Four County Elections Officials Pass Certification Exam

Four county administrators of elections are being recognized for passing the state certification exam. Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented each administrator with a certificate Monday at the annual state election law summer seminar in Nashville. Two administrators passed the exam Sept. 24, 2018. As a result, all 95 counties had a certified administrator of elections for the November 2018 general election: Josh Tapp, Fayette County Administrator of Elections; Kyra Inglis, Marion County Administrator of Elections.Two administrators passed the exam May 9, 2019: Andy Farrar, Coffee County Administrator of Elections; Susie Davenport, Warren County Administrator of Elections.

Celebrate Statehood Day Saturday, June 1

Tennessee turns 223 Saturday, June 1. To celebrate Tennessee’s Statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is partnering with the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to host a variety of events Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT. Attendees can see the constitutions, tour the state Capitol and Bicentennial Mall Park grounds, participate in a scavenger hunt, meet characters from the past, play historic games, listen to live music and enjoy birthday cake. Join them for a day of fun to celebrate Tennessee becoming a state!

Library and Archives Hosts Free Workshop on Civil War Research

The Civil War has touched the life of almost every U.S. citizen but connecting families with complete records can present challenges. On Saturday, May 4, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled, “Cross Connections to the Civil War.” Presenter J. Mark Lowe will demonstrate how to search and use the wide variety of records available through the Tennessee State Library and Archives – including records from the Grand Army of the Republic, United Confederate Veterans, United States Colored Troops, Confederate and Union Army pensions, Southern Claims Commission, courts-martial, newspaper accounts, unit histories, letters to governors and presidents, diaries and more. Participants can expect to leave with knowledge and tools to draw a more complete picture of their Civil War ancestor and family history.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett Appoints Members to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Standards Board

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett today appointed the state’s two representatives to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards Board, in compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Secretary Hargett appointed Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins, a Republican, and Rutherford County Election Commissioner Carolyn Peebles, a Democrat, to the Standards Board. HAVA requires the chief election official of each state to appoint one state election official and one local election official and the two members appointed may not be of the same political party.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett Announces Dedication of Tennessee Blue Book to the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett today announced the 2019-2020 edition of the Tennessee Blue Book will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

Tennessee State Library and Archives to Host Free Workshop on Tennessee Virtual Archive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Library and Archives later this month will host a workshop on the newly-redesigned Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). The free online repository of Tennessee’s history, containing thousands of digitized historic items from the collections of the Library and Archives was overhauled in 2018 to make it mobile-friendly and more accessible to the public. TeVA contains valuable collections, such as photographs, documents, maps, postcards, audio, and video. Digital Materials Librarian Jennifer Randles will take attendees on a tour of the new website and demonstrate how to make the most of TeVA, including navigating, browsing, searching, viewing and downloading. Participants will learn how to quickly find what they need in TeVA’s collections and view some of the many items available via the website. Prior to joining the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Randles worked at Scripps Networks Interactive and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. She holds a master’s degree in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop will be held from 9:30 – 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, in the auditorium of the Library and Archives, located at 403 7th Ave. N. in Nashville. While the workshop is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, visit https://tevatalk.eventbrite.com.

Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett today was joined by members of the General Assembly, advocates for domestic violence victims and other stakeholders to announce the introduction of the Tennessee Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program. Tennessee now joins the more than 35 other states offering similar domestic violence safety programs.


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