Morgan County Executive Denounces Threats of Violence

Morgan County Executive Brian Langley released a statement on threats of violence due to a controversial issue dealing with Building Permits and fines in the county.

Morgan County has dealt with a very controversial issue in the last few weeks concerning building permits and fines. I wanted to release statement in light of the controversy that has ensued.

First, I wanted to say there are good and well-meaning people on both sides of this issue. Biff Wilson is an outstanding public servant who has and always has had the best interest of Morgan County in his heart and above that, he is my friend. He and I disagree on the direction Morgan County should go with regards to attaching fines to building permits. We can disagree and vigorously debate our disagreements and at the end of the day, we are still friends and will remain friends.

However, over the course of this debate, some things have gotten out of hand and I’d like to address them. There is never a place in our discourse for threats of violence made to anyone over political issues. That includes outright threats, veiled threats, or implied threats. I cannot express strong enough my disappointment in those who have made threats to the health and well-being of any citizen or their family over this issue. I denounce in the strongest of terms any threats of violence. It is wrong. And I am embarrassed for our county that such things have occurred in our midst. We are neighbors. Let us please remember that.

Biff Wilson is my friend. While we had differing opinions on the building permit issue, I know Biff and I know he has the absolute best intentions for Morgan County and the citizens of our county. And, in the end, we are fellow citizens of Morgan County and while we may not always see eye to eye on what’s best for our county, we should always try to treat one another with dignity and respect. Threats of violence should never be a part of our political discourse.

Biff has decided to rescind his proposal to attach a fine for failure to obtain a building permit. That means this proposal will not be brought before the County Commission for a vote. It is for all intents and purposes off the table.

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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