Roadblock Ordinance Passes

Questionable roadblocks should be a thing of the past. An ordinance was recently passed that will still allow some legitimate organizations to have roadblocks, but should stop some of the questionable ones. Driving through downtown Celina during the spring and summer weekends last year, you could almost guarantee getting stopped by a roadblock. People would…

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Clay County Receives $5,000 Check

A $5,000 check was presented to Clay County Healthier Tennessee on March 6 during the Clay County subcommittee meeting. The Healthier Tennessee members are from many different groups including: UT Extension Office, Clay County Health Department, Cumberland River Hospital, Celina Health and Rehab, the Chamber of Commerce, Clay County Schools and other local businesses. The…

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Sellers Necessary For Market To Become A Reality

A group of interested citizens met at the Chamber of Commerce recently to discuss the formation of a farmers market in the county. A dozen people who represented agricultural organizations, government and other groups, along with private citizens, attended the initial 2018 meeting to organize a farmers market in the county. For more on this…

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Fourth Generation Officer Has Local Ties

Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather by becoming a law enforcement officer. Gonzalez, Jr., who lived in Clay County and attended Hermitage Springs, went through the police academy. He took his oath of office on Feb. 13 and will serve as an officer for the Suffolk Police Department…

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Citizen Statesman 10-11-16

Betty Carol Walker Factory Worker Betty Carol Walker, 64, passed away Oct. 2 at her residence. Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at Hall Funeral Home in Celina with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Moss Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She was born Jan. 1, 1952 in Jackson…

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Enterprise 10-11-16

Jane Mynatt Jane Allred Mynatt, 65, passed away Oct. 3. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.  Jane graduated from the University of Tennessee and worked for many years as a social worker for the State of Tennessee. She is preceded in…

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Jackson Co. Sentinel 10-11-16

Sarah Smith It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Sarah Margaret Sircy Smith, aged 68, on October 4th, 2016 at her home in Algood, after a brief struggle with cancer. Sarah was beloved by many.  Her sense of humor, caring nature, loving heart and free spirit captivated all that met…

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Recent News

Woman Charged With DUI After Hitting Police

Driving while under the influence isn’t a good idea. Crashing your vehicle into the assistant police chief’s vehicle while driving under the influence is worse. Lana Kirk, 28 of Celina, was arrested for DUI and implied consent after she ran into the back of the vehicle that Celina Assistant Police Chief William Cherry was driving.…

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Kerr Celebrates His Retirement

There was a large turnout for former Mayor Willie Kerr’s retirement celebration. Kerr spoke to everyone who attended his celebration. He stated, “It’s been an honor and privilege to serve as mayor for eight years. I made mistakes and we all make mistakes, but I have tried to do the best job that I could…

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Reecer To Retire From Farm Bureau

Sue Reecer will be retiring soon from Farm Bureau after a long career. She has been a receptionist there for 26 years. She was hired by Hugh Davenport and has worked with several people throughout her career. “I started with Hugh and Launa Stone. Then, I worked with Judy Smith, Mark Ashlock, Teri Davenport, Melissa…

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Former Bail Bondsman Pleads Guilty

A former Clay County bail bondsman has pled guilty and will now see what life is like on the other side of the law. John Baxter Ashburn has pled guilty to aggravated sexual battery of a child in criminal court recently. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Citizen-Statesman on…

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Joey Rich Sworn In As Mayor

Newly elected Mayor, Joey Rich, was sworn in under oath by Judge Diana Monroe on June 30. 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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First Baptism Held For Inmates

The first ever baptism was held for Clay County inmates who have rededicated their life to the Lord. Baptism for the 11 inmates was performed by Pastor Bobby Davis at the Pleasant Grove boat dock. Several law enforcement officers and the mens’ family members were on hand at the ceremony performed on June 29. For…

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