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New Medical Device Startup in Jackson

Dr. Fred Slete

Dr. Fred Slete

Local dentist Dr. Fred Slete announced the launch of a new startup in Jackson that is manufacturing and marketing a new medical device.  Versah is a new procedure and device for dental implants that will be manufactured in Jackson designed to improve procedure and recovery times.  The company was founded by Dr. Salah Huwais, the product’s inventor.  Other guests:  Consumers Energy Vice President Patti Poppe;  author Jim Holmgren;  Michigan State Police Sargeant Kevin Caldwell;  artist Ed Thayer (Steampunk Eddie);  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group.

Civil War Muster Celebrates 30 Years

Kim Conant with Bart

Kim Conant with Bart

The Cascades Civil War Muster enters its 30th year this weekend and organizer Kim Conant laid out the battle plans and weekend schedule on today’s show.  The event is free and begins at 10am Saturday at Cascades.  Other guests:  Geoff Bontrager, Superintendent, Northwest Community Schools;  Dana Ashlock, Grant and Scholarship Coordinator, Jackson Community Foundation with Rev. Karen Kelley, Jackson Personal Care Ministry;  Barb Smith, Printer Source Plus;  Singer-Guitarist Dan Hazlett;  Ethan Smith, Napoleon High School Class of 2016 Golf Scramble.

Concord Welcomes Return of Superintendent

Al Widner with Bart

Al Widner with Bart

Concord Community Schools new Superintendent Al Widner has returned to the district he previously served as educator and administrator in the 1970′s through the early 1990′s.   He is overseeing physical improvements to the campus and leading curriculum changes with staff as the district deals with declining enrollment.  Other guests:  Dr. Julie Soriano, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea;  In the Kitchen with Lisa Spampinato;  Linda Furgason and Steve Tucker, The Michigan Theatre;  Kelly Hoover, Jackson Recreation Department;  Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society Pet of the Week;  National Lemonade Day with Chef Krissy Kerwin.

Royalty Visits JTV

Emily Sioma, Ellen Wilson, Alyssa Stull and Katlynn Roden with Bart

Emily Sioma, Ellen Wilson, Alyssa Stull and Katlynn Roden with Bart

Two “Miss JTV”s, Katlynn Roden, RoseQueen candidate and Alyssa Stull, Teen USA candidate served as hostesses for today’s show.  The current Miss Jackson County RoseQueen USA, Emily Sioma and Miss Jackson County Teen USA Ellen Wilson also visited today’s show.  All are in preparation for this weekend’s pageants, Friday and Saturday evening at Western High School Performing Arts Center.  Tickets and information are available here.  Other guests:  Brad Hamilton, Superintendent, Grass Lake Schools;  Phil Boham, VP of Facilities, St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea;  Shelly Bruner and Gina Gudowski, Siena Heights University at Jackson College;  Rick Sigers, Jim Ellis, Sandra Ellis and Judy Heins, Jaxon Kennel Club.

Lumen Christi Welcomes JCMS to Campus

Chris Smith and Elaine Crosby with Bart

Chris Smith and Elaine Crosby with Bart

An ice cream social and book sale will be held tonight at Lumen Christi High School to welcome the seventh and eighth graders of Jackson Catholic Middle School who will be located on the Lumen Christi campus starting this fall.  Principal Chris Smith and Jackson Area Schools Coordinator Elaine Crosby outlined the changes throughout the Catholic school system for the upcoming school year.  Other guests:  Nancy Graebner, President and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea;  Nicole Gilbert, Jackson District Library Napoleon Branch Manager;  Local author Patricia Robertson;  Lyah Van Sickle, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

Final Weekend for Shakespeare

Jan Blixt with Bart

Jan Blixt with Bart

The 20th Anniversary Season of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival concludes this weekend with performance of all three shows:  “The Importance of Being Earnest” Friday at 7:30pm, “Cymbeline” Saturday at 2:00pm and “Hamlet” Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00pm.  Artistic Director Jan Blixt reports the reviews and reception of all three shows have been fantastic and the shows are a “must see”.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to the performances at Jackson College, Potter Center.  Other guests:  Jackson Area Career Center JROTC Instructor Sgt. Tom Emond with Cadets Zachary Adams, Bridger Gibbs and Cire’ Rogers;  Pam Schultz, President, Jackson County Education Association;  Lisa Shaw, Spring Arbor Cherubs Preschool;  Movie reviews with Dave DeBaker;  Ric Walton; The Walton Insurance Group.


Pure Michigan 400


Photos from the Pure Michigan 400, Sunday, August 17 at Michigan International Speedway.  Photos by Ryan Kerwin, JTV Sports.  Click above photo to launch gallery.

Western Names New Basketball Coach

Ryan Mulnix

Ryan Mulnix

By Larry Jacobson
JTV Sports

Sometimes, even the best decisions are not easy ones.

