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Secretary of State's Office Closed for Good Friday
(Published: April 15, 2014)

In observance of the Good Friday holiday, the Secretary of State's office will be closed on Friday, April 18. If you have business with the office or any of its operating divisions, please plan accordingly. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, April 21.

April’s Business Spotlight: “Furred and Feathered Friends”
(Published: April 15, 2014)

Rebecca Brewer knows something about your dog that you may not: Your pet may not be the unabashed carnivore that you think it is.

"Dogs do love vegetables," Brewer said. "Dogs love fruits."

Brewer has learned this because her Newbern-based business, Farm House Barkery LLC, produces baked doggie treats that are all fruit- and vegetable-based. While most regular dog food is meat-based, Brewer said pooches apparently like to switch things up when they're snacking.

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March's Tennessee Business Spotlight: "Going Green"
(Published: March 6, 2014)

For Trey Palmer, president of Palmer's Turf Nursery in Dunlap, sod farming isn't just a business – it's a way of life. A way of life that conjures up memories of an older time in our country's history, when farms and farmers were more numerous.

"I love the scenery, the tractors, the simplicity of life, the kids running around on the sod farm," Palmer said.

Palmer's Turf Nursery was founded in 1994, when Palmer's father decided to get out of the landscaping business and concentrate on producing turf. Palmer followed in his father's footsteps, earning a degree in turf grass science from Penn State University.

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Media Alert: Secretary Hargett Warns of Familiar Scam Under New Name
(Published: October 10, 2013)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has been receiving inquiries from businesses and other organizations about an official-looking notice from Annual Business Services. In the notices that have been mailed out to Tennesseans, Annual Business Services claims the organizations must fill out a form and pay $125 to register. However, Annual Business Services is not in any way affiliated with the Secretary of State’s office and there is no state law requiring registration with that entity.

The standard annual fee to file a corporation registration report in Tennessee is only $20.

This appears to be similar to a scam that surfaced several months ago with an entity calling itself Corporate Records Services and using a different address.

“I strongly advise corporations and other organizations to exercise caution before providing private and confidential information – particularly credit card information – to this or any company representing itself in this manner,” Secretary Hargett said. “When questionable documents arrive in the mail, I encourage people to call our office to verify their authenticity.”

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Uniform Commercial Code Filing Changes Take Effect Today
(Published: July 1, 2013)

Tennessee’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filing system, which is administered by the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, underwent significant change, effective today. On the same day that statutory changes in the UCC system approved by the General Assembly last year are going into effect, the division has activated its new UCC filing system.

The new UCC filing system replaces technology that has been used by the division since 1997 and offers customers new conveniences, including online filing capabilities.

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