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08 /17/ 17
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Reports The number of new entity filings coupled with a historically low unemployment rate indicates Tennessee has a healthy economy,... Read More
05 /15/ 17
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Reports Tennessee’s economy continues to grow with a robust start to 2017, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's... Read More
05 /10/ 17
Elections Executive
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate three administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Jeff Roberts, Davidson County Administrator of Elections Elizabeth Black, Montgomery... Read More
05 /03/ 17
Executive TSLA
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. Since its humble beginnings,... Read More
04 /12/ 17
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
04 /05/ 17
Executive TSLA
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. The... Read More
04 /04/ 17
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
03 /28/ 17
Executive TSLA
The United States’ entry into World War I led to tragedy for the West family from the East Tennessee community of Oliver Springs. Newspapers of the time reported that infantryman and Oliver Springs resident George Edward West carried his... Read More
03 /27/ 17
Executive TSLA
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. I am optimistic because I have heard from... Read More
03 /20/ 17
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
03 /06/ 17
Executive TSLA
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. This 2014 video, produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives,... Read More
02 /17/ 17
Business Services Executive
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. People are... Read More
02 /14/ 17
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Reports Initial business filings have grown year-over-year for more than five years and don't show any signs of slowing down, according... Read More
02 /08/ 17
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
01 /30/ 17
Executive TSLA
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. The project will move the existing library less than half... Read More
01 /17/ 17
Civic Engagement Executive
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... Read More
01 /09/ 17
Executive TSLA
People don't usually associate libraries with murder and mayhem. However, when Brian Allison was researching his book, "Murder and Mayhem in Nashville," he frequently relied on material from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to... Read More
01 /05/ 17
Elections Executive
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate three administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Annette Pulley, Houston County Administrator of Elections Linda Phillips, Shelby... Read More
12 /20/ 16
Elections Executive
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. The Tennessee... Read More
12 /14/ 16
Elections Executive
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... Read More
12 /05/ 16
Business Services Executive
The Tennessee Attorney General released the following announcement today: Lawsuit Filed Against Individuals in Government Imposter Scheme Government look-alike companies targeted Tennessee businesses for years Tennessee Attorney General... Read More
11 /30/ 16
Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Executive
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. "Tennesseans are among the most generous people in our country and I know that we... Read More
11 /17/ 16
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Reports Tennessee's economy has consistently grown for five straight years, according to a report released Thursday by the Secretary of... Read More
11 /10/ 16
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
11 /07/ 16
Elections Executive
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... Read More
11 /04/ 16
Elections Executive
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. That... Read More
11 /02/ 16
Civic Engagement Executive
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... Read More
10 /19/ 16
Elections Executive
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. Voting... Read More
10 /18/ 16
Civic Engagement Executive
"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. Results must be submitted by 4 p.m. CDT on Mock... Read More
10 /17/ 16
Business Services Executive
A familiar problem is popping up again across the Volunteer State. Many businesses are reporting receiving a solicitation letter from an entity calling itself the Tennessee Council for Corporations, a private, out of state company that... Read More
10 /06/ 16
Elections Executive
Time is running out to get registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. To fill out a voter registration application or check your registration status, visit GoVoteTN.com. "We... Read More
10 /05/ 16
Executive TSLA
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. The exhibit... Read More
09 /06/ 16
Executive TSLA
Tennessee is famous for many things, but some people may not realize the state once was a hotbed for the marble industry. Tennessee marble, known for its pinkish-gray coloring and ease of polishing, has been used in many buildings across... Read More
09 /01/ 16
Elections Executive
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to use #GoVoteTN on social media as a way to encourage others to register to vote. During the month of September, which is National Voter Registration Month, people should have someone... Read More
08 /24/ 16
Civic Engagement Executive
