Denise Beach

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The Hopkins County Board of Health has named Denise Beach as its new public health director. Her appointment awaits approval from the state, but she says her tentative start date is June 24.

Beach is taking the position after Jack Morris, who announced his retirement in April.

“Because I’m waiting on appointment from the state we haven’t really started doing much yet in transitioning,” Beach says. “But he and I have worked closely together for the 12 years that I’ve been director of nursing.”

Hopkins County school clinics may be the latest casualty in a series of budget cuts to the County Health Department.