TN Members 1st Federal Credit Union launches annual Roane State donation

A 75-year-old federal credit union that serves three East Tennessee counties has presented the Roane State Foundation with its latest $3,000 annual contribution to benefit students at Roane State Community College.

It’s the second gift by TN Members 1st to the Foundation. Formal acknowledgment of the contribution startup last year was delayed by the pandemic. Foundation Executive Director Scott Niermann said he was notified then by TN Members 1st Marketing Director Richelle Ballenger that the credit union had decided to launch the annual contribution.

“At their core, credit unions revolve around the mission of people helping people,” Ballenger said. “At TN Members 1st, we’re excited to be able to share that mission in a way that assists our local students in their education. This is one important way we can contribute to our community.”

Originally chartered in 1946, TN Members 1st FCU serves Anderson, Knox and Roane counties with branches at 112 Administration Road in Oak Ridge and 112 Marketplace Blvd. in Knoxville. Members can take advantage of various checking, savings, investment and lending options as well as financial education opportunities, reward programs and identity protection programs. For more information, visit

The Roane State Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) corporation governed by an independent board of directors and established to provide financial support for Roane State students and programs. The Foundation seeks to enhance community awareness of the college, to secure private contributions and bequests and to manage monies or properties given to the Foundation. For more information, visit or send an email to

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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