Deputies with The Roane Count Sheriffs Department took 54-year-old Billie Joe Welch into custody Sunday. He faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, theft of property and domestic assault. According to the jail database, his bond was initially set at $151,000. Welch is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the offenses later in the year. More details of the circumstances leading to his incarceration to be released soon.

Charge Offense Date Court Type Court Date Bond Bond Type Charging Agency Arresting Agency 
Domestic Assault02-13-2021 08-24-2021 No BondRoaneROANE – TN0730000
Aggravated Kidnapping02-13-2021 08-24-2021$150,000.00Appearance BondRoaneROANE – TN0730000
Theft Of Property Not From Building Up To $1,00002-13-2021  $1,000.00Appearance BondRoaneROANE – TN0730000

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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