The award was accepted by Roane County Executive Wade Creswell, Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry, and City of Rockwood Building Inspector Harold Ishman. 

The East Tennessee Development District (ETDD) held its Annual District Celebration Banquet on Tuesday evening, September 26, 2023, at the Hilton Knoxville Airport in Alcoa, Tennessee. The Celebration was attended by over 150 people including local and state elected officials, Federal legislative representatives, Federal, State, and private partners, and ETDD team members.

Each year at the District Celebration, the East Tennessee Development District recognizes local governments and other agencies for the completion of projects that have special local or regional significance. During the award ceremony, ETDD recognized The City of Rockwood for installing wastewater lines down to the new marina using their Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.

This project exemplifies the importance of investments through Public/Private Partnerships within our communities because the Marina could not have been built without the collaboration of the City, its partners, and ARC. The Marina had their Grand Opening last week.

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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