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Today is Kick Butts Day

More than 400,000 people in the United States will die this year from a tobacco-related disease.  The Jackson Tobacco Reduction Coalition applauds the efforts of eight local schools who are planning awareness and educational activities in their schools to reduce tobacco and other forms of tobacco product use by participating in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that makes students leaders in the effort to stop youth tobacco use. The majority of these young people are part of the Jackson County initiative known as Most Teens Don’t.“All of Jackson County’s Most Teens Don’t chapters work hard to create activities that will help raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco products. Their creativity and determination to make a difference in their schools and communities are things to be admired,” said Emma Sigman, Most Teens Don’t Coordinator and Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.   

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Summer18 to benefit business community, young job seekers

MARCH 20, 2018 - Michigan Works! Southeast and Jackson County have partnered for Summer18 launching June 18.

A 10-week summer employment and mentorship program, Summer18 pairs local businesses with Jackson County youth (ages 16-24) to provide on-the-job training that sets the stage for life-long careers, opens doors to new industries, and provides mentorship critical to building professional networks.

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County National Bank Announces Two Appointments

MARCH 15, 2018 - Craig S. Connor, President and C.E.O. of County National Bank (CNB), announced Gloria Bigelow-Miller was named Assistant Vice President – Controller. She joined the bank on Feb. 8, 2018, and will be reporting to Chief Financial Officer, Erik Lawson. Bigelow-Miller has a diverse background in finance from her recent work experience as Division Controller at her previous job, along with other positions within the finance world. Said Lawson, “The position of Controller has only recently been of need to our growing company. We made a great hire by adding Gloria; her many years of experience in other industries will bring a new approach to the bank." She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University.

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American 1 Opens Manchester Branch

MARCH 8, 2018 - American 1 Credit Union announced the opening of its 14th branch later this year in Manchester, Mich. Following the opening of the Adrian Branch in November of last year, the credit union is continuing its growth in southern Michigan communities. American 1 Credit Union said it is proud to serve the residents of small towns and villages with everyday banking services in a local, personal setting.

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Trace Adkins to Give Command at FireKeepers Casino 400

MARCH 6, 2018 — Country music superstar Trace Adkins will deliver the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines,” when the FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway on June 10 at Michigan International Speedway. The race begins at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FOX.

The engines will roar to life for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on the country music star’s command. The race will cap a week full of entertainment at the track.

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Consumers Energy Crews Headed East to Assist in Winter Storm Restoration

MARCH 5, 2018 – More than 140 Consumers Energy employees and contract personnel are responding to a winter storm that left nearly 2 million residents in the Northeast U.S. without power.

Consumers Energy crews, including lineworkers, damage assessors, safety personnel and other field employees, are scheduled to depart the company’s Jackson Service Center, 1955 W. Parnall Road, by 5 p.m. today. The Consumers Energy contingent is initially headed for Philadelphia; the crews expect to begin restoration work later tomorrow.

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MMJ Plans Basketball-Themed Event 

MARCH  5, 2018 - March is known for basketball “madness,” but it’s also prime time for wedding planning, which is why Marriage Matters Jackson (MMJ) is offering a fun one-day event for seriously dating and engaged couples on Saturday, March 24 at the Consumers Energy Innovation Center in downtown Jackson.

Timeout: A Dating Adventure is specifically designed to help couples BEFORE they take the leap into marriage. In addition to a day packed with food, fun and helpful information, MMJ has built in breaks for people to check the scores of their favorite teams.

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Nike Award Presented at Chamber Luncheon

MARCH 1, 2018 - Jackson Business & Professional Women presented this year’s Nike Award to Judi Ganton. The Nike Award was presented at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce Economic Luncheon on Feb. 26, 2018 at Ella Sharp Museum.

Ganton has been a member of the Jackson BPW for over 20 years and has a real passion for helping this community. Judi and Lloyd own Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers and are personally involved in every one of their senior housing centers, and are dedicated to providing safe, compassionate care for seniors, while helping them to maintain their dignity and independence.


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