Sen. Yager, Rep. Calfee announce Rural Hospital Readiness Grant for Roane Medical Center

Senator Ken Yager and Representative Kent Calfee

(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and State Representative Kent Calfee (R-Kingston) announced today that Roane Medical Center is receiving a Small and Rural Hospital Grant for $135,545. This grant, administeredby the Department of Economic and Community Development, is to support hospitals facing unusual and immediate financial pressures due to the ongoing response to the novel coronavirus.

“It is great news that Roane Medical Center is receiving this grant,” said Sen. Yager. “These funds will ensure Roane Medical Center is able to remain operational and continue to provide vital services to our community during this public health crisis. ”

Rep. Calfee. had this comment “Rural hospitals are critical in the fight against COVID-19 and these funds will help Roane Medical Center continue to deliver quality care through this crisis,” “I am extremely grateful to our health care workers who put themselves at great risk to confront
this virus each day. I pledge to continue to do all I can to support our rural hospitals by making sure they get the resources they need. Funds for this grant are allocated from the state’s COVID-19 response appropriation, passed by the General Assembly in March and supported by Senator Yager and Representative Calfee. The grants will serve as a bridge over the coming weeks as patient volumes decline and new federal funds
become available.

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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