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Scaling New Peaks
(Published: January 10, 2014)

In the Secretary of State's office, the process of evaluating and improving the services we provide is much like trying to reach a new mountain peak. When a peak is reached, the improved perspective from the top allows us to see new possibilities. I am excited about the many challenges our team is preparing to meet as we continue to raise the standard for what Tennesseans can expect from state government. Read More...

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Passionate About Purpose – Serving Taxpayers
(Published: March 18, 2013)

Bringing culture change to government can be a tall order. It is exactly what I set out to do when I took office as secretary of state. In the department of state, our dedicated staff is providing a clear example to Tennesseans that government can deliver value to our customers each day. Read More...

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Focused on the Taxpayers, Our Customers, Since 2009
(Published: March 28, 2012)

Thanks to the Tennessee General Assembly, I am now well into my fourth year as your Secretary of State.  During a recent visit to Smith County, I had an opportunity to reflect on the transformation of our department as a result of the efforts of my talented team of hard-working employees. Read More...

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Celebrate National Voter Registration Month in September!
(Published: September 2, 2014)

According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, about three out of 10 adults across our country who are eligible to vote aren't registered. The good news is that there's an easy remedy for that problem.

That's why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is calling on people across Tennessee to celebrate National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote themselves - if they haven't already - and encouraging friends and neighbors to register.

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State Archivists to Visit Brownsville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: August 26, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Brownsville on September 9th and 10th to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, 121 Sunny Hill Cove in Brownsville, on September 9th from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and September 10th from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Capitol Documentary Wins Award from National Conference of State Legislatures
(Published: August 20, 2014)

A documentary produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives staff has earned national recognition from a group that serves state legislators and their staff members.

The Legislative Research Librarians section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will officially announce a Notable Documents award today for the documentary titled, "Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition." The announcement will occur during the Legislative Research Librarians' business meeting in Minneapolis.

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Long-Lost Civil War Diary Returns to Tennessee
(Published: August 19, 2014)

The long-lost diary of a prominent Nashvillian has been returned to Tennessee by a California woman. Andrea Shearn, a retired science teacher, found the diary while helping her parents move into an assisted living facility.

Shearn found the diary in a wooden box on a closet shelf in Cincinnati, where her grandmother had evidently put it in 1963. Neither Shearn nor her parents realized it was there.

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Launch of TutorTN Gives Henry County Students Free Tutoring Online
(Published: August 13, 2014)

Henry County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don't have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.

The new service is available to Henry County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/tutortn and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.

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Launch of TutorTN Gives Putnam County Students Free Tutoring Online
(Published: August 13, 2014)

Putnam County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don’t have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.

The new service is available to Putnam County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/tutorTN and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.

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Launch of TutorTN Gives Unicoi County Students Free Tutoring Online
(Published: August 13, 2014)

Unicoi County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don’t have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.

The new service is available to Unicoi County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/TutorTN and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.

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New Business Start-Ups Increased During Second Quarter of 2014
(Published: August 12, 2014)

More new businesses were launched last quarter than during the same period the year before - which may bode well for the state's economy through the rest of the year.

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Check www.GoVoteTN.com for Election Night Results
(Published: August 4, 2014)

Unofficial election results for state and federal races will be posted on www.GoVoteTN.com after the polls close Thursday night. However, due to the length of the ballot, county election officials may be reporting those results more slowly than usual.

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Call the State's Toll-Free Elections Hotline for Answers to Voting Questions
(Published: August 6, 2014)

As Tennesseans head to the polls Thursday, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging them to call the state Division of Elections' toll-free hotline number if they have questions or concerns about voting or the electoral process. That number is 1-877-850-4959.

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Early Voting Totals for August 7, 2014 Election
(Published: July 18, 2014)

For the number of early voters by county for the August 7, 2014 Election click here.

*Information submitted by the respective counties.

 

Consumer Alert: Beware of Solicitation for Potentially Misleading Business Forms
(Published: August 1, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee businesses to be aware of a new, potentially misleading solicitation. The Secretary of State's office has received inquiries about a Certificate of Authorization Request Form distributed by an entity called "SCC." The solicitation states that in exchange for a fee of $68, the business will receive a Tennessee Certificate of Existence and Business Entity Detail Report. This SCC solicitation is not a notice issued by the Tennessee Secretary of State or any other governmental entity.

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State Library and Archives Teams with Ancestry.com on Major Genealogy Event in Nashville
(Published: August 4, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) and Ancestry.com are teaming up for a big genealogy event in Nashville. Beginning Sept. 16th, special lectures and research assistance are scheduled each day at TSLA's building, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. On Saturday, Sept. 20, a full day of presentations designed to help family historians trace their roots will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, located at 623 Union Street in downtown Nashville. The event is called the Tennessee Ancestry Library Event, or TALE.

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State Archivists to Visit Parsons in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: August 1, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Parsons on August 19th to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Parsons Cultural Life Center/Municipal Building, 535 Tennessee Avenue South, on August 19th from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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The Lowdown from the High Court: A Workshop on Tennessee Supreme Court Records Available at the State Library and Archives
(Published: July 31, 2014)

Among the vast amount of information available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), Tennessee Supreme Court records make up by far the largest single collection. With individual case files that sometimes include hundreds of pages and stretch over several generations, the entire collection takes up most of an entire floor of TSLA's building.

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Secretary of State Tre Hargett Announces Start of Early Voting
(Published: July 17, 2014)

Beginning Friday, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 7 state primary and county general elections. Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting.

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Tennessee Honor Vote Program
(Published: July 11, 2014)

Please watch this video to learn about a great way to honor active duty, retired and deceased members of our military.

Go to Honor Vote Program.

New TSLA Digital Collection Documents the World War I Experiences of Two Tennessee Brothers
(Published: July 22, 2014)

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the United States' involvement in World War I, the Tennessee State Library and Archives' (TSLA) newest online collection, the Puryear Family Photograph Albums, tells the story of two brothers from Gallatin who served in the Army Air Service during and after World War I. Comprised of three photograph albums and several loose items and pictures, this collection offers a rare and remarkable visual record of the early history and aircraft of the Army Air Service.

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State Library & Archives Puts Family Bible Records Online
(Published: July 9, 2014)

Visitors to the website of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) can now access family Bible records previously available only to patrons visiting TSLA's building. Over the past few years, TSLA volunteer Cinamon Collins scanned more than 1,500 family Bible records held at TSLA.

Most of the records were photocopied from privately-held family Bibles and preserved at TSLA by archivists and librarians. A new database on the TSLA website allows researchers to browse these records in their entirety, and a search function will ultimately include all of the thousands of names written in these unique documents.

"I am thrilled that the State Library and Archives and our volunteers have worked to make these resources accessible to all Tennesseans," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The information recorded in TSLA's collection of Bible records is not only helpful for genealogy, but also a wonderful display of history at a very personal level."

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State Archivists to Visit Pikeville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: July 7, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Pikeville on July 29th to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Bledsoe County Public Library, 478 Cumberland Avenue, on July 29th from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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State Archivists to Visit Dunlap in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: July 7, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Dunlap on July 30th to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Sequatchie County Public Library, 227 Cherry Street, on July 30th from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Volunteer State Pays Tribute to Its Military Heritage Through Honor Vote Program
(Published: July 2, 2014)

For more than 200 years, Tennessee has been known as "the Volunteer State." That nickname dates back to the War of 1812, when the state contributed thousands of volunteers toward the war effort. The tradition was reinforced a few decades later in the Mexican War when the state produced  more than 10 times the number of recruits Washington requested - and that proud tradition still lives on today.

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