Tennessee State Resource Center
Tennessee Statewide Offices
- Attorney General and Reporter
The Attorney General (AG) is the chief legal officer of the state. The goal of the AG and his staff is to provide the best legal service possible to the state and its citizens. Through his staff, the AG represents the officers and agencies of the state in civil litigation before state and federal courts and the Claims Commission. The AG prosecutes all criminal cases in the appellate courts and exercises original prosecutorial powers in limited areas. In addition to courtroom duties, the AG provides legal advice to state departments and agencies and the General Assembly.
- Comptroller of the Treasury
The Comptroller of the Treasury audits state and local governmental entities and participates in the general financial and administrative management and oversight of state government. The Comptroller also is a member of various committees, boards and authorities.
The Governor is responsible for the operation of state government. Through his Cabinet, he is responsible for the enforcement of the laws, the collection of taxes, and the general well-being of the state and its citizens.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor of Tennessee is the Speaker of the Tennessee Senate and first in line in the succession to the office of Governor of Tennessee in the event of the death, resignation, or removal from office through impeachment and conviction of the Governor of the U.S. state of Tennessee.
- Secretary of State
The Tennessee Secretary of State has oversight of the Department of State. It is the secretary's duty to keep a register of the official acts and proceedings of the governor, and, when required, to "lay same, all papers, minutes and vouchers relative thereto, before the General Assembly.'' The Secretary serves on several state boards and agencies.
- State of Tennessee
Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. Tennessee has played a critical role in the development of rock and roll and early blues music. Beale Street in Memphis is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues. The 1927 Victor recording sessions in Bristol generally mark the beginning of the country music genre, and the rise of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s helped make Nashville the center of the country music recording industry.
- State Treasurer
The major functions of the Treasury Department include: receiving and disbursing public funds; managing all State investments, including the pension fund; administering three major employee benefit programs; operating the Unclaimed Property, College Savings (Section 529 Plans), and Small and Minority-Owned Business programs; and overseeing the risk management program and handling and adjudicating all claims made against the State.
Tennessee Legislative Branch
- Tennessee General Assembly
Under the Tennessee Constitution, legislative authority of the State is vested in the General Assembly, which consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives, both dependent on the people (that is, popularly elected).
Tennessee Court Rules and Forms
- Tennessee Appellate Court Forms
Appellate Court Forms and Other Resources.
- Tennessee Appellate Court Rules
Appellate Court Rules: Amendments and Proposals.
- Tennessee Court Forms
- Tennessee Court of Appeals Rules
- Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Rules
- Tennessee Court of the Judiciary Rules
- Tennessee District Courts Local Rules
District Courts Local Rules of Practice.
- Tennessee Juvenile & Family Court Forms
Publications and Forms.
- Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure
- Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure
- Tennessee Rules of Evidence
- Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure
- Tennessee Supreme Court Rules
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Tennessee Forms
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Tennessee Rules
Local Rules and General Orders.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Middle District of Tennessee Rules
Provides automatic pdf download of Local Bankruptcy Rules.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Tennessee Forms
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Tennessee Rules
Local Bankruptcy Rules.
Tennessee Judicial Branch
- Tennessee Court System
The courts of Tennesse include: Tennessee Supreme Court; Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals; Tennessee Circuit Courts; Tennessee Chancery and Probate Courts; Tennessee Criminal Courts; Tennessee Municipal and City Courts; Tennessee Juvenile and Family Courts; and Tennessee General Session Courts.
Tennessee Executive Branch
- Department of Agriculture
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture promotes local produce and products and ensures safe and dependable food and fiber for all while conserving our natural resources.
- Department of Children's Services
The Department of Children's Services (DCS) is Tennessee's public child welfare agency. DCS's case managers have the responsibility investigating cases of child abuse and neglect. Their resource parent specialists work to find good foster homes and adoptive families and their juvenile justice program treats the youthful offenders who are sent to them by the courts.
- Department of Commerce and Insurance
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is available to assist individuals and businesses with their various divisions. TDCI protects the interests of consumers while providing fair, efficient oversight and a level field of competition for a broad array of industries and professionals doing business in Tennessee.
- Department of Correction
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Correction is to enhance public safety in Tennessee through incarceration and rehabilitation of felony offenders.
- Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to create higher skilled better paying jobs for Tennesseans. Its divisions include Business Development; Community Development; Research and Planning; Administration and Policy; Incentives and Financial Aid; and the Jobs Cabinet.
