School System Buildings Get Improvements

If you drove by Brown Street last week, you probably noticed the repairs being done to the facia of the Clay County Schools Central Office. This is one of several building improvements that the school system is getting completed this year. The Celina K-8 School, Hermitage Springs School and the Central Office are all three…

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Sisters Begin A New Chapter

Two sisters began a new chapter in their lives recently by opening up a business together. Robin Kerr worked at Thompson’s Jewelry for 25 years, before the local jewelry store closed. Melissa Roach rented booths at Inna’s Attic. After years of being at their former jobs, the two sisters have opened their own store called…

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Three Arrested For Drugs

Clay County law enforcement had a busy week arresting three for drugs. Devonte Ren Raper, 25, was arrested on June 18 for Schedule I drugs, possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and driving while license suspended by THP Trooper Josh Brawner. He was cited for turning on curve or crest of a road,…

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Flag Retirement Held

Members of the Celina American Legion Post #18 salute the flags one final time, before they retire them honorably on Flag Day. 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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Enterprise 12-27-16

Delorise Marie Hammons Certified Nursing Assistant Delorise Marie Hammons, 55, of the Twinton Community passed away Dec. 18 at her home. Funeral services were held December 21 from the Twinton Freewill Baptist Church in the Twinton Community of Overton County with Bro. Robbie Miller officiating. Interment followed in the George Phillips Cemetery in Crawford. She…

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Jackson Co. Sentinel 12-27-16

Thelma Jean Dennis HomemakerThelma Jean Dennis, 85, passed away Dec. 15 at Mabry Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Gainesboro. Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Don Bryant officiating. Interment followed at Pharris Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She was born Nov. 5,…

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Citizen Statesman 12-20-16

Lisa Virginia Boles Lisa Virginia Boles, 51 of Livingston, and formerly of Celina passed away at her residence in Livingston on Dec. 5. Funeral Services were held Dec. 8 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Kenny Westmoreland officiating. Interment followed in the Turkeytown Cemetery. She was born in Hilham…

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Recent News

Tri-Co Service Awards Held

On Dec. 12, the Tri-County Electric held their annual Christmas breakfast to honor employees receiving service awards. During the service awards, they also honored three retirees, Anthony Hale, Ralph Law and Joe Simmons. Retirees were presented silver trays by Executive Vice President and General Manager, Paul Thompson. For more on this story, pick up a…

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Ornament Contest Winners Help Promote Awareness

In conjunction with the State of Tennessee and the Department of Transportation, the Clay County Mayor’s office and Sanitation Department sponsored an ornament contest to promote litter awareness and recycling. The theme of the contest was “Clay County Christmas.” All ornaments were required to be made in some shape or form pertaining to the history…

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Donaldson Park To Hopefully Promote And Revitalize Celina

Mayor Joey Rich called the City of Celina monthly meeting to order on Dec. 12 at 5 p.m.. Those in attendance were Aldermen Buddy Thompson, Donald Haston, Tonya Spears, Mayor Joey Rich, alternate city recorder Joyce Strong, City Attorney James White, several business owners and concerned citizens. The first order of business began with a…

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Officer Saves The Day

The Clay County Sheriffs Department received a theft call pertaining to a Yorkie dog. After investigating the case, Deputy Anthony Combs located the dog in Maryland. They are happy to report that Harley has been reunited with his owner Rhonda Bailey and is safe and healthy. Please remember to always put a collar with a…

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City Officials Attend Governor’s Conference

Clay County officials recently attended the annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development (ECD) in Gatlinburg, receiving recognition for another year of ThreeStar certification. Developed in 1980, the Three-Star Program is designed to help communities take full advantage of economic development opportunities. The goals are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase…

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First Stage Of New Clay County Jail Project Approved

After months of speculation and discussion, the first major step has been taken for the proposed jail project during the Clay County Commissioners meeting on Dec. 4. Resolution two was accepted to hire an architectural firm to construct a new jail. Several architectural companies submitted bids and the commission majority agreed and chose Cope Architecture…

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