Category: Legislative Petitions & Acts

1801 Petition Regarding Courthouse

By , January 24, 2014

Petition 14-2-1801

Dated 29 October 1801

To the Tennessee General Assembly from Henry Howell, James Fears, William Millikin, and Michael Massingill

In 1797, they were appointed to purchase land and lay off a place for the erection of a court house, prison, and stocks in Grainger County.  They did so and contracted with Charles Smith to do the work, giving him their bond for $400.

The county received the properties and, for nearly two years, has used the building, for which it has paid only $100.

Smith brought suit, and the four were forced to pay the debt and court charges.  They now ask for a legislative act to refund their losses.

Source:  Abstract of the petition, published in the TN Genealogical Society‘s “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 2, 1993, page 72.

Petition to Form New State in North Carolina’s Western Country

By , July 3, 2011

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Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country

The Honourable, the General Assembly of North Carolina now Sitting

The Inhabitants of the Western Country humbly sheweth:

That it is with sincere concern we lament the unhappy disputes that have long subsisted between us and our Brethren on the Eastern side of the Mountains, respecting the erecting a new Government.

We beg leave to represent to your Honourable body, that from Acts passed in June, 1784, ceding to Congress your Western territory, with reservations and conditions therein contained; also from a clause in your wise and mild Constitution, setting forth that there might be a State, or States, erected in the West whenever your Legislature should give consent for same; and from our local situation, there are numberless advantages, bountifully given to us by nature, to propagate and promote a Government with us.

Being influenced by your Acts and Constitution, and at the same time considering that it is our undeniable right to obtain for ourselves and posterity a proportionable and adequate share of the blessings, rights, privileges, and immunities alloted with the rest of mankind, have thought that the erecting a new Government would greatly contribute to our welfare and convenience, and that the same could not militate against your interest and future welfare as a Government.

Hoping that mutual and reciprocal advantages would attend each party, and that cordiality and unanimity would permanently subsist between us ever after, we earnestly request that an impartial view of our remoteness be taken into consideration; that great inconveniency attending your seat of Government, and also the great difficulty in ruling well and giving protection to so remote a people, to say nothing of the almost impassable mountains Nature has placed between, which renders it impracticable for us to furnish ourselves with a bare load of the necessaries of life, except we in the first instance travel from one to two hundred and more miles through another State ere we can reach your Government.

Every tax paid you from this country would render us that sum the poorer, as it is impossible, from the nature of our situation, that any part could return into circulation, having nothing that could bear the carriage, or encourage purchasers to come so great a distance; for which reasons were we to continue under your Government a few years, the people here must pay a greater sum than the whole of the medium now in circulation for the exigencies and support of your Government, which would be a sum impossible for us to secure, would we be willing to give you our all; and of course we must be beholden to other States for any part we could raise; and by these means our property would gradually diminish, and we at last be reduced to mere poverty and want by not being able equally to participate with the benefits and advantages of your Government.

We hope that having settled West of the Appalachian Mountains ought not to deprive us of the natural advantages designed by the bountiful Providence for the convenience and comfort of all those who have spirit and sagacity enough to seek after them.

When we reflect on our past and indefatigable struggles, both with savages and our enemies during our late war, and the great difficulty we had to obtain and with-hold this Country from those enemies at the expense of the lives and fortunes of many of our dearest friends and relation; and the happy conclusion of peace having arrived, North Carolina has derived great advantages from alertness in taking and securing a Country, from which she has been able to draw her treasury, immense sums of money, and thereby become enabled to pay off, if not wholly, yet a great part, and sink her national debt.

We therefore humbly conceive you will liberally think that it will be nothing more than paying a debt in full to us for only to grant what God, Nature, and our locality entitles us to receive.

Trusting that your magnanimity will not consider it a crime in any people to pray their rights and privileges, we call the world to testify our conduct and exertion in behalf of American Independence; and the same to judge whether we ask more than free people ought to claim, agreeable to Republican principles, the great foundation whereupon our American fabric now stands.

Impressed with the hope of your great goodness and benevolent disposition that you will utterly abhor and disclaim all ideas of involving into innumerable, disagreeable and irksome contentions, a people who have so faithfully aided and supported in the time of imminent and perilous dangers; that you will be graciously pleased to consent to a separation; that from your paternal tenderness and greatness of mind, you will let your stipulations and conditions be consistent with honour, equity and reason, all of which will be cheerfully submitted to; and we, your petitioners, shall always feel an interest in whatsoever may concern your honour and prosperity.

