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Early Voting Totals for August 7, 2014 Election
(Published: July 18, 2014)

For the number of early voters by county for the August 7, 2014 Election click here.

To view a comparison of the number of early voters through the same point in 2010, click here.

*Information submitted by the respective counties.

 

Consumer Alert: Beware of Solicitation for Potentially Misleading Business Forms
(Published: August 1, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee businesses to be aware of a new, potentially misleading solicitation. The Secretary of State's office has received inquiries about a Certificate of Authorization Request Form distributed by an entity called "SCC." The solicitation states that in exchange for a fee of $68, the business will receive a Tennessee Certificate of Existence and Business Entity Detail Report. This SCC solicitation is not a notice issued by the Tennessee Secretary of State or any other governmental entity.

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State Archivists to Visit Parsons in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: August 1, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Parsons on August 19th 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 Parsons Cultural Life Center/Municipal Building, 535 Tennessee Avenue South, on August 19th from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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The Lowdown from the High Court: A Workshop on Tennessee Supreme Court Records Available at the State Library and Archives
(Published: July 31, 2014)

Among the vast amount of information available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), Tennessee Supreme Court records make up by far the largest single collection. With individual case files that sometimes include hundreds of pages and stretch over several generations, the entire collection takes up most of an entire floor of TSLA's building.

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Secretary of State Tre Hargett Announces Start of Early Voting
(Published: July 17, 2014)

Beginning Friday, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 7 state primary and county general elections. Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting.

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Tennessee Honor Vote Program
(Published: July 11, 2014)

Please watch this video to learn about a great way to honor active duty, retired and deceased members of our military.

Go to Honor Vote Program.

New TSLA Digital Collection Documents the World War I Experiences of Two Tennessee Brothers
(Published: July 22, 2014)

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the United States' involvement in World War I, the Tennessee State Library and Archives' (TSLA) newest online collection, the Puryear Family Photograph Albums, tells the story of two brothers from Gallatin who served in the Army Air Service during and after World War I. Comprised of three photograph albums and several loose items and pictures, this collection offers a rare and remarkable visual record of the early history and aircraft of the Army Air Service.

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State Library & Archives Puts Family Bible Records Online
(Published: July 9, 2014)

Visitors to the website of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) can now access family Bible records previously available only to patrons visiting TSLA's building. Over the past few years, TSLA volunteer Cinamon Collins scanned more than 1,500 family Bible records held at TSLA.

Most of the records were photocopied from privately-held family Bibles and preserved at TSLA by archivists and librarians. A new database on the TSLA website allows researchers to browse these records in their entirety, and a search function will ultimately include all of the thousands of names written in these unique documents.

"I am thrilled that the State Library and Archives and our volunteers have worked to make these resources accessible to all Tennesseans," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The information recorded in TSLA's collection of Bible records is not only helpful for genealogy, but also a wonderful display of history at a very personal level."

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State Archivists to Visit Pikeville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: July 7, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Pikeville on July 29th 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 Bledsoe County Public Library, 478 Cumberland Avenue, on July 29th from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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State Archivists to Visit Dunlap in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: July 7, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Dunlap on July 30th 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 Sequatchie County Public Library, 227 Cherry Street, on July 30th from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Volunteer State Pays Tribute to Its Military Heritage Through Honor Vote Program
(Published: July 2, 2014)

For more than 200 years, Tennessee has been known as "the Volunteer State." That nickname dates back to the War of 1812, when the state contributed thousands of volunteers toward the war effort. The tradition was reinforced a few decades later in the Mexican War when the state produced  more than 10 times the number of recruits Washington requested - and that proud tradition still lives on today.

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Tennessee Teachers Attend Summer Institute on War of 1812
(Published: June 30, 2014)

Twenty-two Tennessee teachers recently participated in the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) summer teacher institute on "The Forgotten Conflict: Teaching the War of 1812 in Tennessee." The two-day workshop included a history content presentation by Dr. Tom Kanon, TSLA archivist and expert on the War of 1812, living history presentations about the life of a U.S. regular and a Tennessee militia soldier during the War of 1812, close study of primary sources related to the War of 1812, tours of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and more!

