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The People of Gatlinburg back George Hawkins for Seat E
George’s first foray in the professional world was studying cosmetology and hair design. In 1969, he opened the Continental Hair Fashions on the Parkway and the business remains open to this day! Other testaments to his success a businessman in cosmetology include serving as President of the Knoxville Cosmetologist Association, Member of the Tennessee Hair Fashion Committee, and Director on the Tennessee Cosmetologist Association.
Soon after that, George began his career in public service to the people of Gatlinburg and the millions of visitors that followed in the decades he gave to that service. In 1976, George Hawkins joined the Gatlinburg City Council and remained on the council until 2000. He is credited with creating the country’s first 4th of July Midnight Parade, a traditional Summer event that remains and is greatly anticipated to this day, as well as the Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Ripley’s Aquarium.
George’s career in public service continued to move on. In 2000, he became the Gatlinburg Special Events director which oversaw returning special events, created new ones and marketed them across the region. In this time, George created the Vintage Views series of local films that help to preserve the history of Gatlinburg, the President Roosevelt Historic Park Dedication Motorcade re-enactment in 2009 and the Annual Mountain Man Memorial March with the University of Tennessee Army ROTC. He remained the Gatlinburg Special Events Director until 2011.
Immediately afterward in 2011, George was further promoted to the Community and Media Relations Director of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. He served that position until 2014 where he sought a new term on the Gatlinburg City Council.
Additional positions held by George Hawkins include:
* Former Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Gatlinburg.
* Gatlinburg City Planning Commission Member.
* Gatlinburg Board of Adjustments and Appeals Member.
* Gatlinburg Beer Board Member.
* Board of Directors for the Expo ’82 World Expositions Member.
* Chairman of the United Way of Gatlinburg.
* President of the Gatlinburg Civic League.
* Exalted Ruler of the Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925.
* Creator of the Gatlinburg Environmental Design Review Board.