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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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Businesses: Beware of Misleading Solicitation
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee corporations about a potentially misleading solicitation sent from an organization called the “Tennessee Council for Corporations.” The council, which is not affiliated in any way with the Secretary of State’s office, states in its solicitation that it will prepare annual “corporate consent records” for a corporation for a $125 fee.  Corporate consent records are internal corporate documents that a corporation may choose to prepare, but are not required to be filed with the Secretary of State’s office.  However, the solicitation is similar in appearance to the notice that the Secretary of State’s office distributes to businesses informing them of their obligation to file annual reports.

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State Archivists to Visit Rogersville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Rogersville Dec.3 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 Hawkins County Archives, 951 East McKinney Ave., Suite A, that day from 2 p.m. until 6 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 Visit Elizabethton in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Elizabethton Dec. 4 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 Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library, 210 North Sycamore Street in Elizabethton, that day from 9 a.m. until 1 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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Holiday Closures for Secretary of State's Office
(Published: November 13, 2014)

In celebration of the Thanksgiving and the Columbus Day holidays, the Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. (Gov. Bill Haslam used his executive authority to designate that the state holiday for Columbus Day be moved to Nov. 28.) The Tennessee State Library and Archives will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. The Secretary of State's other divisions will reopen on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Make a “County Connection” the Saturday after Thanksgiving on “Family History Day”
(Published: November 10, 2014)

The Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many of us spend time reconnecting with family members and sharing family stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived many years ago.

For the fourth consecutive year, the staff at TSLA is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate 'Family History Day' by learning more about genealogical research.

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New Report Highlights Mixed Business Indicators, Signs of Economic Growth
(Published: November 6, 2014)

More new businesses filed paperwork to register with the Secretary of State's office during the third quarter of this year, compared to the previous quarter. That's one of the encouraging signs from the office's latest quarterly report on business and economic indicators.

Statewide, there were 7,875 business entity initial filings with the office during the third quarter of this year - an increase of 4 percent over last quarter. So far this year, initial filings are running 13.4 percent ahead of last year's pace. That bodes well for future job growth in the state.

To view the report online, go to: http://tn.gov/sos/be_reports/201411.pdf

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Tennessee State Library and Archives Releases a New Digital Collection Showcasing Tennessee Folklife
(Published: November 5, 2014)

What do roley hole marbles, white oak baskets, shape-note singing, and banjoes have in common? All are examples of Tennessee folk culture or "folkways" available online in the Tennessee State Library and Archives’ newest digital collection: "Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project Collection, 1979-1984." The collection documents folk culture unique to Tennessee and highlights Tennessee's significant contributions to national studies of folklife.

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Secretary Hargett Reminds Voters of Election Day Hotline and App
(Published: November 3, 2014)

As Tennesseans head to the polls Tuesday, they should be aware that the state Division of Elections staff is available to answer questions or listen to any concerns about the voting process.

People can call the division's toll free hotline, 1-877-850-4959, or visit www.GoVoteTN.com to get information about the elections.

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New Process Simplifies Motor Vehicles Temporary Lien Filing Process
(Published: November 3, 2014)

Legislation was passed this year to simplify the process of filing a Motor Vehicle Temporary Lien (MVTL) with the Secretary of State. Effective Nov. 1, it is longer necessary to attach a notarized security agreement or bill of sale to an MVTL application in order for it to be filed with the Secretary of State. There is also a new MVTL application form that is available on the Secretary of State’s website at this link: http://tn.gov/sos/bus_svc/motor.htm

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State Library and Archives Premieres Video on State Senator Douglas Henry, Tennessee's Longest-Serving Legislator
(Published: October 31, 2014)

He's been called a statesman, a fiscal expert and a champion of the less fortunate. Now State Senator Douglas Henry's life has been chronicled in a new documentary produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The video, which has a running time of just under 30 minutes, is narrated by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. It covers some of the highlights of Henry's career and includes remarks from people who worked with him through the years.

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Secretary of State's Office Closed for Veterans Day Holiday
(Published: October 28, 2014)

The Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. If you have business with the office, please plan accordingly.

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State Archivists to Visit Franklin in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: October 27, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Franklin Nov. 13 and  Nov.14 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 Williamson County Archives, 611 West Main Street in Franklin, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 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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Early Voting Participation in Tennessee Eclipses 200,000
(Published: October 23, 2014)

More than 200,000 Tennesseans have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote early for the Nov. 4 elections. Others are encouraged to do so before the early voting period closes Oct. 30.

Through the first seven days of early voting, 224,721 people across the state have taken advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots early. People can vote early at their county election commission office or, in some counties, at satellite voting locations around their communities.

