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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.

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.

  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    Case Number:3:19-bk-30155
    Party Name:
    Date Published:January 18, 2019
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Western District of Tennessee
    Case Number:19-10118
    Party Name:
    Date Published:January 18, 2019
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    Case Number:3:19-cv-00029
    Party Name:
    Date Published:January 18, 2019
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    Case Number:3:18-cv-00347
    Party Name:
    Date Published:January 18, 2019
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    Case Number:2:18-cr-00186-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:January 17, 2019
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    Case Number:3:92-cr-00216-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:January 17, 2019
    Source:uscourts.gov

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Tennessee

  • Question: How do I find out if someone has been charged with having a loaded firearm in my driveway in Collierville, Tn?
    By anonymous
    Nov 20, 2016
    Reply:

    Charges are filed by the prosecutor's office with the with court, where you can search case files.

    By abc123
    May 15, 2017
  • Question: How do I find someone that was booked in the jail the same night you were but I don't remember their name?
    By ty
    Jan 06, 2017
    Reply:

    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.

    By steven
    May 15, 2017
  • Question: How do I get court records for October 1993?
    By anonymous
    Mar 21, 2017
    Reply:

    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.

    By abc123
    Mar 21, 2017
  • Question: Are autopsy reports public record in east Tennessee? if so, how are they read or obtained?
    By Eric
    Jun 09, 2016
    Reply:

    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.

    By adm
    Jun 10, 2016
    Reply:

    Thank you very much

    By anonymous
    Jun 10, 2016
  • Question: How do you find out if there is an arrest warrant issued for you
    By anonymous
    Sep 09, 2016
    Reply:

    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

    By beth
    Oct 20, 2016
  • Question: How do go about filing for divorce with having to get a lawyer all I want is proper forms
    By tt
    Jul 25, 2016
    Reply:

    Divorces are generally filed at the county level court. Shelby county courts have a page with multiple links regarding divorces, which include forms with instructions. There's also electronic filing. Bigger counties tend to offer more online services for public use. The state's court website provides approved divorce forms which counties, such Shelby, link to. The forms can be also filled online with fIllable PDF online. The first form is the request for divorce [Form 1 – Request for Divorce] on the state's court approved forms and documents.

    By adm
    Jul 25, 2016
  • Question: She is the mother to a newborn on September 22, 2015. I need to access that birth certificate. How do I go about getting it?
    By Indigo
    Dec 07, 2015
    Reply:

    According to the Tennessee department of health, newborn's birth certificates are available for issue about 45 days after their office receives the original from the place of birth/hospital. The department of health’s site offers an online public service which allows to order birth and other official certificates. You can also go in person and get it the same day from the Tennessee Office of Vital Records in Nashville. The requests aren't freely open, there are restrictions and policies to check first.

    By adm
    Jul 08, 2016
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Tennessee Free Arrest Records

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

  • • Michael D. Earls, 23, of 11512 Hammerhill Road, Athens, was arrested on Nov. 26 by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and charged with a criminal summons. He was released with no bond listed and faces a date in General
    November 28, 2018
    Source: dailypostathenian.com
  • • Jeremy Montague, 34, of 1018 East Farrell Street, Niota, was arrested on Nov. 24 by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and charged with assault by domestic. He was released on $500 bond and faced a date in General Sessions
    November 27, 2018
    Source: dailypostathenian.com
  • • Joseph Kibodeaux, 26, of 1102 Jones Street, Athens, was arrested on Nov. 21 by the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force and charged with violation of probation. He was being held on a $1,841.45 cash bond and faced a date
    November 26, 2018
    Source: dailypostathenian.com
  • • Johnathan Morgan, 29, with no address listed, was arrested on Nov. 21 by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and charged with possession of schedule II drugs. He was released with a court date and faces a date in General
    November 23, 2018
    Source: dailypostathenian.com
  • • Clinton Hollow, 23, of 804 Nancy St., Versailles, Kentucky, was arrested on Nov. 20 by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and charged with a warrant. He was being held with no bond and faced a date in General Sessions
    November 22, 2018
    Source: dailypostathenian.com
  • • Joan Bogle, 71, of 33 Sunset Avenue, Englewood, was arrested on Nov. 19 by the Athens Police Department and charged with failure to appear. She was being held on $1,000 bond and faced a date in General Sessions Court
    November 21, 2018
    Source: dailypostathenian.com

