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March's Tennessee Business Spotlight: "Going Green"
(Published: March 6, 2014)
For Trey Palmer, president of Palmer's Turf Nursery in Dunlap, sod farming isn't just a business – it's a way of life. A way of life that conjures up memories of an older time in our country's history, when farms and farmers were more numerous.
"I love the scenery, the tractors, the simplicity of life, the kids running around on the sod farm," Palmer said.
Palmer's Turf Nursery was founded in 1994, when Palmer's father decided to get out of the landscaping business and concentrate on producing turf. Palmer followed in his father's footsteps, earning a degree in turf grass science from Penn State University.
State Library and Archives Showcases Stories from 'Women in the Civil War' Collection
(Published: March 5, 2014)
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War offers an extended opportunity to commemorate all aspects of one of the country's most significant historical events. And because March is Women's History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be highlighting the stories of women from our new digital collection, "Women in the Civil War," on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TNStateLibraryArchives.
Some historians have argued that women's experiences during that time were even more varied than those of the men who served on the front lines. Women of all social classes experienced the war in some way, whether through deprivation, loss of loved ones, disintegration of social norms, or - in at least a few hundred documented cases - actual battlefield experience.
Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt Dedication Turns Blue Book to Orange
(Published: February 28, 2014)
During 38 years of coaching the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, Pat Summitt received hundreds of honors and accolades. To which she can add one more: The 2013-2014 Tennessee Blue Book has been dedicated to her in recognition of her career as a coach, a life-skills mentor and an aggressive fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease research.
Coach Summitt was honored during a ceremony at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville Friday afternoon. Among those in attendance were Tennessee state legislators, University of Tennessee representatives and employees of the Pat Summitt Foundation, the organization that coordinates her fundraising for Alzheimer's research, and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office publishes the Blue Book on behalf of the General Assembly.
State Archivists to Visit Cleveland in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: February 24, 2014)
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Cleveland on March 11 and 12 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 Museum Center at 5ive Points, 200 Inman St. East in Cleveland, March 11 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and March 12 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. During those times, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.
District Competitions for Young Historians Begin This Weekend
(Published: February 20, 2014)
Talented young people from across the state will be competing this weekend for the opportunity to participate in Tennessee History Day, an annual event that tests the historical knowledge of seventh through 12th graders.
History Day is a competition in which students are judged on the quality of exhibits, term papers, web sites, documentaries and live performances on historical topics. The competition begins in individual schools across the state, with the best entries advancing to district competitions.
This year's theme is "Rights and Responsibilities."
Knox County Schools, Knox County Library TutorTN Usage Exceeds Expectations
(Published: February 19, 2014)
More than four months into a pilot project that provides online tutoring service for Knox County Schools students and Knox County library users, the service is being more heavily used than expected and is drawing rave reviews from students and their parents.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives launched the TutorTN program, which provides the tutoring sessions for students in the Knox County Schools or Knox County library users last September. Since that time, there have been more than 1,500 one-on-one tutoring sessions conducted for students from elementary school through college in a variety of subjects. Many students have also used TutorTN's skills center, which offers online resources that can help students prepare for their classes.
Tennessee State Library and Archives Celebrates Black History Month
(Published: February 13, 2014)
In celebration of Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives has posted new and improved versions of three important black history collections.
The collections are: The Beautiful Jim Key collection; Fisk University Scrapbook: School Memories, William Henry Fort, Jr. (1911-1974); and Reconstruction and the African American Legacy in Tennessee.
LearningExpress Library™ 3.0 Comes to Tennessee
Latest Edition Boasts New Features
(Published: February 5, 2014)
The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) now includes the latest version of LearningExpress Library, an online test preparation resource for academic and career development. LearningExpress Library offers materials that provide basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, and basic sciences test preparation for academic and career testing. This newly-updated version features easier access to skill-building resources and new features designed to help students and adults prepare for success in school and in life.
“Thousands of Tennesseans use the test prep resources in the Tennessee Electronic Library to improve their academic skills, prepare for careers, and successfully enter the job market,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “This new version provides even more features and resources for everyone in our state.”
New TSLA Exhibit to Highlight Baseball’s "Yankee Killer" from Tennessee
(Published: February 4, 2014)
Major league baseball fans tend to fall into one of two categories: Those who love the New York Yankees and those who loathe the New York Yankees. As a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Nashville native Johnny Beazley gave the latter group a lot to cheer about when he led his team in two of the four victories over the Yankees in the 1942 World Series.
