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Volunteers, educators, businesses honored by Chamber of Commerce

The hard work, dedication, support, love for community and students, were just of a few of the characteristics that earned special recognition of individuals, educators and businesses by the Pikeville-Bledsoe County Chamber of Commerce. Awards were presented during the Chamber’s Installation Banquet held January 21 at The Lodge at Fall Creek Falls State Park. For…

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Roy Clay DeBord, Jr. named County Commissioner

Bledsoe County General Sessions Judge Howard L. Upchurch (left) swears Roy Clay DeBord, Jr. as District 1 Part C County Commissioner. DeBord fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Robbie Taylor. DeBord went straight to work Tuesday evening, January 17 during the Bledsoe County Commission meeting. More on what the County Commission did during…

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Erlanger supporting picture book to promote tourism

Erlanger Bledsoe and Erlanger Sequatchie Valley ED have joined in financially supporting a tabletop picture book featuring photographs of landscapes and events in the Sequatchie Valley from Bledsoe, Sequatchie and Marion counties. The picture book includes photos by professional photographers John Hargis and Tom Wood. Hargis, of Pikeville, is spearheading the project with plans to…

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Travel trailer reported stolen

A 2021 Coleman Lantern travel trailer that had been parked in an empty lot near the intersection of West Sequatchie Road and West Railroad Avenue in Pikeville has been stolen, according to a report by Pikeville Patrolman David Decker. He issued a “be on the lookout” bulletin for the travel trailer on January 11 after…

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Bledsoe FFA members moving on to sub-regionals

Four Bledsoe FFA members competed in district speaking contests in Dayton last week. Those winning were (left to right) Abigayle Houser who placed second in Creed Speaking, Ella Boynton who placed first in Prepared Speaking, Garrett Johnson who placed third in Employment Skills, and Lillie Cagle who placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking. Later this month,…

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Bledsoe County Rescue Squad installs 2023 officers to serve

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad recently held an installation ceremony of its 2023 officers conducted by County Commissioner Ruth Burton. Those installed were Captain Mike Lynn, 1st Lieutenant Dale Hannah, 2nd Lieutenant Jared Veeser-Lynn, Sergeant Earline Young, Secretary Kim Matney, Treasurer Clarissa Burgess, and Unit Director Lloyd Myers. For more see the January 12 issue…

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Blankets spread cheer to Bledsoe County Nursing Home residents

Bledsoe County Fairest of the Fair Aloni Smith recently completed her second annual community service project “Operation Christmas Cheer.” With the help of the Bledsoe County Fair Queens and the Bledsoe County Middle School Cheerleaders, 50 cozy blankets were made and delivered to the residents of the Bledsoe County Nursing Home. For more see the…

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Lukassen’s home wins decorating contest

Stretching an estimated 100 yards, Jimmy Lukassen’s Christmas decorations took the top prize in the 42nd annual Christmas Decorating Contest. He will receive a check for $100 for his unique lights and decorations, announced Publisher Sandy Dodson, with The Bledsonian-Banner. “For the past 42 years, the Bledsonian has sponsored the contest,” she said, “and over…

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Letters to Santa in this issue!

Want to know what Bledsoe County children want for Christmas from Santa? You can find out in this issue of The Bledsonian-Banner! Many students in Bledsoe County’s three elementary schools wrote their Letters to Santa with the guidance of their teachers, plus other children from the area submitted their letters too. They are featured in…

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Light Up Pikeville decorates Bledsoe County Fairgrounds

Reindeer to land in Pikeville Thursday The Light Up Pikeville groups is bringing reindeer to the Bledsoe County Fairgrounds on Thursday, December 15 as they open up access to the decorations there. Organizer Lola Sells announced the reindeer and a sleigh are going to be at the fairgrounds from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and everyone…

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