Santa receives a warm hug from a child who benefited from the Of One Accord ministry's Christmas With the Children program in 2013. (photo by Sheldon Livesay)
(Scroll down for a video of Hawkins County's 2013 Year in Photos, as well as a photo gallery where each of those photos is posted.)
ROGERSVILLE - It's been a year filled with ups and downs, wins and losses, triumph and tragedy in Hawkins County in 2013, and much of it was captured in photos.
For example, one war hero was murdered by a duo allegedly looking for money to buy drugs; and another 90-year-old homeless war hero received a new home thanks to a church mission.
Hawkins County schools enjoyed a banner year with regards to academic achievement; yet a Central Office mix-up resulted in taxpayers being hit up with a $160,000 IRS fine.
The Hawkins County alumni football game was played on home territory for the first time; with Cherokee taking the win at Volunteer before a standing room only crowd.
Two paramedics and a fireman were honored for a daring river rescue; but an ambulance was later involved in a fatal accident that took the life of a young woman.
A Mount Carmel police officer was honored for removing an elderly woman from danger during standoff; and another Mount Carmel officer was fired amid allegations of theft drugs.
The Hawkins county Sheriff's Office drew accolades for its inmate GED program; but was hit with a $10 million lawsuit by the family of an inmate who died in 2012.
Those are just a few of the stories that made headlines in Hawkins County in 2013.
Throughout the year the Times-News has been there - reporting the good with the bad, the triumphs and the tragedies, and below is a composition of photos from the year, all of which were used either in print or online reports, or in some cases, both.