New Site Donated for Anderson County Chamber Headquarters

A gift of land on Charles Seivers Boulevard is leading the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce to locate its headquarters at a new location on a well-traveled commercial street in Clinton.

Joe Hollingsworth, Jr., CEO of The Hollingsworth Companies, is donating the 1.35-acre lot at the corner of Charles Seivers Boulevard and Weaver Street to the Anderson County Chamber Foundation, which is leading the fund drive for the new building.

The land donation means that the Chamber will move from the site originally planned for the new offices at the corner of North Main and North Hicks streets in Clinton to the site on Charles Seivers Boulevard.

Hollingsworth said the Anderson County Chamber Foundation’s success with disclosed and undisclosed donors in the fund drive led him to donate the land for the new headquarters, which will house Chamber offices, as well as state-of-the-art training and meeting facilities for members and the community.

“We are so pleased to assist the undisclosed primary donor,” Hollingsworth said. “We have been fantastically impressed with the Anderson County Chamber’s progress toward successfully raising the money necessary to fund the new building, as well as their success day-to-day in relocating new businesses and highlighting existing businesses.”  

The new Chamber location will add to the acceleration of other businesses along State Route 61 on Charles Seivers Boulevard, added Hollingsworth, whose Clinton-based companies have developed industrial facilities in 14 states and 41 communities.

“This gift gives the Chamber the opportunity to be much more visible in the community,” said Rick Meredith, President and CEO of the Anderson County Chamber. “Joe Hollingsworth has given the Chamber a great commercial lot on one of the busiest intersections in Clinton.”

The one-story Chamber headquarters will include a diversified room with up-to-date technology for training and videoconferencing, available for Chamber members, nonprofits, and community partners. A welcoming lobby, a catering kitchen for events, and offices for Chamber staff and Anderson County Economic Development Association are included in the building’s plans.  MBI Companies, Inc., an architectural, engineering and interiors firm with offices in Knoxville and Chattanooga, designed the building and serves as project manager.

To learn more about the Anderson County Chamber Foundation, the new building and the fund drive, visit the Foundation website at www.acccfoundation.org. For information about the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, see the Chamber’s website at www.andersoncountychamber.org

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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