Hawkins BOE member resigning to be Cherokee's cosmetology teacher

Jeff Bobo • Jun 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County school board member Holly Helton will be resigning her seat Wednesday to accept a position as cosmetology instructor in Cherokee High School’s CTE (career technical education) program.

Helton replaces Vicki Bennett, who retired as of the end of this past school year.

A member of the Hawkins County Board of Education for 11 years, Helton represents District 7, which includes Bulls Gap, as well as the St. Clair and Persia communities.

Helton is also a longtime beauty salon owner and operator in Rogersville.

BOE Chairman Bob Larkins told the Times News that the Hawkins County Commission will be tasked with appointing her replacement, probably in July because June’s commission agenda has already been finalized.

“Ms. Helton will be greatly missed and her vast experience as a board member will be irreplaceable,” Larkins said. “Holly has told me she will submit her letter of resignation on Wednesday.”

Attempts to contact Helton for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Director of Schools Matt Hixson told the Times News that Helton was among six applicants for the Cherokee cosmetology instructor position, and among only two who were interviewed by Principal Thomas Floyd.

“She was offered the position this (Monday) morning and she did accept, and I did let the board know this morning,” Hixson said. “In talking with Mr. Floyd, (Helton was selected) based on her experience in the industry and what she brings to the table for the students who will be in her class. She’s also well informed on how schools work, based on her lengthy experience on the school board, and I’m sure that assisted her as well.”