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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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Do you have a valid Voter Photo ID? PDF Print E-mail

Beginning January 1, 2012, all voters must present an ID, meeting the requirements below, containing the voter’s name and photograph, whether voting early or on Election Day.

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee drivers license with your photo,
  • United States Passport,
  • Department of Safety photo ID
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or state government, such as an employee ID from the U.S. Department of Energy with your photo,
  • United States Military photo ID, including a Veteran Identification Card, or
  • State-issued handgun carry permit card with your photo

What forms of photo ID are NOT acceptable?

  • A college student photo ID
  • A photo ID not issued by the federal or state government, such as your discount club or bank card with your photo

Who is exempt?

  • Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements at
  • Voters who are residents in a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
  • Voters who are hospitalized
  • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
  • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

What if I don’t bring a photo ID to the polling place?

  • If you don’t bring a photo ID, you will vote a provisional ballot.
  • You will then have until two (2) business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid photo ID.

What if I don’t have a photo ID?

  • You may obtain a free photo ID to vote from the Department of Safety at any participating driver service center across the state. You will need a voter registration card, proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), and two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a copy of a utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement).
  • If you do not have a photo on your driver’s license and no other form of valid photo ID, the Department of Safety can reissue your license with your photo.  For information on fees, please contact the driver service center (in Hawkins County 423-272-7002).
  • You may use the “express service” line at the driver service center to obtain your photo ID to minimize wait times.
  • NOTE: If you already have a valid government-issued photo ID, the Department of Safety will not issue a free photo ID to you.
  • Visit the Dept. of Safety website for more information.

Where can I find out more information?

Please notify your county election commission if your address changes.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett
Division of Elections
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 9th Floor • Nashville, TN 37243
Mark Goins, Coordinator of Elections
Phone: 1-877-850-4959