- Department of Education
The Tennessee Department of Education provides many services, and it is the Department's responsibility to ensure equal, safe, and quality learning opportunities for all students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Therefore, their mission is to help teachers teach and children learn. The department consists of several divisions: Special Education; Vocational-Technical Education; Resources and Support Services; Office of Early Learning; and Teaching and Learning.
- Department of Environment and Conservation
The Department of Environment and Conservation is the chief environmental and natural resource regulatory agency in Tennessee. It is responsible for protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee's land, air, water and recreation resources. It manages 53 state parks and 80 state natural areas. The Department is also responsible for conserving and promoting the historical, natural and archaeological heritage of Tennessee.
- Department of Finance and Administration
The Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) makes recommendations for the state budget appropriation of federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). F&A also distributes funding to support crime prevention and control, improve the criminal justice system at the local level and support victim assistance programs.
- Department of Financial Institutions
The Department of Financial Institutions has legal responsibility for ensuring that Tennessee financial institutions remain fiscally strong and comply with governing authority. In its supervisory role, the department actively regulates and examines the safety and soundness of each state-chartered financial institution. Additionally, the department handles consumer complaints involving these financial institutions.
- Department of General Services
The Department of General Services is a staff agency which provides a broad range of support services to other departments and agencies of state government. Those services include: procurement of equipment and material, building management, motor vehicle and equipment management, surplus property utilization, printing and photographic services, postal services, food services, records management and central stores.
- Department of Health
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to promote, protect, and improve the health of persons living in, working, in, or visiting the state of Tennessee.
- Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources (DHR) helps to ensure effective and efficient human resources management. DHR provides several basic services such as advising the governor on human resource policies, and assisting operating departments and agencies in carrying out human resource practices; administering provisions of the Civil Service Act; providing departments and agencies with a pool of qualified applicants for employment selection; and developing a career oriented work force through effective management, training and communication.
- Department of Human Services
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) is to improve the well-being of economically disadvantaged, disabled or vulnerable Tennesseans through a network of financial, employment, rehabilitative and protective services. DHS is responsible for administering numerous services throughout Tennessee, including Families First, the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Food Stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) , Medicaid/TennCare, Child Support, Child Care Licensing, Child Care Assistance, Adult Protective Services, and Rehabilitation Services.
- Department of Labor and Workforce Development
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides labor laws and workforce information for job seekers and employers. This includes filiing unemployment claims for benefits, labor market information, workforce training, and career center locations. The Department also administers the Workers' Compensation system.
- Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) is to plan for and promote the availability of a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports based on the needs and choices of individuals and families served.
- Department of Revenue
The Tennessee Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. In addition to overseeing tax law administration, the department is also responsible for enforcing the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance.
- Department of Safety
The Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) was established to exercise authority over the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP). Today, TDOS' general areas of responsibility are law enforcement, safety education, motorist services, and disaster preparedness and prevention. While each area performs distinctly different functions, they all work together toward the common goal of ensuring the public’s safety. TDOS is comprised of three main divisions: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Driver License Services, and Office of Homeland Security.
- Department of Tourist Development
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is one of the leaders among state organizations in the United States tourism industry. The Department is responsible for attracting tourism to Tennessee and marketing to residents both in the United States and internationally. The Department also operates 13 Welcome Centers along the interstate highway system in Tennessee.
- Department of Transportation
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is a multimodal agency with statewide responsibilities in aviation, public transit, waterways and railroads. The mission of TDOT is to plan, implement, maintain and manage an integrated transportation system for the movement of people and products, with emphasis on quality, safety, efficiency and the environment.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for Tennessee's veterans, their families, and their survivors.
- Emergency Management Agency
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has the mission to coordinate emergency management response and recovery to reduce loss of life and property in the State of Tennessee. TEMA provides multipliers of assistance by reaching out for mutual aid or assistance from other departments or agencies of the state, counties and municipalities, from other states and from the federal government. TEMA manages the flow of material, special teams and services to the incident commander.
- Military Department
The Tennessee Military Department is is divided into three major organizations: the Tennessee Army National Guar:, the Tennessee Air National Guard: and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. The all-volunteer Tennessee State Guard also falls under the jurisdiction of the Military Department.
- State Parks
Tennessee State Parks is a division of the Department of Environment & Conservation. Parks and Conservation manages 53 state parks and 80 state natural areas encompassing more than 175,000 acres across Tennessee - ranging from rustic natural and historic sites to resort parks with 6 inns, 8 restaurants, 4 marinas and the 11 golf courses on the Tennessee Golf Trail.
