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Annual Sales Tax Holiday To Take Place August 2nd – August 4th

Annual Sales Tax Holiday To Take Place August 2nd – August 4th

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives are reminding citizens across the state this week that Tennessee’s 9th annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 2ndthrough Sunday, August 4th. During the three day tax holiday, shoppers can save almost 10 percent on tax free clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases. The [...]

Governor Haslam and TDVA Announce Online Pre-Registration Resource for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries

Governor Haslam and TDVA Announce Online Pre-Registration Resource for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries. Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of [...]

Representative Faison Announces Key Economic Health Award

Representative Faison Announces Key Economic Health Award

Fitch Ratings, one of the country’s top bond agencies, has officially named Tennessee the lowest debt state in the nation. The news, which was officially released by Fitch earlier this week, is based on an analysis of total debt ratios in all 50 states. The calculation is measured by combining each state’s total debt and [...]

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to Lead Association

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to Lead Association

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), currently holding its annual summer conference in Anchorage, Alaska, today inducted its new slate of national officers for the 2013-2014 cycle. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett will serve as president of the professional organization for state officials through July 2014, marking the first time in more than [...]

TNStars Coloring Contest Gives Children a Chance to Win Money for College

TNStars Coloring Contest Gives Children a Chance to Win Money for College

Lots of crayon drawings end up decorating refrigerators or office walls. For one lucky Tennessee family, though, a crayon drawing could be the ticket to money to help cover college expenses. In partnership with the Nashville Public Library, the TNStars College Savings Plan, a program of the Tennessee Treasury Department, is sponsoring the TNStars Coloring [...]

Secretary of State Premieres Tennessee State Capitol Documentary

Secretary of State Premieres Tennessee State Capitol Documentary

It has endured an army occupation, the interment of two of its founding fathers, and a car cruising through its hallways. Not to mention its role as the site of many of the most important events in Tennessee’s history. The Tennessee State Capitol building has many great stories to tell – and some of those [...]

For Many Tennesseans, Historical Research is in Their Genes

For Many Tennesseans, Historical Research is in Their Genes

Did you know that July is Tennessee Genealogy Month? That designation was created last year through an act of the state’s General Assembly. It’s a fitting time to recognize that genealogy – that is, family history research – attracts surprisingly large numbers of people. The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) gets about 10,000 visits [...]

Statement from SCORE on 2012-13 Tennessee TCAP Results

Statement from SCORE on 2012-13 Tennessee TCAP Results

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released the following statement today from Jamie Woodson, President and CEO, on statewide results for the 2012-13 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP): “Tennessee has made an important commitment over the last few years – we have set a goal that every student graduates from high school prepared for [...]

REP. FARMER RECEIVES TBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD

REP. FARMER RECEIVES TBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD

State Representative Andrew Farmer, a first term representative in TN House District 17 serving portions of Jefferson and Sevier County, was honored on June 14th with the President’s Award from outgoing TBA president Jacqueline Dixon at the association’s annual luncheon and meeting in Nashville. Farmer sponsored legislation to update guardianship and conservatorship laws in Tennessee [...]

Statement Regarding This Week’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Concerning Arizona’s Citizenship Verification Law (Arizona et al v. United States)

It is our opinion that the recent Supreme Court ruling does not impact our current process in Tennessee for verifying citizenship for voters. Arizona rejected new voter registrations that did not include proof of citizenship, such as birth certificates.  Our process in Tennessee is different.  We do not require that type of documentation when registering [...]

Sales Tax Rate on Food to Decrease Beginning July 1, 2013

On May 13, 2013, Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a reduction in the state sales and use tax rate on sales of food and food ingredients. Effective July 1, 2013, the state sales and use tax rate on sales of food and food ingredients will be reduced from 5.25% to 5%. With the change, [...]

Haslam Announces Claude Ramsey to Retire

Haslam Announces Claude Ramsey to Retire

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Deputy to the Governor Claude Ramsey will retire at the end of August to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren in Chattanooga. Ramsey has been integral to Haslam on several key initiatives, including civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of [...]

Beware of Business Scam Involving Corporate Records

Beware of Business Scam Involving Corporate Records

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning businesses throughout Tennessee to be vigilant about scammers who request fees that are not required by state government. The Secretary of State’s office has received inquiries about official-looking notices sent from Corporate Records Service. These notices were reported arriving in mailboxes around Tuesday. Corporate Records Service is not [...]

Tennessee Main Streets Host Summer Activities

Summertime is almost here, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for Tennessee Main Street communities to take center stage and welcome both locals and visitors alike. Tennessee Main Street Programs are hosting multiple summer events and farmers’ markets to support historic downtown business districts across the state. “Historic downtown districts are an important part of [...]

ACLU-TN Victory in Protecting Free Speech of Occupy Nashville Protesters

In a ruling underscoring Tennesseans’ right to political speech, a federal judge ruled late yesterday that the state of Tennessee’s arrest of Occupy Nashville protesters was an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights. “The Court’s ruling is a resounding victory for the principles of free speech and protest championed by Occupy Nashville and the [...]

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Applauds Tennessee on the Passage of Lifesaving Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Applauds Tennessee on the Passage of Lifesaving Legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law lifesaving legislation that will require all convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater to use ignition interlocks on their vehicles to prevent future offenses. With the passage of this law, Tennessee becomes the 18th state to pass such legislation and, the total [...]