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SAR ceremony to honor Hawkins Revolutionary War veteran
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:08:06 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Capt. William Armstrong III participated in at least four Revolutionary War battles and endured that famous winter with George Washington at Valley Forge.But, since his death in 1835 there's been nothing at Capt. Armstrong's Hawkins County grave site to indicate his service to his country.On Friday, however, the Tennessee Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is ...

Six Hawkins County schools honored for achieving highest possible score on TVAAS
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:02:57 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Director of Schools Steve Starnes recognized six schools during the Sept. 4 Board of Education meeting which received the highest possible score for academic growth during state testing that took place this past April.Those six schools earned a level five composite TVAAS (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) score in all four core subject areas combined: math ...

Mentors sought to help students through 'Tennessee Promise' process
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:46:37 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — It been well publicized that Gov. Haslam's "Tennessee Promise" program will begin providing high school graduates with 2.5 years of free tuition at a community college or technical college beginning with the Class of 2015.But, there are also deadlines that must be kept and guidelines that must be followed before students can receive free tuition.That's why the state is asking every ...

Nonprofit files lawsuit notice for Kingsport plant
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:26:13 -0700

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water. BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant for the U.S. Army. Wastewater from the plant is discharged ...

Hawkins ACT scores improving but still below state average
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:19:27 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County's high school ACT scores last year were below the state average, but improved over the previous year, and rose to a five year high water mark.Hawkins County's ACT scores are also improving at a faster rate than the state average, as both main high schools saw big gains in every subject area.Overall Hawkins County students scored an 18.8 composite score, below the ...

Gate City set for South, Chiefs face Falcons in Hawkins County Super Bowl
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:47:06 -0700

KINGSPORT — A pair of marquee matchups highlight Friday night's prep football schedule in Northeast Tennessee, one of them a budding rivalry and the other a grudge match firmly entrenched in the tapestry of Hawkins County.Gate City (2-0) and Sullivan South (2-1) will face off for the sixth time, renewing a series that started in 2009 and has bred more admiration than acrimony."We've got a ton of ...

Hawkins to apply for grant that would help pay for railroad spur at Barrette
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:08:15 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County will apply for grant funding that would help pay for a $1.375 million railroad spur into the Barrette Outdoor Living plant in Bulls Gap.Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey told the Hawkins County Commission Monday that there "has been talk" of Barrette wanting to move from its Bulls Gap location which employs approximately 650 people.Hawkins County Industrial ...

Man now wanted in several counties following chase
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:02:04 -0700

A man wanted after a chase in Sullivan County is now also wanted out of Hamblen County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Clean Water Network Prepared To Sue Ammunition Plant
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:47:18 -0700

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water. BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant for the military. Wastewater from the plant is discharged into the Holston River, about 10 miles upstream of a drinking water intake for the First Utility District of Hawkins ...

Retiring county clerk Jenkins is Hawkins' last Democrat in office
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:08:19 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — On Sept. 1 Hawkins County Clerk Carroll Jenkins will officially be retired for the second time, and this time he says it's for good.Jenkins, who first retired as an accountant after 33 years at Eastman Chemical Co., has served has Hawkins County's County Clerk for the past 12 years.Jenkins, who turned 70 in May, opted not to seek a fourth term in office this year. He had children ...