Tennessee's first ever statewide Student Mock Election is off to an amazing start. As of today, more than 170 schools across the state are registered to participate, meaning an estimated 76,000 students will do something most kids can't:... Read More
08 /18/ 16
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Reports The Volunteer State’s economy is climbing into unchartered territory, reaching heights well above the peak experienced before... Read More
08 /16/ 16
Business Services Executive
The Division of Business Services has a new online feature that allows business entities formed outside the state of Tennessee to complete an application for certificate of authority, upload a current certificate of existence from their... Read More
08 /11/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
This fall students across Tennessee will be able to do something most kids can't: vote for president of the United States. The Secretary of State's office is pleased to announce Tennessee's first ever statewide Student Mock Election.... Read More
08 /03/ 16
Elections Executive
The Division of Elections would like to remind Tennesseans how to make voting in the August 4 state primary and county general election go as smoothly as possible. 281,269 voters cast early or absentee ballots ahead of Election Day. Use... Read More
07 /26/ 16
Executive TSLA
Nearly 100 years ago, Tennessee played a pivotal role in granting women across the country the right to vote. Now the Tennessee State Library & Archives has a new online collection that highlights that watershed moment in the nation's... Read More
07 /15/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
Early voting for the August 4 state primary and county general election is now underway. Voting will continue Mondays through Saturdays and end Saturday, July 30. Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of... Read More
07 /07/ 16
Executive TSLA
Tennessee is a state rich with folk traditions. By studying oral history interviews and song recordings, we can learn a lot about how people lived during simpler times. From hog killings to sorghum making to wash days to building... Read More
06 /29/ 16
Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Executive
The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming has a new name. Effective July 1, it’s now the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming. The division's new title is a result of the Fantasy Sports Act of 2016... Read More
06 /22/ 16
Executive TSLA
Six Tennessee students finished among the top ten in their categories at National History Day this month. In all, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, in which students prepare documentaries, ... Read More
05 /25/ 16
Executive TSLA
As Memorial Day approaches, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is commemorating the 100-year anniversary of World War I by launching a new digital collection on TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive). The Tennessee World War I Gold Star... Read More
05 /10/ 16
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: http://sos.tn.gov/tennessee-quarterly-business-and-economic-indicators-r... - See more at: http://sos.tn.gov/news/tennessees-economy-just-keeps-growing#sthash.DFSj... Read the report here... Read More
05 /09/ 16
Executive TSLA
As the saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. That's especially true in historical research, where old portrait photographs can tell us about the mannerisms, clothing, hairstyles and even cultural norms of people who lived... Read More
04 /25/ 16
Executive TSLA
Although the United States was a relatively late entry into World War I, the conflict took an enormous toll on American lives. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 100,000 American deaths were attributed to the war, plus... Read More
04 /19/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
Tennesseans are two steps closer to being able to register to vote online. This morning the House passed HB1742. This comes on the heels of the Senate unanimously passing SB1626 on Monday. Once signed into law by Governor Haslam, the... Read More
04 /13/ 16
Executive TSLA
The Tennessee State Library & Archives recently launched a new online ordering system for Supreme Court cases. The new system will allow researchers to request cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans. It... Read More
04 /11/ 16
Executive TSLA
Nearly 70 students will be representing Tennessee at National History Day later this summer. Those students placed first or second in their categories at Tennessee History Day on Saturday. Tennessee History Day participants entered... Read More
04 /06/ 16
Executive TSLA
After months of intensive research and successes at local and district level competitions, 250 students from all parts of Tennessee will present their projects at the annual Tennessee History Day competition, which will be held in downtown... Read More
04 /04/ 16
Executive TSLA
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 more than 4 million... Read More
03 /30/ 16
Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Executive
Resources: Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment (pdf) Order Appointing Liquidating Receiver (pdf) Cancer Fund of America Phone Scripts and Mailers (pdf) Cancer Fund of America Audit Letter (pdf) Cancer Support Services... Read More
03 /16/ 16
Executive TSLA
The United States waited almost three years before joining the Allied Forces in World War I, but then committed to the war effort in a major way. According to the National Archives, about 2 million Americans served overseas during the... Read More
03 /10/ 16
Business Services Executive
