Chamber Director Claims Major Goals

The Clay County Chamber of Commerce has set itself major goals. One of particular importance is growing the organization’s membership numbers. Executive Director Dr. Doug Young says the Chamber has set itself a goal to grow membership numbers in the coming year. He says memberships have dwindled in recent years, but Celina and Clay County…

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Ghearing’s Trial Date Moved Yet Again

The trial date for a Livingston doctor with a practice in Celina has been moved again. Gilbert Ross Ghearing, 66 of Livingston, was a former physician and owner of a family medical practice in Celina. He was charged in May 2019 with violating the Controlled Substances Act announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle…

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Board Of Mayor And Alderman Approve First Budget Reading

The City of Celina Board of Mayor and Alderman approved the first reading of the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget at last week’s meeting. The budget is currently a $2.7 million spending plan with no tax or utility raises. “We had to cut back in all areas, because not knowing what all of our numbers were…

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Officials Hear Request For VSO Salary Increase

Members of the Clay County American Legion are making requests to local government officials for an increase in pay for the Veterans Service Officer (VSO), which has recently become open. The VSO currently serves veterans in both Clay and Jackson County areas. Both Clay and Jackson Counties along with the cities of both Celina and…

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Board Of Mayor And Alderman Sees New Faces

After last Tuesday’s election for the City of Celina Board of Mayor and Alderman, the elected body sees all new and fresh faces. Luke Collins, gaining the most votes, is to take the mayoral seat. Mayor Tonya Spears lost, having only 61 votes. Collins rallied 239 votes, while the second place contender Michael Boles only…

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School Board Discusses Coaching Supplements

The Clay County Board of Education recently met in regular session and discussed updating their coaching supplements. Board Chairman Benji Bailey informed all things discussed thus far is simply that: discussion. “These supplements have been in place for some time,” Bailey said. “It is a rough draft and an effort… We want to do it…

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CIS Helps Students With Basic Needs To Improve Upon Attendance

A program at Clay County High School is seeking to help students achieve success through increasing their attendance. Communities In Schools (CIS) Site Coordinator Tish Plumlee is working tirelessly to help individual students—as well as their families—with academic and non-academic issues that contribute to chronic absenteeism. In   partnership   with   Gov. Bill Lee’s administration   and   the  …

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Reading Initiative Launches Across State

Students and educators at Jackson County’s Dodson Branch Elementary School received a visit from Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn last Wednesday. The school was the launch site of the state’s new Reading 360 At-Home Decodable Reading Series. Earlier this year, the state secured $100 million in funding to launch an initiative called Reading 360 in…

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School Board Approves Bonuses For Staff

The Clay County Board of Education met in regular session last Thursday and approved bonuses for the school system staff. The board approved this action with the expectation of the bonuses being distributed in June. Director of Schools Matt Eldridge said full-time staff would get $1,000 and part-time staff $500. “They’ve done a great job,…

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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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