Roane County Executive asks that masks be worn, a mandate to wear them is coming if not

Today is Wednesday, July 15th and this is a 3:30 update. Folks, I want to stress again to wear a mask/face covering while in businesses or public gatherings. Roane County’s numbers continue to climb. We are currently at 100 positives with 47 active cases while testing 6,667.

I understand we have rights under the Constitution, but we also have responsibilities. Let’s be responsible and wear a face covering and mask.

Today, I have spoken with our City Mayors and a number of County Commissioners. Opinions vary of should we invoke Executive Order 54 requiring masks in public areas and businesses.

A lot of the conversation was “let’s give the public more time to do what’s right before the Order is invoked.”

I recently talked with a person I know who not only has tested positive, but is suffering from the virus. The person sounded awful and felt awful. I wish this on no one.

Also, today I talked to a positive case person who was only tested due to a scheduled surgery. No symptoms, but must forego a surgery procedure. I wish this on no one.

I stress again to do what is responsible. Wear a face covering/mask while around your neighbors, friends, and while in businesses.
A mask mandate may be coming. I hope not.

For clarification, Executive Order 54, if invoked, and it is not, but strongly urges that face covering/masks are to be used except:

  1. Within one’s residence or automobile
  2. By a child 12 and younger
  3. Someone who has breathing issues due to underlying conditions or other health issues
  4. While eating or drinking
  5. While outdoors, unless one cannot maintain social distance
  6. Houses of Worship
  7. At voting sites

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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