal life, and the waterway that binds so many historic small towns together.
You can't go anywhere in Jackson without hearing "JEA"—and that's because they are the ones who keep our city up and running! Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with the man behind it all: President and CEO of Jackson Energy Authority, Jim Ferrell. Find out how he got into the business, hear some eye-opening tornado stories, and discover what is next for JEA as technology and our city's needs continue to evolve.
Whether you're applauding a performance at the Ned, drifting away to a Symphony production, or snapping a photo in front of the ComeUnity Café mural, there are hundreds of ways to support the arts in Jackson, and Melinda Hearn is the woman who keeps the wheels turning. Kevin Adelsberger sits down with this Executive Director of the Jackson Arts Council to discuss how funding, community participation, and diverse skill sets come together to make up the 40+ art groups throughout our city.
Today we turn the mic around on 101.5 FM radio host Steve Bowers to share about his journey to Jackson and role as TV/Media Manager of Jackson Energy Authority. Find out how this ministry-minded Freed-Hardeman graduate got into the world of radio, what impressive guests he has had the joy of interviewing, and how keeping an open mind has been key in conversation that leads to understanding.
If you've enjoyed a scoop of gelato, bought some furniture from Coffman's, or perused Oz's Rare & Used Books, you've probably overlapped into Seth Chandler's life in some capacity. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger interviews this man behind local advertising and public relations company DCA/DCPR, a business with an intriguing history and rich portfolio of work.
We interviewed Barry Cooper two years ago to get to know about his personal life, but today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with him to learn more about his role as Executive Director at JACOA (Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism). Hear about the recent struggles and successes of serving our city by leading alcoholics and drug addicts out of a life of dependency.
From her career as a professional clown to her years teaching in the Jackson-Madison County School System to even her management of Moe's, Donna Agnew has found herself bound up in the lives of Jackson's children and parents time and time again. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with her to find out how her passion for education and childhood development has transformed into the establishment and growth of Hands Up!, a local non-profit preschool aimed to serve low-income families.
If you've been around Jackson for a while, you've probably met our county's historian, Harbert Alexander. Today Kevin Adelsberger sits down with this Madison County legend to hear about his past with the Bank of Jackson, his many authored books, and a few of his favorite stories from of our city's past.
From its beginning as a tornado shelter in 2003, The Dream Center has helped those in need in Jackson from disaster relief to transitional ministry for women and children. Check out Kevin Adelsberger's interview with Executive Director Gail Gustafson and Treasurer of the Board Melanie Luckey to hear about the center's history, goals, and vision for the future.
We are so proud to see Jackson celebrating its third annual International Food & Art Festival this October to kick off the city's Season of Unity! Check out Kevin Adelsberger's interview with the festival's Co-Chairs Dr. Sandra Dee (a former Night of Storytelling presenter) and Eduardo Morales to learn about the history of the event, their own cultural backgrounds, and some of the exciting new elements being added this year.
Some folks in Jackson seem to have their hand in everything! Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger meets Frank McMeen, President of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, proprietor of Miss Ollie's, and active member of the Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association. Find out how Frank got involved in such a diverse range of interests and the good work he's proud to be a part of through the Foundation.
With the presidential election just around the corner, we've definitely got government on the mind, and sometimes it's nice to have a place to debate and discuss our nation's issues. Today on our podcast, Kevin Adelsberger sits down with Dustin Summers, the Chairman of the Madison County Young Republicans and the Executive Director of the West Tennessee Physicians Alliance. Hear about this West Tennessee native's journey through politics, education, and health, and listen to his thoughts on this year's election.
With technology constantly changing, so is education. Check out this podcast by Kevin Adelsberger highlighting Dev Catalyst, an educational coding and technology program for high schoolers conducted through theCO. Hear the perspectives of student Steven Prescott, teacher Kimberly Colbert, and Educational Outreach Coordinator Molly Plyler on this incredible opportunity for West Tennessee youth to prepare for competitive careers.