Lastly, we hope to be enabled by the concurrence of your State to participate in the fruits of the Revolution; and to enjoy the essential benefits of Civil Society under a form of Government which ourselves alone can only calculate for such a purpose.

It will be a subject of regret that so much blood and treasure have been lavished away for no purpose to us; that so many sufferings have been encountered without compensation, and that so many sacrifices have been made in vain.

Many other considerations might be here adduced, but we hope what hath been mentioned will be sufficient for our purpose, adding only that Congress hath, from time to time, explained their ideas so fully and with so much dignity and energy that if their arguments and requisitions will not produce conviction, we know of nothing that will have greater influence, especially when we recollect that the system referred to is the result of the collected wisdom of the United States, and, should it not be considered as perfect, must be esteemed as the least objectionable.

Petition Regarding Register & Rangers, 1800

By , May 28, 2011

This information was electronically converted from a typewritten transcription. Therefore, numerous opportunities for error are present. You should consider this a finding aid. Check original source documents at the TN State Library & Archives for verification. If you have additions or corrections to these tables, please contact the Webmistress.

Source: “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer, 1981), pg. 79. No copyright infringement is intended by posting this information for the benefit of researchers.


Copied from photocopies of original records in Tennessee State Archives, Nashville, TN, by Betty Givens Moore and Betsy Foster West

To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee

The petition of a number of the inhabitants of Grainger County humbly Representeth:

That it is believed much inconvenience will result to the Citizens of said county from the operation of an act recently passed by your honorable Body which compells the Register & Rangers of the respective counties in said State to remove their offices to, & hold them at their respective court-houses.

That at a Court held for said county at the court-house in the town of Rutlage in february last the Register of said county tendered his Resignation to the court which was accepted — That although there were sundry persons residing in said Town well qualified to fill the office of Register with ability, yet not one
could be induced to accept said office who resided at the court-house — That the said office is one of high importance to the public, yet the fees of office are so inconsiderable as not to authorize a person  comfortably settled on a farm in the country to remove to town to attend to the Duties of said office:

We the undersigned your memorialists therefore pray the premises considered that you will be pleased so to modify the abovementioned act as to permit the Register & Rangers of Grainger county to hold his offices at any place in said county Provided the distance from the Registers office to the Court-house does not exceed five or six miles.

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray, etc.

Philip Sigler 

Jarimiah Mince

Noah Ashly

William Asher

Peter Hammick

William Webster

Jonathen Branson

Charles Drake

William Waggoner

John Blackburn

Isaac Long

Thomas James

Archibald Greer

Samuel Waggoner

Thomas Morres

Thomas Boullon

Morten Morres

Daniel Hammick

Elijah Long

John Bolton 

Marten Thornbury [Thornburg ?]

Richard Thornbury [Thornburg ?]

William Capts

John Mapels

Isaac Davis

Charles Hutcheson

William Patton

Walker Allen

John Baker

Benjamin Moon

Andrew Seabolt

John Nall

Thomas Brown

John Parker

David Watson

William Lane

James Lane Senr.

John Selvidge

James Lane Junr. 

William Pasley

Jeremiah Lovel

David Elkins

Gorge Lovel

Philip Parker

Abraham Elliot

Samuel Bunch

Wm. Sims

Obadiah Walters

Joel Witt

N. Jarnagin

Robert Caton

William Garrett

John Ray

Chessley Jarnagin

Enouch Winds (?)

Jeremiah Jarnagin

Petition – In Senate Augt 11th 1800 Read and refered to the Committee of Propositions & Grievances and sent to the House of Representatives – Jno. N. Gamble, Clk.

House of Representatives – Augt 11th 1800

Read and refered as by the Senate E. Scott, Clk.

Petitions Regarding the Turnpike Road to Kentucky, 1806

By , May 18, 2011

The following two petitions were published by the Tennessee Genealogical Society in its journals as noted below. The transcription you see here was compared to the TGS publication, but it was not compared to the original petition documents. If you can provide corrections or additions to this document, please contact the Webmistress.


This record is torn apart in several places and a few names on the fold of the paper have been lost. Occasionally several signatures are written in the same hand, but no X marks are given. Some names are very faded, some are blotted with ink, and some have been crossed out or removed by erasure. Spellings vary, and i and t are sometimes not dotted or crossed; and like many modern signatures, some are simply illegible. In most cases we have not tried to second-guess, but have copied here the most literal transcription possible for us. BFW

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Tennessee:

We the undersigned Citizens of Grainger and Claiborne counties humbly represent that the Turnpike road leading to Kentucky crossing Clinch Mountain at the three stone gap can be much amended by turning to the left at,or near the house of Dawson Cheek on the north side of said Mountain . . . coming . . . present (?) Road at the town of Tazwell [sic], the ground over which the road would pass is much leveller, an excellent and safe ford in Clinch River, clear of rocks, & only one-half mile the furthest, by total measurement.