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Litigation Financiers Now Required to Register with Secretary of State's Office
(Published: June 30, 2014)

Starting July 1, litigation financiers operating in this state are required to register with the Secretary of State's office.

A litigation financier is a person, entity or partnership engaged in the business of litigation financing. The new law defines litigation financing as making non-recourse transactions in which financing is provided to a consumer in return for a consumer assigning to the litigation financier a contingent right to receive an amount of the potential proceeds of the consumer's judgment, award, settlement or verdict obtained with respect to the consumer's legal claim. However, not included in the definition of litigation financing are legal services provided on a contingency fee basis or advanced legal costs where such services or costs are provided to or on behalf of a consumer by an attorney representing the consumer in the dispute and in accordance with the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, commercial tort claims as defined by T.C.A. § 47-9-102, and claims under the Worker's Compensation Law.

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New Law Streamlines Business Entity Address Requirements
(Published: June 30, 2014)

Legislation was passed this year to streamline the principal office address and registered agent address provisions outlined in the law relative to corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships.

Effective today, every existing and new business entity that registers with the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office is required to have a deliverable street address for its principal office address as well as for the registered agent address. A post office box or other non-street address will no longer be accepted for the principal office address or for the registered agent address. However, a post office box can be used for the mailing address of record. If the U.S. Postal Service cannot deliver mail to a business entity's principal office street address, then the entity will be required to also provide a deliverable mailing address.

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Secretary Hargett Presents Archives Grant Check to Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library
(Published: June 26, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a $2,400 check today to the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library. The grant money will be used to help pay for map storage cabinets needed to store historical documents.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

"I appreciate the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library's commitment to this program," Secretary Hargett said. "These funds will assist in its important work of preserving these records as well as making them available to the broadest possible audience."

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Students from Tellico Plains, Memphis Win Top Honors at National History Day
(Published: June 24, 2014)

General Assembly Two Tennessee students received national honors at the annual National History Day competition that was held last week at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The Legacy Award went to Emma Grace Thompson of Tellico Plains for her film "'Rough in the Bunch': Appalachia's Rayon Girls Fight for the Right to Strike." Emma also received first place in the Senior Individual Documentary category. This is Emma's sixth trip to National History Day and her third national award. Emma recently graduated from the Berean Christian School Independent Study Program. Sharron Thompson is her teacher. As part of the Legacy Award, Emma will travel to Washington, D.C. in April and participate in a roundtable discussion with other young scholars from the different academic disciplines.

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New TSLA exhibit addresses "Emancipation and Reconstruction"
Challenges and Achievements of the 19th Century African-American Legislators
(Published: June 23, 2014)
General Assembly

Officers and Members of the Lower House of
the Forty-Second General Assembly
of Tennessee, 1881.
TSLA Library Photograph Collection.

In November 1872, Tennessee voters elected their first African-American representative to the General Assembly. In all, 14 African Americans, most of them former slaves, were elected to the General Assembly between 1872 and 1896. These African-American legislators represent a significant part of Tennessee state history. They laid the groundwork for the later achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of their tireless struggle for equality lives on today.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, opened last Thursday at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The exhibit will continue through the month of August. The public is invited to explore the achievements of these 14 men, their legislative service, and the times in which they lived.

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Secretary Hargett Presents Grant Check to University of Memphis
(Published: June 19, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a $2,500 check today to the University of Memphis. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with rehousing the university's collection of photographs published by The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Secretary Hargett, Senator Gresham Present Grant Check to Hardeman County Archives
(Published: June 18, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Senator Dolores Gresham presented a $2,400 check today to the Hardeman County Archives. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with purchasing boxes to store archival material.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Secretary Hargett, Representative Eldridge Present Grant Check to Madison County Archives
(Published: June 18, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Representative Jimmy Eldridge presented a $2,500 check today to the Madison County Archives. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with a workshop on proper records care for county officials.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Proposed Constitutional Amendments for the November 4, 2014 General Election Ballot
(Published: June 9, 2014)
Proposed Constitutional Amendments Now Online at Secretary of State's Website
(Published: June 9, 2014)

As a convenience to Tennessee voters, the Secretary of State's office has posted the four proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the November 4 ballot. The amendments appear on the website in the same order they will appear on the ballot.

