News and Updates

(L to R) A.J. Camacho of Clayton-Bradley Academy; Tate Greene and teacher Liz Shugart of Clayton-Bradley Academy
Five Tennessee students received medals last week during the 2017 National History Day Contest. In all, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, where students prepare documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites with historical themes.
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 continues to grow with a robust start to 2017, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's office. There were 10,372 new entity filings in the first quarter of 2017, which represents an 8.7 percent increase over the same time last year.
L to R: Secretary Hargett, Davidson County Administrator of Elections Jeff Roberts, Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Elizabeth Black, Moore County Administrator of Elections Jim Sanders and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate three administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Tennessee State Library and Archives Building
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is awarding more than $337,000 in library technology training grants to 45 public libraries across the state.
When Tennessee became a state June 1, 1796, only about 77,000 people lived here. Tennessee was the country's 16th state and the first to be created from territory that had been under federal jurisdiction.
Family register made by Elizabeth Jane Hunter of Knox Co. in 1836
Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the state's early days are stitched together in embroidered cloth patches known as samplers.
Engraving of Major General Andrew Jackson by James Barton Longacre
He was the first Tennessean to serve as president of the United States – and his legacy remains hotly debated to this day. Andrew Jackson was a larger-than-life figure in American politics, a war hero who rode a wave of populism into the White House.
Tennessee History Day logo that says "It's not just a day... It's an experience!"
Seventy-three students qualified to represent Tennessee at National History Day later this summer. Those students placed first or second in their categories at Tennessee History Day held in Nashville on Saturday.
Logo that says "Tennessee History Day. It's not just a day... It's an experience!"
Following months of research and competitions at the local and district levels, more than 300 students from across the state will present their projects at the annual Tennessee History Day competition in downtown Nashville Saturday.
Story time is a popular tradition at public libraries throughout the country, but story time events at the Tennessee State Library and Archives have a special twist: instead of performing with groups of eager children crowded at her feet, the librarian administering the program at the Library and Ar
Poster honoring Pvt. Gordon Klope killed in action in France on Oct. 14, 1918
The United States’ entry into World War I led to tragedy for the West family from the East Tennessee community of Oliver Springs.
2007 plans for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building on Bicentennial Mall
As the legislative session winds down, I am cautiously optimistic that the General Assembly will include funding for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building in the next state budget.
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... It's 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.

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