ROGERSVILLE — A new era began on Thursday for Hawkins County Memorial Gardens, which has been in limbo for more than five years as a result of massive fraud by the previous owner and the inability to find a new buyer.

On Thursday, the new HCMG Inc. nonprofit organization, headed by cousins Hannah Speaks and Calvin Clifton, officially took ownership of the cemetery.

It was a two-year process getting the nonprofit in place, but as of Thursday Speaks will begin selling the more than 3,000 available plots under the auspices of the seven-member HCMG Inc. board, of which she is president and Clifton is vice president.






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