Church Safety and Security Seminar


After yesterday’s tragedy at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department offers our sympathy and prayers for the families of the victims, and prayers for the recovery of the survivors.

Every house of worship, no matter how large or small, and no matter the location, must prepare for this type of attack.  For the last several years, we have sponsored Church Safety & Security seminars for area worship centers.  Our Church Safety & Security Seminar presents up-to-date information to assist congregations in church safety and will assist those that are just beginning to prepare or those seeking to improve readiness.

We were busy making plans for another seminar as yesterday’s tragedy struck.  In light of this, congregations who desire to know what they can do immediately are encouraged to contact our Crime Prevention Officer,  Deputy David Massengill, at 865-457-6255, extension 150, or by email at  Deputy Massengill will assist each church in taking steps to enhance safety and security.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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