- Tennessee's Integrated Criminal Justice Initiative
The Integrated Criminal Justice Initiative (ICJI) is a collaborative effort of state agencies and associations to build a secure virtual system for the sharing of justice information by authorized users. Based on open Internet technologies and standards, the ICJI provides information from diverse hardware and software platforms under a common browser interface. ICJI leverages existing agency systems, recognizing and ensuring agency independence, and allowing agencies control of their information.
TennHelp is an internet-based statewide directory of agencies providing help to those in need. It is a joint program of: the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services; the National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter; and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.
Tennessee Boards and Commissions
- Alcoholic Beverage Commission
The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is a law enforcement agency with regulatory duties. Its jurisdiction includes licensing entities throughout the state to sell and distribute alcoholic beverages; enforcing criminal statutes prohibiting the illegal manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages; as well as criminal enforcement jurisdiction over certain controlled substances
- Board of Probation and Parole
The Board of Probation and Parole is an independent agency of the State of Tennessee (BOPP) has the authority to parole eligible offenders who have served a certain percentage of their sentences. It also has the authority to revoke parole privileges if offenders do not comply with supervision rules and standards set forth for them upon their release. Additionally, the Board considers requests for executive clemency and makes recommendations on those requests to the Governor.
- Board of Regents
The mission of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is to educate more Tennesseans in order to provide Tennessee with the workforce it needs for sound economic development.
- Commission on Aging and Disability
The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (formerly the Commission on Aging) is the designated state agency on aging and is mandated to provide leadership relative to aging issues on behalf of older persons in the state. The Commission fulfills responsibilities relative to advocacy, planning, coordination, public & private agency organization linkages, information sharing, monitoring, and quality assurance designed to promote the development or enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community-based systems.
- Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) serves as a forum for the discussion and resolution of intergovernmental problems. TACIR strives to: advance discussion and deliberation of critical and sensitive intergovernmental policy matters; promote action to resolve intergovernmental problems and improve the quality of government; forge common ground between competing but equally legitimate values, goals, and interests; and provide members of the General Assembly and other policymakers with accurate and timely information and analysis to facilitate reasoned decision making.
- Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to ensure the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts.
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is an independant agency that provides up-to-date investigative, forensic science and crime information services as well as support to Tennessee’s entire criminal justice system. Its divisions include the following: Criminal Investigation; Drug Investigation; Information Systems; Forensic Services; and Administrative Services.
- Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) works with state agencies, juvenile courts, child advocacy groups, interested citizens and other organizations to improve services to children. TCCY's members, central office staff and regional coordinators are engaged in the following activities: improving the coordination of services for children; collecting and disseminating statistical and programmatic information; informing citizens and organizations of children’s issues; tracking legislation and making recommendations to the Governor and Legislature; evaluating the delivery of services to children in state custody and their families through the Children’s Program Outcome Review Team quality service review process; and administering the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant and other federal and state grant funds for juvenile justice programs.
- Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission
The purpose of the Tennessee Film Entertainment & Music Commission is to promote and facilitate economic development of the film/music community through the recruitment of business; promoting Tennessee as a location in feature films, television productions, commercials, and other works, building infrastructure, and encouraging and supporting the interactive growth of the film and music communities through a wide range of marketing, networking and advertising efforts.
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) coordinates and supports the efforts of post-secondary institutions in Tennessee. One of its statutory requirements is to create a master plan for the development of public higher education in Tennessee.
- Tennessee Housing Development Agency
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) was established to promote the production of more affordable new housing units for very low, and low and moderate income individuals and families in the state; to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing units for such persons; and to bring stability to the residential construction industry and related industries so as to assure a steady flow of production of new housing units.
- Tennessee Human Rights Commission
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is an independent state agency charged with preventing and eradicating discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing. The Commission has cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These agreements allow the federal and state agencies to coordinate their investigations and avoid duplication of efforts in seeking to end discrimination.
- Tennessee Internet Crime Information Center
In 1997, the Tennessee legislature passed a law creating the Tennessee Internet Crime Information Center (TICIC), to be managed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The TICIC consists of toll free number and multiple web pages that are all designed to educate citizens about potential threats to the community.
- Tennessee Regulatory Authority
The mission of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) is to promote the public interest by balancing the interests of utility consumers and providers while facilitating the transition to a more competitive environment. TRA is charged with the responsibility of setting the rates and service standards of privately owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities. The Agency's assistance and consumer protection programs assist consumers targeted by unfair utility practices and aid consumers that are in need of telephone assistance.
- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is an independent state agency with the mission of managing the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as responsibility for all wildlife-related law enforcement activities. The agency also has responsibility for fostering the safe use of the state's waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.