Area News

Lee, Blackburn, DesJarlais, Bailey and Travis carry Bledsoe County

Results of the November 6, 2018 State and Federal General Election are as follows. Note, these are BLEDSOE COUNTY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS ONLY, and do not represent the state winner. [R] denotes candidates on the Republican ticket, [D] denotes candidates on the Democratic ticket. These results have not yet been certified. STATE AND FEDERAL GENERAL ELECTION…

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All polls open after possible tornado

All Bledsoe County polls are open for the November 6 Election, with generators being used at Lusk and Brayton voting precincts due to power outages from a possible tornado touchdown early this morning in the south end of Bledsoe County, according to Election Administrator Lisa Wheeler. Wheeler said the generators are keeping the polls open, along…

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Swafford receives national honor

Bledsoe County Future Farmers of America (FFA) member Andrew J. Swafford earned one of the highest honors given by the organization at the 91st Annual FFA National Convention in Indianapolis last week. For more, see the November 1 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Fall foliage unfolds for the color blind

Those who have lived their lives not being able to see color correctly now have the opportunity to view the wonder and many colors the changing weather brings. For more, see the November 1 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Schools receive safety grants

Late last month Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced all school districts across the state completed their assessment of school facilities and safety procedures, submitting applications to receive part of a $35 million school security fund. For more, see the October 25, 2018 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Program quietly staving off child hunger

Nearly 24 percent of Bledsoe County’s population lives in poverty, according to the most recent data from the United States Census Bureau. Because of the high number of Bledsoe residents living in poverty, that makes it increasingly difficult for families to feed their children, a problem being taken on first hand by a community-funded snack…

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Authorities apprehend shooting suspects

Two Rhea County suspects were apprehended by Bledsoe County authorities near the Cumberland County line on U.S. 127 North Wednesday morning, October 24, according to Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. George Hodge. The two men were wanted for shooting toward a house in Rhea County, with the individual they were shooting at chasing them into…

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Standefer earns national award as weather observer

Thirty-plus years of work from local weather observer Roy Lee Standefer was put up against the very best of his peers nationwide, and he won, according to Derek Eisentrout of the National Weather Service (NWS) Morristown. For more, see the October 18 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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