Bledsoe still labeled a distressed county

Bledsoe County again received the designation of a “distressed” county in a new report by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Each year, ARC prepares an index of county economic status for every county in the United States. Economic status designations are identified through a composite measure of each county’s three-year average unemployment rate, per capita…

Face masks not required

Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley will not require citizens to wear masks despite Governor Bill Lee giving mayors around the state the authority to do so. Ridley said he believes the wearing of face masks is effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and is a responsible choice during the pandemic. He encourages everyone to…

From street life to country living: Town dogs given new home

For many years now, when you would travel along Main Street in Pikeville, you would see two stray dogs making their rounds. They have been known as the “Piggly Wiggly” dogs because they spent most of their time in the parking lot, begging for food from patrons. They now have a new home in the…

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