Area News

Pitts Gap Mountain Rd. closed ‘until further notice’

Pitts Gap mountain Road is closed until further notice, according to the Bledsoe County Highway Department. The road is closed due to a resurfacing project. The Highway Department did not give an estimate on length of time to complete the project. For more, see the June 14 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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Coach’s raise splits board

The decision to allocate funds to give Bledsoe County High School Football Coach Dennis Therrell an additional $500 per month salary created tension between board members at their June 5 meeting. Board Member Don Snow brought the motion to the board to give Therrell the additional monies, equal to $6,000. It was advised that the…

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Crews working to clear debris after flooding

Bledsoe County Highway Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative crews are all out around the county today, June 1, to clean debris from roads and clear trees from power lines. Please use caution as crews continue to work throughout the day to clear the debris. For more on rainfall totals and…

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Flooding throughout county

After early morning torrential rains, several roads are flooded throughout the county. The Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department and Bledsoe County Rescue Squad are currently blocking roads and conducting rescues in areas that are reachable. The Sheriff’s Department is urging everyone to “stay off roadways.” Several roads are flooded with rushing water, but are currently being…

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Walker wants to be a part of bringing jobs to Pikeville

Bringing jobs to rural America is something Herschel Walker believes in and wants to be a part of. He visited Pikeville on Wednesday, May 23, to meet with officials from Textile Corporation of America (TCA) about manufacturing his hotel drapery line in the future. For more, see the May 31 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Truck driver charged with DUI after crash

A 54-year-old Crossville man is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), Due Care, and having no current duty status on his log book after a crash on U.S. 127 Friday, May 25, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Public Information Officer Lieutenant John Harmon. For more, see the May 31 issue of The Bledsonian…

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City zoning laws pass first reading

The first reading of new land use and zoning regulations for the City of Pikeville were read at the meeting of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, May 14. The new zoning and regulations may regulate land use, enact structural regulations, and promote development guidelines within city limits, according to the ordinance documents provided by the…

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Welcome home Cyrus!

Three weeks after a can of PVC glue exploded on six-year-old Cyrus Gray while he was building a fire with his dad, he is now recovering in the comfort of home rather than a hospital bed. Cyrus was released from Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital on Friday, May 18, and brought back to his family’s Bledsoe…

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Thieves take over $40,000 worth of City equipment

An early morning theft from the City of Pikeville’s workshop lot on Allen P Deakins Road last Thursday, May 17, leaves the city without an estimated $40,000 worth of goods, reported Pikeville Police Chief Ronald Byrd. Among the more valuable items stolen were a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, an 8×12 tip trailer, and a…

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Police say missing woman could be armed

Two days after a massive search began for missing Bledsoe County woman, authorities are now saying Stephanie Tyson is a “prepper” that may not want to be found. Bledsoe County Sgt. George Hodge said Tyson could be armed and mentally unstable due to not being on her psychiatric medication. “She could possibly have two pistols…

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