News and Updates

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Tennessee Archives Institute participants practice cleaning historical documents.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.
People observe a forest map used by Alvin C. York on display at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park in Pall Mall
Alvin C. York became Tennessee's most decorated World War I veteran for his heroism fighting the Germans in France's Argonne Forest.
Sign that says "VOTE HERE"
The Division of Elections would like to remind Tennesseans how to make voting in the Nov. 8 general election go as smoothly as possible. Many voters are expected Tuesday even after a record-breaking 1,675,679 people voted early in person or by mail ahead of Election Day.
Tennesseans showed up in strong numbers to vote early for the Nov. 8 general election. A record-breaking 1,675,679 people voted early or cast absentee ballots across the Volunteer State's 95 counties from Oct. 19 through Nov. 3.
2016 Tennessee Student Mock Election Results, 53.1% Donald J. Trump Republican, 34.3% Hillary Clinton Democratic, 2.3% "Rocky" Roque De La Fuente Independent, 5.0% Gary Johnson Independent, 1.5% Alyson Kennedy Independent, 1.4% Mike Smith Independent, 2.3% Jill Stein Independent
Tennessee students are now part of a major milestone after successfully voting in the first-ever statewide Student Mock Election. Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States if Tennessee students were casting real ballots.
Sign that says Early Voting
Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election is now underway. Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of this opportunity to avoid lines on Election Day.
Red stamp of the words "Student Mock Election" repeated
"Early voting" is officially underway in Tennessee's first ever statewide Student Mock Election. Teachers from schools across the state were able to begin entering their results yesterday.
Form that says "2016 - Annual Records Solicitation Form. Shareholders, Directors and Officers"
A familiar problem is popping up again across the Volunteer State.
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.
Stack of Tennessee Voter Registration Forms
Time is running out to get registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Little girl in a horse and carriage toy.
Here’s the thing about being a kid: We’ve all been there. Yet what it’s like to be a child has changed a lot throughout history. Now a new exhibit at the Tennessee State Library & Archives chronicles some of those changes.
Free Event. Low Vision Expo 2016. Friday, October 21st 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Nashville Public Library - Conference Center 615 Church Street, Nashville TN 37219
People with visual impairments will get a chance to sample products and learn coping skills that can help them manage their lives better during the upcoming Low Vision Expo, where the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will be a participating partner.