County Mayor vetoes budget resolution

The 2019-2020 budget resolution passed by the Bledsoe County Commission last week, which included a $500,000-plus shortfall and no property tax increase, has been vetoed by County Mayor Gregg Ridley.  Ridley said in a letter to the Commission their decision was “neither financially responsible, nor… sustainable for future generations of Bledsoe County.”  The mayor added he looked…

Give a Child a Chance Day Thursday, July 25

Free school supplies will be given to Bledsoe County school-aged children at the 13th annual Give a Child a Chance Day on Thursday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Bledsoe County High School. For more see the July 18 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

$11 million overage approved for FCF Inn, construction to begin in Fall

State officials knew last summer the reconstruction of the Inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park would cost much more than anticipated, a hearing of the State Building Commission (SBC) revealed last week. A groundbreaking was held in January for the reconstruction of the Inn, at which time the overages were not made public. At…

Beer permit denied another Dollar General in Bledsoe County

The Bledsoe County Beer Board denied Dollar General Corporation a beer permit for their new location being constructed on SR 30 East on Dayton Mountain, at a meeting of the Board on Monday, July 15. The Beer Board denied a permit for another Dollar General store on SR 30 West in July 2017. For more…

Fred’s closing

Discount store and pharmacy Fred’s is closing their Pikeville store, alongside a nationwide closing of an additional 129 stores this summer. For more see the July 18 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

Commission votes to keep current property tax rate

Bledsoe County taxpayers will not see a tax rate increase this year, after commissioners voted to leave the rate the same as the 2018-2019 budget year at the County Commission meeting on Monday, July 15. Commissioners Tim Campbell, Brent Griffith, Robert Reece, Tanya Roberson, Ronald Sapp, Junior Hankins, and Ruth Burton voted to keep the…

Fleeing federal suspect struck police cruiser, still on loose

A high speed chase by the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department led to damage to a police cruiser and a federal fugitive evading arrest. Timothy (Tim) Edward Barnes, 52, of Jasper, Georgia, fled police after crashing into the patrol car of Deputy Matt Brock during the incident on Wheeler Mountain. For more see the July 11…

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    Jul-06-19

    Bobby Loyd’s famous grilled chicken is being served to benefit the Dr. James A. Ross House and Bledsoe County Museum on Saturday, July 6. Donna and Bobby Loyd are sponsoring the fund raiser from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the area of the Farmers Market in downtown Pikeville during the Cruise-In and Summer Nights band concert. Bledsoe County Historical Society members are helping serve the grilled chicken sandwich, chips, water and homemade chocolate chip cookies for $7 per bag. Come early and help support the continued preservation of the Dr. Ross House and Bledsoe County Museum. B26-27S27

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    Jul-07-19

    The 46th annual Ferguson Family Reunion is Sunday, July 7 beginning at 12 noon with lunch at 1:00 p.m. All family and friends are invited. Please note that the reunion has been moved to the Fall Creek Falls Community Center just outside the park at 13692 Park Road, Pikeville, TN 37367. Bring yourself and a covered dish and enjoy the afternoon. B27

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    Jul-10-19

    A Universe of Stories is in full swing at the Bledsoe County Library. Story hour with Kathi Britt at 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday continues through July 10. The summer reading program ends July 17 with a performance by Kevin Kidd and Company at 1:00 p.m. at Nickel Row Music Hall on Main Street in Pikeville. An ice cream party follows across the street at Ember’s Ice Cream Shoppe which is sponsored by Belinda Ault. Readers must complete the program by reading or listening to ten books to attend the final parties. It is not too late for kids to sign up for the summer reading program if they can find time to participate. Please turn in your reading list by Monday, July 15 or call in your book totals at 447-2917 or email cknightbcpl@bledsoe.net with your questions. B27-28S28-29

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    Jul-11-19

    Paws and Claws Animal Shelter is holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 11 at the Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative meeting room on Cumberland Avenue in Pikeville. Meeting start at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and their efforts to build an animal shelter for the Sequatchie Valley area. BTS27

