Good Neighbors Shoppe donates $5,000 to help Roane State students in Loudon County

By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer

A local nonprofit has once again been a good neighbor to Roane State Community College’s Loudon County students. The Good Neighbors Shoppe, located at 420 Leeper Parkway in Lenoir City, has for the second year in a row awarded a $5,000 gift to the Roane State Foundation.

The money will be used to help provide scholarships to students who are ineligible for Tennessee Promise grants. Economically disadvantaged Roane State students from Loudon County who are age 20 and older are the targeted beneficiaries.

“So many times we encounter non-traditional students who need money to start or complete their education,” said Susan Williams, director of the college’s Loudon County campus. “The Good Neighbors Shoppe was able to help us provide some assistance to that particular demographic, and we are very grateful.”

Since it was founded in 2002, the resale shop has donated more than $3.6 million to worthwhile organizations that serve Loudon County.

Last year, the Good Neighbors Shoppe gave more than $770,000 to 28 organizations, said Claire Donnelly, secretary for the nonprofit’s board of directors and the organization’s scholarship coordinator. She said the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting store closure for several weeks has reduced the nonprofit’s revenue stream this year.

“The Good Neighbors Shoppe founders were passionate about contributing to scholarships for adult students who want to continue their education,” Donnelly said. “In fact, it is a part of the shoppe’s Mission Statement.”

The Good Neighbors Shoppe Board of Directors each year determines how best to benefit Loudon County, and its goal is to return at least 82 percent of gross sales back to the community.

Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu or call (865) 882-4554.

Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at www.roanestate.edu/reconnect.

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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