Over half of county makes less than basic living costs

Bledsoe County has one of the highest percentages of working people earning less than the basic cost of living out of all of Tennessee’s counties, with households in the City of Pikeville faring even worse percentage-wise than the County as a whole. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, which are households…

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City gets $550k grant for new sewer plant

Pikeville and 65 other Tennessee communities were recently approved to receive a portion of $26.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The $525,000 grant will be used to construct a new wastewater treatment plant for the Pikeville sewer system, Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle said. The…

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Fred’s shutting down, Walgreens buys patient accounts

Fred’s Pharmacy in Pikeville officially closed its doors on October 16 and patient accounts were transferred to Walgreens in Dayton after the company bought out 185 stores across the south earlier this year. The retail portion of the store closed late this summer. For more, see the October 17 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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Soccer pleads for own field

Two parents and a soccer player addressed the Bledsoe County Board of Education about the “need for a playing field specifically for soccer” and to approve a support group for the team at the Board’s regular meeting at Mary V. Wheeler Elementary on Monday, October 7. Soccer player Aylee Angel said she would love to…

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Fuel Up to Play 60 grant for BCMS and Pikeville Elementary

Bledsoe County Middle and Pikeville Elementary schools have received a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to revitalize cafeterias and paint walking track games, according to Bledsoe County Coordinated School Health Supervisor Michelle DeBord-Rains. For more see the October 10 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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City puts water restrictions in place

The lack of rain for Pikeville is causing City officials to be cautious and ask residents to cut back on usage with a mandatory water restriction after the City had one of its driest Septembers on record.  The restriction applies to lawn and landscape watering and vehicle washing commercially and domestically, according to a notice…

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Lonnie Singleton

Lonnie Singleton, 65, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Sunday, October 6, 2019. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was retired from La-Z-Boy. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and sports. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Singleton. He is survived by his son, Josh (Stacy) Singleton of Pikeville; granddaughter,…

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Aiden’s Lego Wars WINS

For twelve-year-old Aiden Tabor, creativity comes naturally. He even hopes to put that creativity to good use in a career when he gets older. As of this summer, he has an early resume builder with his first place win at the Tennessee State Fair for his original Lego model. The Lego model Aiden built revolved…

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Pikeville Fall Festival is here!

The 30th annual Pikeville-Bledsoe County Fall Festival comes to downtown Pikeville this weekend, Friday, October 4, and with the main festivities on Saturday, October 5. For more see the October 3 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Tim Massa

Timmy Ralph “Tim” Massa, 57, of Pikeville, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at his residence. Tim was born May 2, 1962 in Cookeville, Tennessee to Virginia Ann Steel Massa and the late Ralph Claborne Massa.  He was a construction worker with his specialty being in concrete work. He also worked as a supervisor…

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