FirstBank donation helps support dual enrollment students in Cumberland County

Roane State Community College representatives accept a donation from FirstBank that will help support dual enrollment students in Cumberland County. Pictured left to right are: Pepe Perron, Roane State Foundation board member; Dr. Chris Whaley, Roane State President; Doug Parkey, FirstBank Senior Vice President; Holly Hanson, Roane State Cumberland County Campus Director; and Scott Niermann, Executive Director of Roane State Foundation.

The Crossville branch of FirstBank is continuing a tradition of giving back to the community with a $5,000 donation to Roane State Foundation.

The gift will benefit dual enrollment and Middle College students enrolled in Cumberland County’s Stone Memorial High School.

Dual enrollment students take Roane State classes for college credits. Middle College students go to Roane State in the mornings, return to their high schools in the afternoons and graduate with an associate degree and a high school diploma at the same time.

“On behalf of FirstBank, I am thrilled to continue our annual gift of $5,000 to Roane State Foundation for the benefit of Cumberland County students,” said Doug Parkey, a Senior Vice President at FirstBank.

“Part of Roane State’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals through education and to build thriving communities through partnerships which strengthen economic development,” Parkey said.

“Our partnership with Roane State helps further that mission. The school is invaluable to our region, and at FirstBank it’s important to give back to the communities we serve,” he added.

“FirstBank and local president Doug Parkey are important assets to our community,” said Pepe Perron, a member of Roane State Foundation’s Board of Directors. He and his wife Ann are the owners and directors of Cumberland County’s historic Camp Nakanawa for girls.

“FirstBank’s donation to support local high school students will help them better themselves as Roane State Community College students,” Perron said. “FirstBank and their employees are making a difference in the lives of these students.”

Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit or call (865) 882-4554. Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at

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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