Tyreke Key makes statement at State

Shows the world what Clay County fans already knew By THOMAS P. WEAVER Dale Hollow HORIZON Editor MURFREESBORO-Tennessean sportswriter Tom Kreager said it best in the Blue Cross Basketball Championship postgame news conference, after Clay County senior star Tyreke Key had what his colleague Michael Murphy described as “perhaps the best individual performance in state […]


Clay County sports hall of fame induction again serves as highlight of year in local sports

By THOMAS P. WEAVER, HORIZON Editor CELINA-Like they have since the inception of the Clay County Sports Hall of Fame, this year’s induction ceremony held over the weekend again served as the highlight of the sports year here locally. With a good crowd in attendance, seven new members were enshrined as the 2017 class was […]


Celina and Clay County economy on upswing with improved designations

County Mayor Dale Reagan recently announced Clay County has moved up a level in an economic designation established by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), showing things are improving business-wise here locally.

Annually, the ARC conducts a statistical analysis of all the counties in the nation, with an emphasis on the counties in their multi-state area. For the first time in many years, the ARC study reported that Clay County is no longer designated as an “economically distressed” county.

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V & F Transformer to expand Celina facility

V & F Transformer to invest $1.4 million creating 50 new jobs here over the next five years.


Clay County veterans eligible for Honor Flight

The Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee is currently accepting signups for its spring 2016 flight and interested Clay County veterans are eligible for this trip and should apply as soon as possible. The trip is cost free to veterans and WW ll veterans get priority with veterans of the Korean War next in line and […]


Championship sweep leads to Clay County youth teams’ perfect seasons

A perfect season… that’s the ultimate goal for any team, but for the Clay County Youth Football program one wasn’t enough as all three squads completed the feat with a clean sweep of the Tri County Youth Football League championships held here Saturday.


Clay County Sports HOF nominations being sought

Nominations are being sought for the 2015-16 class of the Clay County Sports Hall of Fame, group officials announced on Friday.
The deadline for accepting nominations will be Wednesday, November 25 at 3 p.m.
“We urge people to be a part of the process by nominating the athlete they feel is deserving of this honor,”


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 […]


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 […]


Clay County High School again achieves “Reward School” status

Published in print August 5, 2015 School learns it’s ranked among state’s top 5% the 2nd year in a row amid shut-down controversy By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor NASHVILLE-After enduring summer-long budget drama and preparing for a possible mid-session shut down, Clay County High School (CCHS) principal Melissa White finally got some good news […]


Clay County school budget Q&A with Director Jerry Strong

Published in print July 29, 2015 CLAY COUNTY-With the pending shut down of Clay County schools looming in early October if the system receives no additional funding and the issue reaching regional and statewide media outlets, schools director Jerry Strong continued his explanation of the financial dilemma this week with a submitted question and answer […]


Clay County school funding decision follows eventful budget meeting

The Clay County Commission’s decision not to give the school system additional funding didn’t come without drama here last week at the governing body’s budget meeting.
Much discussion was heard by those in attendance, including comments from both sides and from the public.
Director of schools Jerry Strong kicked off the dialogue by explaining


Clay County School board tax hike pitch will be heard on Monday

Under direction of the Clay County School Board, schools director Jerry Strong and his staff will pitch a 20-cent property tax increase to members of the Clay County budget committee here next Monday night at a budget meeting held after the July 6 regular commission meeting at the Clay County Government Complex.
Board members voted last month to propose the smaller increase after a $45 wheel tax hike to fund an additional $300,000 the school system requested was rejected in a May county budget meeting.