Education Commissioner Visits Hermitage Springs

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Tennessee Commissioner of Education Dr. Penny Schwinn and Representative Kelly Keisling visited Hermitage Springs School, a Pre-K through 8th grade elementary school in Clay County. During her visit, Commissioner Schwinn toured the school with Principal John Denton and visited three classrooms: Mrs. Amanda Hale’s second grade class, Ms. Tara Asberry’s third…

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Clay County Dominates Home Opener

The Clay County Bulldogs started their season at home in impressive fashion with a 33-0 win against the Monroe County Falcons Friday night. Stopping the run against a one-dimensional team and forcing four turnovers allowed the Bulldogs to pull away early and secure the victory. For more on this story, pick up a copy of…

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Ex-UCHRA Director Arrested For Assault

Luke Collins, ex-UCHRA Director, was arrested on Aug. 20 for allegedly assaulting Larry Head. According to a police report, Officer Michael Allen was dispatched to Celina Lumber Company for a possible fight. Chief Deputy Rick Lisi and Deputy Anthony Sherrell arrived on the scene as well. After Officer Allen arrived at Celina Lumber Company, he…

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First Lady Maria Lee Launches TN Serves

Last week, First Lady Maria Lee launched Tennessee Serves, a three-part initiative designed to engage Tennesseans in serving one another and their communities. “To me, this is not just an initiative, but who I am as a person,” said Mrs. Lee. “My heart is devoted to serving others and the impact we hope to have.”…

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Obituaries 7-30-19

Robert “Bob” Eugene Lynn Robert “Bob” Eugene Lynn, 78 of Cookeville passed away July 14 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held July 17 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Jeremy Bilbery and Robert Cox officiating. Interment followed in the Doc Hall Cemetery. He was born April 27, 1954 in Celina. Bob spent…

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Obituaries 7-23-19

Mandy Joeann Clemons Mandy Joeann Clemons, 64, of Hermitage Springs passed away July 10 at her home. Funeral services were held July 13 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Chris Reecer officiating. Interment followed in the Jonestown Cemetery. Active pallbearers were: Tyler Clemons, Levi Grace, Ricky Crawford, Donnie Crawford, Jr., Matt Crawford and Terry Copass.…

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Obituaries 7-16-19

Gary Keith Ledbetter Gary Keith Ledbetter of Monterey. Tenn. passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, June 16, from what was believed to be a heart attack. Gary had celebrated his 72nd birthday in January of this year. Gary was predeceased by his father Williard Coy Ledbetter, his mother Latta Marie Copeland, his stepfather…

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Recent News

County Library Selected For Project

The Clay County Library has been selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Association for Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL), Future Ready with the Library project. The Clay County Library is one of 16 participants selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the project. As part of the project, the Clay County Library will work with a community partner…

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Sesquicentennial Book Is Seeking Local Family Trees

The Clay County Sesquicentennial Genealogy Committee is publishing a history book containing family trees of Clay County residents, past and present, and residents are urged to fill out a family tree form to be published in a book in early 2020. There is no charge to include your family tree. For more on this story,…

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Distressed County Summit Held

Last week, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee convened his cabinet for a meeting with local officials from Tennessee’s 15 distressed counties during the Governor’s Rural Opportunity Summit in Perry County. The meeting caps a state government-wide audit mandated under Executive Order 1 which examines how departments are serving rural areas, specifically distressed counties. Executive Order 1…

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Health Department Joins In The Red Sand Project

The Clay County Health Department recently participated in the Red Sand Project. The Red Sand Project is artwork created by Molly Gochman that uses sidewalk interventions and earthwork installations to create opportunities for people to question, connect and take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation. Participants simply fill a sidewalk…

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Senator Paul Bailey Presented With Award

Senator Paul Bailey received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA) and the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD). Senator Bailey was presented the award on June 7 at the 2019 Grants Conference and Legislative Update held in Cookeville, Tenn. The TDDA is an association of Tennessee’s nine development districts,…

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Safety Experts Urge Driver Caution As School Starts

With some schools in full swing in some counties and revving up in others, drivers need to be on alert for increased foot traffic to help ensure pedestrians’ safety. An expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offered safety tips to prevent child-pedestrian injuries, which often increase as routines change during the back-to-school…

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