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The Bledsonian-Banner The Bledsonian-Banner is a weekly newspaper for Pikeville and Bledsoe County, Tennessee. We publish the Sequatchie Valley Shopper and The Dunlap Tribune.

The Bledsonian-Banner has been covering the news in Pikeville and Bledsoe County, Tennessee for over 125 years. Our office is nestled between Waldens Ridge and the Cumberland Plateau in the Sequatchie Valley in downtown Pikeville. We are owned by Valley Publishing Company, Inc. who also publishes The Dunlap Tribune and Sequatchie Valley Shopper.

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Brothers sentenced to 50 months in prison in Pikeville textile mill fraud case
05/07/2021
Brothers sentenced to 50 months in prison in Pikeville textile mill fraud case

Brothers sentenced to 50 months in prison in Pikeville textile mill fraud case

Brothers sentenced to 50 months in prison in Pikeville textile mill fraud case By Editor | May 7, 2021 | 0 The twin brothers who lied to local, state and federal governments to secure grant money and federal contracts as part of a never-realized textile mill in Pikeville were each sentenced Friday m...

Pikeville Summer Nights 2021 kicks off
05/05/2021
Pikeville Summer Nights 2021 kicks off

Pikeville Summer Nights 2021 kicks off

Pikeville Summer Nights 2021 kicks off By Editor | May 5, 2021 | 0 Pikeville Summer Nights, the event series held from May through September on the first Saturday of each month, kicked off its 2021 season with a successful event on May 1. The event series is hosted by the Pikeville Main Street Commi...

Rockfall project could cause extra wear on already crumbling road
05/05/2021
Rockfall project could cause extra wear on already crumbling road

Rockfall project could cause extra wear on already crumbling road

Rockfall project could cause extra wear on already crumbling road By Editor | May 5, 2021 | 0 At April’s Bledsoe County Commission meeting, Road Superintendent Robby Roberson spoke of possible money coming from the State early next year to put asphalt down on Old Spencer Road from Pikeville to Gri...

SR30 East not closing, only down to one lane
05/05/2021
SR30 East not closing, only down to one lane

SR30 East not closing, only down to one lane

SR30 East not closing, only down to one lane By Editor | May 5, 2021 | 0 Signs on the U.S. 127 bypass and SR30 East are a bit confusing to motorists, informing them of road work to begin on May 10 and to seek an alternate route, but without details of where the road work is being done. Tennessee Dep...

Storms down trees, knock out power
05/04/2021
Storms down trees, knock out power

Storms down trees, knock out power

Storms down trees, knock out power By Editor | May 4, 2021 | 0 Crews around Pikeville and Bledsoe County are working to clear debris and restore power after severe weather Tuesday morning, May 3. A large tree was blocking Main Street near Pikeville Methodist Church as of 9:30 a.m. and power was out....

Co-working space opens in Pikeville
04/28/2021
Co-working space opens in Pikeville

Co-working space opens in Pikeville

Co-working space opens in Pikeville By Editor | April 28, 2021 | 0 The Pikeville-Bledsoe County Chamber of Commerce is putting a $50,000 ThreeStar grant to good use by providing an office away from home for businesses and entrepreneurs. The grant was awarded to the County by the Tennessee Department...

Crews rescue man who fell from bluff
04/28/2021
Crews rescue man who fell from bluff

Crews rescue man who fell from bluff

Crews rescue man who fell from bluff By Editor | April 28, 2021 | 0 Several crews from Bledsoe and Cumberland counties worked to rescue a person who fell off a bluff at the end of Holloway Ridge Road in the Hinch Mountain area on Sunday, April 25, according to the Bledsoe County Emergency Management...

School bus involved in minor accident
04/26/2021
School bus involved in minor accident

School bus involved in minor accident

School bus involved in minor accident By Editor | April 26, 2021 | 0 A minor bus accident on Summer City Road Monday morning, April 26, sent four students to Erlanger Bledsoe for precautionary measures, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Alan Bailey. Sgt. Bailey said preliminary information....

Inn construction pivots to interior touches
04/20/2021
Inn construction pivots to interior touches

Inn construction pivots to interior touches

Inn construction pivots to interior touches By Editor | April 20, 2021 | 0 Exterior work and building construction at the site of the new Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn is nearing completion, with work on interior aspects ramping up, according to David Roberson, Tennessee Department of General Serv...

