Photo - Vintage Auto Show in Rogersville
Hawkins County, Tennessee was created in 1786 from Sullivan County and named in honor of Benjamin
Hawkins (1754 - 1818), a member of the North Carolina legislature and Continental Congress.
One of the largest counties in Tennessee, the 480 square miles of the county ranges from relatively flat valleys dotted with farms and pasture land to the high mountain ridges of the Appalachians. Hawkins County has a diversified industrial base. Major local industries employ over 6,000 people and produce goods ranging from paper labels to pinion steering. Industries are fortunate to have a highly productive workforce with very low union activity. The county has a 550 acre Phipps Bend Industrial Park, a joint venture between the City of Kingsport and Hawkins County, located near Surgoinsville. The park is one of the most attractive tracts of industrial property in the Southeast.
Hawkins County has a population of 56,671 and a total area of 500 square miles.