Tennessee Freedom of Information


The Tennessee Public Records Act under Tennessee Code Annotated 10-7-101 et seq. is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies at all levels in Tennessee.  Pursuant to the Act, records in the possession of public agencies in Tennessee are open to perusal by the public unless they are specifically exempted by statute or case law.  Records are defined as any documents, no matter the physical form, which are “made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.”

Furthermore, the Tennessee Open Meetings Law provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Title 8, chapter 44, part 1 of the Tennessee code defines the law.  The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act states, “the general assembly hereby declares it to be the policy of the state that the formation of public policy and decisions is public business and shall not be conducted in secret.”

Tennessee Freedom of Information