Tree removal to temporarily close north entrance to Oak Ridge Municipal Building beginning May 18, detour in place

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (May 15, 2020) – The north entry to the Oak Ridge Municipal Building near the Court Public Safety side and the Utilities Business Office drop box will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, May 18, for two to three days to remove a very large oak tree.

The tree is diseased and has become a hazard, dropping large branches on the pavement.

Residents who need to appear for City Court or use the UBO drop box should plan to enter and exit the parking lot through the south entry, adjacent to the Police Department.

Signage will be posted to direct people around the building to the UBO drop box and City Court parking lot.

The work schedule is subject to change pending inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

As a reminder, the City of Oak Ridge Municipal Building is closed to the public but is moving to a public check-in area where visitors can be escorted to secured areas of the building. Departmental services are still available electronically or by appointment.

City Court is open for its regularly scheduled dates and times: Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. You’re encouraged to call the Court Clerk’s Office at (865) 425-3536 prior to your scheduled hearing with any questions and/or if you have a physical disability that would prevent you from being able to walk up steps and need access to a handicap entrance.

An updated list of changes and closures at city facilities due to COVID-19 can be found at the city’s website,

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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