NASHVILLE— On Wednesday, September 16, Baldwin County, Alabama requested Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) teams to augment staffing of their 911 Dispatch Center due to Hurricane Sally. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN) answered their call for assistance.

THP sent four Telecommunicators to Baldwin County: Jessica Maniaci (THP Jackson District), Julia Landreth (THP Chattanooga District), Megan Magers-Rankin (THP Knoxville District), and Loren Humphrey (THP Knoxville District).  Our telecommunicators will be teaming with two telecommunicators from Bradley County, Tennessee to make up one team. This team will aid in servicing the devasted community with emergency calls for service and dispatching appropriate first responders. Hamilton County, Tennessee will be sending another team.

“We are very proud of the lifesaving work performed by our telecommunicators,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Dereck R. Stewart. “Each day they do a fantastic job for us ensuring the best service is provided to the citizens of Tennessee. Now they are taking it a step further and truly revealing their professionalism, expertise, and strength by responding in support of Hurricane Sally.” 

“This is the first time that THP has been able to support fellow agencies in this role on the national stage and I am so proud of their efforts.  Keep them in your prayers during this deployment,” said Colonel Stewart.

Under the leadership of Telecommunication Coordinator Christine Massengale, THP has over the past two years trained eight of our Telecommunicators as TERT responders.



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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