Area News

No school in Bledsoe County January 4-5

Bledsoe County Schools will be cancelled the rest of this week, January 4-5, 2018, due to bitterly cold temperatures and a large number of sicknesses locally. ** UPDATE** Friday night’s high school game with Sequatchie has been rescheduled for February 6. BCMS games for Thursday night have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled for a later date.…

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The ugly truth: drugs impact all lives

Those three blank lines are not an accident. Those lines represent sentences that could have been written about the three people in Bledsoe County who lost their life to a drug overdose in 2016, a national problem with real local effects. For more, see the January 4 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Swafford honored for 20 years as fire chief

Members of the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department gathered for their annual Christmas banquet late last month—and to honor long-time Chief Paul Swafford, who has led the department for 20 years and been a member for over 40. For more, see the January 4 issue of the Bledsonian Banner.

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Hedgecoth home wins decorating contest

It’s Lola’s wins business decorating contest Classic and uniform white lights lit up the area surrounding the home of Glenda Hedgecoth, giving her home first place in The Bledsonian-Banner’s 37th annual Christmas Decorating Contest. She will receive $100, compliments of First Farmers Commercial Bank and Citizens Tri-County Bank. For more, see the December 21 issue…

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Erlanger earns state approval

Erlanger received the final go ahead for their plans to build a new standalone emergency department in Pikeville and replace the 46-year-old Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital with Erlanger Sequatchie Valley Regional Hospital in Dunlap. For more, see the December 21 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Brutal double homicide

A mother and her daughter are dead at the alleged hand of the daughter’s boyfriend, Joe Whittenburg, 43, reports Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris. Deanna Lawrence, 47 and Dedra Lawrence, 24, were found lying in the floor of their home at 64 Sawmill Road in Pikeville, he said. They shared the home with Dedra’s boyfriend,…

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Jeremiah Frazier found with mother in Wyoming

Three-year-old Jeremiah Frazier, who has been missing since May, was found safe on Monday, November 27 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, according to Sgt. George Hodge of the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department. For more, see the November 30 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Warriors start 2017-18 with new coach

McKenzie Etheridge, a 23 year old native of Waverly, Tennessee, will lead the Bledsoe County High School (BCHS) Warriors Basketball team this fall. For more, see the November 16 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Squad improves skills with mock rescue

The call came out after dark on November 9. An ATV accident had occurred in the Bledsoe State Forestry. It was a mock ATV accident designed at a training session for area first responders. For more, see the November 16 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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