New Year, New Laws

On Dec. 21 President Trump signed a bill mandating the federal smoking age to be raised to 21 years of age in the U.S. Beginning in the summer of 2020, it will be a violation of federal law to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. Since the 1990s, federal law mandated the…

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Celina Health & Rehab Christmas Party Held

Celina Health & Rehab had their Christmas party Thursday night. The residents enjoyed a nice, early Christmas meal together thanks to the Celina Health & Rehab staff. For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Citizen-Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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East 52 VFD And Clay County ThreeStar Are Both Awarded Grants

As previously mentioned in the Dec. 3 edition of the Citizen Statesman, The Rural Broadband Association, including Twin Lakes, announced Clay County ThreeStar program received $5000 to assist with telephone and broadband services. For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Citizen-Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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State ECD Produces Four Videos For Clay County

Clay County residents and people around the globe can soon expect to see several new promotional videos created for the county through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). “Clay County was one of 12 counties chosen as a recipient for the ECD’s Marketing Assistance Program this year,” said Chamber…

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Obituaries 11/26/19

Judy Nell Atchley Judy Nell Atchley, 58 of Celina passed away Nov. 10 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Kenny Westmoreland officiating. Interment followed in the Atchley Family Cemetery. Surviving relatives include: husband, James; daughter, Jamie Colson and husband, Julian; son, Brandon Atchley and companion,…

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Obituaries 11/12/19

Lena Bell Adams Jennings Lena Bell Adams Jennings, 86, of Celina passed away Oct. 30 at the Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Willie Kerr and Charles Huddleston officiating. Interment followed in the Thompson-Webb Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Gary Thompson, Jamie Thompson, Michael Thompson, Eddie Jennings, Ethan…

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Obituaries 11/5/19

Bobby Stone Bobby Stone, 84, of Celina passed away Oct. 23 at his home. Funeral services were held Oct. 26 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with John Masters and Joe Hill officiating. Interment followe4d in the Stone Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Paul Masters, Alan Sharp, John Masters, Michael Masters, Austin Hill and Logan Moody. He was…

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Recent News

Peterson Pleads Guilty To Elder Abuse Charges

Editors Note: Reprinted from the Herald-Citizen, Ben Wheeler reporting. Stephanie Peterson, formerly Butler, pleaded guilty to elder abuse stemming from when she was operator of an assisted livings facility. Peterson was the head of Senior Lifestyles, an assisted living facility in Putnam County, which was raided last year by law enforcement, and Peterson was subsequently…

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Bulldogs See Victories Over Jackets

The Clay County Bulldog basketball teams earned themselves a pair of big wins on Friday over Trousdale County at home. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Jackets 58-27 and the Bulldogs defeated the Jackets 85-58. In the girls’ game, Clay set the tone early by establishing a lead out of the gate and holding on…

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Crash Ends In Fatality

A 16-year-old from Celina was killed in a car accident Saturday night. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. on Brimstone Creek Road in Clay County. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen-Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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Campaign Encourages Education In Rural Areas

WGU Tennessee launched Everywhere, TN, a new campaign focused on rural access to education. The campaign aims to increase the number of students in rural counties and affirms the university’s commitment to expanding access to students and working adults who live in rural counties. As part of Everywhere, TN, an accompanying scholarship is being offered…

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Congratulations: Hometown Residents Purchase Subway

Greg and Melissa Brannon recently purchased the Subway at 5270 Burkesville Hwy, Celina. This is the second location for them. They are hometown owners. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen-Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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Kelly Keisling Is Named Legislator Of The Year

State Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) has been named Legislator of the Year by the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT). Keisling recently received the award during the Association’s annual convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn. It recognizes Chairman Keisling for his support, partnership and advocacy on behalf of local government and county officials. For more on this story,…

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