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    Jul-13-19

    The 29th annual Van Buren County Mountain Homecoming is Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. In concert are 3DC featuring Michael McMeel, former member of Three Dog Night. Also appearing are The Agees, David and Jeanette Rogers, Mostly Aces, Misfire, Flat Creek, Earl Swindell, The Smokey Mount’n Bandits and Dark Hollow. The day is full of fun, music, food and surprises. Bring a lawn chair and spend the day on the courthouse lawn in Spencer. For more information call Lesa Bouldin at (931) 235-7524, Joan Moffitt at (931) 273-5756 or Penny Baker at (931) 607-3334. B28

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    Jul-15-19-Jul-29-19

    Hey kids, kindergarten through sixth grade, come to kids’ camps at First Southern Baptist Church, 2827 Main Street, Pikeville. Kids’ Day Camp is July  15 through 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. The week of July 29 through August 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily Kids’ Sports Camp is being held. Come enjoy Bible study, crafts, sports and water activities plus breakfast and lunch are provided at both camps. There is a $20 materials fee per child per camp. For more information call (423) 447-2849. B28S29

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    Jul-17-19-Jul-19-19

    On July 17-19, Bledsoe County High School’s volleyball team is hosting its annual fund raiser volleyball/basketball camp for girls second through eighth grade. Camp is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day at a cost of $175 for both camps. Campers receive a basketball, volleyball and daily lunch. Registration on July 17 begins at 7:00 a.m. If attending the basketball camp only, the cost is $100, and starts at 8:00 a.m. each day. Basketball campers can be picked up at 11:30 a.m. and will receive lunch and a basketball. If attending the volleyball camp only, the cost is $100 and campers can be dropped off at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided along with a volleyball. If any questions please text or call Beverly Tarver at (423) 309-6414. B26S27

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    Jul-18-19-Aug-01-19

    Bledsoe County businesses are asked to decorate their store fronts depicting what the Bledsoe County Agricultural Fair means to them. This is the Centennial Jubilee for the Fair, celebrating 100 years. Displays could be agricultural, carnival, craft or any fair related events, past or present. The winning business receives $50. Entries need to be in by July 18, but no longer than August 1. Winner will be announced August 17, the closing night of the Fair. For more information contact Vanda Wilhoit at (423) 298-7797. B29S30

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    Jul-18-19-Jul-30-19

    Bledsoe County Community Food Bank is needing donations for the 127 Yard Sale. Money obtained from the sold items goes back to the food bank for the purchase of food. Items can be brought by the food bank on Cumberland Avenue in Pikeville on Monday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. You can also call 423-447-3325, leave a message and someone will get back with you as soon as possible to make arrangements to receive them. Donations must be at the food bank by July 30. All donations are appreciated. B29S30

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    Jul-20-19

    The Alexander and Carrie Bayless family reunion is Saturday, July 20 at Fall Creek Falls Community Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please bring a covered dish to share at noon. Plates, cups, cutlery and serving pieces are provided. Come join the family. BT26S27

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    Jul-21-19

    On Sunday, July 21, New Hope the Baptist Church, is having its annual Homecoming beginning at 10:00 a.m. Elders Chris Boggs and Nick Pelham are bringing the messages. Lunch is being served after the morning service. Revival begins at 6:00 p.m. Sunday night and 7:00 p.m. the rest of the week. Elders Eric Wood and Frank Randolph are preaching during revival. Pastor Elder Chad Hale and church congregation invite everyone to come worship with us. The church is located at 3194 Old Spencer Road, Pikeville in the Tip Top Community.B29S30

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    Jul-22-19-Jul-26-19

    Vacation Bible School at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 11309 Griffith Road, Pikeville, is holding Vacation Bible School with the theme, God is in Control, July 22-26 at 6:00 p.m. nightly. Children of all ages are welcome for intriguing Bible lessons, games and snacks. Friday night is family night with food and fireworks. Everyone is welcome to attend. B29S30

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    Jul-25-19

    Free school supplies for Bledsoe County residents only, while supplies last, are going to be given to children present at the annual Give A Child A Chance Day being held Thursday, July 25 at Bledsoe County High School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Health and safety booths are going to be set up along with other exhibits. For more information call Rhonda Sills at 447-6749 or 280-1803, or Michelle Rains at 447-2914. Physicals are not offered this year. If the child is entering kindergarten or new to the school system, you must have proof of a current physical.B29S30

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