Lucy Boyd

Cora “Lucy” Lucille Boyd of Pikeville, Tennessee passed away October 31, 2018 at Erlanger-Bledsoe. Lucy was a resident of Pikeville, and of the Baptist faith. She loved crafts, reading, her children and grandchildren. She was a caregiver. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emma Proffitt and Allen Hensley, and sister Betty Frills. She…

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All polls open after possible tornado

All Bledsoe County polls are open for the November 6 Election, with generators being used at Lusk and Brayton voting precincts due to power outages from a possible tornado touchdown early this morning in the south end of Bledsoe County, according to Election Administrator Lisa Wheeler. Wheeler said the generators are keeping the polls open, along…

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Week of November 4, 2018

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Swafford receives national honor

Bledsoe County Future Farmers of America (FFA) member Andrew J. Swafford earned one of the highest honors given by the organization at the 91st Annual FFA National Convention in Indianapolis last week. For more, see the November 1 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Fall foliage unfolds for the color blind

Those who have lived their lives not being able to see color correctly now have the opportunity to view the wonder and many colors the changing weather brings. For more, see the November 1 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Billy Dean Sexton

Billy Dean Sexton, 75 of Buchanan, Tennessee, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Billy was a machinist at a drapery and bedspread factory for around 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, was an artist, and attended Full Gospel Church in Paris, Tennessee. Billy could not sit still as he had to be working at something all…

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Robert Lee Hale

Robert Lee Hale, 84, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Manchester Health Care Center in Manchester. He was born October 14, 1934 in Pikeville, Tennessee, son of the late William Franklin Hale & Rena (Arnett) Hale. After proudly serving his country in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1965 as…

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Schools receive safety grants

Late last month Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced all school districts across the state completed their assessment of school facilities and safety procedures, submitting applications to receive part of a $35 million school security fund. For more, see the October 25, 2018 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Program quietly staving off child hunger

Nearly 24 percent of Bledsoe County’s population lives in poverty, according to the most recent data from the United States Census Bureau. Because of the high number of Bledsoe residents living in poverty, that makes it increasingly difficult for families to feed their children, a problem being taken on first hand by a community-funded snack…

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Authorities apprehend shooting suspects

Two Rhea County suspects were apprehended by Bledsoe County authorities near the Cumberland County line on U.S. 127 North Wednesday morning, October 24, according to Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. George Hodge. The two men were wanted for shooting toward a house in Rhea County, with the individual they were shooting at chasing them into…

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