The Division of Business Services now has videos to demonstrate how to file annual reports ahead of the busy April filing deadline. For companies that operate on a fiscal calendar ending December 31, April 1 is the deadline to file an... Read More
03 /03/ 16
Elections Executive
The Division of Elections reports a record number of Tennesseans voted in the March 1 presidential preference primary or "SEC Primary." A record-breaking 1,240,178 Tennesseans voted to decide who could be the next president of the United... Read More
02 /29/ 16
Elections Executive
The Division of Elections would like to remind Tennesseans how to make voting in the March 1 presidential preference primary, or "SEC Primary," go as smoothly as possible. Based on last week's record-breaking 385,653 voters who cast their... Read More
02 /24/ 16
Elections Executive
A record number of Tennesseans chose to vote early for the March 1 presidential preference primary, or "SEC Primary," when six other Southern states will join Tennessee to decide who could be the next president of the United States. 385,... Read More
02 /22/ 16
Elections Executive
Tennesseans planning to vote early in the March 1 presidential preference primary, or "SEC Primary," need to visit their polling locations by tomorrow. Early voting ends Tuesday, February 23. So far 204,503 Tennesseans have chosen to vote... Read More
02 /22/ 16
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: http://sos.tn.gov/tennessee-quarterly-business-and-economic-indicators-reports Strong numbers of new business filings suggest Tennessee’s economy is healthy and should continue the growth... Read More
02 /19/ 16
Elections Executive
The Division of Elections would like to remind Tennesseans planning to vote early in the March 1 presidential preference primary, or "SEC Primary," that tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, is the last weekend opportunity to cast an early... Read More
02 /17/ 16
Executive TSLA
Here's a quick geography quiz: Where in Tennessee would one find Bell County? The short answer is, "nowhere." But oh, what might have been. In 1870, the Tennessee General Assembly proposed a new county along the state's southwestern... Read More
02 /10/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
Early voting for the March 1 presidential preference primary, or "SEC Primary," begins today. This election cycle voting early may be an important option because of unpredictable winter weather. The number of presidential candidates as... Read More
02 /05/ 16
Executive
Secretary of State Tre Hargett dedicated the newly released 2015-2016 edition of the Blue Book to the late U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. of Scott County on Thursday. Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) invited Secretary Hargett to hold the... Read More
02 /01/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
In 2016, Tennessee will play a bigger role than ever before in deciding who will be the next president of the United States. That’s why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to dedicate their vote this election season to... Read More
01 /28/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
Tennesseans who want to vote in the March 1 presidential preference primary, or “SEC Primary,” must register to vote by Monday, February 1, 2016. This election cycle the Volunteer State will join six other Southern states on March 1 to... Read More
01 /15/ 16
Executive TSLA
About one-third of the state's public library board members have already signed up for a certification program created by the Tennessee State Library and Archives within the first six months of the program's existence. The Tennessee... Read More
01 /15/ 16
Civic Engagement Elections Executive
By Secretary of State Tre Hargett During this legislative session, a bill sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) would allow the Division of Elections to implement online voter registration in... Read More
01 /12/ 16
Elections Executive
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate eight administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam on Monday, December 14, 2015. Josh Blanchard, Cocke County Administrator of Elections Warren Adams,... Read More
01 /08/ 16
Executive TSLA
A free exhibit highlighting the impact the New Deal had on Tennessee will remain on display in the lobby of the Tennessee State Library and Archives building for at least a few more weeks. The New Deal describes a series of programs... Read More
01 /06/ 16
Executive TSLA
J.L. "Bud" Alley was a participant in one of the bloodiest battles during the Vietnam War, which was fought in the Ia Drang Valley in November of 1965. For years afterward, Alley struggled to make sense of how the events of that day fit... Read More
01 /04/ 16
Business Services Executive
Tennessee businesses can now form for profit benefit corporations with the Division of Business Services. This new entity type is part of the For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act that went into effect January 1, 2016. The classification... Read More
12 /17/ 15
Elections Executive
Thursday marks an important milestone on the road to the White House, which will cross Tennessee during the 2016 election cycle. Secretary of State Tre Hargett has now certified the names of presidential candidates for the March 1... Read More
12 /02/ 15
Executive TSLA
The Library and Archives preserves millions of precious documents, photographs and maps that chronicle Tennessee’s rich history. A newly produced video explains how state librarians and archivists work tirelessly to ensure these invaluable... Read More
12 /02/ 15
Elections Executive
