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New Store Opens Downtown

Cassandra Spicer has opened "Beads to Live By" at the corner of Cortland and Mechanic Streets in Downtown Jackson.  The store specializes in beading supplies, classes and events and is sponsoring a fundraiser to help a young cancer patient.  Other guests:  Laura Schlecte, City Councilperson and owner of Thinking Real Estate;  BuilderWalk with Andy Woell from General Materials;  Jet Pack enthusiasts Roger Lyons and Dan Omo;  Stage Door Studio's Chip Mezo and Chris Mezo with Glee Club 3;  Jackson Coffee Company Drawing of the Month with Nathan Brue.  Today's (Thursday) show will also air on Friday.

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Officer of the Year

Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins announced Robert Noppe has been named "Officer of the Year".  The award presented annually is voted on by peers.  Chief Heins said the 18 year veteran has been consistently among the top officers and is well deserving of the honor.  Other guests:  Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin;  Jackson Area Landlords Association's Robert Tulloch and Cheryl Wozniak;  Andy Merritt, Hot Air Jubilee;  Kathy Brafford, Pet of the Week;  Highlights from the Jackson Parks and Recreation Memorial Garden and Bench Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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JC Welcomes New Athletic Director

The Jackson College Jets have a new athletic director. Heather Bateman joined the staff at the College in June as assistant dean of student life, housing and athletics. Bateman comes to Jackson from Olivet College, where she was athletic director for 11½ years. Before that, she coached women’s basketball at Wayne State University, University of Detroit-Mercy and Northwood University. She is a past basketball player herself. She comes from Burton, near Flint, earned her bachelor’s degree in human resources from Oakland University, and a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State. “I think JC offers a new challenge. I like the fact that the position oversees both athletics and student life. I am looking forward to all the opportunities that Jackson College has to offer,” Bateman said.

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Pets for Vets Program Launches

Diane Cerquiera, Jackson County Friends of the Animals, announced the launch of the "Pets for Vets" program.  Veterans are able to adopt dogs and cats from the Jackson County Animal Shelter at no cost from July 1 to July 17.  Veterans need only to visit the shelter on Spring Arbor Road at Robinson for enrollment.  Other guests:  Jerome Colwell, Director, Michigan Department of Human Services, Jackson County with Deb Faust, Foster Care Licensing Supervisor and Jessica Deering, Community Resource Coordinator;  Jackson County Sheriff's Marine Deputy Walt Luck;  FolkGalore promoter and singer-songwriter John Voelz;  Candidate for Jackson City Council Fifth Ward Susan Murdie.

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Toys of the Month

Phil Wrzesinski from The Toy House showcased a selection of travel toys and activities on today's "Toys of the Month" segment.  Phil suggests stopping in and browsing the hundreds of items selected to make summer vacation more enjoyable on the road.  Other guests:  State Representative Earl Poleski;  Center for Family Health CEO Molly Kaser with client Felicia Parris (read Felicia's story at the Center for Family Health website);  Andy Woell, General Materials;  Brenda Pilgrim, Development Director at the Dahlem Conservancy.

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The Inn on Jackson Square (The Sheraton)

Larry Jacobson, JTV Somewhere between 1976 and 1979 my older brother Freddie was spending his boogie nights at a place in Jackson he just called ‘The Sheraton.’ It was a time of Saturday Night Fever and Studio 54. I was around ten years old and my mom would take my younger brother and I shopping for school clothes, and on one occasion she bought a pair for Freddie. However, they had to be specific – she said ‘they had to be the kind that sort of flare out at the ankle.’ I didn’t understand the concept of ‘bell bottom jeans,’ but I knew Freddie was cool, therefore those jeans must be something special. He told me about going dancing at this place in downtown Jackson and he said once ‘it’s like another world in there.’ He told me stories about flashing strobe lights and a disco ball, about crazy dance parties and pretty girls and a mechanical bull. I only heard of the stories about the Sheraton – I never actually experienced them myself – but maybe by not being old enough to go in there I’ve allowed the legend to grow. Being on the outside and hearing my brothers’…

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“Paddle to Work” Day

The June Smart Commute event, "Paddle to Work Day" was held this morning and we have video highlights on today's show.  The JTV crew of Bart Hawley, Ric Walton, Larry Jacobson and Noah Baker were among the 40 paddlers cruising the Grand River from High Street to the Riverwalk.  Guests today:  State Senator Mike Nofs;  Kim Hastings, Executive Director of Jackson School of the Arts;  Coffee Talk with Jackson Coffee Company's Robert Ernst;  Music Therapist Jaime Merritt;  Ric Walton, The Walton Agency.

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Mick Webster Memorial Bicycle Tour Planned

The Fifth Annual "Mick Webster Memorial Bicycle Tour" is planned for Saturday, June 29, starting at P&T Fitness in Downtown Jackson.  George Webster, founder of the ride, is honoring his late wife, Mick Webster in this fundraiser for the Relay for Life.  There are a variety of routes riders can choose, including an 18 mile family ride on The Falling Waters Trail and a metric century throughout the rolling hills of southern Jackson County.  This is a fully supported ride, with a lunch at the conclusion.  Registration is open at www.pandtfitness.com.  Other guests:  Cameron McCollum, Jackson Area Transportation Authority Manager;  International trainer and author Gerry Grinold, along with BPW's Stefanie Riggs promoting a luncheon Tuesday, June 25 at Cascades Manor House.  Reservations can be made by emailing margaret.cunningham@comcast.net;  BuilderWalk with Andy Woell, General Materials;  Michigan Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Janice Blixt;  Earl Scott and Steve Wellman, Experimental Aircraft Association's Pancake Breakfast Fly-In, this Saturday at the Jackson County Airport.  The breakfast runs from 7 am to 12 noon.

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Teen Pregnancy Statistics Improve

Michelle White, Coordinator of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative with the Jackson County Health Department and United Way Director of Communication Jim Brian delivered  an update on the community's TPPI progress.  Since forming in 2006, teen pregnancy has declined by more than 40% and more than 100 presentations have been made to school and teen groups.  The Initiative is supported by the United Way, which is gearing up for the 2013-14 campaign kickoff on September 6.  Other guests:  Paragon Charter Academy Principal Zach Perfitt;  American Red Cross Executive Director LeeAnn Kendall and volunteer Jim Ducey;  "Money Matters" with Jeff Matzen from Matzen Financial;  Moose Family Center's Bertha Curl, Linda Reasoner and Linda Ritter;  Pet of the Week with Kathy Brafford, Cascades Humane Society.

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Corrections Chief Reflects on Anniversary

Governor Rick Snyder appointed Jackson County Sheriff Dan Heyns as Director of Corrections for the State of Michigan in June of 2011.  Today, Dan Heyns looked back at some of his accomplishments in office, including reducing the department budget by $250 million, improving care for mentally ill convicts and privatizing food service.  Other guests:  Toby Jones from Jones Construction Solutions;  Fitness Council of Jackson Executive Director Scott TenBrink;  Musical guests "The Locklear Sisters"  (Summer Locklear and Amber Locklear) from Clark Lake with guitarist Robert Costa;  Waterloo Recreation Park Manager Gary Jones and Hayes State Park Manager Jim O'Brien.

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