Norris nonprofit initiates grantmaking

(Reprinted from Norris Bulletin) Applications for grants from the Norris Area Community Foundation (NACF), an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) are now being accepted. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for projects and programs which benefit residents of Norris and the surrounding communities of Andersonville, Bethel, and Fairview. Grants will generally range from $1,000 to $2,500 and will support one-year projects beginning February 1, 2022. Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted by November 1, 2021 to be considered for funding.

Eligible applicants must serve Norris and/or the surrounding communities of Andersonville, Bethel, and Fairview. These applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities such as units of government or public schools. Priority consideration will be given to applications which address one or more of the following:

• Youth and Young Adults

• Military/Veterans Recognition

• Humane Care of Animals Support for Seniors.

• Arts with a cultural/historical perspective

• Community/Pedestrian Pathways and Enhancements

An overview of the grants program and access to the application are available online at:

A technical assistance workshop will be provided to assist anyone interested in learning more about NACF and this grant application process. Please join us on Friday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m., via zoom. To obtain the link, please RSVP to
Ashley Siferd Butler at

Norris Area Community Foundation (NACF) was established in 2014 by a group of Norris residents who wished to make a lasting commitment to the people of Norris and surrounding communities by developing an endowment
fund to achieve community goals.

East Tennessee Foundation, established in 1986, is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee. With the mission of enriching lives and strengthening communities, ETF administers numerous affiliate funds, including the Norris Area Community Foundation.

For more information, please contact Jill Murphy, Regional Advancement officer, at or Ashley
Siferd Butler, Program Officer, at

Reprinted from the September 30, 2021 Norris Bulletin.

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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