‘Angel’ Tree up now at Anderson County Courthouse

Photo by Anderson County Government
Anderson County Buildings and Ground Director Roger Lloyd places the star on the Courthouse Angel Tree. His team of Kimberly McKamey, Julie Wilson, and Ricky Irwin love decorating the Angel Tree. And, Rebecca Daugherty, the Courtesy Booth attendant, helps manage the Angel adoption list.

CLINTON – For the eighth consecutive year, the Anderson County Courthouse has a Christmas tree filled with the gift wishes of local students.

The Courthouse tree was decorated on Friday afternoon last week, and it contains the gift information from more than two dozen students — “angels” — in the Anderson County school system. Students range in age from pre-kindergarten to high school.  Leean Tupper, administrative assistant to Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, works with school guidance counselors each year to gather the information for the tree.

“I want to thank Leean and the wonderful folks in our Anderson County school system for working together to identify children in our community who are our ‘angels’ on the tree,” Mayor Frank said. “The Angel Tree gives us an opportunity to share love, kindness — and make a child’s Christmas extra special.  This is the eighth year our Courthouse team has hosted the Angel Tree, and numerous employees and officeholders, citizens, attorneys and churches have adopted “angels,” and filled their Christmas lists. These generous people are greatly appreciated, and I hope they are blessed for their kindness.”

The county’s Buildings and Grounds team, which includes Kimberly McKamey, Julie Wilson and Ricky Irwin, all help in setting up and decorating the tree each year, and they are instrumental with the gathering of the packages on the days we deliver them to the schools. “We couldn’t do what we do without them,” Tupper said.

This year’s Courthouse “Angel” tree has fewer than one dozen students’ wish lists still hanging among its limbs; many of the angels were taken by employees and community members on Friday when the tree was first put up. Because so many angels have been taken already, Anderson County is working to see if additional students may be added to this year’s tree.

Tuesday, December 14th at 5 p.m. is the last day to return to the County Mayor’s Office any gifts that have been purchased for a child. Any gifts must be wrapped and tagged with the child’s ID number (found on each angel), and all gifts should be bagged or boxed together. Gifts will be delivered to counselors at the schools on December 15th and 16th, just before the school system’s Christmas break begins.

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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