Tennessee FOI Resources

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Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

(A member of NFOIC)

P.O. Box 22248
Nashville, TN 37202
Contact: Kent Flanagan, Executive Director
Phone 615.957.2825
Email kent.flanagan@gmail.com
http://www.tcog.info/

QUICK FOI INFORMATION

Open Meetings Law Tenn. Code Ann. 8-44-102 et seq.
Closed: Labor negotiations; personnel matters; and discussions with an attorney regarding pending litigation.

Open Records Law Tenn. Code Ann. 10-7-503 et seq.
Exempt: Medical records of patients in state institutions; some investigative records; public school student records; and some economic development issues, such as land acquisition.

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat)

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FOI HOTLINE

Office of Open Records Counsel — State Comptroller Office
(866) 831-3750
Email open.records@cot.tn.gov
http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/openrecords/index.asp
"The Office of Open Records Counsel serves as the contact for concerns on access to local government public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act. The Office assists in obtaining public records from local government, both in guiding citizens to correct offices/officials and in working to resolve disputes regarding access to public records. The Office promotes education and awareness of the Tennessee public records and open meetings laws through direct outreach and through coordination with existing organizations. This effort is addressed both to citizens and to local governments."

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CONTACTS

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government
P.O. Box 22248
Nashville, TN 37202
Phone (615) 292-2685
http://www.tcog.info
Email fgibson@tcog.info/tncog@comcast.net

Attorney General of Tennessee
P.O. Box 20207
Nashville, TN 37202-0207
Phone (615)741-3491
http://www.attorneygeneral.state.tn.us/

First Amendment Center
1207 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone (615) 727-1600; Fax (615) 727-1319
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/
Email for comments or questions, info@fac.org

State Sunshine Chair
Contact: Frank Gibson
Policy Director, Tennessee Press Association
fgibson@tnpress.com

Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219-2198
Phone (615) 383-7421
Fax (615) 297-8058
http://www.tba.org
Email email@tnbar.org

Tennessee Press Association
435 Montbrook Lane
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone (865) 584-5761
Fax (865) 558-8687
Toll free (800) 565-7377
http://www.tnpress.com

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FORM LETTERS

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100
Email rcfp@rcfp.org
FOIA Letter Generator

 

Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (703) 807-1904
Email splc@splc.org
Request Letter Generator

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PUBLICATIONS

The First Amendment News
First Amendment Center
1207 18th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone (615) 321-9588
Fax (615) 321-9599
Email fanews@fac.org

Media Law in Tennessee by Dorothy Bowles
Format: Soft cover, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 in.
Price: $17.95 plus $1.50 shipping
Order from:
New Forums Press
P.O. Box 876
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone (405) 372-6158

Open Government Guide from the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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