Single, secure entrance to Courthouse to be considered

The Anderson County Operations Committee met Monday using electronic means. Among the items on their agenda was a review of a presentation by local architect Bill Blankenship on a conceptual design for creating a single, secure entrance to the courthouse.

The design, according to a sketch provided by the Anderson County Courthouse Security Committee, would construct a completely new entrance on the northeast corner of the first floor of the courthouse on the Leinart Street side. The other, existing entrances would remain locked from the outside, but would continue to serve as alarmed emergency exits.
Funding for this project, if approved by the County Commission and others, would come from the state’s Local Support Grant program—funded through the federal CARES Act–which provides money for counties and municipalities for specific projects such as IT hardware upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, road projects, public safety, and COVID-19 response.

Funding from the grant was allocated by population, and the Anderson County Government’s portion was $1,093,102.

Operations members forwarded the plans to the Courthouse Security and ADA committees for further review. The Courthouse Security Committee will meet on May 27th.

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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