Area News

Marijuana plants discovered

If you noticed helicopters flying over the area last week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and agencies that are part of the Governor’s Task Force for Marijuana Eradication were in the process of scoping the area. During their investigations they found 1,757 plants in Bledsoe County, according to Susan Niland of the TBI. For…

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Martin granted clemency by Gov. Haslam

Nearly 14 years after being found guilty of murdering her father, Michele Lea Martin, will be released from prison later this year. She was granted executive clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam last Thursday, July 26. Martin, now 38, plead guilty to the 2001 second degree murder of her father, Michael E. Martin, 62 at…

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Frechette to play at Bryan

In a late summer signing, 2018 Bledsoe County High School graduate Dawson Frechette has signed to play basketball for the Bryan College Lions. For more, see the August 2, 2018 issue of the Bledsonian Banner.

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First-degree murder indictments returned

Three people were indicted for the first-degree murder of Thomas Rogers, 30, of Pikeville. He was murdered in April and his body found in a barrel, according to reports at that time. Indictments with multiple charges were returned against NaKayla Shawnta Sullivan, Marcelino H. Leal, and Keiven Lee Bundy by the Bledsoe County Grand Jury…

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Strong to severe storms possible tonight, tomorrow

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Morristown is advising strong to severe thunderstorms are expected tonight, July 20, near or after 7:00 p.m. The strongest storms are expected to move into the area around midnight and Saturday morning. NWS forecasts storms are possible again throughout Saturday and into the evening. “Damaging winds, large hail, and…

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Give a Child a Chance Day is next Thursday

Bledsoe County school age children have the opportunity to get free school supplies at the 12th annual Give a Child a Chance Day on Thursday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Bledsoe County High School. For more, see the July 19 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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Mace, taser used on chase suspect

A high speed pursuit between a motorcyclist and Pikeville Police ended in the arrest of Ralph Dickey, 47, and Katherine Bruce, 33, both of Pikeville. They face multiple charges from evading arrest to drug possession. For more, see the July 19 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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Therrell resigns, Frady to lead 2018 BCHS football season

One month before the Bledsoe County High School (BCHS) Warriors football team kicks off their season, Head Coach Dennis Therrell submitted a brief, handwritten resignation letter to BCHS Principal Linda Pickett on Friday, July 13. In the resignation letter, Therrell thanked Principal Pickett for supporting him during his brief time as a teacher and coach,…

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Concert planned on the back porch of historic Dr. James A. Ross House

  The Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society is hosting Edgar (Eddy) Allen Lee’s annual concert – sharing his songs and stories on the back porch of the historic Dr. James A. Ross house, behind the Bledsoe County Courthouse in Pikeville on Saturday, July 28. The outdoor concert begins at 6:00 p.m. for this free…

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