Unemployment Steadies In Clay

Unemployment rates in a vast majority of Tennessee’s 95 counties continued to drop in June, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Seventy-four counties had lower jobless rates for the month, as Tennessee continues to reopen after many businesses closed in the spring to help curb the spread of…

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ECD Names Young As Volunteer Chamber Director

The Clay County Economic and Community Development (ECD) board on Wednesday voted to appoint Dr. Doug Young as the new Clay County Chamber of Commerce director, on a volunteer basis. The ECD met in a special called session July 22 to replace Kevin Donaldson, who had given his two-week notice the week before. Donaldson has…

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Mark Your Calendars For Two Sales Tax Holidays

Mark your calendars. For 2020 only, the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two sales tax holiday weekends to help Tennesseans save money and support the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first tax-free holiday weekend focuses on clothing and other back-to-school items. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31, and ends Sunday, Aug.…

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Clay And Jackson Team Up

Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady and Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan have teamed up to get families along Mate Allen, in Jackson County, and Tick Road, in Clay County, reliable water. Other areas will also be getting reliable water. It’s all part of an Appalachian Regional Commission grant with help from the Jackson County Utility…

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Obituaries 6/2/20

Renita Ann Allen Renita Ann Allen, 69, of Livingston passed away. Graveside services were held May 23 at the Hamilton Addition of the Fitzgerald Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Josh Allen, Stephen Allen, Dawson Choate, Noah Choate, Jason Bilbrey and Bryson Bilbrey. She was born Dec. 23, 1950 in Celina. She enjoyed watching game shows, was…

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Obituaries 5/26/20

Gladys Cherry Doolin Gladys Cherry Doolin, 90, of Portland, passed away May 12 at Oak Hill Assisted Living in Portland. A private graveside service was held May 15 at the Rippy Cemetery with Bro. Roy Shockley officiating. She was a former employee of Allen County War Memorial Hospital and a former in-home caregiver. She was…

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Obituaries 5/19/20

Our family would like to express our heart-felt gratitude and deep appreciation for the prayers, calls, cards, posts, food, flowers and donations during the passing of our mother, Josephine Ethridge. Your kindness will long be remembered. We also want to thank the staff at Celina Health and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care of Mother,…

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Recent News

Commissioners Get Pay Increase

Be it remembered that the Clay County Commission met in a Regular Session on Monday Evening, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clay County Government Complex.  Present as Chairman was Dale Reagan.  Present as County Clerk was Donna R. Watson.  Present as County Commissioners were:  Michael Miller, Liz Boles, Bryan Coons, Timmie Scott, Jeff Gentry,…

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Clay County Schools Prepare To Reopen

Clay County Schools are preparing to open on schedule this year, with the first full day beginning on Aug. 3. Parents and guardians will have the option to enroll their student for either at-school instruction or all-virtual instruction. For parents or guardians interested in enrolling their student in all-virtual instruction, you must complete a virtual…

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Clay County Schools Awarded Pre-K Classrooms

The Tennessee Department of Education Early Childhood Division awarded Clay County Schools three Pre-K Classrooms for the 2020-2021 School Year. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) funds are intended to support families and students by providing consistently high-quality VPK programs across the state and increasing opportunities for students. Two classes will be offered at Celina K-8 School, and…

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Inmate Escapes

On July 6, Ray Norris was set to be released from the Clay County Jail. He had served his jail time for burglary and was going to be on probation for the next 10 years. As with any other inmate, a search was done to make sure that there were no other warrants on Norris.…

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Mayor Does Not Mandate Masks

Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan said at this time he will not mandate the wearing of masks. “I am abiding by Governor Lee’s state orders and the CDC Guidelines at this time. I encourage all residents to practice good hygiene, wash your hands often and be respectful of other people.” Regan said. “Everyone needs to…

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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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