(Your petitioners further?) represent that the present Road is very broken full of large rocks, a bad narrow ford in said river which compells most of the travellors to ferry the River when it can be forded at the other crossing with perfect safety, the hills are so steep and full of Rocks that it is almost impossible to make a road in many places sufficiently wide for waggons to pass each other should they meet in those narrow places, which are in pl(aces?) at least one (quarter of a mile . . . ?) . . . your honorable body to pass an act authorising the commissioners of said road or a majority of them to view the two roads & direct the road the best way for the public – And your petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray . . .

Mank Posten Junr George Henderson Ja(?) Maicen (?) [Mason?] William Whitehead
Jacob Cooney Aberhan Haley Wm Bingham Monk Posten Sen
John Allison John Lunpten (?) Wm. (?) Rogers Andrew Mannen
James Conn Wilborn Megee Nathl Austin John Baker
John Hender… Enos Hobbs John Austin Henry Sunpter Sen
Abel Lanham William (torn) Joseph Colper Henrey Sumpten Jun
Benjamin (illegible) Peter Smith John Davis (?) William Sunpten Senr
Anthony Street John Brancecomb William Graham Wm. Mullens
John Coulter Thomas Brancecomb Jos. Campbell Samuel Maure (?)
John Harrison John Joysetch (?) Damon (?) Wynne William Jones
_avis (?) Bra___ Perin Cardwell Thomas Johnston Edward Shipley (?)
_ep White John keef John Gaw Isom Clark
Joseph Hickey thomas keef junr Harrison Akin Ezekiel farmer(?)
Samuel Dotson Junr John Cardwell James Hicky gorge stubblefield
Thomas Dotson Obediah Jinnins (?) William Brawn David Jeffris
Haris Burks (torn) Jinnins (?) Richard Shockley Thomas Jeffris
Samuel Dotson Senr Gibbones Cross Epham Dickings John Brand
John Stratton(?) Willie harper John Jonson Senr Siles S. Clark
Wm. Bingham Edward Webster John Jonson Junr Daniel lebo
Ralph Shelton Joseph Webster George Jinings henry lebo
Marten Bunch William Lea Thomas Greesham Peter hario
Stephen Shelton John (?) Webster Isaac Poster William Stroud
__ George Campbell Rollon Brancecomb William Sunpten (Sumpter ?) Junr.

House of Representatives, July 31st 1806. Read and refered etc. Edw Scott, Clk.

In Senate, July 31st 1806. Read and refered etc. Jno. N. Gamble, Clk

Source: “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer, 1981), pg. 80. No copyright infringement is intended by posting this article here.


19-1-1806 Petition of citizens of Grainger and Claiborne Counties to change the road to Kentucky. The wording of the petition is the same as one published in “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 28, No.2, page 80, 1981. This is apparently a second copy of the same petition with different signatures attached. No date. 7 pages.

Pleasant Duke Robert Willis John Lay Robt Huddlestone
george willey Samuel Webster Jacob hunbard (Humbard) John Huddlestone
Thomas Turley Peter Harris Rheubin Cofee Martain Thornberry
John McCartey Robert Metheny Richd Walker Charles Matlock
Moses Hodge William Bryan John Arnwine Enouch Winds
Dudley Mayes Alexandreus Callidge David Gentry Thomas James
henry Ivey William Iredel / Tredel John Arnold John ___trad?
James hodges William Bunch Alexander Donelson? Ambose [sic] Goff
Philip Ivy Josier Bryan Henry Baker Thos. Grissom
Monoah Dyer William Jones John Bullard David Collin
Joseph Dania/Davis John Clonch Jason Cloud James Hines?
Walcem/lum (William?) hodge Archd MacDonald Dudley Cox John McBroom
William Johnston William Lay Stephen Smith James Arwine
John Ivy Mary / Meery Littel? James Eaton Levi Collins
John howel Stephen McBroom Henry Medlock Aaron Collins
Thomas Ivey Saml Peery Dannil Beelar Warham Easley
Jesse hodges Benjamin Acof (Acuff) Thomas McBroom David Bunch
Benjamin Ivey John Shropshire

Source: “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 32, No 3 (Fall, 1985), pg. 106. No copyright infringement is intended by posting this article here.

