News and Updates

The Division of Business Services, as well as other divisions of the Tennessee Department of State, receives large amounts of mail daily.
The Division of Business Services is implementing changes to its courtesy notice letters as well as its notification letters for registrations that are scheduled to expire or be administratively dissolved or revoked.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging everyone to use #GoVoteTN as a way Tennesseans can use social media to encourage others to register to vote.
As anyone who has visited a public library recently can tell you, libraries are more than just places to check out books. They're also gathering spots where people come to take courses, conduct research, create resumes, and apply for jobs - all via computer.
Tennessee’s economy continues on an upward trajectory as the Great Recession keeps getting smaller in the rearview mirror.
Every genealogical research project has to start somewhere, whether it’s a Google search of an ancestor’s name or an old family photograph unearthed from the attic.
Map of Tennessee's 99 State House of Representatives districts
Wednesday, August 12 is Election Day in one part of East Tennessee with voters deciding who will be the newest member of the 109th General Assembly. Secretary of State Tre Hargett wants people to know how they can find unofficial results as soon as the polls close.
picture of Secretary of State Tre Hargett with public school officials and the Coordinator of Civic Engagement
The Secretary of State’s office is proud to announce a new online resource designed by Tennessee teachers. 15 lesson plans and teaching aids based on the Tennessee Blue Book are now available.
Librarians do more than stand guard over shelves of books. In order to be successful, they're frequently called up to be freedom of information advocates, strategic planners, marketing specialists, budget-balancing experts, public speakers and more - sometimes all in the same week!
It's easy today to think of Tennessee's borders as set in stone, but that hasn't always been the case.
Smart phones and selfie sticks were more than 100 years away from being invented, but photography was nevertheless an important part of people's lives during the 19th Century.
A familiar scam that continues to target Tennessee businesses is now in the spotlight of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to announce the public can get involved in the rollout of a new state law that adds labeling and placement requirements for donation bins across Tennessee.
Land records dating back to the Revolutionary War era can tell researchers much about Tennessee's early history - as a part of North Carolina, later as a territory and finally as the country's 16th state.
Three Tennessee students - one each from Memphis, Lenoir City and Tellico Plains - received major national honors at the National History Day competition recently held in College Park, Maryland.
Nearly two dozen Tennessee teachers participated in the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) summer teacher institute on “Reconstruction and the African-American Experience in Tennessee” last week. The two-day workshop included a history content presentation by Dr.
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is working to improve communication with all Tennesseans. Our goal is to inform the public about what is going on in the Tennessee Department of State as it happens across multiple platforms.
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Lawrenceburg on June 26 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for the online exhibit “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee,” which commemorates the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.
Historians sometimes refer to the War of 1812 as 'the Forgotten Conflict.' Yet it was a war in which Tennessee earned its "Volunteer State" nickname, made possible the acquisition of territory west of the Tennessee River, launched the careers of Sam Houston, David Crockett and An
Exterior of Bass Pro Shop from TSLA Decoration of the Memphis Pyramid. Source: basspro.com/pyramid
Since its grand opening last month, the Bass Pro Shops superstore in downtown Memphis has earned high praise from those who have toured the facility.
A newly digitized collection of Civil War love letters is now available online through the Tennessee State Library and Archives' Tennessee Virtual Archive website.
The number of new entity fillings and annual reports in Tennessee grew during the first quarter of 2015. The state recorded 8,685 new entity filings between January and March 2015, representing a 9.3% increase compared to the same time last year, according to a new economic report.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H.
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Business entities that want to transact business under a name other than their legal name can apply for an assumed name (otherwise known as a trade name or fictitious name).

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