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Rain doesn’t dampen American pride on Veterans Day

The rain fell on Veterans Day, but did not halt the November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony in Pikeville. The Pikeville Farmers Market, directly behind the Veterans Memorial Park, served as a shelter from the storm as Four-Star General (ret.) B. B. Bell, III addressed those in attendance. He said veterans have served…

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Industrial Development Innovation Award presented

Efforts to secure two new industries in Pikeville/Bledsoe County has not gone unrecognized. Executive Director Chuck Hammond the Southeast Development (SETD) was in town last week to present Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle and Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley with the Industrial Development Innovation Award. For more see the November 17 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Fighting Falcons hosting USA Amateur Boxing

Months of preparation, skills and physical strength are going to be put to the test Saturday, November 12 as The Fighting Falcons Boxing Club hosts USA Amateur Boxing at The Lab Sports Complex, 336 Cleveland Avenue in Pikeville. Two feature bouts are planned in addition to local contenders. For more see the November 10 issue…

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Retired Circuit Court Judges Graham and Smith honored

More than 100 peopled filled Chattanooga’s Walden Club to capacity Tuesday evening to honor longtime Circuit Court judges Thomas W. “Rusty” Graham and Curtis J. Smith. Both men retired earlier this year after decades on the bench. Each served the 12th Judicial District of Tennessee, comprised of Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie counties.…

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Alan Lee Tompkins

Alan Lee Tompkins, 82, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Thursday, November 3, 2022. Alan served in the Army Reserves as a medic during the Berlin Crisis. He was very proud of his service and the oath that he took. While living in Connoquenessing, he owned and operated A.L. Tompkins Mfg. Co. and moved it to West…

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Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas, 83, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Sunday, November 6, 2022, at his home. He was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist. He enjoyed his work in all aspects of saw milling. He enjoyed sitting on the porch whittling and talking to friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Georgia Lee…

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Virgil T. Fields, Jr.

Virgil T. Fields, Jr., 94, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Monday, October 31, 2022, at his home. Junior attended auto mechanic school through the Ford Motor Company in Atlanta, Georgia. For the majority of his life, he worked as an auto mechanic in Pikeville, alongside his brother, Everett; first at Brown & Wilson Motor Company and…

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Winifred Brown

Winifred Brown, 79, of the Brayton community died Tuesday, October 25, 2022. He was a member of the Brayton Baptist Church and served as a Deacon. He loved his church and was a true disciple of Christ. He enjoyed music and playing the guitar. He loved carpentry and building things. He was preceded in death…

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Cruising Tennessee’s Great Valley pictorial book closer to publication

Another step was taken recently towards the publication of the Cruising Tennessee’s Great Valley pictorial book being published. Some area businesses, industries and individuals have become a financial partner in making the publication closer to becoming a reality, announced John Hargis, local contributing photographer. Recently, Hargis presented BTC Fiber General Manager Charlie Boring with a…

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Taylor resigns as commissioner

Bledsoe County Commissioner Robbie Taylor, District 1 Part C, has resigned from his post. On October 31, Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley said he received an email, along with County Attorney Howard Upchurch, from Taylor submitting his resignation For more see the November 3 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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