Aldermen Race Sees Several New Faces

The qualifying deadline has now passed for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen election that has been set for June 1. Mayor Tonya Spears is running for reelection this election cycle with two others throwing their name into the hat. Newcomers Michael Boles and Luke Collins will be campaigning for mayoral seat. In addition to…

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School Board Discusses Teacher, Staff Bonuses

The Clay County Board of Education recently met in regular session and discussed possible bonuses for teachers and support staff. The School Board Chairman informed the board that a budget amendment reflects a change that would pay for bonuses for all support staff. The state has committed $47,500 in funds for teacher bonuses; however, the…

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City Approves Firearm Purchase For Celina Police Department

The City of Celina Board of Mayor and Aldermen in regular session last Tuesday and discussed city issued firearms for the Celina Police Department. According to Police Chief Terry Scott, the Celina Police Department is the only department in the state of Tennessee that does not provide firearms for the officers. “We have to account…

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Clay County Artist Chosen To Complete Livingston Murals

A Clay County muralist has been chosen to complete two murals in Livingston as a part of promoting public art through the Art Builds Communities Grant recently awarded to the city. Artist Manuel Fuentes, 27, of Celina is not new to the mural scene, having completed pieces for Clay County and several pieces spread through…

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Director Of Schools Now Responsible For Appointing Volunteers

The Clay County Board of Education met recently in their regularly scheduled meeting and decided to allow the Director of Schools complete volunteer authority. In the recently held meeting, it was mentioned that the board normally considers and approves all volunteers; however, it is not a requirement by board policy. The Chairman explained that taking…

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Winter Storms Slam Upper Cumberland

Back-to-back winter storms hit the Upper Cumberland last week—leaving thousands powerless in frigid temperatures. After the start of the storm early last Monday morning, ice began to accumulate up to nearly two inches in some areas in the Upper Cumberland and it began weighing down powerlines and trees—causing many to snap. Overton and Jackson Counties…

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City Discusses Forming Recreational Advisory Board

The Town of Celina Board of Mayor and Alderman met in regular session last Tuesday night and discussed forming a new Recreational Advisory Board. Celina Mayor Tonya Spears explained that the board will be made up of five volunteer members of the community. She said the members would serve as a liaison between the public…

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Fire Departments, Rescue Squad Receive Donations

Clay County Commissioners met in regular session last Monday and presented each of the county’s fire departments and the one rescue squad with $4,000 checks to aid in expenses. As previously reported in the Citizen-Statesman, County Mayor Dale Reagan explained to the commissioners the hardships the local departments have experienced over the last year because…

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Clay County Schools Receive Coats For Children In Need

Putnam County Park and Recreation employees along with Coats for the Warm donors recently provided children of the Clay County School system with new fleece-hooded coats. Director John Albertson, Assistant Director Cody Maynard, Dave Carter, Zack Randolph, and Tommy Palk delivered the coats to the Clay County Schools on Jan. 26 to be distributed to…

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BOE Approves Third Party Virtual Learning Program

The Clay County Board of Education met in regular session last Thursday and approved a plan to pass along virtual learning to a third-party company for the 2021-2022 school year. The board has spent the past month assessing the financial costs of passing virtual students on to a third-party learning program, although Board Member Jason…

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