Roane County Executive Woody Announces First COVID-19 Death

It saddens me to say Roane County has our first death attributed to Covid-19. Based on the current trend, we don’t anticipate this being our last.

I have had calls and emails from Roane County citizens wanting a mandated mask order. I have also had conversations from citizens saying “no” to the mask order.
Folks, there should not have to be an order. We should do what we think is the safest to protect our neighbors, families, and friends.

On July 15th, Roane County hit 100 positive cases. Now, just 12 days later, we are at 249, an average of over 12 cases a day. Five (5) days ago we had 156 positives, a difference of 18 cases a day.

One can use the statistics about any way they want, but we can’t deny that positive cases are going up. Active cases are continuing to exceed recovered cases (active today 145 / recovered 103), and Roane County will not stop at one (1) death.
Mandating facial coverings/masks will be no more effective than non-mandated. The only thing that will decrease the rate of the growth will be you being responsible.

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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