Petition Regarding Deed from Joseph Beard to John Bullard, 1809

By , May 18, 2011

Original document in the Manuscripts collection of the Tennessee State Library & Archives.

Item #17-2-1809

Petition to the General Assembly of Tennessee regarding Deed for 340 Acres of land lying on the north side of Clinch River in Grainger County, Tennessee, sold by Joseph BEARD of Pulaski County, Kentucky, to John BULLARD of Grainger County, Tennessee, being Grant #517 obtained from the State of North Carolina on 5 May 1794 . . . Proven in open court Aug 1800, Amb[rose] YANCEY, Clk of Grainger County, and recorded by Felps READ, Regt. . .  Survey and plat by Watters EVANS 24 Sep 1808, showing an interference with a 640 Acres tract, Grant #127, to James BERRY. (6 pages)

Petition of James Conn, 1807

By , May 18, 2011

Original document in the Manuscripts collection of the Tennessee State Library & Archives.

Item #25-1-1807

Petition to the General Assembly of Tennessee by James CONN, High Sheriff of Grainger County, for payment of services in transporting a prisoner, Henry McNIGHT, also called Thomas PATE, to the district jail in Knoxville. McNight was tried before Thomas HENDERSON, J.P. of Grainger Co. 17 Oct 1807, Rutledge, TN (2 pages)

TN Genealogical Society Articles

By , May 16, 2011

These articles are specific to Grainger County, and many can be viewed on-line at the TGS Web site.

Click here to search the articles for locations, surnames, or items of interest.

1799 petition to improve Holston River navigation, four other petitions, Vol. 39 (1992)

1799 tax list; 1800 petition; 1810-12 unpaid taxes, Vol. 28 (1981)

1801 petitions for new county, Justice of the Peace replacement, Vol. 40 (1993)

1803 petitions for new Justice of the Peace, return of surplus county funds, Vol. 42 (1995)

1805 tax list, Vol. 19 (1972)

1806-07 petitions, Vol. 32 (1985) and Vol. 33 (1986); 1809 petition, Vol. 34 (1987)

War of 1812 pensioners, Vol. 7 (1960)

1816 unpaid taxes, Vol. 43 (1996)

1824-60 grantees and locators, index, Vol. 10 (1963)

1833 Common School census, Vol. 46 (1999)

Civil War disabled fund, Vol. 47 (2000)

1836 Civil Districts

By , May 13, 2011

In 1836, by order of the Tennessee General Assembly, all Tennessee counties were divided into Civil Districts, which replaced Militia Companies for administration. The document below contains the detailed description of Grainger County’s Civil Districts.

Note: The text below was machine-converted from a printed transcription of the original, so errors are likely. Although this is a transcript of a transcript, we hope you will be able to locate your ancestors in a particular section of the county in the late 1830’s.

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In compliance with an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee We James Salling, Thomas McBroom and William Clarke being a majority of the commissioners appointed by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to lay off the County of Grainger into Districts. We therefore, having been duly sworn by Charles McAnally one of the Justices of the peace in and for the Said County do report and Say that we have laid off the Said County into fifteen Districts and that they are numbered and bounded as follows[:]

1st The line of the first District to begin at William Chainies [sic] at the Jefferson County line thence with the South Road to Holston River at Coffmans ford thence up the Said River to the Hawkins County line thence with the county line to the Corner thence with the Jefferson County line to the beginning the Election to be held at the papermill.

2nd The line of the Second District to begin at William Chainies [sic] at the Jefferson County line thence with the Said line to the panther Spring thence down panther Creek to Holston River thence up the said River to Coffmans ford thence with the South Road to the beginning the Election to be held at Maj. Joseph Noes.

3rd The line of the third District to begin at the mouth of Jacob Noe’s mill branch thence up the Said Branch to the head thence a direct course to the top of the big Ridge at the Little gap thence up the top of the big ridge to the Hawkins County line thence with the Said line to Holston River thence down the Said River to the beginning the Election to be held at David Counts’s.

4th The line of the fourth District to begin at the lower end of the Horse Shoe on Holston River thence with the horse Shoe Road to where it Intersects the Road leading from Mazes’s ford to Rutledge thence with the Said Road to Jesse Hodges thence a’ direct line to the top of the big Ridge So as to include John Daniel thence with the top of the big Ridge up to the Little gap thence a direct line to the head of Jacob Noe’s mill branch thence down the Said branch to Holston River thence down the said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Maze’s mill.

