Area News

First number one hit as a songwriter

Anna Moon, a Nashville-based singer and songwriter with a slew of connections to Pikeville, had her first number one song on the Billboard County Charts this month as a songwriter for a song called “Good Time” she co-wrote with her husband, Niko Moon. His performance of the song has gone Platinum, a first for him…

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Testicle Festival cut short

Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle is concerned over a festival being advertised throughout the region that he claims hasn’t been approved to be held in the first place. The Testicle Festival, which is being advertised by Scenic City Veterinary Service, is tentatively planned for April 24 at the Bledsoe County Fairgrounds. The website for the event…

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School Dismissing at 12:30 today

Due to the serious weather threat today, March 25, Bledsoe County Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to remain aware of the storms approaching. Everyone is encouraged to have some way to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service today and tonight. Heavy rain is expected off and on all…

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COVID-19 vaccine eligibility immediately expanded to all adults 16 and older in SE Tennessee

Beginning immediately, all individuals 16 and older in the 10-county Tennessee Department of Health Southeast Region are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Southeast Regional Director Glenn Czarnecki.  Local health departments offer the vaccine by appointment only. To book your appointment, visit vaccinate.tn.gov and click the blue “Proceed to COVID-19 questionnaire” button at the bottom of…

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Prayer at graduation challenged by American Humanist Association

Bledsoe County Schools officials received notice last week from the American Humanist Association (AHA) “of looming legal action over constitutional violations occurring at Bledsoe County High School” revolving around prayer at graduation ceremonies. The AHA’s demand letter, addressed to Director of Schools James Ellis and BCHS Principal Mark Mosley, claims BCHS endorses official school prayers…

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Bryan College signs Pell

Bledsoe County High School senior Julie Pell has signed to continue her academic and athletic career at Bryan College. BCHS Soccer Coach Julie Dimick-DeGenaro said she recruited Pell to her team from her Physical Education class. She noticed a competitiveness and tenacity in Pell and said once she convinced her to play she was able…

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Griffith resigns from Bledsoe County Commission

Bledsoe County Commissioner Brent Griffith [District 3A] officially resigned his position on the county commission effective March 15, 2021.  “This is in regard to the time and effort that I must dedicate to a new job opportunity and my family,” Griffith said in his resignation letter. “I do not believe that I will have the…

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Local band records album at area studio

Gospelgrass, a band local to Pikeville, finished their second studio album at Schultz Recording Studios in Pikeville. The Christian band Gospelgrass was formed in 2012 and has performed at many of the area bluegrass festivals and local churches. In 2019, they performed at the Palace Theater in Crossville where they plan to play in the…

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