So as Ryan Mulnix steps in to lead the boys basketball program at Western High School, he does so while acknowledging it was difficult to leave behind his beloved girls team at Reading High.

“It was definitely hard to leave,” Mulnix said. “I was a teacher in the system for eight years and I spent six years as girls coach, and I really think we got things rolling there in a positive direction. I’m pleased with the direction of the Reading program and I think they’re poised to continue that success.”

The opportunity to take over the Western boys program was too good to pass up on a variety of fronts.

“A big thing for my wife (Kellie) and I was the opportunity to be closer to home,” Mulnix said. “I’m a Springport guy and she’s from Concord, so this allowed us to move back to the area and be closer to family. The Western School System is absolutely top-notch and their new facilities are fantastic. As a coach, it’s amazing.”

The Panthers began playing in a new gymnasium at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season.

And the bedrocks of Mulnix’s girls’ teams at Reading will become the staples of his Panthers teams.

“I’m not very complicated,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in earning your stripes on defense, because if you can lock down on defense you can win every time you step on the court. Our teams will play extremely hard and we will push the ball on offense. We always want to be the attackers.”

At the moment, however, patience is the key. The school year is over a month away and Mulnix is still working on the logistics of the move.

“Right now I just need to get settled,” he said. “I’ve had a chance to work with some of the kids on a limited basis and I’ll be working at an upcoming basketball camp at Spring Arbor University and a few Western players will be there. There are a lot of things going on right now but I’m very, very excited to get going.”

Willis Picks Michigan State


By Larry Jacobson,  JTV Sports

A scholarship to play football at Michigan State University sure sounds like a lot of fun.

Unless you’re Lumen Christi High School senior Khari Willis, who envisions that fun being tempered with a whole lot of hard work.

“It took a lot of hard work to get to this point,” Willis said. “God has blessed me with people who have helped along the way – my family and coaches and teammates – and it’s brought me this opportunity. But I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead, too. This is another chapter in my life and I’ve very excited about it.”

Willis, one of the most decorated football and basketball players to ever suit up for the Titans, enjoyed the entire recruiting process and looked at each option as its’ own unique opportunity.

Still, in the end, Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans won out.

“Throughout the process I’ve been very humbled by all of the options, because they’re all opportunities,” Willis said. “For a while I thought I’d end up in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) playing basketball or maybe in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference.) In the end I began to realize that the direction of the Michigan State program matched what I was looking for. And it’s close to home, which is important for my family and friends, too.”

The options don’t end with his destination, either.

Willis, primarily a record setting running back for the Titan football team, has options on the playing field, as well. When asked what position he might end up playing, he laughed.

“Well, there’s no clear answer on that, either,” he said. “I’m listed as an athlete, so there are a lot of options and we’ll just wait and see how it works out. I’ve spent time as a running back on offense and as a safety on defense. They’ve also looked at me as a possible linebacker.”

But that’s just on the football field. Willis is also an all-state guard on the basketball court and one of the best on-ball defenders and point guards to ever come out of the Jackson area. Might we see him lacing up the basketball shoes for Coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans in the future?

“I’m not closing the door on that – no sir,” Willis said with a laugh. “That’s something I’m definitely thinking about down the road, but the important thing to remember is that I’m going to Michigan State on a football scholarship so everything has to revolve around that. I have to make sure I’m taking care of things on the football field and in the classroom before I think about anything else. One thing at a time…”

Those decisions will be made later. For now, Willis is ready to take care of some unfinished business heading into his senior year at Lumen Christi.

“Well, I certainly am looking forward to enjoying my senior year,” he said. “But I think we have some unfinished business – both on the football field and the basketball court. The guys (my teammates) and I have already talked about it. It would be amazing to go out in style, with a really good shot at two state championships. That’s my goal. I’ve done a lot of things during my time as a Titan, but we haven’t won a state championship. That’s something I’d like to do.”

Winning a state championship in any sport takes a lot of hard work, and hard work is something that comes naturally to Khari Willis.

A year from now he’ll be entering the next chapter of his life, one that will have him draped in the green and white of Michigan State. But first things first – and hopefully that’s an eventful senior year in the green and gold of Lumen Christi.

After all, it’s about options and opportunities, and a young man determined to make the most of them.

Softball Results for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Men’s Brown Division
Tracy’s Tavern 11 Full Spectrum Solutions 10. Dan Johnson went 3 for 3 with a triple and Mark Kreger went 3 for 4 with a double for Tracy’s. Cody Sharp went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs for Full Spectrum.

Diversified Construction 8 Kinch Farms 6. Abel Frausto went 3 for 3 with a triple and Mike Myers went 2 for 2 to lead Diversified Construction. Lee Vickers went 3 for 4 with a double for Kinch Farms.

Modern Electric 15 G.L.G. 3. Eric Stevens went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double with 4 RBIs and Bob Dingee went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double and 2 RBIs for Modern Electric. Mike Hurley went 2 for 2 to lead G.L.G.

