Area News

Commissioner McCord hosts town hall in Bledsoe County

State and local officials gathered with members of the public last Wednesday, May 22 for a town hall meeting with Jeff McCord, recently appointed Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Mayor Gregg Ridley started the meeting off stating nearly 15,000 residents in the county only 895 people live and work…

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Zero jobs as of June, TCA investigation continues

It’s been nearly two years since state officials appeared in Pikeville, showing up in force, to present a new industry to help save one of Tennessee’s distressed communities — Bledsoe County. Two years later, and the parking lot has set consistently void of a workforce at Textile Corporation of America’s factory on Ferro Street since…

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Board sending Pendergrass ouster to DA

The Bledsoe County Board of Education voted to move forward with ouster proceedings of Board Member Vince Pendergrass at a special called meeting on Tuesday, May 28. They also increased sanctions against Pendergrass and extended them six months. The Board voted four to two in favor of referring the case to District Attorney Mike Taylor…

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Electrical ‘boom’ wakes up Pikeville residents

A loud boom in downtown Pikeville startled some residents awake on Friday, May 24, after a transformer fuse blew near Scotties Restaurant, according to Manager Mike Deakins of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative’s Pikeville office. Deakins said the fuse, made of porcelain, had a ‘disconnect’ and blew around 6:30 a.m. The equipment was older and could have been…

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Bledsoe County to receive buses from VW Settlement

Bledsoe County Schools were selected to receive five new diesel school buses from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced today. Bledsoe was one of 39 entities to receive funds from the grant program, which totaled $8.8 million to support school bus replacement across the state. For…

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BCHS recognized for traffic safety education

Bledsoe County High School was awarded the 2018-2019 Gold Traffic Safety Award for completing activities with the Reduce TN Crashes program, along with five other high schools in the state. For more see the May 23 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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Board considers ouster of Pendergrass

School Board Member Vince Pendergrass allegedly recently violated sanctions imposed on him by the Bledsoe County Board of Education in September, forcing the Board to meet in a special called meeting next Tuesday, May 28, to possibly begin ouster proceedings. The Board will meet to determine if Pendergrass “is to be referred to the District…

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Archery team receives $2,700 from NRA Foundation

The Bledsoe County High School Archery Team has been awarded over $2700 from the NRA Foundation. This grant will provide replacement equipment including school bows, targets, and a new arrow curtain. Volunteer Coach Regina Ferrell-Hayne was instrumental in assisting coaches Kris and Jack Durham in the application process and the archery team is very excited…

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Summer City Road could see upgrades

One of Bledsoe County’s busiest roads is likely to see improvements after the Bledsoe County Commission approved entering into a State Industrial Access (SIA) Program with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) at a special called meeting on Monday, May 13. Bledsoe Road Superintendent Robby Roberson presented the Commission with his application to enter into…

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BCHS Choir wins Grand Champion title

The Bledsoe County High School Choir came back from their latest show on Saturday, May 4, with the Grand Champion title. Bledsoe was chosen as the winner after the Dollywood Music Showcase in Pigeon Forge, according to Choir Director and teacher Sam Duggins. For more see the May 9 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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