Area News

Tribute to Veterans calls for your support

On a cold and rainy Monday morning under the Pikeville Farmers Market pavillion, a crowd gathered to pay tribute to local men and women who have served and those who died while fighting for freedom. The keynote speaker was Gulf War veteran Tony Britt. Britt began by speaking of the weather, and how the rain…

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State corrects City sales tax mixup

The state says they have corrected an issue where the City of Pikeville was missing out on sales tax revenue from several businesses within the city limits such as McDonald’s, according to Tennessee Department of Revenue Director of Communications Kelly Nolan Cortesi. For more, see the November 15 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Battle of the cattle callers

With their cowboy hats and boots in tow, eight auctioneers took the microphone one by one to participate in the third annual Bledsoe County Fair’s fundraising Auctioneer Competition at Morris Bros. Stockyard, north of Pikeville. For more, see the November 8 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Storms cause election day damage

A tornado in southern Bledsoe County was ruled out by the National Weather Service in Morristown early Tuesday morning, November 6, according to NWS meteorologist Sam Roberts. He added the surveyor who traveled to Bledsoe on Tuesday estimated straight line winds of 60-85 mph swept through the area, snapping trees and utility poles, shredding roof…

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Lee, Blackburn, DesJarlais, Bailey and Travis carry Bledsoe County

Results of the November 6, 2018 State and Federal General Election are as follows. Note, these are BLEDSOE COUNTY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS ONLY, and do not represent the state winner. [R] denotes candidates on the Republican ticket, [D] denotes candidates on the Democratic ticket. These results have not yet been certified. STATE AND FEDERAL GENERAL ELECTION…

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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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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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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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