Democratic Women Meet July 24 at Apple Blossom Café

Representatives from Anderson County Commission and Oak Ridge City Council will lead a discussion on “How Our Local Governments Are Using Pandemic Funds” at the Monday, July 24, meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club.

Ellen Smith, Oak Ridge City Council

The club will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. at the Apple Blossom Café, 409 Cullom St., Clinton.

Leading the information session will be Ellen Smith, Oak Ridge City Council member; Joshua Anderson, chairman of the Anderson County Commission; and Stephen Verran, Anderson County Commissioner representing the 7th District.

Joshua Anderson, Chairman of the Anderson County Commission

Smith, who has served 14 years on City Council, had a 36-year career on the research staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory Environmental Sciences Division. With a strong interest in the environment, she serves as the chair of the National League of Cities Committee on Energy, Environment & Natural Resources.

Stephen Verran, Anderson County Commissioner

Anderson is serving his second term as a 3rd District County Commissioner representing Norris, Andersonville, Glen Alpine and Fairview. He chairs the Anderson County Library Board and serves on the Conservation Board, the Agricultural Extension Committee, and the Commission’s Audit Committee.

Verran, serving his first term on County Commission, represents Highland View, Pine Valley and Glenwood in Oak Ridge. He is serving on a committee advising on distribution of settlement funds from opioid litigation. He also serves on the Commission’s Audit and Operations Committees.

Those attending will order from the menu before the program. For more information, email Democratic Women’s Club President Ann Mostoller at

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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