How Can the City of Norris Improve Its Communication with Residents?

Submitted by Niki S. Nicholas to the Norris Bulletin

Almost every public entity can improve its communication efforts with interested parties, including the City of Norris. There will be a Public Meeting on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 6 p.m. ET to discuss ways to do this, including potentially establishing an official City social media presence. The City currently manages a webpage that is little improved over 1990s-era webpages and, until very recently, lagged in announcing important breaking news. There is no official City social media presence, while most municipalities in the state, including several of our neighboring communities, large and small, have social media accounts that allow their residents to readily and conveniently access information on community activities whenever they wish.

The Norris Fire Department and at least four City commissions and boards have official social media accounts. Some of these have thousands of followers. None of these accounts, however, can speak for the City as a whole. Many residents have requested that the City have an official social media presence but, to date, city management has balked at this proposal, claiming that a social media account would require too much time and effort. The meeting to discuss this and other communication issues will be held in the Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive, Norris, Tennessee. All interested persons are welcome.

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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