The University of Tennessee Arboretum and the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will celebrate the addition of a new book, Bees: Honeybees, Bumblebees, and More!, to the Nature Book Trail on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – Noon.

The Nature Book Trail consists of 14 large signs that display the pages of Bees: Honeybees, Bumblebees, and More!. The public is invited to stop by and meet author and educator, Dr. Shirley Raines, and nature photographer, Curt Hart. Autographed copies of Bees can be purchased from them, as well as copies of the three other books in the series:  Butterflies, Birds, and Bugs. We will celebrate with a few simple crafts and light refreshments. Thanks to the Nature Book Trail sponsors Dr. Shirley Raines, Mr. Curt Hart, Flowerpot Press, and Janet and Tim Bigelow.

You may then hike the easy-to-walk trail that begins by the parking lot at the Visitors Center and ends at a gravel road near the Marsh Road trail that comes back to the starting point.  In all, the total distance is about .5 mile, and the easy trail is suitable for adults and children who can walk.  The trail is not wheelchair accessible nor suitable for strollers. All arboretum trails are open daily 8am – dusk.

To learn more about the trail or the UT Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information, call 865-483-7277.

Celebrating 60years in 2024, this program is one of many lectures and activities that will be offered this year by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of ten outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT Herbert College of Agriculture, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.

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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