Tennessee observes National weights and measures week

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is observing Weights and Measures week March 1-7, 2024 to recognize the role of accurate measurement systems in commerce.

“National Weights and Measures Week is the perfect time for consumers to acknowledge the multitude of items in their lives bought and sold by measure,” Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Whether they’re testing for 1 milligram or 25,000 pounds, our inspectors ensure equity and precision in the marketplace for buyers and sellers alike. Their work goes a long way to safeguard consumer trust.”

Weights and measures inspectors are tasked with upholding standards of accuracy and fairness. Inspectors meticulously examine weighing and measuring devices to verify their compliance with legal requirements. They conduct routine inspections, calibration checks, and enforce regulations to maintain the integrity of measurement systems.

TDA’s large-scale mobile test units are utilized for testing a wide range of items, from industrial materials to agricultural produce and feed. Large scale capacity weights play a chief function in industries where bulk quantities are measured. These weights are used for weighing loads more than 2,500 pounds like livestock scales and commercial trucks.

TDA inspectors adhere to nationally-adopted best practices and uphold the highest standards. TDA is responsible for ensuring the specifications, tolerances and other technical requirements are met for commercial weighing and measuring devices at 8,200 locations across Tennessee. Since July 1, 2023, Weights and Measures officials have conducted 10,200 inspections.

The Julius T. Johnson State Metrology Laboratory on the Ellington Agricultural Campus in Nashville maintains and houses the primary standards of mass, volume, and length for the state. The lab offers calibration services using the most current equipment and testing capabilities.

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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