- The feature movie, The River, starring Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek, was filmed on location in Hawkins County. Click here to view the movie’s Wikipedia page.
- Mozert v. Hawkins County Board of Education, 827 F. 2d 1058 (1987) made national headlines in the mid-1980’s when it was litigated in state and federal courts. The subject of the original suit was students’ and parents’ rights to refuse to use textbooks adopted by the school system. The school system appealed the local court’s ruling on the grounds of First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause. The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the school system. Click here to view a Wikipedia page about the case.
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