Did you know there are seven different snakes you are most likely to encounter in East Tennessee? Join us via Zoom on Thursday, May 23, 7pm EDT to learn how to stay safe when you encounter a snake in our area. Don Hazel, nature writer, will explain what to do if you or your pet is bitten. Many mistakes are often made, so we will learn the facts vs. the myths.

Gray rat snake – this non-venomous snake is a homeowner’s friend as it helps with rodent control

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Please note this program occurs in Eastern time zone.  The program will be recorded and sent to all who register. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org under Programs. Please contact Michelle at mcampani@utk.edu for any questions or registration issues.

A resident of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee for 18 years, Hazel retired after spending 36 years working in the communications industry. For 14 years, he has written a nature column for two newspapers, and he has been published in the North American Bluebird Society’s national “Bluebird” magazine. Hazel served as president of the Tennessee Bluebird Society and is currently on the organization’s board of directors.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2024. It is one of the ten University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture AgResearch and Education Centers located throughout Tennessee. 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.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.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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