Norris Lake Project Team wins conservation award

Pictured (R -TO- L): Julie Graham, Co-Chair and Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council Director, Stephanie Wells, Co-Chair and Adventure Anderson County Director, Glennis Monday, Campbell County Litter Grant Officer, Keith Montgomery, Big Ridge Park Manager and Veronica Greear, Norris Dam State Park Manager.

The Norris Lake Project Team has been recognized with the 2020 Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Ripple Effect Award for Conservation. According to an announcement, the award recognizes individuals and groups that have made conservation efforts within the Tennessee River Valley.

The Norris Lake Project began in 2009 as a group of concerned citizens meeting together to discuss conservation and sustainability issues relating to the Norris Lake Watershed, including stakeholders from all five of the counties that border Norris Lake.

Over the past five years, the team has conducted bi-annual cleanups on Norris Lake collecting over 270,000 pounds of trash and debris.

In 2020, the team conducted two cleanups and collected 44,506 pounds of garbage with the help of 134 volunteers. Even during a pandemic and following all CDC recommendations, the team was able to work 660 volunteer hours to remove debris from Norris Lake and its shorelines.

If you are interested in volunteering with the team, visit www.norrislakeproject.com for more information.

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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