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By the numbers: Hawkins stats look good for 'Three Star' renewal in 2015
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:40:19 -0800

 ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County's education scores are improving, obesity is on the decline, and the crime rate is decreasing, which bodes well for the county's 2015 application to remain part of the state's Three Star program.Rogersville Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker told the Hawkins County Commission on Monday that Hawkins County was accepted into the Three Star program again ...

Area educators complete academy for prospective superintendents
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:22:51 -0800

NASHVILLE — Two Hawkins County and one Washington County school system officials have joined the ranks of potential future superintendents or directors of schools.They are among 12 new additions to a list of qualified individuals "ready to assume the demanding position of school superintendents," according to a news release from the Tennessee School Boards Association or TSBA.The dozen ...

ETSU pathologist addresses concerns of Hawkins officials
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:21:14 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — There's no "creepy room" filled with body parts at the Quillen College of Medicine's Jenkins Forensics Center in Johnson City, according to the center's director of forensic pathology.But the cost of autopsies is going up, and that's one reason Hawkins County officials have been slow to sign a new contract for that service.Of the eight Northeast Tennessee counties, Hawkins is the ...

State dismisses complaint about probation company
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:07:47 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — A complaint filed with the state in June against the owner of a Hawkins County-based privatized probation company over campaign contributions made to a judge and court clerk candidate earlier this year was dismissed Friday.The Private Probation Services Council of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance voted 6-0 with one abstention Friday to "close the matter." The vote ...

Dentist and daughter accused of TennCare fraud
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:47:55 -0800

Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained indictments for a Rogersville dentist and his daughter accused of committing TennCare fraud.

Attorney for Church Hill EMS threatens lawsuit over proposed 911 billing
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:07:49 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County 911 Board will be meeting in workshop session in the coming weeks to study proposed dispatching agreements with police and emergency responders in the county.Gay Murrell, Hawkins 911 director, would like those contracts to include provisions for billing local ambulance and police departments for dispatching.That's expected to be a tough sell for the agencies that ...

November Mugshots- Northeast Tennessee
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:40:40 -0800

The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in November by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

State moves to take over Hawkins cemetery
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:03:41 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III filed a petition Monday seeking to have Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak named as court-appointed receiver of the Hawkins County Memorial Gardens in Rogersville.A temporary restraining order was also filed Monday against cemetery owner Vickie L Ringley, whose state license to operate the ...

Tennessee couple get 35 years in prison in girl's soda death
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:11:05 -0800

An eastern Tennessee father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water as a form of punishment have been sentenced to 35 years in prison, authorities said.

NETWORKS CEO: Marketing Phipps Bend would benefit area
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:33:46 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — Clay Walker is fired up about the opportunity to begin marketing vacant industrial property at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park in Hawkins County.Walker is chief executive officer of the NETWORKS — Sullivan Partnership, a joint economic development effort of Sullivan County, Kingsport, Bristol, Tenn., and Bluff City.He believes a new factory and new jobs at Phipps Bend would benefit ...