Area News

Board discusses budget and bus driver raises

A new pay scale for bus drivers who have been given more work in the past few years was approved by the Bledsoe County Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, August 13. For more, see the August 16, 2018 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Property tax rate increases for Pikeville city residents

Property owners within the city limits of Pikeville will be paying an additional 15¢ per $100 of assessed value on their property taxes to meet the demands of the 2018-19 budget that was approved Monday, August 13. The new rate is $1 per $100 of assessed value which Mayor Philip Cagle says is long overdue.…

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Burks crowned Bledsoe County’s Fairest of the Fair

Many contestants competed in the 2018 Bledsoe County Fairest of the Fair Pageant held Saturday, August 4 at Bledsoe County High School. Crowned as the Fairest of the Fair Queen was Jacey Burks, daughter of Tim and Chris Burks. She will attend events during the 2018 Fair being held August 10 through 18. She will…

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School begins with bus safety

An average of 1,500 students are transported by Bledsoe County School buses daily, with the system serving a vast 404 square miles within the county, according to Transportation Supervisor Brian Turner with the School System. For more, see the August 9, 2018 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Ridley, Roberson, Walker among local winners

Results of the August 2, 2018 Bledsoe County General Election and the Tennessee / United States primary are as follows. [R] denotes candidates on the Republican ticket, [D] denotes candidates on the Democratic ticket, and [I] denotes candidates on the Independent ticket. These results have not yet been certified. Watch the August 14 issue of…

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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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