- [S104] Cocke County, Tennessee, and its People, Cocke County Heritage Book Committee, (Walsworth Publishing, 1992), 105.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 6 Jul 2010.
Clayton Skip Ellison announces candidacy for CLB in District 7, Post 1
Clayton "Skip" Ellison will be a candidate for the Cocke County Legislative Body, District 7, Post 1.
Ellison, a lifetime resident of Newport and Cocke County, currently resides in the Northport/City Park area.
A Cocke County High School graduate, Class of 1987, he played varsity football for four years.
After graduation, he worked for Hunt-Wesson, Inc. for 10 years. Currently he is a Lieutenant Firefighter with the Cocke County Fire Department, where he has worked for the past 13 years.
He has continued his education through the Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting and has earned Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Fire Instructor, and Fire Officer certifications.
Ellison currently serves as president of the Fire Fighter's Association, a position he has held for three years. "Every year fire needlessly takes too many lives and destroys billions of dollars in property simply because many homes do not have smoke detectors," said Ellison. "The primary goal of the association is to utilize money from fundraisers and donations to provide and install free home smoke detectors to the elderly, disabled, or those who simply cannot afford them. The association also participates in many other charitable events throughout the year."
Ellison is married to Rebecca Ellison and they have two children: Jonathan Bowman and Jessica Wines, a son-in-law Brandon Wines, and one grandson Tyler Wines.
The candidate is the son of Leroy and Orlevia Ellison. He has one brother Leroy Ellison, two sisters Tammy Ellison and Vickie Ellison Clevenger, one nephew Garrett Ellison, and one brother-in-law Ronnie Clevenger.
He says he appreciates the continued support, efforts, and prayers of everyone throughout his campaign. "I have enjoyed getting out in the community speaking to people about their thoughts and concerns for Cocke County," he said.
"It is clear that the primary concerns of the people are job creation and economic growth," he added, "and that will be a top priority of mine, along with support of education and law enforcement. All the while I pledge to keep taxes as low as possible and prevent wasteful spending."
Ellison acknowledges that a good working relationship between the city and county governments is already in place and pledges, if elected, to work to make this relationship even stronger. "If we work together, more can be accomplished," he said. "I share a lot of the same thoughts and concerns as many members of the community I have spoken with and I would like to take this opportunity to ask for their votes and support. If elected, we can and will make a difference."
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 20 Oct 2012.
Firefighter/county official saves woman's life
Author: Nelson Morais
NEWPORT-"Help me! Help me! Can you help me?!" cried the man to a group of Cocke County firefighters gathered for lunch at Sagebrush Restaurant in Newport on Sept. 11.
Firefighter and County Legislative Body (CLB) commissioner Clayton ("Skip") Ellison was the first of the group of firefighters who all rushed to help a family member of the man. She was choking on food and could barely breathe, Ellison recalled.
Ellison said he saw the woman leaning over a table, holding on to it with both hands and gasping for air.
He said he grabbed the woman choking on a piece of steak in the classic Heimlich maneuver, from behind her, and lightly squeezed her in an attempt to dislodge the food.
That didn’t work.
So Ellison tried again. And again. And again - each time doing the maneuver more aggressively and feeling he was running out of time to save her from dying.
“It took me about eight times to where she coughed it (the piece of steak) up,” Ellison recalled this week.
“There were ? ve of us (? re? ghters) at a table. Everyone did something, including clearing away tables and chairs so Ellison had room to perform the life-saving technique on the woman, he recalled. “We were ? ve tables away from her.
Ellison said the woman “was about to the point of being non-responsive,” after about two or three minutes of performing the Heimlich maneuver on her, Ellison stated. “I tried, but couldn’t get it (the food) loose,” he said.
The woman, meanwhile, was “barely even wheezing, trying to keep air in” her lungs. She was blue and we were thinking she was ready to pass out. She was getting just enough air to stay conscious.”
Ellison said that by about the eighth attempt at dislodging the food, he was literally picking the woman off the ? oor.”
“This was the worst case I have every seen” of someone choking on food, Ellison recalled. He added, “This was rough. I was worried about her.”
On that eighth, or last attempt, Ellison was able to dislodge the food and the woman recovered.
He said she recovered “fully, called me (on a subsequent day), and expressed her appreciation.”
Ellison said the woman did not want her name divulged or on a report on the incident written by him. “It was embarrassing for me,” the woman allegedly explained to Ellison for wanting to stay anonymous.
Ellison thanked the other four ?re?ghters at a table who assisted in the incident: Nick Baxter, Brian Southerland, Robert Cashen, and Rick Gregg.
“Everyone worked together,” Ellison said of his coworkers.
- [S58] Marriage Certificate.
Groom's Name Bride's First Name Bride's Maiden Name County Date of Marriage File #
ELLISON CLAYTON REBECCA THOMPSON COCKE 05-06-2005 21213