Area News

Chattanooga teen charged with DUI in accident

An 18-year-old Chattanooga man is facing several charges after a drunk driving accident on Hendon Road on Friday, June 7, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) report. For more, see the June 13 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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City officials leery of enforcing its political sign ordinance

City of Pikeville officials say one Mayoral candidate’s early campaigning has put them in a tough position on whether or not to enforce city ordinances about when campaign signs are legally allowed without it appearing as if they are attacking a political candidate. For more, see the June 13 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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TCA’s web of deceit spreads further

Sadruddin brothers admit lies to FBI Textile Corporation of America (TCA) knew they could never accomplish what they promised in regard to investment and jobs in Pikeville, according to new documents filed in the case in the United States District Court for Eastern Tennessee and documents related to separate civil lawsuits in Bledsoe County Chancery…

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New grant formula to benefit county roads

Bledsoe County’s Highway Department could be the beneficiary of recently passed legislation by the Tennessee General Assembly. The Assembly’s effort could save county highway departments statewide as much as $6.5 million annually, according the Tennessee County Highway Officials Association. For more, see the June 6 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner, on newsstands now.

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Teen is hit on bridge, search is on for suspect

A 16-year-old Bledsoe County teen on a dirt bike the victim of a reported hit-and-run on Monday afternoon, June 3, on McWilliams Road in southern Bledsoe County . The male was riding his dirt bike when he stopped on the bridge to look at the Sequatchie River when a speeding car hit and dragged him…

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FBI: TCA committed fraud against Tennessee, US government

Bledsoe County residents who were hopeful of 1,000 new jobs coming into town through Textile Corporation of America (TCA) are finally getting answers about what went wrong in federal investigation documents unsealed for public viewing last week. Company leaders and brothers Karim and Rahim Sadruddin are believed to have committed a slew of crimes including:…

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Commissioner McCord hosts town hall in Bledsoe County

State and local officials gathered with members of the public last Wednesday, May 22 for a town hall meeting with Jeff McCord, recently appointed Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Mayor Gregg Ridley started the meeting off stating nearly 15,000 residents in the county only 895 people live and work…

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Zero jobs as of June, TCA investigation continues

It’s been nearly two years since state officials appeared in Pikeville, showing up in force, to present a new industry to help save one of Tennessee’s distressed communities — Bledsoe County. Two years later, and the parking lot has set consistently void of a workforce at Textile Corporation of America’s factory on Ferro Street since…

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Board sending Pendergrass ouster to DA

The Bledsoe County Board of Education voted to move forward with ouster proceedings of Board Member Vince Pendergrass at a special called meeting on Tuesday, May 28. They also increased sanctions against Pendergrass and extended them six months. The Board voted four to two in favor of referring the case to District Attorney Mike Taylor…

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Electrical ‘boom’ wakes up Pikeville residents

A loud boom in downtown Pikeville startled some residents awake on Friday, May 24, after a transformer fuse blew near Scotties Restaurant, according to Manager Mike Deakins of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative’s Pikeville office. Deakins said the fuse, made of porcelain, had a ‘disconnect’ and blew around 6:30 a.m. The equipment was older and could have been…

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