BCHS fishing team continues inaugural season at Pickwick

July 10 and 11 marked the end of the inaugural regular season for the Bledsoe County High School Bass Warriors fishing team. Two teams, including Emory Olinger, Caleb Wagner, Bryson Tucker, and Dakota Simmons, competed in the Commissioner’s Cup Tennessee Bass Nation High School State Tournament on Pickwick Lake. A total of 157 boats with…

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Kathryn “Ginger” Swafford

Kathryn “Ginger” Swafford, age 74 of Pikeville, Tennessee died Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Ginger was a member of Pikeville United Methodist Church. She loved being with her family especially the granddaughter. Ginger was a textile factory worker at Dupont for 40 years. Preceding Ginger in death was her husband, Frank Richard “Dick” Swafford; parents, Leonard…

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Virgil Garner Ferguson

Virgil Garner Ferguson, 83 of Tansi, Tennessee died Friday, July 10, 2020. Virgil was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling, especially going on cruises. Virgil served in United States Marine Corp and later in his lifetime was a photographer for Fuji and Nord during his lifetime. Preceding Virgil in death were…

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Families served by Mother to Mother event

A rural outreach event held by the non-profit organization Mother to Mother from Nashville distributed items to a large group of parents in Bledsoe County last Thursday, July 9. The group distributed diapers, clothes, toys, gear, books, and more to families. According to Mother to Mother, 265 children were served during the event in Pikeville.…

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Early voting begins Friday

Early voting for the August 6 Bledsoe County General Election along with State and Federal Primaries begins this Friday, July 17. The early voting period lasts through August 1 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is July 30. Early voting takes place at the Bledsoe County Election Commission Office inside the Bledsoe County…

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Pikeville Summer Nights on 1st Saturdays

The first Saturday of the month through September promises to bring entertainment and outdoor fun for attendees of Pikeville Summer Nights. The events begin with a Cruise-In and Summer Nights at the Farmers Market beginning at 4:00 p.m. and musical entertainment at 7:00 p.m. For more see the July 16 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Board to ask for tax increase to cover operations of schools

The Bledsoe County Board of Education will be asking the Bledsoe County Commission for increased funding in the form of a property tax increase due to a decrease in Basic Education Program (BEP) funding from the state and increased expenses, along with the unknown expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Board Finance Director Janice Ritchie…

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Clyde Tucker

Clyde Tucker of O’Fallon, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020. Mr. Tucker was born November 26, 1932 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. Mr. Tucker is survived by his sons, Lonnie (Peggy) Tucker, Gary (the late Gina) Tucker, Billy Tucker; brother, David (Veronica) Tucker; sister, Christine Agee; grandchildren, Gary Tucker, Jr., Wendy Tucker-Reid, Diana Ferra, Ryan…

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Ruby Wooden Clark

Ruby Wooden Clark, 91, of Pikeville, Tennessee, went to sleep on Thursday evening, July 2, 2020 and woke up in Heaven. She was born in Pikeville, to the late Eli and Buba Boring Wooden. She was of the Baptist faith and last attended Community Baptist Church in Pikeville. She was preceded in death by her…

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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…

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