AMR opts out of appearing before Operations Committee this evening

American Medical Response–or AMR–the private ambulance company that had been asked by some members of the Anderson County Commission to make a presentation about their services and how they might be beneficial to the county, has decided not to appear before the Operations Committee Monday night.

In a letter to Operations Committee Chairman Tim Isbel, County Mayor Terry Frank and the rest of the County Commission, AMR Regional Director Christopher Blach says that he received an “unsolicited invitation to attend the Operations Committee Meeting scheduled [for] April 8, 2019 to introduce our organization” to county leaders. That night, AMR made a brief, three-minute presentation under “New Business,” and was then placed on the agenda for the May Operations meeting, scheduled for this Monday, May 13th.

In the letter sent Friday afternoon, Blach writes that, “in light of a number of concerns brought to our attention related to our presentation scheduled for the Anderson County Operations Meeting…we would like to withdraw our appearance at this time from the agenda.”

Blach also writes that, “We do not wish to interfere with the County’s decision to maintain a public EMS model or choose to look at other options, such as a public/private partnership solution. That is a decision which obviously rests with County Leadership and their constituents. Should Anderson County choose to release a Request for Information or Request for Proposal, we would be very interested in participating in that process.

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, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. 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 9 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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