Governor Offers $10,000 Reward on Former BBB TV-12 Intern Thomas Steven “T.S.” Thrasher Unsolved Murder

At the request of District Attorney General Dave Clark, Governor Bill Lee has authorized a reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing Thomas Steven “T.S.” Thrasher in Oak Ridge on December 8, 2014. Mr. Thrasher was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound. He and his immediate family resided at: 615 West Vanderbilt Drive in the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex in Oak Ridge. The case was investigated by the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of investigation. The amount of the reward is $10,000. Persons with information are requested to contact the T.B.I. tip line at: 1-800-TBI-FIND.

The District Attorney said, “we are grateful to Governor Lee for agreeing to extend this offer of reward.” “Cold cases like this one pose special challenges, but often the smallest amount of information may lead to a completed investigation and ultimately a conviction,” remarked Clark. “In order to get justice for T.S., I know the State of Tennessee would be happy to deliver a check to someone that can bring this matter to a conclusion.”

T.S. Thrasher was 29 years old and is survived by two minor daughters as well as family and friends that are desperate to find his killer. Our imperfect system of justice is designed to avoid convicting the innocent, but may sometimes generate complex and frustrating hurdles for victim families to overcome in their search for justice. There are restricting rules that only allow police and prosecutors to use certain types of evidence in court. But, the smallest piece of seemingly unimportant information can sometimes tie an entire investigation and case together. “We just need a little break in this case,” concluded Clark.

Thrasher interned here at BBB TV-12 back in 2002.

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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