Area Recent News

High-Speed Chase Ends In Rollover

A woman was arrested in Overton County on June 26 after a high-speed pursuit, which started in Clay County. Jamilia King, 43 of Michigan, was arrested after a multi-county pursuit that resulted in the charges of Reckless Endangerment, Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest and Evading Arrest—charges in Clay County will come at a later date. For…

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PFC Garrett’s Personal Effects To Be Displayed

Some of the personal effects of a Clay County native who was killed in World War II and buried in Europe will soon be on display at the community center. Private First Class Fred Thomas Garrett, who still has relatives living in the county, died during the second World War in France. He was buried…

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Clay Schools Receive Grant

State Rep. Kelly Keisling, R- Byrdstown, and Sen. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, announced last Wednesday Clay County Schools will receive a $50,000 Perkins Reserve Grant to expand career and technical education. The Tennessee Department of Education announced the  US  Department of Education has  approved  the  state’s plan,  Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Tennessee, which will…

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Vote By Mail Is An Option

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that it will not block a judge’s order to offer the by-mail voting option to all eligible voters during the COVD-19 pandemic while the state continues to try and appeal the decision. Nashville Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled June 4, that the state’s limits on absentee voting during…

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Unemployment Rates Decrease

Record-high unemployment rates recorded in counties across Tennessee in April experienced sizable decreases as the state slowly reopened in May 2020, according to preliminary data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. All 95 of Tennessee’s counties had lower unemployment rates in May, compared to the number of individuals who could not…

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Road Across Dam Still Closed

The road across the Dale Hollow Dam will remain closed into the month of August. Work on machinery replacement is going well but is taking longer than originally anticipated, it is reported.

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County Celebrates With Bell Ringing

On June 16, residents, elected officials, and different first responders gathered at the historic courthouse at 5 p.m. for a bell-ringing event to commemorate the county’s 150th anniversary. For more on this story, pickup a copy of this week’s Citizen-Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online at citizen-statesman.com.

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Clay County Schools Get New Principals

The beginning of a new school year is fast approaching and the uncertainty of things remains. One thing, however, is certain, Clay County High School and Celina K-8 will start the year off with new principals. Clay County High will welcome Teia Arms. She has taught math for over 20 years. For more on this…

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Tri-County Electric Partners With TVA

On behalf of the cooperative and TVA, Tri-County Electric’s District C (Celina) Director Ronald Bailey and Executive Vice President and General Manager Paul Thompson presented a check in the amount of $4,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to provide meals to residents in Clay County through Celina United Methodist Church’s Mobile Pantry.…

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Families Can Apply For The P-EBT Program Now

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who were…

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