Commissioners Debate Refugee Resolution

The Roane County Commission met Monday night at The Courthouse in Kingston for their first meeting of the new year and it was filled with persons wishing to speak about a resolution to keep out refugees from Roane County.  Local officials were taking a stand against Governor Bill Lee’s willingness to open up Tennessee to foreign refugees.
There was a Roane County Commission resolution stating, “Roane County does not want to be forced into participating in the federal refugee resettlement program due to either Governor Lee’s consent and/or being within the permissible placement radius of a resettlement agency office,”

Last month Lee announced his consent to refugee resettlement in Tennessee. After about 12 persons spoke from both sides of this hot topic, the commissioners began to debate the issue for nearly an hour. Commissioner Junior Hendrickson (the sponsor of the resolution made a motion seconded by commissioner Meadows to get it on the floor for discussion, only to see it be withdrawn after Commissioner Ben Wilson asked that it be taken off the agenda, which passed 8 to 6. Whether or not the resolution will come up again was not immediately decided by anyone speaking to that last night.

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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  1. Many of the “refugees” are being detained on an island and have been denied entry to Australia for several years. Many have mental health problems that will require costly treatment and are from countries banned from travel to America over terrorism concerns. Gov Lee should withdraw his approval of resettlement in Tennessee.

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