Senator Ken Yager, 12th Senatorial District

(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that numerous grants have been awarded to counties in Senate District 12 from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) and the Tennessee Department of State Library and Archives Division.  Six counties in the district will receive ECD’s Three Star grants, while 15 libraries will receive Technology Grants from the State Library and Archives. 

Counties receiving ThreeStar Grants include Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Rhea, Roane and Scott Counties for a combined district total of $255,000.  The ThreeStar grant program focuses on best practices in five key community areas including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development. 

“I want to recognize our local officials for their incredible work securing this important funding to help our communities,” said Sen. Yager.  “It was an honor to support their successful efforts.  I also appreciate ECD for their investment in our district which is well deserved.”

Fifteen libraries in Campbell, Morgan, Fentress, Roane, and Scott Counties will receive a combined district total of $13,549 in Technology Grants.  Technology grants are available for public libraries to replace or purchase technology, including computers, software, networking hardware or peripherals. 

“In today’s technology-dependent world, digital literacy is extremely important in order to conduct business, apply for jobs, pay bills, and complete school work,” said Senator Yager. “These funds will increase opportunities for citizens to expand and strengthen their technology skills. I am pleased so many libraries in my district will receive these grants. Congratulations to the recipients for securing these funds.”

Libraries receiving the Technology Grants include the Caryville, Jacksboro, Jellico, and LaFollette Public Libraries in Campbell County; the Coalfield, Deer Lodge, Petros, Sunbright, Wartburg, and Oakdale Public Libraries in Morgan County; the Kingston, Harriman, and Rockwood Public Libraries in Roane County; the Fentress County Public Library in Fentress County; and the Huntsville Public Library in Scott County.  

“These grants will benefit many citizens,” added Sen. Yager. “We welcome these funds into our district and will continue to support our local officials in bringing these grant funds home to District 12.”

Earlier this week, Yager held a Grant Conference to provide local governments, community groups, and nonprofits pertinent information on available grants and best practices for preparing a competitive application.

The district includes Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott Counties. 

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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