Man Assaults Officers

A Hilham man wouldn’t get arrested without a fight. He allegedly assaulted several officers and had to be tazed twice, before finally being overpowered. Kevin M. Gushen, 28 of Hilham, was arrested for evading arrest, disorderly conduct, resisting stop, arrest or search, two counts of vandalism and several counts of assaulting a police officer. For…

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Four Arrested For Drugs

Clay County law enforcement officers had a busy two days. Four individuals were arrested for drugs in those two days. Jason E. Syverson Jr., 26, and Samantha R. Brewer, 27 both of Celina, were both arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in a related case. They were both arrested on Nov.…

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Ribbon Cutting Held…

A ribbon cutting was recently held at Crafty Charm Cottage which is located on East Lake Avenue near the Citizen-Statesman office. Photo includes from left: City Mayor Joey Rich, Owner Michelle Boles, Clay County Executive Dale Reagan and Chamber of Commerce Director Kevin Donaldson. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this…

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Two Boys Make Unique Discovery

Two Clay County boys discovered a literal ‘standing stone’ at the park. Jacob Brunette and Jeffery Spivey were hiking around the bluffs off Walker Ridge Road. They eventually discovered this unique ‘standing stone’ rock formation. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen Statesman on newsstands now, or subscribe online…

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Enterprise 9-20-16

Joseph Key Factory Worker Joseph W. Key, 84, of the Pleasant Ridge Community, passed away Sept. 11 at his home. Funeral services were held Sept. 17 from the Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church with Bro. Nolan Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Military honors were provided at graveside by the Honor Guard…

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Jackson Co. Sentinel 9-20-16

Amy K. Clinton Residential Housekeeping Amy K. Clinton, 41, passed away Sept. 12 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Sept. 15 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Judd officiating. Interment followed at Mansell Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She was born Jan. 11, 1975 in Cookeville.…

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Citizen Statesman 9-13-16

Harold Gene Wix Harold Gene Wix, 77 of Celina passed away Aug. 19 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Aug. 22 at Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Larry Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Fitzgerald Cemetery. Dustin Wix, Roger Garrett, Rush Rich, Joey Rich, James Gray and James Key served as pallbearers. Jack…

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Recent News

TCI Warns About Jail Conditions

Members of the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) warned Clay County Commissioners about potential consequences of doing nothing about the jail situation. Some of the consequences could include: the jail being decertified, lawsuits, federal government mandates and other problems. Bob Bass is the Senior Inspector at TCI and spoke to the commissioners at length about the…

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New Administrator Named At CH&R

Rebecca Tandy is the new administrator at Celina Health and Rehab (CH&R). Tandy will fill the position that was formerly held by Paula Boone for approximately nine years. Tandy began her new career at CH&R on April 3. Although she stepped into a new administrative role at CH&R, she is not new to the healthcare…

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Project Graduation Donation

Twin Lakes sponsored the 2017 Clay County High School senior class with a check for $2,500.for Project Graduation. Twin Lakes supports Clay County seniors and their accomplishments. Photo includes from left: Sydney McLerran; Ellie Ogletree; Silas Delk; Amanda Forgy, Twin Lakes sales and marketing representative; Amy Dodson, Clay County High School business teacher; MaKenna Biles;…

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Clean Up Efforts Continue

Clean up efforts are continuing on the building that was recently demolished on East Lake Avenue. On April 3, property owner Jesse Copeland visited the site, which is in between Day’s Trading Post and the Handy Wash Laundry. He spoke about the clean up efforts and progress being made at the site. “It will look…

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New Sidewalk At County Jail

A new sidewalk was installed in between the buildings at the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Brandon Boone explained that this was to help people and officers to not have to walk through mud. 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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Sheriff Addresses Jail Concerns

Sheriff Brandon Boone voiced his concerns and new developments regarding the problems and situation at the Clay County Jail to Clay County commissioners recently. Boone stated, “I approached the County Commission about a temporary solution (to the jail not being able to house females) and the Commission asked what it would take.” The sheriff explained…

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