An Impressive Christmas Display

Nestled in the Pea Ridge Community is one of the most impressive Christmas displays in the county. A Clay County husband and wife have set up a remarkable display of inflatables, lights and projections on Fire Hall Road. “You just don’t see it anymore. It is dying out, at least I feel like it is,”…

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Officials Attend Governor’s Conference

Clay County officials recently attended the annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development (ECD) here, receiving recognition for another year of ThreeStar certification. Developed in 1980, the ThreeStar 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 Tennessee…

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Christmas Parade A Success

The 2018 Christmas Parade was recently held in Clay County. For more photos from this event, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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Architect Speaks To County Commission

Architect Grant Tharpe spoke to county commissioners during their planning meeting. He provided them with an update about the newly proposed jail. Tharpe showed the commission plans and spoke to them about where things currently stand regarding the new jail. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen Statesman on…

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Obits 10/23/18

Kristen Danielle Amari Hamilton Kristen Danielle Amari Hamilton, four months old, passed away on Oct. 11 at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Funeral services were held on Oct. 14 at the Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Bobby Bartlett and Willie Kerr officiating. Interment followed in the Thompson-Webb Cemetery. Carl Philpott, Jr. and Jamie Thompson served as active pallbearers.…

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Obits 10/16/18

Suette Kidwell Boyles Suette Kidwell Boyles, 69 of Tompkinsville, Ky. passed away on Sept. 29 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. Funeral services were held on Oct. 5 at Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville with Jim Walsh officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Tompkinsville. Pallbearers included: Chris Kidwell, Jonathon Kidwell, Ronnie…

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Obits 10/9/18

Brimage “Bud” Lee Smith Brimage “Bud” Lee Smith, 82 of Fayetteville, passed away on Oct. 2. Funeral service were held on Oct. 5 at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. David Sain officiating. A second service was held on Oct. 6 at Union Hill Church of Christ in Moss with Bro. Shane Smith officiating. Interment followed…

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Recent News

Jail Overcrowding Problems Continue

The problems that the Clay County are facing regarding the jail are not going away. During the last Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) inspection several problems were addressed. Four women were shackled to chairs in the hallway of the jail during their visit. These women, who had to sleep on mats in the floor, highlight one…

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Historic Courthouse To Showcase Local Heritage

On Nov. 8, local officials welcomed visitors to the Clay County Courthouse to celebrate the installation of nine large display panels, each showcasing a different subject of Clay County history. The welcoming event capped off a decade-long collaboration between local leaders, the Upper Cumberland Development District and the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. The project…

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Chamber Welcomes New Employee

There will be a new face at the Chamber of Commerce. Amanda Gulley was hired and will fill the position formerly held by Diane Brown. Amanda, a Moss resident, is learning her new position every day and enjoys her new job. “I am learning what goes on. A lot goes on in Clay County that…

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Four Individuals Arrested For Meth

As officers went to serve a felony arrest warrant, four individuals were discovered with drugs and arrested. Jackson C. Bryan, Robert D. Syverson, James N. Garrett and Jamie A. Beechboard were all arrested on Nov. 3 by CCSO Sergeant Anthony Cain. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen Statesman…

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Republicans Sweep County

Kelly Keisling was re-elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives for District 38. Keisling was one of several republican victories in Clay County. Kelly Keisling got 1,671 votes in Clay County including: 892 absentee and early votes and 779 election day votes. 66.13 percent of Clay County voted for Keisling. His democratic challenger, Carol Abney…

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Confusion At The Commission Meeting

What should have been a routine Clay County Commission meeting was anything but routine. Two motions were made, seconded and then withdrawn. Additionally, a commissioner questioned the legality of one of the motions. The First Withdrawn Motion The first motion involved a resolution to appoint members to the Clay County Park and Recreation Board. For…

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