Upcoming mowing and roadside maintenance on Spur Road 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.— Great Smoky Mountains National Park maintenance crews will pick up litter and mow road shoulders and ditches this week and next on the Spur Road. Workers will also clear downed trees, fallen rocks, and other debris that has accumulated over the last several months. To do the work safely, crews will close one lane of traffic in the work zone.  

Crews will be working on the southbound Spur Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27. They will move to the northbound Spur Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4. All work will start at 7 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. each day. Motorists should expect short-term delays and be prepared to slow down if encountering crews and equipment on the road.  

The Spur, a 5-mile section of the Foothills Parkway between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, is traveled by millions of motorists every year and accumulates the largest amount of litter among the park’s 384 miles of roads.   For more information about temporary road closures, please follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter or visit the park website: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

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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