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a list of presidential primary candidates to the State Election Commission. According to Tennessee Code Annotated §2-5-205, the secretary of state provides a list of... Read More
11 /19/ 15
Business Services Executive
Read the report and listen to the teleconference: http://sos.tn.gov/tennessee-quarterly-business-and-economic-indicators-reports New business filings indicate Tennessee's economy will continue to grow, according to an economic report... Read More
11 /16/ 15
Division of Publications Executive
The 2015-2016 edition of the Tennessee Blue Book will be dedicated to the late U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. of Scott County. Baker's lengthy and storied career spanned seven decades, including winning 56 percent of the popular vote in... Read More
11 /02/ 15
Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Executive
The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming has been working with organizations throughout Tennessee for the last few months to ensure they are in compliance with a new section of the Charitable Solicitations Act that went into... Read More
10 /14/ 15
Elections Executive
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate six administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam on Friday, September 25, 2015. Susan Hughes, Blount County Administrator of Elections Matt Teply, Cannon... Read More
10 /07/ 15
Business Services Executive
The Division of Business Services, as well as other divisions of the Tennessee Department of State, receives large amounts of mail daily. Many of our customers have been sending regular correspondence to file annual reports or other... Read More
09 /08/ 15
Business Services Executive
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. Notification letters... Read More
09 /01/ 15
Elections Executive
Special thanks to award winning country music artist Kix Brooks for providing the voice over for "Why Your Vote Matters." Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging everyone to use #GoVoteTN as a way Tennesseans can use social... Read More
08 /27/ 15
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
08 /25/ 15
Business Services Executive
Resources: Read the report: http://sharetngov.tnsosfiles.com/sos/news/QI_May2015_FINAL051115.pdf Listen to the teleconference (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI2h_rjSoHk Listen to the teleconference (mp3): http://sharetngov.... Read More
08 /03/ 15
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
08 /03/ 15
Executive
L to R back row: William Freddy Curtis, Cannon County High School; Erika Ashford, Ridgeway High School; Addison Pate, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School; Gordon Sisk, Karns High School L to R front row: Abby Sutton, Coordinator of... Read More
07 /21/ 15
Executive TSLA
It's easy today to think of Tennessee's borders as set in stone, but that hasn't always been the case. Those borders changed repeatedly throughout the early years of the state's history due to land grant settlements, treaties with Native... Read More
07 /07/ 15
Business Services Executive
A familiar scam that continues to target Tennessee businesses is now in the spotlight of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee. The BBB recently added State Compliance Center, also known as SCC, to its list of "Misleading... Read More
07 /01/ 15
Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Executive
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. Effective July 1, specific labeling... Read More
06 /25/ 15
Executive TSLA
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. The trouble is that time hasn't... Read More
06 /22/ 15
Executive TSLA
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... Read More
06 /16/ 15
Executive
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. We... Read More
05 /27/ 15
Executive TSLA
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. The New York Times used the word "stunning" twice in the first six paragraphs of its... Read More
05 /19/ 15
Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Executive
Resources: VIDEO: May 19, 2015 News Conference: Secretary Hargett Announces Federal Suit Against Four Sham Cancer Charities   Children’s Cancer Fund Phone Script (pdf) Children’s Cancer Fund Solicitation (pdf) Breast Cancer of America... Read More
05 /19/ 15
Resources: Children’s Cancer Fund Phone Script (pdf) Children’s Cancer Fund Solicitation (pdf) Breast Cancer of America Phone Script (pdf) Breast Cancer of America Solicitation 1 (pdf) Breast Cancer of America Solicitation 2 (pdf) Breast... Read More
05 /15/ 15
Business Services Executive
The Division of Business Services is proud to announce a new service that is available online: assumed name filings. Business entities that want to transact business under a name other than their legal name can apply for an assumed name (... Read More
04 /28/ 15
Executive TSLA
The front door of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) isn't located on its building in downtown Nashville - at least not for all Tennesseans. For many patrons, that 'front door' is actually whatever portal they use to access... Read More
04 /08/ 15
Executive TSLA
One young man from McMinn County forever altered the course of American history when he decided to listen to his mother. On an August day in 1920, Harry Burn - the Tennessee General Assembly's youngest member - cast a vote in favor of the... Read More
04 /08/ 15
Executive
Governor John Sevier’s 1799 address to the state legislature discussing boundary issues, the influx of settlers to the state and commerce issues related to French control of the Mississippi River. A hand-colored map drawn by then General... Read More

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