BCMS Warriors and Lady Warriors advance to SVC Championship

The Bledsoe County Middle School Warriors and Lady Warriors advanced to the Championship Round of the Sequatchie Valley Conference Tournament. The Lady Warriors will play Thursday, January 16 at 6:20 p.m. against Sequatchie County and the Warriors will play at 7:30 p.m. against South Pittsburg. Both games will be held at Bledsoe County Middle School.…

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Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. reaches record four million eBook and audiobook checkouts

Pikeville readers taking part The Tennessee Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System (R.E.A.D.S.) announced they achieved a record-breaking four million digital book checkouts in 2019, a milestone for Bledsoe County Public Library, and other local libraries in the state. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of lending of eBooks and audiobooks along with…

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Excessive force lawsuit hearing scheduled

A scheduling conference is the next step in the lawsuit against the City of Pikeville, Bledsoe County and a City and County officer. The conference is set for February 13 at the United States District Court in Chattanooga and will determine how the case moves forward. For more see the January 16 issue of The…

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Several sexual assaults and high turnover rate at BCCX revealed

An audit released by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasure looking at all of Tennessee’s Department of Correction (TDOC), including Bledsoe Correctional Complex (BCCX), revealed the prison system will require “many improvements” moving forward. As for BCCX, the facility had the highest number of allegations of sexual harassment or sexual abuse between inmates and corrections…

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Rita Dunham Pruett

Rita Dunham Pruett, 71, of the Fall Creek Falls Community in Pikeville, Van Buren County, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at her home. She was born May 23, 1948 at the Dr. James Ross House in Pikeville, Tennessee to Raymond and Catherine Evans Dunham, who preceded her in death, along with her twin…

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Vesta Ladd

Vesta Louise Ladd, 95, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Thursday, January 9, 2020. She attended Mt. Vernon Church of Christ and New Martin Church of God and worked at Bledsoe County Nursing home for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Ladd; infant son, Jerry Lynn Ladd; son, Alan E. Ladd;…

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City officials sworn in, immediately rescind zoning

The newly-elected City of Pikeville Board of Aldermen and Mayor wasted no time getting to work after being sworn into office on January 2. Immediately after the swearing in, the Board met in a Special Called session and voted to rescind the Zoning Ordinance put into place by the Board in 2018. For more see…

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Family welcomes fifth child, loses home in fire

Just after Jessica and Aaron Blevins’ newborn baby was coming out of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit right before Christmas, they received a call their home had been destroyed in a fire in the Bledsoe County community of Lusk. “We were at the hospital after having our fifth baby when the house burnt down,” Jessica…

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Brenda Bernice White

Brenda Bernice White, 65 of Pikeville, Tennessee died Thursday, January 2, 2020 with family by her side. Brenda loved her grandkids and Elvis Presley, enjoyed camping, boating, and playing cards. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceding Brenda in death were her parents, Paul and Frankie Mae…

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Arthur Gene Vaughn

Arthur Gene (Runt) Vaughn, 55, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Friday, December 6, 2019. He worked construction as a concrete finisher, enjoy farming, and donating to the Hungry Children Association. Preceding Arthur in death were his parents, Thomas Edward and Murnice E. Joiner Vaughn; brother, Keith Vaughn; nephews, Thomas and Nicholas Swafford. Arthur will be dearly…

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