City of Oak Ridge Electric Department partners with TVA to donate $10,000 to ADFAC

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 22, 2020) – The City of Oak Ridge Electric Department is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority to award $10,000 to Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, or ADFAC, to help the local community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The funds will be used to help meet the essential needs of the residents of Oak Ridge, including rent, housing and utilities.

“We hope this funding will help people stay afloat during this uncertain time,” said Oak Ridge Electric Director Jack Suggs. “We anticipate this donation will help many families in our community keep up with their bills.”

ADFAC has operated under the motto of “neighbors helping neighbors” for more than 33 years. That motto has never been more appropriate than now as our community faces the effects of COVID-19.

“Many of our neighbors work paycheck to paycheck, living without significant savings to fall back on during hard times,” said ADFAC Executive Director Annie Cacheiro. “That is a typical problem in our community but it is going to be an even larger problem in the coming months as shifts have been reduced or eliminated, child care centers are closed, living expenses including grocery costs, and utilities increase because everyone is at home all the time or at least much more than usual.”

Funding from the City of Oak Ridge will be matched by TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund, which helps local power companies meet immediate needs in their communities by providing matching funds for local initiatives addressing hardships created by this pandemic.

“In the spirit of public power, we are honored to partner with local power companies to address the unprecedented challenges facing those we serve,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “TVA has a mission of service to make life better for the people of the Valley, and providing these funds to address immediate needs is one way we can help ease the burdens on families and communities.”

For additional information about the City of Oak Ridge, see ADFAC can be reached at (865) 483-6028 or For additional information about TVA, see


Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC) began in the mid 1980’s as a local ecumenical effort to provide assistance to impoverished families. As the broad needs of the low-income community became evident, the faith-based collaborative moved to become a 501(c)(3) public charity in January, 1987. Over the years, ADFAC has honored its roots by developing a broad variety of programs designed to meet unfilled needs in the community and currently answers over 6,000 requests for assistance each year.

Mission Statement

ADFAC exists to support and serve those in need by assisting them in becoming stable and self-sufficient.

Vision Statement

ADFAC’s Vision is of sustainable, healthy, and viable communities where all families are self-sufficient, productive and free of the need for continued public assistance.

ADFAC focuses on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in our area by striving to provide a comprehensive scope of services with compassion:
Short term assistance for basic needs;
Affordable solutions for home rehabilitation, new construction and rental housing;
Energy conservation;
Children and youth education services; and
Education via life coaching and/or referrals.

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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