A Night of Storytelling
A Night of Storytelling is a biannual Our Jackson Home event that seeks to create a warm environment for you to dig deeper into the people and places of our city by hearing personal stories from your Jackson neighbors.
This event is family-friendly and free, where you'll enjoy being told several Jacksonian tales, hearing some live and local music, and listening to some Jackson poetry—after grabbing some grub from the Boss & Ross BBQ food truck, of course. We will also be launching our brand-new April-July 2019 journal.
Come hear the stories of your neighbors! Food will be available at 6:30; storytelling begins at 7:00.
Kevin & Renae Adelsberger
Local Foster Parents
Kevin and Renae Adelsberger moved to Jackson to attend Union University and have stayed ever since due to their love for their church, nonprofits, local businesses, and abundance of Sonic drive-ins. Kevin opened Adelsberger Marketing in 2014, where Renae now works part-time, and has grown his business to a team of four. The Adelsbergers are foster parents to three toddlers and volunteer with Madison County CASA and the local Foster Association.
Cindy Boyles is the Chair of the Jackson-Madison County Community Remembrance Project, which is working to memorialize victims of lynching in Madison County. She has conducted extensive research on the lynching of Eliza Woods and is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Read more about the Jackson-Madison County Community Remembrance Project on our blog.
West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse
Christian Brantley serves as manager of his family business, West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse, originally housed in downtown Jackson and soon reopening on Vann Drive. West Alley also recently launched a second location in Phoenix, Arizona, and was featured on the Cooking Channel’s show, Man Fire Food.
WENDY HAILEY KIM
Wendy Hailey Kim is an artist from West Tennessee who has spent most of her career capturing the effects made by light source refractions on human skin submerged in water. She received her BFA from the Memphis College of Art in 2002 and has since worked as a studio assistant, production artist, and project manager for world class artists like Claudio Perez-Leon, jewelry artist Shari Dixon, and hand-painted furniture mogul, Jane Keltner. Wendy is a proud new mother and continues to work as a painter.
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News
Tom Meiners is the Chief Meteorologist for the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Storm Team and joined Channel 7 in July 2012. He is from the small town of Glen Head, New York, where he grew up interested in weather but developed an interest in blizzards and hurricanes. During his time studying meteorology, he saw weathercasting as no ordinary job, but as a way to help save lives during times of severe weather. Tom lives with his wife Evan and their dog Roxi in the LANA area.
All Saints Immigration Services
Stacy Preston is the Director of All Saints Immigration Services at All Saints Anglican Church. She has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Union University. Stacy is currently in the process to receive her accreditation as a Legal Representative through the Department of Justice to provide Legal Aid to immigrants in the West Tennessee area.
Joshua Welsch graduated from Union University in 2018 with a degree in English. Formerly a writing teacher at Hope Recovery Center, he spends his spare time playing piano and hoping for sunny weather.
Read Joshua’s poetry in our August-November 2018 journal (Vol. 4, Issue 2: Sensations).
Forked Deer Homeschool Parade
Forked Deer Homeschool Parade is a local folk alternative band composed of friends Ben Gilbreath, Nathan Megelsh, and Tyler Marberry. Their album, With All Due Respect . . . Baseball, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Read more about Forked Deer Homeschool Parade on our blog.