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Our Rich Heritage and History Today Hawkins County has a population of over fifty thousand. Church Hill is the largest city, followed by Rogersville, Mount Carmel, Surgoinsville, and Bulls Gap.

The Hawkins County school system supports
twelve elementary schools, three middle schools,
three high schools, and an enrichment center.
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Enjoy an Outing in Our Parks Laurel Run Park, set stunningly along the placid Holston River, is operated by Hawkins County as a municipal park.

This beautiful park includes river-access, a mountain creek, playground equipment, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, and more.

The park is open year round. Picnic shelters are available for reservation.   Learn More >>
A Good Mix of Industry and Agriculture Hawkins County is a great place for industry and farming. The education of our workforce is as fertile as our rolling farmlands.
Discover Hawkins Counties fine area public schools, colleges & universities, and major institutions.

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Do You Have An Emergency Plan? Your family's safety depends on preparing for the unexpected.

Check out our Emergency Management Agency Preparedness section to help develop your plan.

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Sheriff Ronnie Lawson is serving as the top law enforcement officer for Hawkins County. Sheriff Lawson started his law enforcement career in July 1977, with the Rogerville Police Department as a Patrolman.
In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Detective (R.P.D. first ever Detective) where he served until September 1, 1990, when he accepted a position as Chief Deputy for Hawkins Co. Sheriff Wayne Clevinger.

After serving 12 years as Chief Deputy, he served as Chief Detective for  Sheriff Warren Rimer.

In 2007 he was reassigned to Patrol Division where he served until elected Sheriff in May 2010.

The Sheriff’s Office is charged with various duties which include general law enforcement, court security, county correctional facility operation, and civil and criminal service of process. The Sheriff’s Office currently employs approximately eighty officers and staff to carry out its duties.
The Sheriff’s Department has a host of administrative responsibilities that include records, public information, crime prevention, community relations, human resources, finance, purchasing and receiving, training, accreditation, and internal affairs.


 Tony Allen - Chief Deputy
 Eve Jackson - Detective Lieutentant
 Butch Gallion – Jail Administrator
 James Woods – Court/Transport Lieutenant
 Chad Gillenwater – Narcotics Lieutenant
 Greg Larkin - Patrol Lieutenant

Contact Information:

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department
117 Justice Center Drive
Rogersville, TN  37857
Phone 1: 423-272-4848
Phone 2: 423-272-0229
Fax:        423-272-7019

Office Hours:

Administrative Offices       8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday    
Deputies and Corrections Officers on duty 24 hours a day


The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department currently charges the following fees:

Service of Process            $22.00
Service of Subpoena         $ 7.00
Work Release:                  $ 6.00 per day worked

Frequent Questions:

1. Where do I get an automobile accident report?
Reports may be picked up in the Sheriff’s office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday for those accidents that occurred within the County but outside of any city limits if the accident was investigated by a County officer.

2.  Is there a charge for an automobile accident report?

3. Do you perform criminal background checks?
Yes, for local crimes only.

4.  Is there a charge for a criminal background check?

5. When can I pick up a report?
Reports may be picked up Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

6. Who is a good lawyer or bondsman?
Law Enforcement are forbidden to recommend any lawyer or bondsman for any reason.