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Comptroller asked to review Highway Department finances

An emergency $337,000 tax anticipation note had to be obtained from the State in order to cover overdrafts on the Bledsoe County Highway Department and to meet payroll when the office changed administration on September 1, reports Mayor Gregg Ridley. He explained the previous Road Superintendent, Robby Roberson, apparently paid out $1.2 million in the…

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Building interest in their community

Taking 2”x4” lumber and turning it into wooden frames for the Fall Festival street map signs is just one way the Carpentry classes at Bledsoe County High School CTE wing is giving back to its community. When the Pikeville-Bledsoe County Chamber of Commerce representative contacted instructor Carlos Davis about designing and making the large frames,…

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Dentistry from the Heart expands with Community Health Expo

For the past five years, Dr. Fred Lee, his staff and colleagues have provided a day of free dental services to those who cannot afford it otherwise known as Dentistry from the Heart. This year, even more of his friends and area health-related agencies and businesses have joined in, expanding with a Community Health Expo.…

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New extrication equipment obtained by Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department

Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department has received crucial extrication equipment to supplement the department’s existing extrication fleet. Chief Paul Swafford, wrote the grant application, scored critical life saving equipment for the department in his recent application. The $12,500 grant by The Tennessee Highway Safety Office funded the purchase of one Holmatro Cutter, one Holmatro Gas-Powered Unit,…

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Lockhart crowned BCHS 2022 Homecoming Queen

Jubilation erupted on the field and in the stands as the 2022 Bledsoe County Homecoming Queen winner was announced Friday night, September 9 during half time. Taylor Creek Lockhart jumped up and down along with her father, Matt, when the announcement was made. He even picked her up in the air and twirled her around…

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Encouraging Warrior Pride at BCMS

Motivating students to take pride in what they do from behavior to putting others first to helping someone even when its not solicited — that’s what a new incentive at Bledsoe County Middle School hopes to accomplish. Principal Candi Kempton has created the BCMS Lounge, a place for students to be rewarded by being able…

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Mountaineer Folk Festival this weekend

The only thing separating the past from the future is the present, and this weekend you can experience just that. It’s time for the 44th annual Mountaineer Folk Festival at Fall Creek Falls, being held September 9-11. The Village Green area will be buzzing with various artisans featuring handmade crafts to traditional arts, food vendors,…

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Post hole digger hits gas line, affects businesses, residents

A risky situation occurred last week when someone was using a post hole auger and hit a natural gas line in Pikeville, reports Pikeville Gas System Manager Rick VanWinkle. Three restaurants, a grocery store and numerous residents were without natural gas service for about four hours, he said. For more see the September 8 issue…

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Bledsonian’s coronavirus coverage wins top award

Over the past two years, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected so many from school children and their teachers to employment to severe long-lasting illness and for some, death. During that time, the Bledsonian-Banner kept its readers informed of health issues and shared personal stories from families and individuals affected by COVID-19. For its efforts, The…

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