Center opened to help Bledsoe child abuse victims
04/20/2021
Center opened to help Bledsoe child abuse victims

Center opened to help Bledsoe child abuse victims

Center opened to help Bledsoe child abuse victims By Editor | April 20, 2021 | 0 Children who are victims of abuse in Bledsoe and Rhea Counties now have a centralized, safe, welcoming environment for authorities to handle a child’s case and interview them about alleged abuse. Children’s Advocacy...

Hudson appointed to county commission
04/20/2021
Hudson appointed to county commission

Hudson appointed to county commission

Hudson appointed to county commission By Editor | April 19, 2021 | 0 The Bledsoe County Commission voted Monday night, April 19, to appoint Gregory Heath Hudson as District 3, Part A commissioner to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Commissioner Brent Griffith. Commissioners Matt Co...

APRIL 17-19 UPDATE: Three new positive cases and seven recoveries reported. Active cases at 16, of which approximately n...
04/19/2021

APRIL 17-19 UPDATE: Three new positive cases and seven recoveries reported. Active cases at 16, of which approximately nine are from the general population and seven are inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 15.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

APRIL 15-16 UPDATE: Six new positive cases and three recoveries reported. Active cases at 20, of which approximately 13 ...
04/16/2021

APRIL 15-16 UPDATE: Six new positive cases and three recoveries reported. Active cases at 20, of which approximately 13 are from the general population and seven are inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 15.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

APRIL 13-14 UPDATE: No new positive cases and two recoveries reported. Active cases at 17, of which approximately nine a...
04/14/2021

APRIL 13-14 UPDATE: No new positive cases and two recoveries reported. Active cases at 17, of which approximately nine are from the general population and eight are inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 13.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

Use of $2.9 million COVID relief funds to be considered by County Commission
04/13/2021
Use of $2.9 million COVID relief funds to be considered by County Commission

Use of $2.9 million COVID relief funds to be considered by County Commission

Use of $2.9 million COVID relief funds to be considered by County Commission By Editor | April 13, 2021 | 0 Bledsoe County will benefit from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan of 2021 in the amount of approximately $2,947,632. Proposals for spending the funds are expected to be presente...

8 months later: Pursuit/drug suspect in custody
04/13/2021
8 months later: Pursuit/drug suspect in custody

8 months later: Pursuit/drug suspect in custody

8 months later: Pursuit/drug suspect in custody By Editor | April 13, 2021 | 0 A man who evaded law enforcement in a pursuit along U.S. Highway 127 in a stolen vehicle last August 31 was arrested in Sequatchie County and transferred to Bledsoe County according to Detective George Hodge with the Bled...

Bledsoe County Hospital turns 50
04/13/2021
Bledsoe County Hospital turns 50

Bledsoe County Hospital turns 50

Bledsoe County Hospital turns 50 By Editor | April 13, 2021 | 0 Bledsoe County’s 35-bed, six bassinet County General Hospital, was opened for business on April 15, 1971. Now, in 2021, the facility celebrates 50 years of medical service as Erlanger Bledsoe. An article in The Bledsonian-Banner at th...

APRIL 10-12 UPDATE: Six new positive cases and one recovery reported. Active cases at 19, of which approximately 17 are ...
04/12/2021

APRIL 10-12 UPDATE: Six new positive cases and one recovery reported. Active cases at 19, of which approximately 17 are from the general population and two are inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 12.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

APRIL 8-9 UPDATE: Three new positive cases and two recoveries reported. Active cases at 14, of which approximately 12 ar...
04/09/2021

APRIL 8-9 UPDATE: Three new positive cases and two recoveries reported. Active cases at 14, of which approximately 12 are from the general population and two are inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 9.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

APRIL 6-7 UPDATE: Four new positive cases and five recoveries reported. Active cases at 13, of which approximately 12 ar...
04/07/2021

APRIL 6-7 UPDATE: Four new positive cases and five recoveries reported. Active cases at 13, of which approximately 12 are from the general population and one is an inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 6.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds
04/06/2021
Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds

Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds

Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds By Editor | April 6, 2021 | 0 Those 18 and older seeking to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Bledsoe County can now get their first dose without making an appointment, according to Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Southeast Regiona...

Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds
04/06/2021
Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds

Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds

Vaccination hours expanded, no appointment necessary at fairgrounds By Editor | April 6, 2021 | 0 Those 18 and older seeking to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Bledsoe County can now get their first dose without making an appointment, according to Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Southeast Regiona...

