Area News

Making leaders

Challenged to by Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. John Harmon has implemented a leadership program being done at Bledsoe County High School with the football team. Bledsoe is one of two schools in Tennessee chosen to take part of the program by Lt. Harmon as his answer to the challenge by Gov. Lee…

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Roberson secures millions in roadwork for Bledsoe County

Projects to improve roads in various parts of the county are being funded by the state, according to Bledsoe County Road Supervisor Robby Roberson. The largest project is a resurfacing project for Summer City Road as part of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Industrial Access Program. The program provides funding and technical assistance for…

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Pendergrass resigns School Board position

Bledsoe County School Board member Vince Pendergrass officially resigned his position on the Board of Education (BOE) on Tuesday afternoon, August 6.  “Due to the fact that my children and I will be moving out of the 5th District, I will be resigning my position as Bledsoe County BOE’s 5th District School Board Member,” Pendergrass…

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Sherman indicted for attempted murder

An indictment was returned against a Pikeville man for Attempted First Degree Murder. His case was among several indicted by the Bledsoe County Grand Jury. Garrett Sherman, 32, of Pikeville, was indicted for attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, vandalism of $1,000 or less, and possession of a firearm while attempting a felony. Sherman reportedly…

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Human Trafficking awareness in Tennessee

To illustrate how human trafficking victims can fall through the cracks, the Red Sand Project art installation was exhibited in Pikeville as a part of raising human trafficking awareness in Tennessee during Human Trafficking Awareness Week. Human trafficking is an issue prevalent across the world and right here in Tennessee. Trafficking, also known as modern…

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Officeholders asked to make 8-percent cuts

In a special called meeting of the Bledsoe County Commission, commissioners unanimously voted to ask officeholders to make 8-percent cuts to their individual budgets. The commission held off on making its decision on the property tax rate and final budget until a meeting next week. The 8-percent cuts came as a suggestion along with County…

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Whoriskey retains TCA building, site’s future remains unknown

“One-thousand new jobs are coming to Pikeville, Gov. Bill Haslam announced on Monday afternoon, July 24.” That was the lead story this same week two years ago when Textile Corporation of America (TCA) and state and local representatives announced the company was moving into the old Dura building on Ferro Street. Since then, admitted lies,…

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TDOC makes 14 contraband arrests connected to BCCX

Fourteen people were arrested on counts of introducing or conspiring to introduce contraband into Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX), a Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) investigation revealed Wednesday, July 24.  Five civilians and 9 inmates were charged after the investigation, according to TDOC Spokeswoman Neysa Taylor.  For more, see the August 1 issue of The…

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ON AIR: Memories to last a lifetime

Those who are lucky to have their grandparents around while growing up and onward get to make memories with them through photos or written stories. For Albert Roberts and his grandson Billy Bridges, the memories they make together are broadcast on The Albert and Billy Show every week from Pikeville. “Lots of people call me…

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Hatcher to bring schools and community together

Students at Bledsoe County High School who may struggle to make it to school consistently will have a new resource to help them with chronic absenteeism that does not revolve around the courts. Recently, the school system received a grant from Governor Bill Lee’s office to pay for a position at the high school through…

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