Briceville VFD officially opens new station 

Fire Chief Jamie Brewster cuts the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new Briceville Volunteer Fire Department station, while county, state, and federal officials look on.  Photo Courtesy of Christopher Brewster Photography 

(Submitted) BRICEVILLE, TN—Members of the Briceville Volunteer Fire Department gathered earlier this week, with residents of the local community, and federal, state and county officials, for an official ribbon-cutting at the department’s new fire station. 

Harkening back to his time as a former volunteer with a local fire department, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, who was in attendance, praised the department for its service to the community and its people. 

“I know the dedication it takes to be a volunteer, to put yourself in harm’s way in service to others. That takes a lot of heart, and this community has a lot of heart,” McNally said after the event. 

“USDA-Rural Development is very happy to have partnered with the Briceville Volunteer Fire Department in the construction of this new Fire Hall,” said Dan Beasley, deputy director of USDA Rural Development in Nashville. “This type of project is the very definition of what Rural Development does on a daily basis across Tennessee. We are very proud to have assisted the community and its people in financing this new fire hall and we know it will serve Briceville and its residents well, for years to come.” 

Lt. Governor Randy McNally with Chief Jamie Brewster Photo Courtesy of Christopher Brewster Photography 

Briceville VFD Chief Jamie Brewster praised the community and gave the USDA and credit specialist Kirk Morris extra thanks “for being with us every step of the way.” 

Brewster said the fire department is planning to host a lunch-time open house in the near future. 

“This whole project started with a prayer and the vision of Chief Brewster,” Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said. “His Board got behind that vision and the community got behind it.” 

Mayor Frank thanked USDA, state leaders, county officials, and the community for standing behind the project. Also delivering remarks at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting were: Kirk Morris; Kim Butler, on behalf of her husband, State Representative Ed Butler; Sheriff Russell Barker; and County Commissioners Shain Vowell, Tim Isbel, and Tracy Wandell. 

The path to building a new fire hall in Briceville started years ago. In 2019, officials with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced a grant to the Briceville VFD for $80,700 and a loan of $74,200, along with a county match of $30,000 to make the dream of a new station a reality.  

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the project hit a number of snags. Market disruptions affected bidders; supply chain issues created cost increases and forced reworking of the project; scaling back, new bids – and, also, the need to close a funding gap for price increases that were not going away. 

Numerous residents of the Briceville community turned out Tuesday evening in support of the Briceville Volunteer Fire Department’s ribbon-cutting for its new fire station, located at 1916 Briceville Highway.  Photo Courtesy of Christopher Brewster Photography 

It took time to make it all happen, but the project is finally complete, and the new station is well on its way to years of service to the residents of the Briceville community. 

Briceville Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1978. 

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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