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Hawkins retires from courthouse after 16 years

Carolyn Wilson Hawkins has been an integral part of the Johnson County Circuit Court for the past 16 years. Despite her plans to retire this week, she has no plans on slowing down.
Carolyn grew up in Johnson County in an area she refers to as the Bloody Third. Her father broke horses, and she grew up with no fear of horses. Her family farmed, grew tobacco, raised cattle and hogs and had a huge garden and canned. “The only time we came to town was for coffee and sugar,” she recalled. “I just loved farm life. I didn’t know we were poor until I went to high school.” Carolyn plans on getting back into some farming after her retirement. “I love to be outside,” she added. “The muddier I get, the better I like it.”
Carolyn spent 15 years working at Burlington in Mountain City before making a change in her career path and becoming the first employee at the newly constructed prison in the county. She worked there for 10 years before winning the election for Johnson County Circuit Court Clerk, a position she has held for 16 years. One of the biggest changes Carolyn has seen during her tenure was the introduction of computers to the circuit court office.
“I love serving Johnson County citizens but if I could go back in time, I’d go back to the prison where I was the first employee,” said Carolyn. “I would have stayed at the prison and not run for office. It’s overwhelming to work so hard at this office and there’s a chance you could not get reelected every four years. It’s overwhelming to work long hours and then fight to keep that job every four years. I wish the clerk’s office was an appointed position instead of an elected position. I’ve met so many fabulous people.

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