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Chamber Gets A New Message Board

County Mayor Dale Reagan is assisted by Billy Walker with Tracy Pennington providing the lift as they install the new message board at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. A grant has provided the Chamber with the message board making it a complete set allowing messages to be observed from both directions. For more on…

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September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Proclamation From The Office Of The Mayor Suicide Prevention Awareness Month September 2021 WHEREAS, suicide is one of the most disruptive and tragic events a family and a community can experience, with more than 1100 lives lost in Tennessee each year and an estimated 25 attempted suicides for each suicide death; and WHEREAS, suicide is…

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Eldridge Retiring As Director Of Schools

Clay County Director of Schools Matt Eldridge is retiring from his position after seven years as the county’s top educator. Eldridge announced his decision at the Board of Education meeting Thursday. He said his retirement would take effect on Dec. 31. “I’ve served 35-plus years in education in five school districts,” Eldridge said. “My final…

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Celina Health and Rehab Celebrates Environmental Services Week

Celina Health and Rehab will celebrate Environmental Services week Sept. 12-18 by honoring and showing appreciation for the Environmental Services Team. This team maintains a clean, safe and healthy environment for all staff and residents on a daily basis. After months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental service professionals have maintained rooms…

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SNAP Recipients Encouraged To Assess Food Needs

KNOXVILLE — For the first time in several decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is revising a guideline called the Thrifty Food Plan, which helps determine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits nationwide. The change goes into effect October 1, but University of Tennessee Extension professionals advise families to begin evaluating household food budgets now.…

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TDOT Launches Next Phase Of Nobody Trashes Tennessee Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) continues its mission to prevent and reduce litter statewide by launching the next phase of Nobody Trashes Tennessee (NTT), the state’s official litter prevention campaign. From the Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River and all of the roadways in between, litter on Tennessee’s 96,167 miles of public…

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Local Paramedics Pass Advanced EMT Class

Congratulations to our Chief Ronnie Hummel and firefighter Matt Carew as well as their classmates, they each passed the skills portion of the Advanced EMT class today. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen-Statesman.

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Local Park Named Park Of The Year

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has named Cummins Falls State Park in Cookeville as its Park of the Year as part of the 2021 Tennessee State Parks Awards of Excellence. “We couldn’t be more thrilled than to recognize Cummins Falls State Park with our highest award,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner…

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Dumas Walker Honored

Clay County native and champion marble player Dumas Walker and Southern Rock band The Kentucky Headhunters were honored last Wednesday on the historic Courthouse lawn by the State of Tennessee with a new “Tennessee Music Pathway” marker. Tennessee Music Pathways is an online planning guide that connects visitors to the state’s rich musical heritage at…

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