Hagerty Statement on Transportation Secretary Buttigieg’s Visit to Memphis

NASHVILLE, TN—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today released the following statement on Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s visit to Memphis:

“Given the significant economic disruption the I-40 bridge closure has caused to Memphis and the entire Mid-South, I personally encouraged Secretary Buttigieg to travel to the region to see the situation first-hand, and I applaud him for making the trip. Reopening this major thoroughfare is a priority for the Secretary and for me. It’s important for the people of Tennessee and Arkansas to hear it directly from Secretary Buttigieg. I believe that the Secretary will come away from his visit today, recognizing that this urgent situation involving real infrastructure and real people must be solved now. Memphis does not have time to wait on Washington to haggle over which special interests can take advantage of the crisis by redefining themselves as infrastructure.”

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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