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Hawkins commission agrees to bid out new emergency radio system
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:30:48 -0700

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County will use the 2014-15 construction impact payment from the Tennessee Valley Authority to pay for an emergency radio system upgrade which will hopefully eliminate most of the dangerous radio dead spots in the county.The Hawkins County Commission voted unanimously Monday morning in favor of advertising for bids for a three channel analog simulcast radio system which ...

UPDATE: National Weather Service: Kingsport tornado packed winds of 110 mph
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:39 -0700

The National Weather Service has confirmed that tornadoes hit Sullivan and Washington counties Sunday evening, while storm damage in Hawkins County is believed to have been caused by straight-line winds.According to Jessica Winton, meteorologist at the NWS Forecasting Station in Morristown, survey teams determined an EF-1 tornado struck the area of Rock Springs Road and Cox Hollow Road in ...

UPDATE: Region under tornado warning
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:00:51 -0700

Updated at 5:30 p.m.The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a tornado warning for Washington County, Hawkins County, Greene County Sullivan county in East Tennessee and Washington County, Scott County and the city of Bristol in Southwest Virginia until 6:15 p.m.At 5:24 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was ...

New principal named at Mount Carmel Elementary
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:48:59 -0700

MOUNT CARMEL — Kelli Campbell, who most recently served as an academic intervention consultant for the Tennessee Department of Education, and spent extensive time in Hawkins County, has been named the new principal at Mount Carmel Elementary School.Campbell replaces Bobby Wines who was appointed last month to replace the retiring Jim Dykes as principal at Volunteer High School."She's been an ...

Couple on bail for burglaries reportedly nabbed with meth labs
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:54 -0700

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County couple arrested earlier this month accused of stealing batteries from several large parked vehicles are back in trouble, this time accused of manufacturing meth in their home.Early Sunday morning the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit received a tip that a met lab was being operated at the home of Steven Craig Browning, 36, and Brandy LeAnn Talton, 33 ...

Ross hopes to continue working to solve Hawkins County's drug crime problems
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:50:16 -0700

Raines says there's no substitute for his 'many more years of quality experience'ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross is seeking his first full eight-year term in the Aug. 7 county general election.Ross, who was uncontested in the May 6 Republican primary, won a special election in 2012 following the removal of former Judge James Taylor on criminal charges.Ross said there was ...

Bailey says experience and training make him best choice for Hawkins mayor
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:31:39 -0700

Greer hopes to bring teamwork, leadership skills to Hawkins mayor's officeROGERSVILLE — Retired longtime Hawkins County school teacher and principal Melville Bailey is seeking his second term as Hawkins County mayor as the Republican nominee.Bailey said he is seeking re-election because he feels that through the combined efforts of the county commission, other elected officials, and himself as ...

NWS to survey damage, assess reports of 3 tornadoes touching down
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:30:50 -0700

Officials with the National Weather Service will travel throughout the region today to survey damage from Sunday night's storms, gaining insights into where the culprits were tornadoes and where they were straight-line winds.Meanwhile, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has sent two-man teams to each county hit by the severe weather. The teams will ...

$1 million lawsuit accuses Hawkins privatized probation company of illegal takeover
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:02 -0700

KINGSPORT — A $1 million lawsuit filed Wednesday in Sullivan County Chancery Court claims the owner of a new privatized probation company in Rogersville illegally stole Hawkins County "clients" during a takeover last month.The takeover failed in Sullivan County after judges refused to transfer probationers to the new company.But the takeover was successful in Hawkins County after Sessions Judge ...

Greer hopes to bring teamwork, leadership skills to Hawkins mayor's office
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:30:59 -0700

Bailey says experience and training make him best choice for Hawkins mayorROGERSVILLE — After serving as Surgoinsville's mayor for the past eight years, Johnny Greer is running for Hawkins County mayor as a Democrat.Greer said that after he publicly announced he would not seek a third term as Surgoinsville mayor, several people throughout the county urged him to run for Hawkins County mayor ...