First Quarter 2023 Business Filings in Tennessee Recorded as Highest in the State’s History

Data from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office shows that new business filings in Tennessee for the first quarter of 2023 were the highest in the state’s history.

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Fourth Quarter 2022 Business Filings in Tennessee Recorded as Second Highest in the State’s History

Data from the Tennesse Secretary of State’s Office shows that new business filings in Tennessee for the fourth quarter of 2022 were the second highest in the state’s history.

In the fourth quarter of 2022, 16,780 new entities were filed in the state, bringing the total number of business entities operating in the Volunteer State to 485,995, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report.

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Tennessee Bill Would Move Foreclosure Notices from Newspapers to State Website

A bill that would move foreclosure notices from newspapers to a Tennessee Secretary of State website was pushed back two weeks in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

Currently, homes in foreclosure in Tennessee are required to be advertised in a local newspaper. Those notices also appear on the statewide website.

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Secretary of State’s Office Urging Vulnerable Tennesseans to Utilize Its ‘Safe at Home’ Address Confidentiality Program

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging vulnerable Tennesseans to protect their address by taking advantage of his office’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program.

Hargett’s call for Tennesseans to take advantage of the program comes during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which was observed on Wednesday.

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New Third Quarter Business Filings in Tennessee Set Record

A new Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report issued by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office revealed that new business filings in the third quarter of 2022 were the highest for a third quarter in the 24-year history of the data being collected.

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Total Vote Count Data Released for First Eight Days of Early and Absentee Voting

In the first eight days of early and absentee voting for the general election, a total of 423,220 Tennesseans cast their vote according to data released by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.

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Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office Releases First Four Days of Early Voter Turnout Data

Early and absentee voting data for the first four days in Tennessee and the federal general election has been released by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office. In the first four days of early and absentee voting, 178,182 Tennesseans cast their vote, according to the data.

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Tennessee Public Libraries Receive Thousands in Technology Grants

The La Vergne Public Library in Murfreesboro and E.G. Fisher Public Library in Athens both recently received grants administered by the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The Tennessee State Library & Archives is a division of the Department of State.

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‘Honor Vote Program’ Allows Tennesseans to Dedicate Their Vote to a Veteran or Active-Duty U.S. Military Member

Tennesseans are able to ceremonially dedicate their vote in the State and Federal general election this November to a veteran or an active-duty member of the U.S. military. The Tennessee Secretary of State’s Honor Vote Program “lets Tennesseans dedicate their vote to those who are serving or have served our country.”

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Rulemaking Approval Process Advances for New Tennessee School Funding Formula

Tennessee’s new public school funding program, the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement, continues to move forward and soon rulemaking for the program will begin a review by Tennessee’s Attorney General before publication for 90 days on the Secretary of State’s website.

While many details of TISA were spelled out in legislation passed in April and signed into law in May by Gov. Bill Lee, rulemaking is required to give more detailed specifics on how the funding formula will operate. Those rules passed the Tennessee State Board of Education’s review before moving on to the Attorney General review.

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Starbuck Argues Tennessee Supreme Court Lacks Jurisdiction over State Petition Asking Court to Vacate Injunction

Robby Starbuck’s legal team filed the required response on Thursday morning with the State Supreme Court to the state of Tennessee’s petition filing which seeks to have Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Perkins’ order adding him to the ballot overturned.

Starbuck had until 10am to file the response, per the order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Democrat Judge Favors Carpetbagger Starbuck, Denies Carpetbagger Ortagus’ Request to Be Placed on TN-5 Ballot

Elected Democrat Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins, who ordered Robby Starbuck to be placed on the TN-5 Republican primary ballot, denied disqualified candidate and fellow carpetbagger Morgan Ortagus’ motion to be enjoined to his order and be placed on the ballot.

According to court documents, Ortagus filed a motion to be enjoined to Starbuck’s ruling on Tuesday. Her request was promptly denied by Judge Perkins on the same day.

Perkins cited two reasons for his denial. “First, the motion is not accompanied by a ‘verified complaint, affidavit, or other evidence that the movant’s [Ortagus’] rights are being or will be violated,'” he wrote.

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Public Affairs Specialist Clint Brewer: Tennessee Secretary of State Is Limiting Communication on Still-Unclear Issue of Who Controls Final Deadline for U.S. House Primary

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in-studio in further comment upon who in the state decides the filing deadline to be on the GOP primary ballot.

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Tennessee Secretary of State Hargett: Watch Out for Mailers Claiming Business Owners Must Obtain a ‘Tennessee Certificate of Existence’

The Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, warned businesses about a recently surfaced scam. Businesses have begun receiving ‘deceptive mailers’ from a company under two names: Tennessee Certificate Service and TN Certificate of Existence Filing Company.

“Our Division of Business and Charitable Organizations and I personally have heard of multiple complaints from business owners across Tennessee about these misleading mailers. We have seen scams like this before, with similar deceptive language that implies that businesses must have a Certificate of Existence to complete its formation or to fully operate in the state,” said Secretary Hargett. “This is not the case. Unfortunately, businesses who order a Certificate of Existence through these scammers may be paying an exorbitant amount for something that is totally unnecessary or would only cost $20 through our office.”

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett Talks Stopping HR1 Legislation and Hopes for Common Sense to Prevail

Friday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to the newsmakers line to discuss his efforts to stop HR1 legislation and urged others to call their state representatives.

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Woman Running for Clarksville City Council Voted in Another County This Year

A woman running for the city council in Clarksville, which is in Montgomery County, voted in an election seven months ago in Dickson County and this was long after she had already moved to Clarksville.

Local and state officials won’t say, at least not yet, if this woman’s actions violate the law.

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Kanye West Might Appear on Tennessee Presidential Ballot

Rapper Kanye West wants Tennessee officials to place him on the ballot for the 2020 presidential election.

An unidentified person representing West arrived at the Tennessee Division of Elections office Friday. That person picked up a petition that would allow West to run in the Volunteer State, said Tennessee Secretary of State spokeswoman Julia Bruck.

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New Business Filings in Tennessee Increase, Records Show

In a show of strength for the Tennessee economy, new business filings in the state increased by more than 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a new Associated Press report. “A news release from Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office Thursday says this was the fourth-straight…

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Software Glitch Disrupts Lawrence County Election

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A glitch with the electronic voting machines in Lawrence County delayed the results of last Thursday’s election by almost a day, said county Election Administrator Tanya White. Instead of using a computer, county officials had to tally votes by hand, she said. “Do you know how long it takes to…

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