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Lack Of Census Response Could Result In Lost Educational Funding

Wednesday marks the deadline to complete your census response. Pickett and Clay County are the only two Upper Cumberland counties with a census response rate below 50 percent. Pickett School Director Diane Elder said the lack of response could mean lost federal funding for the school system. “The census determines the amount of funding we get for the next funding ... Read More »

Eco-Panels Open New Facility In Clay Co.

Eco-Panels of Tennessee has opened a new facility in Clay County’s Hermitage Springs. Eco-Panels of Tennessee builds and distributes energy efficient wall units used in residential and commercial construction. President Josh Beasley said about eight employees currently work at the factory. “For a number of years, Clay County has been identified as a distressed county, as far as employment opportunities ... Read More »

Clay County Man Guilty Of Statutory Rape And Drug Possession

A Clay County man pled guilty to one count of statutory rape and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. Defendent Scott Brown will serve eight years in the Department of Correction and be placed on the sex offender registry. Brown was indicted for four counts of the statutory rape of a minor with incidents ranging from ... Read More »

Clay County 9/11 Remembrance Goes Digital

Clay County has cancelled its 9th annual 9/11 ceremony. Clay County EMA Director Natalie Boone said it was a difficult decision, but the steady increase of positive COVID-19 cases forced the cancellation. Usually people would gather at the square in Celina. However, Boone said this year she asks the people of Clay County to share their 9/11 and first responder ... Read More »

Resurfacing Resumes On State Route 294

Resurfacing set to resume Thursday on State Route 294 through Overton and Clay County. Motorists should expect lane closures between Oakley Allons Road in Overton County and Willow Grove Road in Clay County. Flaggers will be in place and motorists should use caution. Crews are using microsurfacing to resurface the roadway, according to T-DOT. Read More »

Clay Co. Man Arrested For Rape Of Child

A Clay County man was arrested Monday for sexual abuse of a 10 year old female child. The child reported to Child Protective Services (DCS) that 32 year old Derrick Tramel sexually assaulted her. According to District Attorney Bryant Dunnaway, the investigation progressed quickly and revealed the allegations were true. Tramel was charged with Rape of a Child, a Class ... Read More »

On-Site Welding Begins for Clay County High School

Commuting for vocational training is a thing of the past for Clay County High School students. This program stems from $1 million dollars of funding through Governor Bill Lee’s Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education program. After more than a year of planning, welding instructor Marshall Burch has come in to provide students with career path after high school. “Not every ... Read More »

Clay County E-911 Increasing Analog Coverage

The Clay County E-911 Board will expand the usage of analog radio for emergency personnel. A 30-40 foot radio tower will be installed at the Mount Vernon Fire Department. Board President Jamey Allen said the added analog repeater would cover the western quarter of the county. “Where the analog repeater is now, it does not clear a hill ridge up ... Read More »

Clay County Wants Cumberland River Hospital Open

Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan said the local government and community both want the Cumberland River Hospital to remain open. But, Reagan said the county can not directly help the facility financially. “Nobody is working against the hospital,” Reagan said. “And, I know that you hear speculations all the time, but everybody has been so supportive of it (Cumberland River ... Read More »

Clay County Passes Budget

The Clay County Commission unanimously passed its budget with no tax increases Monday night. The budget includes $5.1 million dollars in general expenditures and $11.5 million in the school’s general fund. Mayor Dale Reagan said he feels the the new budget is a good one. “We were able to give the county employees a three percent increase,” Reagan said. “That ... Read More »