Roane State faculty visit Nashville for EMS Day on the Hill

Faculty members from Roane State’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences recently joined about 100 other EMS professionals from across the state to meet with lawmakers and advocate for legislation.

The event at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville was held on February 8. Roane State attendees included David Blevins, an associate professor and director of EMS education, assistant professor Bret McElroy, and adjunct instructors Katie Hall, Jason Fox and Tracy Banta.

Blevins said the Roane State group had the opportunity to speak with Tennessee General Assembly senators and representatives about legislation now moving through various committees.

An item of interest to EMS employees is House Bill 2027/Senate Bill 1932, which would provide a training stipend to full-time EMS professionals.

The members of the Roane State contingent met with Senators Ken Yager, Becky Massey, and Richard Briggs, along with Speaker Pro Tem Pat Marsh and others, Blevins said.

Some faculty members were able to join Governor Bill Lee and Lt. Governor Randy McNally in a photo on the Capitol steps.

The visit was “a great opportunity to advocate for the profession that our graduates are seeking to enter,” Blevins said.

To learn more about Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs at Roane State, visit

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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