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Early Voting Begins in Tennessee!
(Published: October 15, 2014)

Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins today in Tennessee. Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of the convenience of early voting, which will continue through Oct. 30.

"With each passing year, early voting seems to increase in popularity," Secretary Hargett said. "Tennesseans enjoy having more flexibility in the days and times when they can go vote. For some Tennesseans, it may not be practical to vote on Election Day. Early voting provides an alternative for those voters."

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Secretary of State's Office Unveils New Elections Smartphone App
(Published: October 14, 2014)

The office of Tennessee Secretary of State is proud to announce the launch of GoVoteTN. The new Tennessee Voter Smartphone App is now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

"This is another Tennessee voter resource that answers common questions about voting from one's phone," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said, “This resource will give voters more information about the who, what, when, and where of elections. The free app allows you to view voter-specific information when searching by name or address."

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Tennessee State Library & Archives Partners with Ancestry.com to Provide Free Resources to Schools
(Published: October 7, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has been a partner with online genealogy giant Ancestry.com for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee’s historical records. Now, according to State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, that partnership is being extended so that Tennessee will be the first state to offer access to Ancestry.com in every K-12 school classroom.

Teachers like Ben Bowers, who teaches history at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, are excited. “My students learn best from hands-on experience with historical documents. For example, being able to study an immigrant passenger list, instead of just reading about immigration in their textbook, really brings history to life for them.”

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Nearly Two Dozen Colleges Participate in Statewide Voter Registration Drive
(Published: October 1, 2014)

Nearly two dozen colleges across Tennessee partnered with the Secretary of State's office to participate in a monthlong voter registration drive during September. The campaign in honor of National Voter Registration Month resulted in more than 1,000 Tennesseans becoming registered to vote.

Twenty-three colleges - some public, some private, some four-year universities and some community colleges - opened voter registration booths on their campuses at different times throughout the month. Students, faculty members and administrators all participated in the effort. Those assisting people in registering to vote at the booths were given registration forms, voter information guides, banners and copies of the "I'm Registered to Vote. Are You?" signs used in the Secretary of State's social media campaign. (In that campaign, which also occurred during the month of September, people were encouraged to take photos of themselves holding the signs and post them on social media outlets.)

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As National Voter Registration Month Comes to an End, Deadline to Register to Vote for the November 4th Election Is October 6th
(Published: September 29, 2014)

People throughout Tennessee have responded to Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s call to voters to participate in promoting National Voter Registration Month during the month of September.

The #GoVoteTN social media campaign has continued to be a very visible part of the state’s effort to remind citizens to register to vote and to encourage friends and neighbors to register.  Its success has been emulated in other states such as Washington, Oregon, and South Dakota.

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Half Marathon Could Cause Traffic Issues Around State Library and Archives Saturday
(Published: September 25, 2014)

The Women's Running Half Marathon + 5K will be held along a route that includes downtown Nashville Saturday morning. To accommodate the runners, there will be road closures that could affect patrons trying to visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The State Library and Archives will be open during its normal Saturday hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The road closures will affect various parts of the half marathon route between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the road closures, go to:

http://cdn.womensrunning.competitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Alternate-Access-Routes-rev-9-6-122.pdf


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State Library and Archives' Next Workshop: "Creating Order in the Midst of Chaos: Union Provost Marshal Records"
(Published: September 24, 2014)

The Civil War was a chaotic time in our nation's history when normal societal rules didn't always apply. Soldiers and civilians alike sometimes took advantage of the uncertainty around them by breaking laws and upsetting the social order. In the territories held by the Union army, provost marshals served as a check against such activities. The provost marshals, who functioned as military police during the Civil War, also kept records of their work that can be valuable resources for genealogists and historians who want to know more about what life was like during that turbulent era.

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New TSLA Exhibit Explores the Civil War in Tennessee in 1864
(Published: September 22, 2014)
Brothers Cpl. Jesse Mercer Pirkle and
1st Sgt. Elijah Jefferson Pirkle
served in Co. G, 3rd Tenn. Cav., USA.

1864 would prove to be the decisive year of the Civil War. Despite Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga the previous year, northern citizens were growing war-weary. The mounting lists of dead and wounded made many wonder if the South should finally be allowed its independence.

Geographically situated between the midwestern states and the deep South, Tennessee was to be the major battleground in the western theater. The Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers, combined with numerous rail lines which crossed the state, made Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville of strategic importance to both Union and Confederate forces.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, recently opened at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It explores the role Tennessee played as a transportation and supply hub, the experiences and contributions of African-Americans, and key battles at Johnsonville, Memphis, Fort Pillow, Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville.

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State Archivists Visit Kimball in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: September 18, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Kimball on Oct. 8 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 Kimball Municipal Building, 649 Main Street in Kimball, on Oct. 8 from 10 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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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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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.

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