The Manchester Enterprise: Community News

Clay native creates stained glass window for courthouse

(Submitted by the University of the Cumberlands)

In the summer of 2010, University of Cumberland (UC) Assistant Professor of Art Geraldine Allen, a native of Clay County, was approached on the subject of creating a stained glass fixture for the newly built Whitley County Judicial Center.  Allen, who has created multiple works of art, didn’t let the opportunity slip by.

The stained glass window that she created at the main entrance of the Judicial Center is a collection of three panels with the method of construction used pioneered by Tiffany.  It is a modified jeweler’s technique of joining parts by running a solid line of (in this case, 40 percent lead, 60 percent tin) solder over adhesive-backed copper foil edging that is burnished around each piece of glass.

“In some cultures, our of reverence for God, who is the only perfect creator, artisans deliberately include some type of imperfection in their work,” said Allen.  “The first completed of the three pictorial panels has such a line.  By the time the third panel was finished, the notion of perfection had become amusing.  At last seeing the panels sealed into their places is very gratifying, however I expect there will forever be pieces and parts that I would move around or change if possible, lines that could have taken a different path, etc.  Those are the parts that will keep me humble.”

The window incorporates five different themes that relate to the local area in Cumberland Falls, CSX Railroad, coal, logging with mules, and farming.  The artwork was created with a summer landscape in mind, taking pictures from around the countryside and adding in various elements that she saw into her creation.

“It is my hope that the windows will survive a long time as a source of some measure of joy and wonder for those who enter into their space,” said Allen.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:36

 

City addresses vacation time

In a special meeting Thursday night, the Manchester City County changed its personnel policy on employee vacation by limiting the amount of unused hours that can be carried over into a following year.

Beginning this year, employees may carry over up to 40 hours of vacation time into the next year.  Any hours over 40 would be lost.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:35

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Gregory says his district not getting equal work

Clay County Magistrate Hugh Gregory said Thursday that his fifth district is not getting the amount of roadwork that the other five districts are getting.

Speaking during the fiscal court’s regular monthly meeting, Gregory said that he is receiving complaints by his constituents that other districts are getting more work.  “I think the fifth district needs to get caught up before more is done for the others,” he said.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:59

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Wagers charged with sodomy

Clay County Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Smith arrested Bobby Joe Wagers Saturday on a charge of sodomy.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:57

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Secret Service visits Clay County

The U. S. Secret Service paid a visit to Clay County last Thursday to investigate a case of mail fraud.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson said Tuesday that agents from the service were looking for a Clay County juvenile who allegedly had procured $25,000 worth of merchandise illegally from the outdoor supplier Cabela’s.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:56

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