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Legally prescribed drugs account for more than half of drug addicted newborns
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:29:06 -0700

(Scroll down for a video and photo gallery from Thursday's Hawkins County Anti-Drug Coalition meeting.)ROGERSVILLE — Tennessee’s statistics for neonatal abstinence syndrome may be shocking, but holding a baby suffering from narcotic withdrawal really drives the point home.It’s an experience many health professionals can describe all too well, but not something the average person will never know ...

Hawkins 'assault on a fetus' defendants awaiting rehab
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:43:19 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County women have been offered a chance to complete drug rehab as part of the new state law which favors treatment over prison for mothers of babies who are born addicted to drugs.Amy LeShaye Arnold, 22, 217 Stanley Valley Road, Lot 18, Rogersville, appeared in Hawkins County Sessions Court Wednesday on one count of assault on a fetus. A September 23 hearing was set for ...

Hawkins claims $380,000 in winter disaster relief from FEMA
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:14:20 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County will seek about $380,000 in federal aid for disaster claims incurred during the recent winter storms, most of which is related to city and county snow and ice removal.The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Hawkins County Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing claims made by Hawkins County, as well as the cities and three utility districts. FEMA is currently ...

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:51:32 -0700

A Georgia sex offender is behind bars in Bradley County facing charges in both Tennessee and Georgia for violating registration requirements for those convicted of certain sex crimes.

State to clarify HCMG burial plot ownership status
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:56:33 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Families that bought burial plots at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens will hopefully receive some answers later this month when the state hosts a community meeting in Surgoinsville.Last year the state took over the cemetery, which has been the subject of a criminal investigation. Last December, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix-McPeak appointed ...

Hawkins emergency radio upgrades slowed by PBS tower lease talks
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:13:51 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Negotiations with the East Tennessee PBS TV station for use of a tower on Short Mountain is holding up emergency radio upgrades intended to eliminate coverage gaps in Hawkins County.In June of last year the Hawkins County deputies were involved in the pursuit of a gunman which took them into an area within the Goshen Valley community where communication with Central Dispatch ...

Kingsport man wanted for LSD, pot trafficking busted a year later
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:05:29 -0700

KINGSPORT — Chad Allen Jones was supposed to have been picked up on LSD and marijuana trafficking charges 13 months ago during the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office’s “Operation Be Mine” drug suspect roundup.Jones, 22, 324 Big Ridge Road, Kingsport, had no way of knowing he’s been wanted on an outstanding felony warrants since February 6, 2014 until he was arrested on that warrant early Saturday ...

Tennessee looks at school systems' administrative costs
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:31:52 -0700

NASHVILLE — Northeast Tennessee public schools systems’ administrative costs as a percentage of operating budgets vary from 7.2 percent in Washington County to 13.3 percent for Rogersville City School, according to a just-released state report based on 2012-13 data.  The other area systems fell in at less than 10 percent, except for the grades pre-K-8 Rogersville school — which had the ...

Hawkins churches hand out drug tests to parents
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:36:45 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — A group of Hawkins County churches is giving young people one more reason not to try drugs by offering their parents free drug test kits that can be administered at home, with the results available in about 10 minutes.The free saliva-based drug tests were distributed last week in Hawkins County as part of the “Give Me A Reason” program offered by the Stand in the Gap Coalition ...

High waters close roads in Hawkins County
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:37:28 -0800

News 5 found flooded roads closed in Tennessee. One of many places hit by the flooding was in Hawkins County. Some residents there stuck at home.