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Winter Weather Advisory in effect

A winter weather advisory for Bledsoe and Sequatchie Counties is in effect from 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 1 through 6:00 p.m Monday, December 2, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown. NWS predicts up to an inch of snow and wind gusts up to 35 mph. The agency recommends slowing down and using caution…

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Pikeville welcomes Christmas season despite rain

The 2019 Christmas Parade and the Pikeville Farmers Market holiday-themed event both went on successfully despite a very rainy evening. Event attendees and parade entrants wore raincoats and held umbrellas when not under the cover of the Farmers Market, pushing through the rain to mark the beginning of the Christmas season in Pikeville. For more…

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Campbell to play at Walters State

Bledsoe County High School Senior Jessica Campbell signed with Walters State to play softball on Friday afternoon, November 22. Campbell is a center fielder for the Lady Warriors softball team and runs cross country, plays basketball and volleyball. Campbell was an All-District softball player last year. For more, see the November 28 issue of The…

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Christmas Parade is on

UPDATE: The 2019 Pikeville Christmas Parade is still on, according to organizer Jane Wooden. Wooden said the only reason the parade would be cancelled would be in the event of lightning. The parade starts at 5:00 p.m. on Main Street. This week, Bledsonians will look back on what they are thankful for this year and…

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$60k grant awarded for public WiFi downtown

Visitors to downtown Pikeville could soon be able to get online for free after the University of Tennessee Extension recently received $60,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The grant specifically will go to provide “much-needed free wireless internet” in downtown Pikeville to “relieve and enhance” opportunities to residents, visitors and local businesses.…

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Warriors end season with 8-4 record

The combination of players, coaches, fans and community is what sets Bledsoe County High School football apart from other programs. Coming back from times without a coaching staff and a different head coach all four years of their football career, the seniors overcame and were true leaders for the Warrior football team, leading them to…

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Warriors sendoff this afternoon for second round game

Bledsoe County High School’s Warrior Football team will leave the high school at 12:30 p.m. today in a charter bus heading to Watertown for their second round game in the TSSAA playoffs. The team will head to Bledsoe County Middle School, then to Pikeville Elementary on their sendoff route before traveling through Main Street Pikeville.…

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Brothers plead guilty to “large government fraud,” to be sentenced in March

Brothers Karim and Rahim Sadruddin formally pleaded guilty to “large government fraud” in connection with the failed Textile Corporation of America venture in Pikeville in front of a federal judge in Chattanooga Wednesday morning, November 13. The Sadruddins each pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. The brothers…

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Concerns over high veteran suicide rate

Scores of people filled the Bledsoe County Courthouse Lawn to celebrate the service and sacrifice of local veterans on Monday, November 11. Claude Lewis was the keynote speaker this year. Lewis was drafted into the U.S. Army at 22-years-old in 1964. In August 1965, he headed out to Vietnam and in October he landed in…

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Pikeville votes 2019 – Q&A with mayoral candidates

Candidates for the office of Mayor for the City of Pikeville were interviewed recently by The Bledsonian-Banner reporter Chase Smith. Both candidates were asked the same four questions and asked to give brief responses. The interview answers are transcribed verbatim, including filler words, in the interest of transparency for voters. The election for Mayor and…

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