COVID-19 impact felt locally

As of Wednesday afternoon’s daily update, the Tennessee Department of Health reports that there are now at least 84,417 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the state. Of those cases, almost 50,000 people have recovered, 888 people have died from COVID-19 complications and there are 33,781 cases currently listed as “active” by state health officials.

In Anderson County, there are at least 335 total cases, with 153 listed as active, 179 recoveries and three deaths. Our partners at Oak Ridge Today have an in-depth analysis of local numbers and you can read that by following this link.

That total now includes Anderson County Commissioner Robert Jameson, who revealed this week that he tested positive for COVID-19. As first reported by the Oak Ridger newspaper, Jameson was tested on Friday after feeling “more tired than normal,” and received his positive result on Tuesday morning, one day after having attended the Commission meeting in person.

That meeting was part in-person and part virtual as six commissioners—including Jameson—were there in room 312 of the Courthouse, with the rest participating through electronic means. The meeting was also attended by dozens of citizens, there to speak against a proposed rezoning that was ultimately rejected by the Commission.

County Mayor Terry Frank said on her Facebook page on Wednesday, following the report in the Oak Ridger, that the Health Department is now in the process of contact tracing to determine who might have been placed at risk of infection. The Commission meeting room was cleaned immediately after Monday night’s meeting and deep cleaned the room again on Tuesday.

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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