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Hawkins teen allegedly admits to arson at trooper's farm
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:14:10 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County teen accused of setting two simultaneous barn fires last month that caused more than $100,000 worth of damage allegedly returned to the scene to watch firefighters put out the blaze.The double barn fire occurred Feb. 13 around 9 p.m. at a farm on Old Rt. 66 near the Persia community.Although both barns were on a family farm belonging to a Tennessee Highway Patrol ...

Hawkins students making up for lost time after 11 straight snow days
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:13:52 -0800

(Scroll down for a video and photos from Mount Carmel elementary's return to school Tuesday.)MOUNT CARMEL — After 11 consecutive snow days, it was back to business Tuesday for Hawkins County students, except at the rural Clinch School, which remained closed due to snow and ice still covering that community’s rural mountain roads.Having lost a total of 13 school days to snow this year, Hawkins ...

Hawkins students return to classroom following 11 snow days
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:23:59 -0800

MOUNT CARMEL — After 11 consecutive snow days, it was back to business Tuesday for Hawkins County students, except at the rural Clinch School, which remained closed due to snow and ice still covering that community’s rural mountain roads.Having lost a total of 13 school days to snow this year, Hawkins County students will have to make up for lost time to be prepared for TCAP testing, which ...

Final exams: Hawkins panel votes to change autopsy provider
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:03:38 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — All other things being equal, some Hawkins County commissioners said Friday they’re willing to switch from East Tennessee State University to Knox County for autopsy services to save an estimated $170,000 over the course of four years.The county commission’s Forensics Committee voted 5-2 Friday in favor of recommending the Knox County Forensic Center in Knoxville over the William L ...

Smoke detector saves life in Hawkins residential fire - again
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:18:01 -0800

ROGERSVILLE — For the second time in eight days a smoke detector saved a life in Hawkins County Tuesday morning, waking an elderly man who then escaped his burning home with only the clothes on his back.Shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday the Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire in a double-wide mobile home on Mullins Lane just off of Highway 11-W east of ...

Update: TDOT reports area roadways improving
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:55:06 -0800

UPDATE: 1 p.m.According to a noon update from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, streets and highways in Northeast Tennessee are improving throughout the day. Road crews were still treating Sullivan County roads, with the majority now black with a few slick spots. In Hawkins County roads were categorized as slushy but passable, while Interstates 26 and 81 had both lanes of travel open ...

Mural, mural on the tower ... Design will show school spirit's power
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:52:03 -0800

CHURCH HILL — Eagles, Panthers and Falcons aren’t necessarily allies in the wild, but in eastern Hawkins County they’re practically brothers and sisters.That close connection between the mascots at Surgoinsville Middle School, Church Hill Middle School, and Volunteer High School will soon be depicted within a mural to be painted on the First Utility District water tower on Highway 11-W in Church ...

Mom who exposed fetus to drugs charged under new, softer law
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:03:02 -0800

ROGERSVILLE - A Hawkins County woman who allegedly admitted to taking Subutex and hydrocodone prior to the birth of her son in October was arrested Wednesday on one count of assault on a fetus.It's the first case of this type to occur in Hawkins County since a recent law change which now requires mothers who expose their unborn child to narcotics to be charged with misdemeanor assault.It's been ...

Tennessee Army National Guard on standby during winter storm
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:58:39 -0800

The Tennessee Army National Guard is on standby to assist if needed during dangerous weather conditions.

Live blog for updates about the winter storm
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:25:06 -0800

8:00 p.m., Feb. 17All offices of Sullivan County's general government will operate on a special schedule Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, County Mayor Richard Venable said this afternoon. The offices of the mayor, planning and zoning, purchasing, accounting, payroll, libraries, County Attorney, County Trustee, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Property Assessor, and Sullivan County Regional Health ...