Article XI Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution outlines the process for approving amendments. Voters will have the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" on each of the amendments. For any of the amendments to be approved, they would need "yes" votes from more than half the total number of people who vote in this year's governor's race. The gubernatorial election will be on the same ballot as the constitutional amendments.

"Although these amendments will not appear on the ballot until November, voters are starting to debate their merits," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "Now these amendments are readily accessible on our website to give people the opportunity to learn about them so they can make well-informed decisions at the ballot box."

 

Secretary Hargett Presents Grant Check to Maury County Archives
(Published: June 5, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a $2,500 check today to the Maury County Archives. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with hiring temporary staff to index deeds.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Secretary Hargett Distributes Funding to Improve Archives at Two Nashville Universities
(Published: June 3, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented grant checks today at two Nashville universities that will be used to improve the archives at those schools. During separate ceremonies at Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University, Secretary Hargett presented checks of $2,500 each.

The checks are awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Next TSLA Workshop: A Retrospective on ‘The Nashville Retrospect’
(Published: May 27, 2014)

Newspapers are sometimes called the first drafts of history. And for the last five years, Allen Forkum has been trying to make sure Nashvillians don’t forget what those first drafts looked like.

Forkum is the editor and publisher of The Nashville Retrospect, a monthly publication that reprints historic articles from Middle Tennessee newspapers, some of which date back 200 years or more. The Nashville Retrospect also features essays by local historians and remembrances from longtime residents.

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Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Report

To view the report online, go to: http://tn.gov/sos/be_reports/201405.pdf.

What Tennessee Business Filings Can Tell You About the State's Economy
(Published: May 22, 2014)

The Tennessee Secretary of State's office introduced a new resource today for people who follow the state's economic indicators.

That resource is a quarterly report that will be produced jointly by the office and the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The report will demonstrate how business filings received by the Secretary of State's office track with key economic indicators.

For example, the center found there is a correlation between new business filings and economic factors such as job growth and employment figures.

"We have a lot of data on file about business activity in Tennessee, and I hope this information, which had previously not been analyzed, will provide value for policymakers and business leaders, ” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

To view the report online, go to: http://tn.gov/sos/be_reports/201405.pdf.

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Hargett tells UTM grads next challenge is servant leadership
(Published: May 8, 2014)
Ut Martin Commencement Speech

Secretary Hargett speaks to graduates
at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett told hundreds of graduates at the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday that they each have the responsibility of sharing their talents with the world around them in an effort to pay forward that which has been shared.

Hargett delivered the spring commencement address at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, according to a news release from the university.

"The challenge for each of us now is looking for ways that we can demonstrate the type of servant leadership that is so sorely needed but too often lacking in our culture," Hargett said. "Unfortunately, we live in a world that doesn't encourage this type of leadership. It inundates us with messages that tell us we all deserve the biggest house, the fastest car, and to be the CEO of the company by the time we are 25 years old."

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State Archivists to Visit Union City in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: May 19, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Union City on June 3rd and 4th 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 Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, on June 3rd from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and June 4th from 9 a.m. until noon. During that time, they invite area residents from Obion, Lake, Weakley and surrounding counties to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Former State Representative Barrett Appointed to State Election Commission
(Published: May 14, 2014)
Donna Barrett

Former State Rep. Donna Barrett has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee State Election Commission. Commissioner Barrett, principal of The Barrett Group, is a recognized leader in cost control strategies. Prior to her founding The Barrett Group, she spent 10 years serving as a Tennessee state representative, representing Rutherford County.

The commission is responsible for appointing local election commissioners in all of Tennessee’s 95 counties, then monitoring the activities and performance of those individual county election commissions.

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May 6, 2014 Unofficial Election Results at elections.tn.gov
(Published: May 6, 2014)

Unofficial primary election results for state judicial offices, including chancellor, circuit court judge, criminal court judge, district attorney, and public defender, will be posted at http://www.elections.tn.gov by county election commissions in districts where primaries have been called after the polls close on Tuesday, May 6.

State Archivists to Visit Livingston in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: May 1, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Livingston on May 15 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 Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, 222 Main Street in Livingston, on May 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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