Men’s Silver Division
ABC Supply 30 MIWI 18. Jordan Tuttle went 4 for 5 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs and Mike Enbody also went 4 for 5 with a double to lead ABC Supply. Jacob Hense went 3 for 4 with 2 triples and a double for MIWI.

ALS won by forfeit over Thuli’s

Men’s Doubleheader Division
Game 1
Hometown Convenience/Integrity Electrical Co. 24 Chase Sports Bar/Trackside Sports Bar 3. Nate Whitney led a 29 hit attack in 4 innings by going 4 for 4 with a home run and Lee Page also went 4 for 4 with a double for Hometown Convenience/Integrity Electrical Co. Devin Crawford homered for Chase/Trackside.
Game 2
Chase Sports Bar/Trackside Sports Bar 16 Hometown Convenience/Integrity Electrical Co. 15. Travis Wiley went 5 for 5 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs and Kris Henry went 4 for 5 with a triple for Chase/Trackside. Josh Williams went 3 for 5 with a home run and a double for Hometown Convenience/Integrity Electrical Co.

Hometown Convenience/Integrity Electrical Co. won the 1st round of the doubleheader division with a 12 & 2 record.

Game 1
Key Largo Lounge 16 Jackson Fire Fighters/Duffy’s 3. Tyler Aldridge went 4 for 4 with a Grand Slam and a double and Travis Lampman went 4 for 4 with a double for Key Largo. Rob Hemig went 2 for 2 with a home run for Fire Fighters.
Game 2
Key Largo Lounge 17 Jackson Fire Fighters/Duffy’s 15. Adam Sherwood went 4 for 4 with a double and 4 RBIs and Andrew Sullivan went 3 for 4 while David Cavender picked up both wins on the mound for Key Largo. Jason Longbrake went 4 for 4 and Kyle Benschoter went 3 for 3 for Fire Fighters.
Game 1
Pointe Bar & Grill 30 Chase Sports Bar/Robins Roost 14. Joe Dunigan went 4 for 5 with 2 home runs including a Grand Slam and 2 doubles and 9 RBIs and Michael Archer went 6 for 6 as Pointe Bar pounded out 30 hits in the win. Mike Marshall went 3 for 4 with a home run for Chase/Robins Roost.
Game 2
Chase Sports Bar/Robins Roost 24 The Pointe Bar & Grill 18. Charlie Cooper went 5 for 5 with 3 home runs and a double with 6 RBIS and John Howell went 4 for 5 to lead Chase/Robins Roost. Josh VanEpps went 3 for 4 and Brian Cooper went 1 for 3 with a walk for Pointe Bar & Grill.
Game 1
Mag-Tec Casting 10 B’Attitudes/Bone Island Grille 3. Rick Fairley and Justin Oldenburg each went 2 for 3 to lead Mag-Tec. Bobby Radziewicz went 2 for 3 for B’Attitudes.
Game 2
Mag-Tec Casting 15 B’Attitudes/Bone Island Grille 8. Tommy Weaver went 4 for 4 with a double while Carl Brown and Rich Richardson each went 3 for 4 to lead Mag-Tec. Robbie Kennedy went 3 for 3 with a double for B’Attitudes.

Quicken Loans 400

14409361066_9a992279c8_bPhotos from the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, June 15, 2014.  Photos by Ryan Kerwin, JTV Sports.  Click above photo to launch gallery.


Run or Dye


Photos from the Jackson Run or Dye 5K Race in downtown Jackson, during How Bazaar, Saturday, August 2, 2014.  Photos by Ryan Kerwin, JTV.  Click above photo to launch gallery.

How Bazaar


Photos from the 1st Annual How Bazaar Arts, Food, Wine, Beer and Entertainment festival in downtown Jackson, August 2-3, 2014.  Photos by Ryan Kerwin, JTV.  Click above photo to launch gallery.

2014 Relay for Life


Photos from the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Friday, August 1-Saturday, August 2 at Cascades Falls.  Photos by Ryan Kerwin, JTV.  Click above photo to launch gallery.

Jobs With JTV


JTV, the Jackson, Michigan television station, has current openings in our television and video production department.

We are seeking experienced videographers with the ability to write, shoot and edit television programs, segments, promos, commercials and corporate videos. Experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Motion, After Effects, CS preferred.

Familiarity with various video formats, media conversion, audio, shoulder mount and handheld ENG cameras. Must be organized with highly effective communication skills; have ability to act as producer/director and interact with clients, staff and viewers.

Our award-winning productions include a daily live talk show, extensive high school sports, lifestyle series, commercials and production videos. Our producers are self-starters, skilled at working on various projects simultaneously and able to deliver high-end video projects in a timely manner.

If you are interested in being part of a fast-paced, positive and creative environment, please send letter, resume and demo link to: Bart Hawley, bhawley@jtv.tv. JTV is an equal opportunity employer.

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