Tennessee Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Marylilith Steele
    Marylilith Steele, Age Now: 15, Missing: 11/04/2018. Missing From Memphis, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Shelby County Sheriff's Office (tennessee) 1-901-545-5900.
    November 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Haley Brandenburg
    Haley Brandenburg, Age Now: 17, Missing: 11/05/2018. Missing From Rockwood, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Rockwood Police Department (tennessee) 1-800-824-3463.
    November 09, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Alexus Womac
    Alexus Womac, Age Now: 17, Missing: 11/01/2018. Missing From Cleveland, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bradley County Sheriff's Office (tennessee) 1-423-728-7311.
    November 08, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: James Roberts
    James Roberts, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/29/2018. Missing From Chattanooga, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Chattanooga Police Department (tennessee) 1-423-698-2525.
    November 05, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Devin Mills
    Devin Mills, Age Now: 14, Missing: 10/18/2018. Missing From Bean Station, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bean Station Police Department (tennessee) 1-865-828-3337.
    November 02, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Brandon Hensley
    Brandon Hensley, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/16/2018. Missing From Sparta, Tn. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: White County Sheriff's Office (tennessee) 1-931-738-7111.
    October 31, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

Tennessee Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

  • Incident ID: 901935203
    Case Number: 19000462
    Incident Date: 01-17-2019
    Incident Type Primary: ALL OTHER LARCENY
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Maryville
    State of Incident: Tennessee
  • Incident ID: 901935196
    Case Number: 19000446
    Incident Date: 01-16-2019
    Incident Type Primary: THEFT FROM BUILDING
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Maryville
    State of Incident: Tennessee
  • Incident ID: 901935195
    Case Number: 19000438
    Incident Date: 01-16-2019
    Incident Type Primary: ALL OTHER LARCENY
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Maryville
    State of Incident: Tennessee
  • Incident ID: 901935200
    Case Number: 19000463
    Incident Date: 01-16-2019
    Incident Type Primary: ASSAULT SIMPLE
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Louisville
    State of Incident: Tennessee
  • Incident ID: 901935201
    Case Number: 19000466
    Incident Date: 01-16-2019
    Incident Type Primary: ALL OTHER LARCENY
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Maryville
    State of Incident: Tennessee
  • Incident ID: 901935197
    Case Number: 19000447
    Incident Date: 01-16-2019
    Incident Type Primary: ALL OTHER OFFENSES
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Maryville
    State of Incident: Tennessee

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

Tennessee Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/18/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    39,848
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    371
  • Rape:
    2,531
  • Robbery:
    7,265
  • Aggravated Assault:
    29,681
  • Total Property Crime:
    200,447
  • Burglary:
    46,642
  • Larceny Theft:
    141,206
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    12,599

Tennessee American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/18/2019)

  • 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
    6,346,105
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    5,689,276
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    12%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    656,822
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    5,689,283
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    425,565
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,493,252
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    840,953
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    4,921,948
  • State's black resident population
    1,057,315
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    19,994
  • State's Asian resident population
    91,242
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,642
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    110,009
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    290,059
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    4,800,782
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    78%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    17%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    76%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Tennessee
  • Births
    86,711
  • Deaths
    57,087
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    721
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Tennessee Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    82%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    22%
  • Total number of Veterans
    508,005
  • 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
    2,780,857
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    341,412
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    14%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $128,500
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    2,412,567
  • Average size of households
    2
  • 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
    $23,557
  • Statewide income of median households in Tennessee
    $41,715
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    17%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $205,350
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $33,395
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    3,020,016
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    317,026
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    3,746,010
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    249,564
  • People employed by the government
    448,751
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    161,072,503
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    42,998
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    136,585
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    453,314
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    10,626,759
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Tennessee
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    545,469
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    8%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    26%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    140,447,760
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    80,116,528
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    77,547,291
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,563
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Tennessee territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    15,005
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    2,078,953
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    10,969,798
  • Size in square miles of land
    41,217
  • Population per square mile
    154
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