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New Free Reading Tool Available for Blind and Physically Disabled
(Published: December 4, 2013)
People who have trouble reading standard print books due to visual or other physical disabilities have a new tool at their disposal: An application that allows them to download books and magazines in audio and digital braille formats onto mobile devices free of charge.
The new BARD Mobile application is compatible with Apple iOS operating systems for versions 4.3 or later. These include iPhones of version 3 or later, iPod Touch versions 4 or later, and all versions of iPad.
The application was developed by the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is part of the Library of Congress. Tennessee users must already be registered to use the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service in order to use the application.
December’s Tennessee Business Spotlight: Books! Books! Books!
(Published: December 2, 2013)
While attending Oxford University in England, Murray Hudson decided to stop into a book and map store that caught his interest. It held his interest – in a big way.
“I fell in love with the place,” Hudson said. “I bought 52 maps.”
That sparked a hobby that years later, after several career changes, led him to found Murray Hudson Antiquarians, Books, Maps – a business with 30,000 maps, books, prints and globes available for sale at three locations in the northwest Tennessee community of Halls.
Celebrate ‘Family History Day’ the Saturday after Thanksgiving
(Published: November 25, 2013)
The Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many of us spend time reconnecting with family members and sharing family stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived many years ago.
For the third consecutive year, the staff at TSLA is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate 'Family History Day' by learning more about genealogical research.
Trent Hanner, a reference librarian at TSLA, will host a beginning genealogy workshop providing an overview of resources available at the library and how to navigate through various databases. Afterwards, staff will be on hand to help visitors with their research.
State Archivists to Visit Lebanon in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 21, 2013)
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Lebanon on Dec. 4 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”
Archivists will be at the Wilson County Archives, 111 South College Street in Lebanon, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on that day. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.Read More...
Tennessee Electronic Library Can Help People Prepare for High School Equivalency Test
(Published: November 20, 2013)
People need to move fast if they want to take the GED high school equivalency test before the format changes at the beginning of next year. And the Tennessee Electronic Library, known as TEL, can help them prepare.
People who have already taken some sections of the test this year but haven't completed the entire test will have their work erased after the Jan. 1 transition to the new format.
TEL has free resources to help Tennesseans do some last-minute cramming. TEL, which is part of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, is a collection of online databases that provide access to hundreds of thousands of newspapers, magazines, other periodicals and reference materials. That information is accessible around the clock to anyone with an Internet connection in Tennessee.
Union Provost Marshal Database Now Online
(Published: November 19, 2013)
Details about life in Tennessee during the Civil War are emerging through a new project of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA). Archivists and volunteers at TSLA have created an online database of records from provost marshals, who served as military police for the Union Army during the war.
The TSLA Union Provost Marshal Database will be of great benefit to genealogists, historians, and others who can learn fascinating details about what people’s lives were like during the Civil War. These records provide valuable information related to many Tennesseans - not only soldiers but also ordinary men and women caught in the turmoil of war. They include correspondence, oaths of allegiance, orders, passes, transportation permits, lists of prisoners, paroles, provost court papers, and claims for compensation for property used or destroyed by military forces.
Library in Strawberry Plains Receives Grant for Major Expansion Project
(Published: November 13, 2013)
Library patrons in Strawberry Plains and surrounding communities will soon have a bigger and better library, thanks in part to a grant from the Secretary of State’s office.
The office is providing a $5,000 grant to assist with the expansion and renovation of the Parrott-Wood Memorial Library in Strawberry Plains. Jefferson County government is also providing $5,000 for the project and Mossy Creek Network, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is contributing $35,000.
State Archivists to Visit Crossville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 12, 2013)
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Crossville on November 20th to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled, "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."
Archivists will be at the Cumberland County Archives, 95 E. First Street in Crossville, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on that day. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.
Hunting for Ancestors Instead of Bargains on Thanksgiving Weekend
(Published: November 5, 2013)
People who need a break from holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend are encouraged to attend the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) “Family History Day” on Saturday, November 30. The third annual event, which is designed to introduce more people to genealogy, will include a free workshop on how to get started in researching family history.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the TSLA auditorium, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Trent Hanner, a reference librarian at TSLA, will provide an overview of records that are available at TSLA and how to navigate through the various databases.
November’s Tennessee Business Spotlight: Great Places to Stay!
(Published: November 4, 2013)
Michael Dumont was a real estate developer in Rhode Island who thought he might like to run a fish farm some day. Instead, he and his wife Kathy ended up buying, restoring and operating the Commodore Hotel & Café in Linden.
The Dumonts discovered the area while Michael was scouting a fish farm. Although he decided against going into that line of work, the Dumonts purchased a farm and the hotel in Linden.
The Tennessee Secretary of State has oversight of the Department of State. The Secretary of State is one of three Constitutional Officers elected by the General Assembly, in joint session. The Secretary of State is elected to a four-year term. The constitution mandates that it is the secretary's duty to keep a register of the official acts and proceedings of the governor, and, when required, to "lay same, all papers, minutes and vouchers relative thereto, before the General Assembly.''
The Secretary of State serves on the following state boards and agencies:
Secretary of State's office also keeps all acts and resolutions adopted
by the General Assembly.
In addition to the executive office of the secretary of state, located on the first floor of the State Capitol, the department is organized into nine operating offices, eight of which are located in the William R. Snodgrass Tower. The Library and Archives Building houses that division's operations. Following you will find additional information about the Executive Office of the Secretary and the Nine Divisions in the Secretary of State’s office:
There are four agencies attached to the Department of State for administrative matters relating to receipts, disbursements, expense accounts, budgets, audits and other related items:
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