APRIL 1-5 UPDATE: Seven new positive cases and fourteen recoveries reported. Active cases at 14, of which approximately ...
04/05/2021

APRIL 1-5 UPDATE: Seven new positive cases and fourteen recoveries reported. Active cases at 14, of which approximately 10 are from the general population and four are among inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on April 5
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

MARCH 30-31 UPDATE: NO new positive cases and 10 recoveries reported. Active cases at 21, of which approximately 17 are ...
03/31/2021

MARCH 30-31 UPDATE: NO new positive cases and 10 recoveries reported. Active cases at 21, of which approximately 17 are from the general population and four are among inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on March 29.
Updates will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

Section of SR-30 East of Pikeville down to one lane
03/30/2021
Section of SR-30 East of Pikeville down to one lane

Section of SR-30 East of Pikeville down to one lane

Section of SR-30 East of Pikeville down to one lane By Editor | March 30, 2021 | 0 Beginning on Tuesday afternoon, March 30, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will reduce a section of SR-30 East of Pikeville to one lane that will be controlled by a temporary traffic signal system, ac...

Testicle Festival cut short
03/30/2021
Testicle Festival cut short

Testicle Festival cut short

Testicle Festival cut short By Editor | March 30, 2021 | 0 Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle is concerned over a festival being advertised throughout the region that he claims hasn’t been approved to be held in the first place. The Testicle Festival, which is being advertised by Scenic City Veterinary ...

First number one hit as a songwriter
03/30/2021
First number one hit as a songwriter

First number one hit as a songwriter

First number one hit as a songwriter By Editor | March 30, 2021 | 0 Anna Moon, a Nashville-based singer and songwriter with a slew of connections to Pikeville, had her first number one song on the Billboard County Charts this month as a songwriter for a song called “Good Time” she co-wrote with ...

MARCH 27-29 UPDATE: One new positive cases and two recoveries reported. Active cases at 31, of which approximately 27 ar...
03/29/2021

MARCH 27-29 UPDATE: One new positive cases and two recoveries reported. Active cases at 31, of which approximately 27 are from the general population and four are among inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on March 29.
Updates wil be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

MARCH 25-26 UPDATE: Eight new positive cases and three recoveries reported. Active cases at 32, of which approximately 2...
03/26/2021

MARCH 25-26 UPDATE: Eight new positive cases and three recoveries reported. Active cases at 32, of which approximately 26 are from the general population and six are among inmates at BCCX, according to BCCX data released by the Tennessee Department of Correction on March 23.
Updates wil be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so long as updates are released by TDH by 4:00 p.m.
Note, the numbers at BCCX are not updated daily, thus future posts may include data consolidation from the most recent prison information. The age breakdown of all cases reported is below. For more, see next week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner. Data: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/data.html.

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility immediately expanded to all adults 16 and older in SE Tennessee
03/24/2021
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility immediately expanded to all adults 16 and older in SE Tennessee

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility immediately expanded to all adults 16 and older in SE Tennessee

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility immediately expanded to all adults 16 and older in SE Tennessee By Editor | March 24, 2021 | 0 Beginning immediately, all individuals 16 and older in the 10-county Tennessee Department of Health Southeast Region are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to So...

