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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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Our mission is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-centered environment.

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New Online Application Maps African-American History During the Civil War in Tennessee
(Published: February 25, 2015)

As slavery and plantation life dissolved in the crucible of war and occupation during the 1860s, Tennessee became a laboratory of new social arrangements for African Americans. Landscape of Liberation: The African American Geography of the Civil War in Tennessee, which highlights many of the changes in African-American life, is now available online at http://tnmap.tn.gov/CivilWar/freedmen/.

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Latest Quarterly Business Report Shows Growth in State Economy
(Published: February 23, 2015)

More than 7,000 new businesses were formed in Tennessee during the final quarter of last year, according to a new economic report. The number of new businesses created during the fourth quarter of 2014 was up 8.8 percent from the same time period during the previous year.

The reports are produced quarterly by the Secretary of State's office and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Center for Business and Economic Research. They draw on information provided to the Secretary of State's office regarding business filings and dissolutions, as well as other economic information drawn from other sources.

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State Library and Archives' 'Heritage Project' Finalist for National Award
(Published: February 19, 2015)

A program launched by the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) to produce short documentaries of the people, places and events that make Tennessee distinctive is one of four finalists for a national award. TSLA's Tennessee State Heritage Project is in the running for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award.

IDEAS is an acronym for "innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in service." The award is given annually to one department of state in recognition of an outstanding program or achievement.

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TSLA Remembers Brown v. Board of Education with Southern School News Digital Collection
(Published: February 10, 2015)

During Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is making available a new collection that showcases some of the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement. The Southern School News Digital Collection is an online compendium of the journal Southern School News, a monthly publication by the Southern Education Reporting Service (SERS) detailing developments in education arising from the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas U.S. Supreme Court opinion from May 17, 1954. This full text searchable digital collection is comprised of 11 volumes with 12 issues containing 12 to 24 pages each that were published from September 1954 through June 1965 in Nashville.

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State Archivists to Visit Humboldt in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: February 9, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Humboldt on Feb. 26 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 Humboldt Public Library, 115 South 16th Avenue in Humboldt, that day from 10:30 a.m. until 3 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 Celina in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: January 22, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Celina on Jan. 29 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 Clay County Community Center, 145 Cordell Hull Drive in Celina, that day from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 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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Tennessee State Library and Archives Appoints Educator Working Group
(Published: January 27, 2015)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) recently named six Tennessee social studies teachers to its TSLA Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based on original Tennessee documents and images so that social studies teachers across the state can better use TSLA’s primary sources in their classroom instruction.  

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State Archivists to Visit Celina in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: January 22, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Celina on Jan. 29 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 Clay County Community Center, 145 Cordell Hull Drive in Celina, that day from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 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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