Oak Ridge City Court to reopen May 11 with COVID-19 precautions

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (May 8, 2020) – City of Oak Ridge in-person court proceedings will resume May 11 with some precautions due to COVID-19.

The following measures will be taken for the health and safety of all citizens:

  • One person will be allowed in the courtroom at a time, in addition to the judge and other courtroom staff
  • You may bring an attorney and witnesses with you for contested citations; however, other non-essential persons will not be permitted inside the building with you
  • The Oak Ridge Fire Department will screen and temperature-check everyone before entry
  • Everyone will remain 6 feet apart, even while waiting in line to enter the courtroom
  • People are encouraged to wear gloves in addition to masks or face coverings

There are some instances where you may be able to handle a citation over the phone. Therefore, it is important that only those who need to physically appear before the judge show up at court.

You’re encouraged to call the Court Clerk’s Office at (865) 425-3536 prior to your scheduled hearing for guidance on the following:

  • If you’d like to pay a ticket in advance
  • If you have a physical disability that would prevent you from being able to walk up steps or you have a compromised immune system and don’t want to risk exposure to the virus
  • If you’d like to sign up for a driver’s training class to avoid points on your license from a speeding ticket
  • If you’re unsure if or when you need appear in court

All cases scheduled during the time court was closed due to COVID-19 have been reset by the City Court Clerk’s Office. Notifications of the new court date were sent by mail to the address listed on the citation(s). If you did not receive notification of a new court date by April 1, please contact the City Court Clerk’s Office.

For more information, call the City Court Clerk’s Office at (865) 425-3536.

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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