Norris Dam State Park launches 85-mile challenge

Reprinted from the Norris Bulletin

While the program originally launched on Jan. 1, the “Norris Dam 85-Mile Challenge” is designed to encourage folks to log miles at the park.

The 85 comes for the 85th anniversary of Norris Dam. The program entails park visitors hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, or paddling on the trails and waterways at Norris Dam State Park, TVA Norris Dam trails and Norris Watershed trails. A new element added this year is the option to earn miles by volunteering at Norris Dam State Park. Each volunteer hour completed will be the equivalent to 2-miles hiked. Monthly ranger-led healthy hikes and volunteer opportunities will be offered throughout the year.

Norris resident Michael Robinson completed
the 84-mile challenge last year. Photo
courtesy of Norris Dam State Park.

This program compliments the Healthy Parks Healthy Person (HPHP) initiative. This will be a year long challenge where participants will need to download an activity log (available on the park’s website) to record their miles/volunteer hours throughout the year. Activity logs are also available in the park office.

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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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