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Paws and Claws - A Change in Focus In 2009, in response to concerns about the number of stray animals in the greater Pikeville area, a group of citizens organized to form a group named “The Pikeville Animal Shelter Committee”. Through a school contest the name of the group became “Paws and Claws Animal Shelter” and was chartered and registered as a 501 (C) (3) charitable organization with the intent of establishing a brick and mortar animal shelter somewhere in the valley. The group tried for 9 years to obtain funding to purchase land and build a physical shelter to have a place to put these abandoned animals. Alas, after years of trying, neither a suitable site or a sustainable source of income could be found to move the project forward. It takes quite a bit of time, money, and resources to equip and staff such a facility. Therefore, it was decided that Paws and Claws needed to change our focus and set a more reasonable goal to help address our stray animal issue. In January of 2020, a new slate of officers was elected to take over the reins of Paws and Claws. Jim Fawcett was elected President, Amy Nunally was elected Vice President, Debb Fawcett was elected Secretary, and Karen Terry was elected as Treasurer. Due to unexpected issues, Jim could not carry out his term as President. I was asked to assume the position of President for the rest of the term and agreed as long as I had the support of the membership. I did and happily assumed the role at our February meeting. The first order of business was to change our focus by revising our by-laws. Several meetings were held during February between the officers and members at large of the Board of Directors to move away from trying to build and support an animal shelter to one of doing what we could to control the growth of stray and abandoned animals and to find and place as many as we could in forever homes. At our March 2020 meeting, that new set of Bylaws was presented and approved by those members who were in attendance. We are setting a new course but we need the public’s help. We need foster homes. Folks willing to take in a cat or a dog for a period of time while we work to find them a forever home. Paws and Claws will supply food, limited fencing as needed, we will loan the foster family a kennel to secure the animal in the home if needed, and we will pay any veterinary expenses incurred by the foster animal. Right now, most of the fostering has been done by the officers and members of Paws and Claws. We have had many successes in finding homes for over 60 dogs and puppies. Perhaps the best known of these are the Piggly-Wiggly dogs whom the public named Starsky and Mumzee. Mumzee had a litter of 9 puppies in, of all places, an abandoned barbeque pit behind the closed Grannies Restaurant. Paws and Claws stepped in with a new large dog house that was placed in a fenced area behind the Lee’s Floor Coverings store across the street and the pups were transferred to the new location. Starsky and Mumzee, of course, followed them there. Here I need to mention Jacob Hitchcox and Skylar Lehman, who through much patience and a great love for animals cared for them all and made it possible for Mumzee and Starsky to have a much better life. The other avenue Paws and Claws is pursuing is animal population control via an assisted Spay and Neutering program. If someone has a pet but cannot afford to have them spayed or neutered, Paws and Claws will assist that person with that expense via a voucher program we have in place with area veterinarian service providers. We are trying to expand the list of service providers as we speak. For more information about our voucher program, please contact us at 423-447-4297. If you have a feral cat population problem one of our sister organizations, Critterz, can help you with that. They will trap, spay/neuter them, and release them back to the area they came from. On-line applications for becoming a foster family and for applying for a spay and neuter voucher can be found on our web site at: http://www.tnpawsandclaws.com/ Lastly, Paws and Claws is proud to support and to have the support of area animal welfare groups such as Critterz, Maringa Animal Sanctuary, Safe Haven, and East Tennessee Alliance for Animals (ETAA). Without their support, we could not do what we do. We are all working together to address the issues the area has with animal control and welfare. Our meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. Our current meeting place is at the Pikeville Senior Citizens Center. The meetings start at 6PM. We would love to see you there. Sincerely, Bruce D Herring – Acting President Paws and Claws – Pikeville, Tn
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SHAME ON THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT! I am very upset about the harassment that my daughter experienced without cause on 127 yesterday by DEPUTY CHASE ROBERTS and 3 other "back-up" officers called in for gang harassment. My daughter grew up in Bledsoe County. She is a young, stay-at-home mom. She was not speeding, and she has a clean driving record. Roberts tailed her from the 4-way to Hubbard chicken plant, trying to press her to speed. She did not. He pulled her over anyway and pressed her for 30 minutes, trying every way he could to find some infraction. She is a petite person and could not be a threat to anyone. When all of his diabolical attempts were thwarted, he even searched her car with the baby in it! This was a clear case of bullying--something we teach our children is WRONG. She has moved away but she says she was appalled that this happened in her home county, and she does not want to come back to visit anymore. This fiasco was a travesty of justice. Citizen harassment is not the role of the Sheriff's department. This is an EMBARRASSMENT to our community, and BRINGS SHAME to Chase's family and the Sheriff's department.
hope the above picture is a couple of months old.
Can someone please tell me where the DMV is in Crossville . Or the nearest one .
Can you tell me when Pikeville Elementary School will have their prek registration for the upcoming fall school year? And what time it would start?
Who are y'all trying to fool? Buy a paper for .75 cents each...but get a "1 week(1 paper)" subscription and have to pay $3? LMAO Y'all don't even keep your facebook updated.
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Please investigate the bullying at Bledsoe Middle school, my grandson was attacked and has a fractured knee because of the incident. The same child that did it has had 4 more incidents since then. What will it take to STOP this. The school has absolutely nothing to say, these children need to be expelled from the school for the year, not just a slap on the hand. At this rate these kids are headed straight for the prison system. Please , Bledsonian Banner stand up for the children and investigate this bully problem in the schools, before the injuries get any worse!