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About Tennessee Open Public Record

Tennessee Public Records Act was adopted in 1957. The law allows for all state, county and city records to be open to the public for inspection. The law also includes records which are considered confidential and thus exempted from public access. Confidential records would include military records affecting national security, student files, medical records or certain criminal investigations. Office of Open Records Counsel is located within the Comptroller of the Treasury and assists the public with access to public records. Tennessee is the 16th state admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. There are 95 counties in Tennessee and 347 incorporated municipalities. Rock and roll began in Memphis and known as the birth place of the blues. The Comptroller of the Treasury offers real estate assessment data to find the value of property in Tennessee. Research the many public records available online for Tennessee. Follow the ongoing news stories and crime reports. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation can help you obtain criminal records and background checks. Find an abundance of data on the demographics of the state, the education and background history of the people. Discover how the Office of Vital Records can help you obtain copies of birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates. Uncover information on the different types of businesses and firms in Tennessee as well as facts and figures on income and earnings. You can garner an understanding of how the county governments are run as well as learning about the community resources and attractions the cities of Tennessee have to offer. Find information the the state courts, court cases and judiciary self help. This site is updated regularly so be sure to refer to it often.
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Tennessee Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Tennessee Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Tennessee

  • How to find someone that was booked in jail the same night you were without remembering their name?
    Check old publications for the area where the arrest occurred, as a number of news papers/publications will list people that were arrested daily. Look for publications that show arrested individuals, then look up the issue for that date. Libraries have old publications, sometimes on microfilm, for the public to research old events. (Staff)
  • How do I get court records for a certain date?
    You can use the q and a search form above to find an answer to similar questions about obtaining court records. Helps to know which county. Chancery Court, State of Tennessee Twentieth Judicial District is one that offers free online case search to the public openly. (Staff)
  • Are autopsy reports public record in east Tennessee? if so, how are they read or obtained?
    In Tennessee, autopsy reports are considered public records unless sealed by court order. The state's medical examiner's website has a form online, it's very simple and brief. You will need to provide the name of the deceased, date and county of death. There's a portion which asks relationship to the deceased, not sure if it's a requirement, there are q and a's to help with any questions and a phone number. Name of form is: AUTOPSY REPORT REQUEST, which has instructions on the process to obtain the report. You will need to send in your written request to the office of the Medical Examiner, State of Tennessee Department of Health in Johnson city according to the form. (Staff)
  • How do you find out if there is an arrest warrant issued for you?
    Just type in your city and the police department in your city and it will have a place to pop in your name to check (Staff)
  • How do go about filing for divorce with having to get a lawyer all I want is proper forms?
    Divorces are generally filed at the county level court. Shelby county courts have a page with multiple links regarding divorces that include forms and instructions. The state's court website provides approved divorce forms for Tennessee counties. (Staff)

Tennessee Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Tennessee Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Samuel Starcher
    Samuel Starcher, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/22/2020. Missing From Spring Hill, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Spring Hill Police Department (tennessee) 1-931-486-2632.
    September 26, 2020
  • Missing: Dylan Gunter
    Dylan Gunter, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/13/2020. Missing From Nashville, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Nashville Metropolitan Police Department (tennessee) 1-615-862-8600.
    September 24, 2020
  • Missing: Blake Bolden
    Blake Bolden, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/06/2020. Missing From Blountville, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (tennessee) 1-423-279-7330.
    September 24, 2020
  • Missing: Christopher Bishop
    Christopher Bishop, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/03/2020. Missing From Blountville, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office (tennessee) 1-423-279-7500.
    September 16, 2020
  • Missing: Kamya Black
    Kamya Black, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/06/2020. Missing From Memphis, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Memphis Police Department (tennessee) 1-901-545-2677.
    September 16, 2020
  • Missing: Joseph Bartz
    Joseph Bartz, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/11/2020. Missing From Knoxville, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Knox County Sheriff's Office (tennessee) 1-865-215-2444.
    September 15, 2020

Tennessee Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Tennessee Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Chris Baugus • Nashville, Tennessee • 46 Years Old
    July 04, 2017
  • Missing Person • Sebia Archer • Johnson City, Tennessee • 46 Years Old
    June 30, 2017
  • Missing Person • Lance Davis • Johnson City, Tennessee • 23 Years Old
    June 24, 2017
  • Missing Person • Justin Zeigler • Franklin County, Tennessee • 28 Years Old
    February 26, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Christi Treece Hampson • Knoxville, Tennessee • 35 Years Old
    February 26, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Katherine Sheppard • Nashville, Tennessee • 27 Years Old
    February 08, 2017

Tennessee Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Tennessee American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • Tennessee's demographic and housing ACS survey of 6,451,365 being 2.05 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.7% males and 51.3% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Tennessee social characteristics data of 2,487,349 households, which make up 2.14 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,658,171 families with and without children. There are 1,595,882 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Tennessee American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 5,125,250 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 2.06 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 3,132,714 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Tennessee housing characteristics are collected from 2,839,142 dwellings making up 2.14 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,487,349 or uninhabited 351,793 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,487,349 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Tennessee Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Tennessee
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Tennessee Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Tennessee
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Tennessee Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Tennessee
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Tennessee
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Tennessee territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile