Clay County and Celina
Clay County, Tennessee, is located on Tennessee’s eastern Highland Rim. The county seat of Celina sits on the banks of the confluence of the Cumberland and Obey rivers, both of which have had a big impact on the city and county.
This town of about 1,400 may be best known for being one of the gateways to Dale Hollow Lake, but there’s a lot more than that going on in this heritage-rich community. This town, like many others, has seen its share of change through the decades. At different times, it’s been a bustling river town and the home of a highly respected boarding school.
It’s also been the center of a heavy concentration of industry, and the gateway to the pristine lake nearby. Today, it’s carving out another identity of sorts, adjusting to the demands of an ever-changing economy linked to all parts of the globe, while keeping its folksy charm.
“Times change, sometimes dramatically, so towns big and small have to adjust and find their niche,” said Dr. Doug Young, who serves as executive director of the Clay County Partnership Chamber of Commerce. “Celina and Clay County are already a great place to live. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our quality of life. We aim to make the best use of what we have to offer both our residents and visitors.”