In winning the series-clinching game, he earned the nickname "Yankee Killer." But that was just one chapter in Beazley's life as a baseball player, business owner, and civic leader. More information about Beazley is now available in a free exhibit, titled "Johnny Beazley and Baseball in Tennessee," on display at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
This exhibit, which opens today, tells the story of Beazley's career and features items from the John Andrew Beazley Collection.
Fighting the Chill: February’s Theme for Tennessee Business Spotlight
(Published: February 3, 2014)
The slogan on the Crescent Sock Company's website says it all: "We're crazy about socks!"
Cathy Allen, the 112-year-old, family-owned company's president and chief executive officer, backs up that passion with knowledge about socks that may be unmatched. (The knowledge, that is, not the socks.)
Contrary to popular belief, she'll tell you, socks are not "one size fits all." People who are buying socks often consider the coloring or texture of the socks without ever bothering to look at the sizes on the packaging. Also, washing and drying socks inside out reduces wear and tear. And in addition to the standard solid-color styles, Crescent sells socks in a variety of patterns – including dots, stripes, flowers and animal prints.
TSLA Workshop Series: Researcher Chronicles Love and War in Sumner County Town of Gallatin
(Published: January 22, 2014)
It started with a love letter, more than 100 years old, that Judith Morgan found tucked in the pages of a book recovered from a Gallatin mansion that had been demolished decades earlier.
Morgan began doing some research and discovered that the woman who received the letter and the man who had sent it eventually married – but only after a courtship that lasted more than 20 years.
Morgan, a retired state employee, kept digging until she had discovered details about the lives of the mysterious couple, their families and their town's place in some of the country's most significant historical events.
State Archivists to Visit Paris in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: January 21, 2014)
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Paris on February 5th 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 Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, 614 North Poplar Street in Paris, from 10 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.
The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in the exhibit, located online at www.tncivilwar150.org
Tennessee Student to Participate in International Academic Program Studying World War II’s Normandy Invasion
(Published: January 17, 2014)
Until recently, Caley Williamson didn't know much about World War II or the Normandy Invasion (also known as D-Day) that was one of the turning points in the war. That changed after Caley, who attends Cosby High School in Cocke County, had a talk with her family.
"I learned I had numerous relatives who had participated in the war, including an uncle at D-Day," Caley said. "As I discovered, I had many connections to the topic hidden just under the surface."
Now Caley will have an opportunity to learn much more about that topic: She was one of 15 students recently selected through an international application process to participate in a National History Day (NHD) program called the 2014 Albert H. Small Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Student and Teacher Institute.
State Archivists to Visit Woodbury in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: January 13, 2014)
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Woodbury on January 24 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 Adams Memorial Library, 212 College Street in Woodbury, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on January 24. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.
2013-2014 Tennessee Blue Book to Honor Pat Summitt
(Published: January 8, 2014)
In her 38 years coaching the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, Pat Summitt received hundreds of honors. Her teams won more than 1,000 games, 32 Southeastern Conference championships and eight national championships. Her players who completed their playing eligibility at UT had a 100 percent graduation rate. And since being diagnosed with early onset dementia a little over two years ago, she has led a foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund Alzheimer's research.
For all of those reasons and more, the next edition of the Tennessee Blue Book is being dedicated to Coach Summitt.
"Coach Summitt has been an inspiration to countless Tennesseans first as a basketball coach and more recently as a strong advocate for Alzheimer's research," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I am pleased that the next edition of the Tennessee Blue Book will pay tribute to her legacy."
Tennessee Joins National 'Geek the Library' Campaign to Support Library Funding
It's Time to Get Your 'Geek' On
(Published: January 7, 2014)
Residents of Tennessee may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary - 'geek.'
Public libraries across the state – more than 170 so far – are participating in Geek the Library, a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly funding libraries. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can provide resources to support their pursuits.
Tennessee Business Spotlight: January’s Theme is "The Sum of the Parts"
(Published: January 6, 2014)
When people think about the automotive industry in Tennessee, they tend to focus on the major manufacturers like General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen. But the industry's economic impact on the Volunteer State runs much deeper. There are many Tennessee-based companies that produce the parts that go into vehicles made in our state and throughout the world.
In recognition of Tennessee's auto parts suppliers, the theme for this month's Tennessee Business Spotlight is "The Sum of the Parts."
Tennessee Business Spotlight is a regular feature on the Secretary of State's web site that highlights some of the state's businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and make contributions to their communities.
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.''
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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:
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