Norris Watershed clean-up March 27th

Reprinted from the Norris Bulletin – March 18, 2021

On Saturday, March 27, the annual Watershed Cleanup will take place. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 Saturday morning at the Pump House on Lower Clear Creek Road where supplies and assignments will be distributed following a short opening. The volunteers will then disperse to the various public areas in and around the Watershed, mostly picking up and bagging litter. Following the work, a pizza lunch will be provided for all participants at the Lion’s Club Pavilion.

The Watershed is a publicly owned, 2300 acre parcel of mostly forested land which lays within the City of Norris. It exists for public recreation, for forest management, and for protecting our water quality. The land was initially acquired by TVA in 1933 as part of the Norris Dam project, and beginning in the mid-1950’s, was turned over to the City of Norris. The Watershed is a financially self-sustaining operation through revenues derived from cell tower leasing, annual deer hunts, rifle range fees, and occasional timber sales. The Watershed operation is overseen by the City Watershed Board.

A major cleanup is held each spring using volunteers, and especially the members of local Scout

Troop 73. Together the Scout Troop and members of the public contribute nearly 100 hours in the effort to keep the Watershed litter-free and enjoyable by the hikers, bikers, horseback riders, bird watches, and others who enjoy the natural beauty of this special place. Community volunteers are needed and welcome to participate in the cleanup project. Anyone interested can just show up at the pump house on Saturday, wearing clothes appropriate for the work, sturdy shoes, etc. Supplies will be provided.

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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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