Couple Sets Marriage Right

Fifty-four years after a technical discrepancy, Wendell Collins proposed to his wife on Aug. 28 Wendell, born in Pine Hill, and Carolyn, born in Union Hill, were married 54 years ago, when Carolyn was 16 years old. The couple couldn’t be officially married with Carolyn being 16, so the paperwork listed a different age for…

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DEA Visits Four Local Pharmacies

Twenty agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) traveled to Clay County last week, visiting four pharmacies. According to a statement released by the DEA, “As a result of inspection findings, DEA is now investigating possible criminal activity involving the illicit diversion of controlled prescription pharmaceuticals at each of the pharmacies in question.…

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Copas Promoted To Assistant Chief

Megan Copas, a six-year veteran of the force, has climbed the ranks and was recently prompted to the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Celina. She began her career in law enforcement as a patrol officer in March of 2012. Her dedicated and honorable service got her promoted to Sergeant in 2016. Now,…

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Local Husband Supports His Wife

After a local woman got cancer, had to take chemotherapy treatments and began to lose her hair, her husband shaved his head in support of his wife. Hal and Karen Tackett moved to Celina approximately two years ago. In May, Karen went to the doctor for a check up and after a biopsy was diagnosed…

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Obits 7/3/18

Mildred Bilbrey Copas Mildred Bilbrey Copas, 89 of the Mt. Vernon Community, passed away on June 25 at Knollwood Manor in Lafayette. Funeral services were held on June 27 from the chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with E.C. Meadows officiating.  Interment followed in the Leonard Cemetery.  Randy Cherry, Jeff Centry, Jake…

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Obits 6/26/18

Josephine (Tinsley) Copeland Certified Nursing Assistant Josephine (Tinsley) Copeland, 84 of Celina, passed away on June 12 at The Palace in Red Boiling Springs surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held on June 15 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Ken Collins officiating. Interment followed at the Tinsley Cemetery. Wesley Copeland, Andrew Meadows, Joe…

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Obits 6/19/18

Harold Eugene Hix Harold Eugene Hix, 74 of the Union Hill Community passed away on June 8 at his residence. Funeral services were held on June 10 from the chapel of the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with Nathan Sherrell, John Carlisle and Shane Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Union…

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Recent News

Overdose Awareness Plans Discussed

With the high risk of overdose death due to fentanyl laced drugs, leaders from the healthcare and emergency services met to form a plan in case an overdose death crisis happened in Clay County. This meeting laid the initial groundwork of a plan to contain and minimize deaths in case an overdose crisis were to…

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CCSO To Focus On Treatment

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has partnered with First Step Recovery Centers in an effort to provide treatment and rehabilitation to inmates. “This has been a goal of (Sheriff) Brandon and I for a long time,” Chief Deputy Risk Lisi said about the CCSO now offering drug and rehabilitation options. For more on this…

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Water Refill Station In The Works

The possibility of getting a water bottle refill station at the historic Courthouse was one of the topics discussed at the latest Clay County Healthier Tennessee meeting held last week. The Clay County Healthier Tennessee Committee discussed ways to spend their grant funding and one of those items was the water bottle refill station. For…

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Three New Commissioners Elected

Clay County voters have decided who they want to represent them in the future and that includes three new county commissioners. Jeff Gentry, Anthony Boles and Michael Miller were all elected to the county commissioner in their respective district. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen Statesman on newsstands…

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Homecoming Days Kicked Off

Every year the Ringing of the Bell ceremony kicks off the Clay County Museum’s Homecoming Days. This year, Phillip Strong was the bell ringer. Boy Scouts Levi Garrett and Caleb Weir began the ceremony by performing the presentation of the colors, an opening act of raising the flags at the museum. For more on this…

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Brown Retires From The Chamber

Diane Brown retired from the Chamber of Commerce on July 31. She plans on following a lifelong dream of hers. She began working at the Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 9, 2009 in the old building before it was remodeled. “I worked there for about a month or two, before they started remodeling.” For more…

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