City of Oak Ridge Releases Statement on NNSA’s Nuclear Fuel Services Contract Announcement

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Nov. 25, 2020) – Today the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration “informed” the City of Oak Ridge in an email that the agency is awarding a contract to Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, Tennessee for work that is currently being performed at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch stated, “The Department of Energy has reverted to its old habit of ‘Decide, Announce, and Defend,’ making major decisions about the largest employer in our community without any warning or prior consultation with the City of Oak Ridge.  To announce loss of mission and jobs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in the middle of a pandemic and the day before the Thanksgiving Holiday is highly inappropriate and insensitive to the skilled workers who will be losing their jobs as a result of relocating this work to Erwin, Tennessee. We are asking our congressional leadership to oppose this move.”

City Manager Mark Watson added, “These federal changes to the workforce in the greater Oak Ridge area deserve more clarity and scrutiny.  The federal government has invested billions in the modernization of the Y-12 complex, which is now designated the Nation’s Uranium Center of Excellence.  The City itself is preparing further investment in the NNSA facilities with a new $45 million water treatment plant.  The impacts of this change as a ‘demonstration contract’ is a change affecting all of us through jobs and economic benefits, which must not impact our city and region permanently.”

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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