The administration of county government is placed, through a coordination of duties and
responsibilities, in various elected or appointed officials, plus various boards, agencies and
commissions. For general law on county administration, see Tennessee Code Annotated, title 5 (Counties) and title 8 (Public Officers and Employees). Specific subject headings in the combined general index in volumes 14, 15, and 16 of T.C.A. may be checked for other statutes relating to county administration. These duties are summarized in the Tennessee County Government Handbook, a CTAS publication.
The following private or local acts constitute part of the administrative and political history
of Grainger County but are today no longer operative because they have either been superseded, repealed, or failed to receive local approval.
- Acts of 1796 (1st Sess.), Chapter 28, appointed commissioners for the new county of Grainger and authorized said commissioners to purchase land and build a courthouse and jail.
- Acts of 1797, Chapter 13, appointed new commissioners and directed that they build a
courthouse and jail, and that said task be completed by the second Monday of March, 1798.
- Acts of 1799, Chapter 29, appointed new commissioners and directed them to lay out a town to be known as Rutledge and further provided that the new commissioners take an oath to do equal justice to the citizens of Grainger County.
- Acts of 1801, Chapter 78, set the compensation of the commissioners appointed to
superintend the building of the courthouse and laying out of the town of Rutledge.
- Acts of 1804, Chapter 37, authorized the Grainger County Court of Pleas and Quarter
Sessions to make an allowance to Abraham Elliott for ex officio services rendered.
- Private Acts of 1823, Chapter 82, authorized John Stiffee to lay off and establish a town on
his own land in Grianger County near the mouth of Blackwell’s Branch, on the north side
of the Holston River which consisted of not more than fifty lots with suitable streets and
- Private Acts of 1832, Chapter 31, released and discharged Elihu Leffew of Grainger County
from the payment of a forfeiture taken against him in the circuit court of Grainger County,
as the appearance bail of Tarlton M’Carroll.
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 31, Section 2, authorized John Popejoy of Grainger County
to hawk and peddle goods without a license.
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 35, dissolved the bonds of matrimony between John Chesney
and his wife Sarah Chesney of Grainger County.
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 68, made capable in law that John Spoon, Henry Spoon and
David Spoon of Grainger County take by descent the real and personal estate of the David
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 117, authorized Thomas Champlin to hawk and peddle goods
in Grainger County.
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 147, extended the privileges of feme sole to Phebe
M’Cubbin’s [McCubbins] of Grainger County.
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 170, authorized the county court of Grainger County to
emancipate slave Samuel.
- Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 255, dissolved the bonds of matrimony between Phoebe
M’Cubbins [McCubbins] and her husband William M’Cubbins.
- Public Acts of 1833, Chapter 76, provided for the election of sixty delegates to a convention in Nashville for the purpose of revising the state constitution. The counties of Grainger, Campbell, Claiborne and Jefferson composed a district and elected three delegates to the convention.
- Acts of 1851-52, Chapter 191, Section 20, authorized Grainger County to take stock in rail
roads and to issue bonds.
- Acts of 1853-54, Chapter 323, Section 13, allowed Grainger County to buy stock in the
Nashville and Memphis Railroad Company.
- Acts of 1855-56, Chapter 61, Section 2, provided that Grainger County have the authority and power to take stock in the Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap and Charleston Railroad.
- Private Acts of 1933, Chapter 801, removed the disabilities of infancy of Fred L. Myers.
- Private Acts of 1947, Chapter 97, transferred certain funds which were in the hands of the county trustee of Grainger County and certain other funds that were paid in by the taxpayers of the county, for the construction of a new courthouse.
- Private Acts of 1961, Chapter 118, authorized the quarterly county court of Grainger County to compensate the widow of D.C. Hammer.
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