Courthouse offers ‘Angel’ tree for students, animal shelter donations

CLINTON – The Christmas tree is up at the Anderson County Courthouse, and local citizens, civic groups, church groups, and business leaders are invited to stop by and select a child’s name off the tree to provide Christmas for that child this year.

“In coordination with the Anderson County Schools, we’ve been providing an “Angel” tree for the last few years,” said Leean Tupper, administrative assistant to Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank. “We work with school counselors to place students’ names on the tree, along with their wish lists for Christmas gifts. It seems to be very popular, with both county employees and citizens reaching out to me weeks in advance of the holiday season to ask if we are putting up the Angel tree each year.”

“Anderson County is such a generous place – and we in the Courthouse look forward to partnering with our schools each year to make Christmas a little brighter for these boys and girls,” Mayor Terry Frank said.

Students whose names are on the tree range in age from pre-school to middle school.  If you are interested in buying for an “Angel” on the tree, it’s located on the Courthouse’s first floor beside the Courtesy Booth.   Just select a child’s “Angel” off the tree, leave the child’s name or ID number, along with your name and telephone number, on the list provided at the Courtesy booth, then go shopping!

Once you have purchased gifts for your “Angel,” they must be wrapped and tagged with your “Angel’s” name.  All wrapped and tagged gifts must be returned to the Anderson County Mayor’s office, Suite 208 at the Courthouse, no later than 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 11th.  The gifts will be delivered to school counselors at the respective Anderson County schools before the students are released for the holidays.

If you want to help, but aren’t interested in shopping for “Angel” gifts, there is also the option to purchase items for donation to the Anderson County Animal Shelter.

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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