Area News

Families served by Mother to Mother event

A rural outreach event held by the non-profit organization Mother to Mother from Nashville distributed items to a large group of parents in Bledsoe County last Thursday, July 9. The group distributed diapers, clothes, toys, gear, books, and more to families. According to Mother to Mother, 265 children were served during the event in Pikeville.…

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Early voting begins Friday

Early voting for the August 6 Bledsoe County General Election along with State and Federal Primaries begins this Friday, July 17. The early voting period lasts through August 1 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is July 30. Early voting takes place at the Bledsoe County Election Commission Office inside the Bledsoe County…

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Pikeville Summer Nights on 1st Saturdays

The first Saturday of the month through September promises to bring entertainment and outdoor fun for attendees of Pikeville Summer Nights. The events begin with a Cruise-In and Summer Nights at the Farmers Market beginning at 4:00 p.m. and musical entertainment at 7:00 p.m. For more see the July 16 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Board to ask for tax increase to cover operations of schools

The Bledsoe County Board of Education will be asking the Bledsoe County Commission for increased funding in the form of a property tax increase due to a decrease in Basic Education Program (BEP) funding from the state and increased expenses, along with the unknown expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Board Finance Director Janice Ritchie…

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Bledsoe still labeled a distressed county

Bledsoe County again received the designation of a “distressed” county in a new report by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Each year, ARC prepares an index of county economic status for every county in the United States. Economic status designations are identified through a composite measure of each county’s three-year average unemployment rate, per capita…

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Face masks not required

Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley will not require citizens to wear masks despite Governor Bill Lee giving mayors around the state the authority to do so. Ridley said he believes the wearing of face masks is effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and is a responsible choice during the pandemic. He encourages everyone to…

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From street life to country living: Town dogs given new home

For many years now, when you would travel along Main Street in Pikeville, you would see two stray dogs making their rounds. They have been known as the “Piggly Wiggly” dogs because they spent most of their time in the parking lot, begging for food from patrons. They now have a new home in the…

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Bledsoe County fair to be held with certain precautions

The 101st Bledsoe County Fair will be held this August as planned, although with certain restrictions as recommended by the Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) and Governor Bill Lee due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Because of social distancing regulations, the fair will be scaled back, but just as fun and memorable,” according to Board members.…

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Clothing swap goes south, man accused of shooting at woman

A 19-year-old Pikeville man was arrested in Cumberland County after he allegedly shot at a woman’s car following a clothing swap on June 16. According to the Cumberland County arrest report, Sherry Lake, 18, of Crossville, was making a clothing deal with Spring Applegate, 20, of Pikeville. When she arrived at the store, Applegate was…

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Advanced anatomy technology for BCHS

Advanced technology will assist students learning anatomy and physiology when they return to the classroom at Bledsoe County High School’s Career Technical Education (CTE) wing. CTE health sciences instructor Ashley Fife said students will have access to an Anatomage table, which is a virtual 3D dissection software of the human anatomy installed on a six-foot…

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