Fire at Kingston’s Mayors home, leaves one injured

A house fire call on Saturday afternoon around 5 p.m. sent Kingston Fire Department officials to the home owned by Kingston City Mayor, Tim Neal.   When they arrived the house on Kelsey Drive was showing smoke coming from the living room portion, and the mayor’s wife Laura Neal, according to the Chief, had jumped out a window to escape the flames. Ms. Neal was taken by ambulance to the Kingston helipad where she was flown to UT Medical Center for treatment of cuts and scrapes after allegedly severing a main artery of the arm from the broken window glass. According to Chief Gordon, she was later released after being treated.  He also stated the fire was started by a lit cigarette which caught a recliner on fire.  Quick response from the fire department allowed for the room in the front portion of the home to see most of the damage however smoke damage was noted throughout the structure.  Chief Gordon wants to thank Harriman Fire Department officials for assisting them by setting up at the landing zone for the incoming LifeStar helicopter.

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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