News and Updates

WWI Veteran Lt. Harry Clemons of the 115th Field Artillery Regiment (Courtesy: Tennessee State Library and Archives)
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle on April 6, 1917, eventually mobilizing 130,000 soldiers from Tennessee.
Artist rendering of The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson
Born 250 years ago this month, Andrew Jackson remains one of Tennessee's most iconic and controversial political figures.
Sen. Douglas Henry was one of the most distinguished as well as the longest serving member of Tennessee General Assembly. There was simply no one else like him.
Gavel and legal balance scales
A recent 320-count indictment and the arrests of 10 people from a joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation highlight an ongoing problem.
Obion River Regional Library Legislative Day in Martin Feb. 13, 2017
Representatives from seven West Tennessee counties gathered in Martin Feb. 13 to discuss a range of issues affecting the state’s public libraries. The event was organized by the Obion River Regional Library, which is part of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Tennessee History Day logo that says "It's not just a day... I'ts an experience!"
Beginning this week, hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state will compete for the right to participate in Tennessee History Day.
Graphic that says "The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research"
Initial business filings have grown year-over-year for more than five years and don't show any signs of slowing down, according to a report released Tuesday by the Secretary of State's office.
WWI Veteran Lt. Harry Clemons of the 115th Field Artillery Regiment (Courtesy: Tennessee State Library & Archives)
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of north Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle in 1917, eventually mobilizing 130,000 soldiers from Tennessee.
National History Bee logo
The Tennessee State Library and Archives has entered into a partnership to sponsor a regional final for National History Bee, an academic quiz competition that attracts tens of thousands of participating students each year.
Librarian Wanza Taylor explains how the future home of the Bobby Martindale Memorial Library will be laid out.
The Bobby Martindale Memorial Library in Grand Junction will receive a major upgrade thanks to a $100,000 library construction grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Patrons using computers at one of Tennessee’s public libraries
The Tennessee State Library and Archives recently awarded more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across the state. The grants, which are distributed annually, are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Young students writing as their teacher watches
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is proud to announce the winners of an essay contest introduced last fall to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The contest, along with the Student Mock Election, is part of the office’s civic engagement program.
Library and Archives patrons using microfilm machines
When Sarah Jo Myrick and her husband Robert evacuated their Gatlinburg home ahead of the fast-approaching wildfire in late November, they were rightly more concerned about their safety than their possessions.
Cover of Murder & Mayhem in Nashville by Brian Allison
People don't usually associate libraries with murder and mayhem.
2015 Edition Tennessee Election Laws book
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate three administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.
Elector Mike Callahan who represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District signs a voting certificate in the House Chamber Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
Tennessee’s presidential electors met at the State Capitol Monday to cast their ballots for president of the United States. The Volunteer State has 11 of the total 538 electoral votes that make up the U.S. Electoral College.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Gov. Bill Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery certify Nov. 8 election results with Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.
Official election results from the Nov. 8, 2016, general election are now available. Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Gov. Bill Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery certified Nov. 8 election results with Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins Dec. 13.
Tennessee Archives Institute participants practice cleaning historical documents.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is proud to recognize eight recent graduates of the Tennessee Archives Institute. The Library and Archives annually hosts the institute, a two-and-a-half day series of workshops on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation.
An early Tennessee land record
In Tennessee's pioneer days, settlers often had access to one form of currency: land. With the scarcity of cash money, land was the most important form of wealth, commerce and entrepreneurial activity in early Tennessee, as well as the chief magnet that drew people to this area.
In the wake of devastating wildfires in East Tennessee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging people to use caution when trying to help fire victims.
Public Library Leadership Academy workshop attendees in Nashville
About two dozen assistant library managers from across the state recently came to Nashville for a three-day workshop hosted by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The workshop, called the Public Library Leadership Academy, was the first of its kind in Tennessee.
Graphic that says "The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research"
Tennessee's economy has consistently grown for five straight years, according to a report released Thursday by the Secretary of State's office. There were 8,898 new entity filings in the third quarter, which represents a 7.3 percent increase over the third quarter of 2015.
David Franklin Brock pictured in 1953 with other soldiers in the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion
As Veterans Day approaches, the Tennessee State Library and Archives has launched a new digital collection featuring the Korean War images of David Franklin Brock. Brock was a 20-year-old Van Buren County farm boy when he reported for the draft in Nashville in January 1952.

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