ACSO Awarded Mental Health Transportation Grant

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded the state’s Office of Criminal Justice Program’s Mental Health Transportation Grant of $153,000 for the second year in a row. The grant does not require a county match and will solely be used by the Sheriff’s Office. Under state law, the Sheriff’s Office is required to transport mental health patients to facilities across the state once they are evaluated and committed by a physician at Methodist Medical Center. After receiving the grant last year, the Sheriff contracted with Amerimed, an authorized subcontractor for mental health transports. 

“Our office has not slowed down with mental health transports. There were days we were transporting 7-9 patients from Knoxville to Memphis. As you can imagine, this placed a heavy burden on our deputies” Sheriff Russell Barker stated. Since early 2021, Amerimed has took that burden off the patrol deputies. “Obtaining this funding for a second year is huge for our men and women”.

The Sheriff was excited to get this news and praised the efforts of Director of Administrative Services, Tyler Mayes. “Tyler did a tremendous job showing the state Anderson County’s need for this funding. This not only helps our department but it also eases the burden for our taxpayers.” Barker concluded.

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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