'Today' show story featuring all-female Hawkins FFA Honey Team airs, community comes out to show support.

HAWKINS“It doesn’t matter what you look like or what your ethnicity is or anything, you can do anything you want to do as long as you set your mind to it.” One of the four Hawkins FFA 4G Honey Team members, Jessica Henneous, made this statement to the millions of Americans watching a “Today” show segment that aired Friday morning. Henneous and her beekeeping teammates Brook Goddard, Rachel Parish and Mackenzie Rutherford were featured for their large honey-making operation, which began from a bee infestation at the Ozarka Spring Water factory in Hawkins. After trying to relocate the bees, Cheryl Conaway, the quality assurance manager at Ozarka, contacted Matt Byrd, the Hawkins High School agriculture teacher and adviser for the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, to begin a project in which students learn how to become beekeepers. Read the full article in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.