Jackson http://wkar.org en Jackson prison museum planned for 'Cell Block 7' http://wkar.org/post/jackson-prison-museum-planned-cell-block-7 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a5e3e39-d6df-86df-b992-ee17a6cb74f3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a5e3e39-d6df-86df-b992-ee17a6cb74f3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At the Southern Michigan Prison near Jackson, Cell Block 7 housed thousands of inmates beginning in the 1930s. &nbsp;Prisoners had been convicted of crimes ranging from liquor law violations to murder. Soon, that same cell block will be transformed into a museum that tells Jackson’s story as perhaps Michigan’s best known correctional center, which at one time was the largest walled prison in the world. Wed, 07 May 2014 15:28:01 +0000 Mark Bashore 53316 at http://wkar.org Jackson prison museum planned for 'Cell Block 7' Conflict escalates between city officials and Jackson Housing Commission Board http://wkar.org/post/conflict-escalates-between-city-officials-and-jackson-housing-commission-board <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board. &nbsp;This week, the </span><a href="http://www.jacksonhousing-mi.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson Housing Commission</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March. &nbsp;One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment. &nbsp;Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes. &nbsp;The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:39:40 +0000 Current State 37973 at http://wkar.org Audio postcard: Jackson's 1461st Michigan Army National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan http://wkar.org/post/audio-postcard-jacksons-1461st-michigan-army-national-guard-unit-returns-afghanistan <p></p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-2c5ac58e-faf1-a0ee-d6cd-48ec18f3ccd3"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dozens of anxious military families filled Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home their soldiers from Afghanistan. &nbsp;The 1461st Transportation Company is back home after a 10-month tour of duty. &nbsp;<em>Current State</em>’s Kevin Lavery and Becky McKendry witnessed the joyful reunion in Jackson and filed an audio postcard. </span></span></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:18:13 +0000 Current State 36774 at http://wkar.org Audio postcard: Jackson's 1461st Michigan Army National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan Jackson County Oil Boom Pits Economics, Environment http://wkar.org/post/jackson-county-oil-boom-pits-economics-environment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan has made huge investments to develop alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass. &nbsp;But like the rest of the country, Michigan is still a primarily fossil fuel-driven economy. &nbsp;Crude oil is big business in Michigan, especially in Jackson County. &nbsp;In 2012, more than 1.2 million barrels were produced there, which is three times more than any other county.</span></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:02:15 +0000 Current State 35020 at http://wkar.org Jackson County Oil Boom Pits Economics, Environment The Parlour, a Jackson institution, is back in business http://wkar.org/post/parlour-jackson-institution-back-business <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been a gloomy winter for ice cream lovers in Jackson. An iconic ice cream emporium called The </span>Parlour<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> closed down in December, after roughly a century of satisfying the city’s sweet tooth.</span></p><p>With spring approaching, though, The Parlour is back under new ownership.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><em>WKAR</em>’s Scott Pohl visited iconic ice cream shop on its first day back in operation last week.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:37:19 +0000 Current State 32601 at http://wkar.org The Parlour, a Jackson institution, is back in business