School News

Local companies, workers turn out for first Jobs Fair

JOBS FAIR-These Clay County High School seniors talk to a local employer at the Clay County Jobs Fair Wednesday, November 1 at the Government Complex in Celina. (Photo courtesy Clay County Partnership Chamber of Commerce)[/caption]CELINA-The recent jobs fair held here was well-attended by job-seekers and employers, and will be the first of more to come, […]

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Clay County High School 3-peats as a Reward School

Local high school is ranked among state’s top 5% again By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor NASHVILLE-Clay County director of schools Matt Eldridge got some great news late last week, as State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced this year’s list of Tennessee’s highest-performing schools. For what can be considered the third year in a row, […]

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CCHS women are Region Champs!

Girls team advances to State, along with Strode individually COOKEVILLE-The Clay County High School (CCHS) girls golf team won the region championship here at the Golden Eagle Golf Club to advance to the state championship.—both accomplishments a first in school history for women’s golf. Dalton Strode, from the CCHS men’s team, also advanced to the […]

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Clay County FFA chapter attends leadership camp

Members of the Clay County FFA chapter participated in FFA leadership camp this past July at Camp Clements in Doyle, Tennessee. Several members were recognized for their achievements throughout the week having been awarded bronze, silver, and gold leadership awards. Garrett Franklin, Clay County FFA chapter president and Middle Tennessee Regional Secretary, was elected as […]

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Local students attend Girls State

NASHVILLE-The Celina American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 18 recently sent two Clay County High School students here for a weeklong learning experience at ALA Girls State on the campus of Lipscomb University. Lauren McHenry and Mary Smith represented the local ALA Unit at the leadership experience event offered to more than 550 rising high school […]

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County awarded ThreeStar grant

Locally, funds will help build second CCHS greenhouse NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 63 counties, including Clay, which will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants. The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development. Clay County was one of 15 counties […]

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Clay County father daughter date night set for February 18

CELINA-The 11th annual Father Daughter date nights set for Saturday, February 18 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Clay County High School (CCHS) cafeteria. The event is presented by the CCHS golf booster club and the school’s chapter of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and includes a buffet dinner, dancing, and other […]

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Clay County High School celebrates back-to-back Reward School years and more

Clay County High School students, faculty, and support staff all got a big pat on the back last week as director of schools Jerry Strong, principal Melissa White, and others lauded the amazing academic accomplishments of the school

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Director Strong details Clay County Schools budget dilemma in open letter

The following was read into the minutes of the Clay County School Board meeting for October, 2015 The Clay County Board of Education (CCBE) will fail to have an approved budget submitted to the Department of Education (DOE) by October 1, 2015. CCBE’s initial request of a $315,000 budget increase was reduced to $200,000 following […]

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Chancellor’s injunction keeps Clay County schools open

Published in print October 14, 2015 Restraining order comes after board vote to close; hearing set next Monday CELINA-“Pursuant to an injunction order from chancellor Ronald Thurman, Clay County Schools will remain open until further notice,” a statement from the Clay County Schools central office said late Friday afternoon. The news came just hours after […]

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Clay County Schools’ state funding stripped; Oct. 9 closure will be reviewed Thursday

Published in print October 7, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor CELINA-Director of schools Jerry Strong said Monday he received word last week state funding for Clay County schools would cease this month and the agenda for this Thursday’s school board meeting lists the discussion of “school closing on October 9” as one of […]

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Bailey elected to Clay County School board chairmanship

Published in print September 30, 2015 HERMITAGE SPRINGS-During their September meeting here, school board members elected a new chairman. Minutes showed current chairman David West nominated Benji Bailey and board member Nathan Sherrell “made a motion that all nominations cease and that Mr. Bailey be elected by acclimation.” Minutes explained board member Chris McLerran seconded […]

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October 9 Clay County schools closure date remains on the table

Published in print September 30, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor HERMITAGE SPRINGS-Despite action taken by the county commission to avoid a county shutdown late last month, the possibility of schools closing next week remains on the table, according to recently released September school board minutes and comments from director of schools Jerry Strong […]

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