Following Wednesday's Airport Committee meeting Hawkins County Mayor Jim Lee announced that he was suspending all fuel sales at the airport pending the completion of a fuel quality evaluation to ensure that the fuel being sold is safe.
Hawkins County leaders will explore two potential remedies for its failing emergency radio system which have potential price ranges separated not only by millions of dollars in cost, but also longevity and in potential effectiveness.
Rogersville now officially four historic restoration projects underway at the same time with the Hawkins County Commission's approval Monday to quitclaim the Rogersville Depot property to the city.
After more than an hour of debate and discussion Monday evening, the Hawkins County Commission voted almost unanimously to apply for a potential $400,000 community development block grant (CDBG) to help replace the county’s failing emergency radio system.
“I want to say, as long as I'm sheriff in Hawkins County, I'll uphold the Constitution of the state of Tennessee and the Constitution of the United States. Everything will be fine here in Hawkins County. We have the right to bear arms.” — Sheriff Ronnie Lawson
“It's serious. This radio communication has been a serious problem for years, and we're going to have to do something. We've got lives at stake out here, not only public safety, but the community.” — Mayor Jim Lee
A resolution on the agenda for Monday's County Commission, if approved, would seek a private act from the Tennessee General Assembly to make the Hawkins County Juvenile Judge position full time instead of the current two days per week.
Four years ago the beginning salary for drivers was only $57 per day, and it was very difficult to recruit new drivers. The school transportation department would find itself with as many as 10 driver vacancies at a time.
The Hawkins County Commission will consider a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” resolution when it meets in regular session Monday, which expresses opposition to “red flag laws” such as what has prompted massive protest this week in Virginia's capital.
EMA director Jamie Miller presented the commission’s Public Safety Committee with two digital radio option Monday, one that costs an estimated $3.38 million, and one that costs an estimated $723,000.
On Monday the Hawkins County Commission approved a resolution encouraging the Tennessee General Assembly to support legislation which directs TennCare to reimburse ambulance service providers at least at the same rate as the current Medicare fee schedule.
Since being named Rogersville Chamber of Commerce director in 1997, Nancy Barker has overseen the county's successful effort each year to receive the award.
If Santa handed coal out to any commissioners, it was done discreetly, behind closed doors, and out of the pubic eye.
One silver lining in the Hawkins County Commission's otherwise frustrating jail sewer line filtration project is the construction bid which came in $57,000 under the estimated cost.
Recently retired Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency director Gary Murrell was honored Monday with a gift that symbolizes his four decades as a first responder, and the people he inspired to follow that same path.