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The 200 Solar Panel Christening 10-29-20 | Photo Gallery

(October 30, 2020 10:11 AM) Thursday, Jackson Downtown Partners, developers of The 200, hosted a ceremony celebrating the installation of a rooftop solar array and the completion of the new next-generation commercial mixed-use residential building.   The first residents of Downtown Jackson’s newest apartment building will begin moving in at the start of December. The 200, at 200 North Jackson Street, anchors the first-of-its kind Jackson Smart Energy District. Consumers Energy topped the four-story complex with a solar array that will support The 200’s innovative energy management technology platform, part of Consumers Energy’s commitment to earn Jackson a preeminent position on the national map for energy leadership. The 200 incorporated innovations throughout the complex in Downtown Jackson to serve as a showcase for solutions that will assist Consumers Energy in the realization of its goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. “Consumers Energy is thrilled to help bring the sustainable, renewable energy vision of our Smart Energy District to life with the example The 200 is setting,” said Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy. “We expect this project and many more will help our Smart Energy District provide the gold standard for the Midwest and the energy…

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Spring Arbor University Hosting Homecoming This Weekend

Students participate in the 5K race at the 2018 Homecoming.  (Courtesy photo) Homecoming Weekend is being celebrated this Friday and Saturday at Spring Arbor University.  The University is inviting all students, parents of students, alumni and community partners to Homecoming 2019, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 27-28. Although most of the weekend’s activities are free of charge, registration is required for some events. The festivities begin with Homecoming Chapel on Friday morning, featuring former SAU Chaplain Ron Kopicko ’77 as speaker and an alumni/student Chapel band. On Friday evening, SAU is celebrating this year’s award recipients at the Alumni Awards Banquet at Commonwealth Commerce Center in Jackson.  (Reservations are now closed for the award dinner).   The evening will culminate with introductions of the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the “Cougar Madness” event in SAU’s McDonald Athletic Center. Saturday’s events will include: 5K, 2-Mile Walk and Kids’ Fun Run Kids’ Carnival (including inflatables, face paint, caricatures, balloon animals and laser tag) Food trucks Music department showcase Craft & Vendor Fair Ganton Art Gallery exhibit: Brianne Witt’s MFA Thesis Exhibition Networking Fair hosted by the Gainey School of Business “Meeting in Newburgh” theatrical production, featuring Paul Patton ’74 “Memory, Place and Mom Jeans”…

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Nineteenth Year of High School Football Coming on JTV

JTV Sports will return with presentations of High School Football this year. This will be JTV's 19th year of consecutive coverage of varsity athletics throughout Jackson County. JTV Sports | August 5th, 2019 | JTV Sports Staff JTV Sports’ nineteenth season of High School Football coverage begins at the end of this month. Since JTV began coverage of High School Sports in 2000, nearly 50,000 high school student-athletes have appeared in over 3,000 games telecast on JTV.   JTV offers complete game coverage, as well as programs like The Locker Room, Aspen One-Hour Football Show, Thursday Night Hoops and other specials. JTV has earned the distinction of being “The World Leader in Local High School Sports Television.” Each week during the regular and post-season, JTV covers 3 to 4 games, with play-by-play and color commentators, instant replays, graphics and several in-game features. Games played throughout the week air Saturday and Sunday in rotation at 1, 3, 7 and 9pm on JTV and JTV.TV. https://twitter.com/JTV_Sports/status/1131249170076098562 JTV’s award-winning sports programming includes online video highlights and features throughout the season on JTV.TV.  Additional content online includes Orthopedic Rehab Specialist Photo Galleries, which last year presented over 15,000 photos from high school games and…

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Downtown Jackson Art Walk 5-10-19 | Photo Gallery

Downtown Jackson Art Walk, May 10, 2019. Photos by Brooke Morse, JTV. To order downloads and prints, click here. Downtown Jackson Art Walk, May 10, 2019. Photos by Brooke Morse, JTV. To order downloads and prints, click here.

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Julie Alexander

Dedicated Legislator Infuses Service into All Things

By Alex Cash JTV Contributor Making the shift to state legislator came very naturally to Julie Alexander. Having a career as a farmer for 31 years as well as a teacher, she was used to habitually putting in seven days’ worth of work in a week. Being up early tending to farm responsibilities and staying up late grading papers, time spent working was nothing that Alexander shied away from.   Working hard is what she has continued to do in her 18 month stint as member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 64th District. With six months left in her first term in this office, she truly loves what she does. Her job is not a typical nine to five. As she answers the question of what she likes to do for fun, it is evident that service to her constituents is imparted on nearly everything that she does. “Recently I went out for dinner with my husband and another couple. The other couple was having some issues with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). That meant follow-up calls to the DEQ the next day.” Though Alexander has weekly office hours she serves her constituents wherever they are,…

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Funday's Family Fun Cafe Jackson Michigan

One Year of Fun at Funday’s Family Fun Cafe

By Alexandra Cash                                                              (Courtesy Photo) Staff Writer As temperatures are beginning to rise, students in Jackson County will be gearing up for spring break. With a week off from school, parents may be looking for interesting things to keep their child busy and entertained for the week of vacation. For those staying in Jackson, look no further than Funday’s Family Fun Café. April 2nd, marks the first year of business for Funday’s. Owners Jenny and Drew Cochran have enjoyed their first year of business and learned a lot this past year. “It's been fun, exciting, satisfying and overwhelming all at the same time! It's been a rollercoaster ride and we've been learning a ton about what works well, what doesn't, what we need to change and what we could add into the mix,” said Jenny. This spring break, Funday’s will be expecting lots of children excited to play. Their indoor play space is equipped with a 40-foot double decker play structure, special places for toddlers and babies, an artist’s corner,…

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Lumen Christi Choir Carnegie Hall New York City

Lumen Christi Choir performing at Carnegie Hall in April

By Alex Cash                                         (Courtesy Photo: LC Choir in Chicago last spring) Staff Writer The voices of one of the Lumen Christi High School choirs are so strong, they are carrying them all the way to New York City. On Sunday, April 15th, 36 students of the Lumen Christi Cantoribus Choir will be living a dream by performing at Carnegie Hall. “It has been the greatest gift to me as an educator to see our students take the skills they have learned and share their gifts with the world,” says Justin Marcero, choir leader at Lumen Christi. The young performers, some lifelong musicians, are very honored by this invitation. “Receiving the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall is once in a lifetime experience and a lifelong personal dream of mine. I’ve been a musician all my life and between my love for orchestra and vocal performance, music has made a huge impact in who I am as a person,” said junior choir member Hailey Rogers. In fall of 2016, Marcero was invited by a travel company to take his choir to one…

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