Bledsoe has highest per capita suicide rate in 2018

Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley and Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle both signed proclamation last week declaring September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Bledsoe County. In a Bledsoe County Health Council meeting last week, it was reveled by Southeast Regional Director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), Rachel Gearinger, MPH, that Bledsoe County actually had…

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Audit finds ECD failed to mitigate risks in grant monitoring of TCA

Plus: More charges expected against Sadruddins by D.A.  The misfortune of Pikeville, Bledsoe County, the State of Tennessee, and the United States governments revolving around Textile Corporation of America’s (TCA) fraudulent venture to create a textile mill in the city was focused on in a scathing audit of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community…

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Pikeville man indicted for rape of a child

A 20-year-old Pikeville man was indicted in August by the Bledsoe County Grand Jury on charges including child rape, according to court documents, but was just recently arrested on the charges after being released from Rhea County Jail The Grand Jury returned two indictments against Austin Hughes of Aggravated Sexual Battery and Rape of a…

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Shots fired on Erlanger Bledsoe grounds, no injuries or charges

A shooting incident on the grounds of Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital last week did not lead to charges, but 12th Judicial District Attorney Mike Taylor was made aware of the incident. Taylor said no charges have been filed, at least yet. On Tuesday, September 15, officers were dispatched to the hospital area for possible shots fired,…

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Donna Allison Decker

Donna Allison Decker, 63 of Birchwood Village in Pikeville, Tennessee died Friday, September 11, 2020. During her life she worked at Dynapace, Motorola, and Tecumseh. Preceding her in death were her parents, William Harold and Rosemarie Blanche Thorogood Decker; brother, James Allison Decker. Survivors include her son, Kevin Draut; sisters, Darlene (Rick Fellabaum) Sneddon and…

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Claude Farmer

Claude Farmer, 88, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Monday, September 21, 2020 at home with family by his side. He retired as an EMT with Bledsoe County Ambulance Service in 1996 after 26 years of service. He loved working with his hands especially doing wood working, gardening, and fishing for carp and catfish. Preceding him in…

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Drive-Through Food Pantry at First Southern Baptist Church

A Drive-Through Food Pantry is being held at First Southern Baptist Church Thursday, September 17, from noon until 6:00 p.m. Items to be given away include: catfish, chicken, tuna, butter, mac and cheese, pesto, beans, eggs, cereal, peaches, potatoes, grapes and much more.  Food will be distributed until it is gone. At this time, USDA…

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Bledsoe-Sequatchie rivalry game time changed

The annual Bledsoe-Sequatchie rivalry game was originally set to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25 at BCHS but that time has been changed to 6:30 p.m. This change was agreed on by both schools to allow the game to be broadcast as the Chattanooga Rivalry Game of the Week on the CW Chattanooga…

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Bill Swearingen

Bill Swearingen, 70, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died September 7, 2020. He attended First Southern Baptist Church. He was the butcher for Shipley’s Grocery, Myrtle Lee’s Grocery, Goodlet’s, IGA and Piggly Wiggly for 40 years. He served on the Pikeville City Council where he acted as vice mayor. He loved his wife of 45 years, his…

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Bratch Wilson Swafford, Sr.

Bratch Wilson Swafford, Sr., 94 of Pikeville, Tennessee died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with family by his side. Bratch served in the United States Army and later opened his own Barber Shop and operated it for over 26 years. He loved golf, enjoyed gardening, coon hunting, camping, and baseball.    Preceding Bratch in death was…

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