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Holland on Tech cybersecurity team in competition

A team of Tech cybersecurity students has secured a wildcard slot allowing them to take part in the Global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition International Finals in Rochester, New York, from January 6-9, 2022. This year’s team from Tech consists of Jesse Holland from Pikeville, alongside team captain Kaitlyn Carroll, Austin Brown, Austin Tice, Jacob Sweeten…

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BCMS awarded CTE expansion grant

Bledsoe County Schools was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the Tennessee Department of Education for middle school Career and Technical Education (CTE) start-up and expansion. Bledsoe County CTE Principal Steve Reel said the introduction of CTE into middle school will begin with robotics. Reel said the grant will allow the district to invest in…

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Crawford leaving legacy of expansion, people-centered banking after 48 years

After 48 years of banking and 40 as president, Phil Crawford is leaving a legacy of expansion and people-centered banking at First Farmers and Commercial Bank, formerly First National Bank. “You always gotta remember in this business, you’re dealing with other people’s money,” Crawford said. “There’s three things in your life you keep in your…

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Perrys, Red Bird Manor win decorating contest

Pikeville shone bright for the 2021 holiday season, with lights and joy spread throughout town. The owners of 13 different homes in the city entered their Christmas ensembles in the The Bledsonian-Banner’s 41st annual Christmas Decorating Contest, making this year’s judging quite difficult. The winner of this year’s contest is Steve and Cynde Perry at…

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Newspapers on stands now!

The Christmas issue of The Bledsonian-Banner is now on stands. You can pick up your copy, complete with Letters to Santa from area children, at the Bledsonian office along with the following locations: Stephens Pharmacy Standefers DrugCenter Elite Market Piggly Wiggly Pikeville Tobacco Sunoco Exxon – Daily Stop Save A Lot

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Ugly sweater contest and karaoke sing-off Saturday

As part of the big send off for Light up the Town-Pikeville’s Holiday Lights slate of events this weekend, an ugly sweater contest and karaoke sing-off is Saturday, December 18.  The ugly sweater contest, sponsored by Collier and Company Realty, has been moved to The Venue located at 415 Spring Street. The event kicks off…

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Storm destroys Head Start playground

Bledsoe County and Pikeville were spared any widespread major damage from weekend storms that produced deadly tornadoes in west Tennessee and neighboring states, but still left plenty of downed trees and blown debris. One of two playgrounds at the Sequatchie Valley Head Start, located at the old Bledsoe County high school in south Pikeville, was…

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Packed house for Children’s Evening

After-school students from all three of Bledsoe County’s elementary schools were treated to a Children’s Evening at the Pikeville Farmers Market put on by Light Up the Town-Pikeville’s Holiday Lights group. Ventriloquist Joyce Carroll and her furry companion plus storyteller Sherida Black entertained while popcorn, hot cocoa, water and prizes were given out.

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Weather cancels Light up the Town events Saturday

Due to the threat of thunderstorms throughout Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, Light up the Town — Pikeville’s Holiday Lights organizers have decided to cancel all activities for Saturday.  Organizers encourage visitors to enjoy the lights along Main Street glistening in the rain.  For next weekend’s final slate of events lineup, see the…

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Former candidate indicted for sexual battery against minor

A former Republican primary candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and Pikeville resident Randy Sharp was indicted for sexual battery against a minor by the Bledsoe County Grand Jury on Monday, November 22. Sharp, 57, was indicted for aggravated sexual battery against a child under the age of 13. According to court records, the…

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