Outpouring of support at blood drive

A blood drive held in honor of nine-year-old Audrey Smith, who has been hospitalized for weeks due to a dangerous E. Coli infection, was so successful that another one is scheduled for next week.  The next Blood Assurance donation drive will be on Monday, August 26, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at First Southern Baptist…

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Around 200 Animals rescued in cruelty case

UPDATE: Nearly 200 dogs and cats have been rescued in Bledsoe County by the Humane Society of the United States. Authorities were still on the scene Friday afternoon, August 16, working to complete the rescue efforts.  Due to the large number of animals, they are being transported to multiple facilities, according to Sgt. George Hodge…

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Fair celebrates 100 years!

The Bledsoe County fairgrounds were buzzing with activity with the carnival being set up, exhibit entries being dropped off, and the Fair Board putting on their final touches in anticipation of the fair’s kick-off Monday afternoon, August 12. For more see the August 15 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Reel seeks transfer back to classroom

Bledsoe County Middle School Principal Melissa Reel requested a transfer back to her high school English position just before the school year began, effectively resigning her recently appointed position as principal. Reel was announced as the principal on July 25. For more see the August 15 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Ruby Jean Smith

Ruby Jean Smith, 78, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died, Friday, August 9, 2019 with family by her side. She was of the Baptist faith and worked in a textile factory for many years. Ruby Jean loved her family, enjoyed quilting, and traveling. Preceding her in death was her husband, Robert Lee Smith; daughter, Frances St. Clair;…

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Ralph Simmons

Ralph A. Simmons, 90, of Waynesville, Ohio passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Kettering Hospital. Ralph retired from Frigidaire in 1976 after 30 years of service. He also owned and managed several rental properties throughout the Miami Valley and in Tennessee. He was a long-time member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in…

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Stephen Thomas Greer

Stephen Thomas Greer, 70, prominent attorney, devoted father and spouse, and lifelong resident of Dunlap, passed away on August 6, 2019, at Erlanger Hospital. Greer was born on September 9, 1948. He was the son of Lota Applewhite Greer and the late Judge Arthur Thomas Greer, Jr.  Greer was married to the love of his…

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Elizabeth Gadd

Elizabeth Bell Gadd, 88, of the Brayton Community on Graysville Mountain, passed away Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 at her home. She was born on November 3, 1930 in Washington, DC, the daughter of the late Carl and Eleanor (Bennett) Pumphrey. Elizabeth was also preceded in death by her son Jeff Gadd, Sr.; her sisters,…

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Pat Dill

Patricia “Pat” Anne Dill, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. She was a longtime member of Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She loved to cook and liked to bring recipes from her favorite cooking shows to life. She was also a proud Mamaw of her grandkids. Preceded in death by her parents, William…

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Orie (Dee) DeBord

Orie Lavaun (Dee) DeBord was born on October 2, 1928, and passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9, 2019, at 90 years of age. Orie was born and raised in a two-room cabin on Griffith Mountain, outside of Pikeville, Tennessee. The son of Grace and Oscar DeBord, he was one of ten children…

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