5th The line of the fifth District to begin at Combs’s ferry on Holston River thence with the Combs ferry Road to the top of the Richland Nobs thence up the Said Nobs against Jesse Hodges thence a direct line to the Road at Jesse Hodges thence with the Said Road to the lower end of the horse Shoe on Holston River thence down the Said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Dickson Smith’s.

6th The line of the Sixth District to begin at the mouth of Edward West’s Spring branch thence up the said branch to the head thence up the holler with Quillar Mitchel’s Spring branch thence a direct line to Thomas Davis’s so as to include the said Davis thence a direct line to the top of the Richland Nobs passing Joshua Hinchie’s thence up the top of the Richland Nobs to the Combs Ferry Road thence with the said Road to Holston River thence down the said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Thomas West’s Esqr.

7th The line of the Seventh District to begin at the mouth of Perrin’s mill branch thence up the Said branch and Perrin’s mill holler to the top of the Richland Nobs thence up the top of the Said Nobs to Joshua Hinchy’s so as to include the said Hinchy thence passing Thomas Davis thence with Quillar Mitchel’s Spring branch to Holston River thence down the Said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Evan Harris’s Old Place.

8th The line of the Eighth District to begin at the Knox County line on Holston River thence with the Said line to the Crooked Runn Nobs thence up the Said Nobs to Clinch mountain thence up the top of the Said mountain to the Road at Elkin’s gap thence down the falling-water branch to Richland Creek thence a direct line to the top of the Richland nobs thence a direct line to the head of Perrin’s mill holler So as to include the house where Robert Gains lived thence down the Said mill holler to Holston River thence down the Said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Plains Cross roades.

9th The line of the ninth District to begin on the top of the big Ridge at the Hawkins County line thence with the Said line to the top of Clinch mountain thence down the top of the said mountain against where Nicholas Counts, Senr., now lives thence a direct line to the top of the big ridge against the said Countses thence up the top of the big ridge to the beginning the Election to be held at Beans Station.

10th The line of the Tenth District to begin on the top of the big Ridge against where Nicholas Counts senr now lives thence a direct line to the top of Clinch mountain so as to include the Said Counts thence down the top of Clinch mountain to the Road at Atkins’s gap thence down the fall water branch to Richland Creek thence a direct line to the top of the Richland Nobs thence up the top of the Said nobs to the beginning the Election to be held at Col A Fulkerson’s.

11th The line of the Eleventh District to begin on Clinch River at the lower end of the Griffet old place thence a direct line to the top of Clinch mountain against Abner Dotsons so as to include Isaac Bullen, John Farrier, and the said Dotson thence up the top of Clinch mountain to the Hawkins County line thence with the said line to Clinch River thence down the said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Andrew McGinnis’s.

12th The line of the twelfth District to begin at the mouth of Adam Idols Spring branch on the Clinch River thence a direct line to Williams’s Creek at Odell’s mill so as to include the said Creek to Smith Stranges so as to include the said Strange thence with the Road passing Martin Cleveland’s to the Vally Road thence a direct line to the top of Clinch mountain against the said Cleveland’s thence up the top of the said mountain against Abner Dotson’s thence a direct line to the lower end of the Griffet Old place on Clinch River passing Abner Dotson, John Farmer’s, and Isaac Bullen’s thence down the said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Benjamin Lewis’s.

13th The line of the thirteenth District to begin at the mouth of Dotson’s Creek on Clinch River thence up the said Creek so as to include Joab Capps, David Yadin Junr on the top of Hinds’s Ridge thence a direct line to the Road passing above George W Vittitoes so as to include Joseph Smith thence with the said Road to the head of the branch passing down by the Widow Vittitoe’s thence down the said branch to Flat Creek thence a direct line to the top of Clinch Mountain against the Powder Spring Gap meeting house thence with the top of the said mountain up against Martin Cleveland’s thence with the Road passing the said Cleveland’s to Williams’s Creek at Smith Strange’s thence withe the said Creek to Odell’s mill thence a direct line to the mouth of Adam Idol’s spring branch on Clinch River thence down the said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Joseph Smith’s mill.

14th The line of the fourteenth District to begin on the top of the Comb ridge at the Knox County line thence with the Said line to the Crooked Runn Nobs thence up the top of the said Nobs to Clinch Mountain thence up the top of the said mountain against the Powder Spring Gap meeting house thence a direct line to the mouth of the branch passing the Widow Vittitoe’s so as to include Thomas Dennis thence up the said branch to the head thence with the road passing George W. Vittitoe’s so as to include the said Vittitoe thence a direct line to the top of Comb ridge against the said Vittitoe’s thence down the top of the said ridge to the beginning the Election to be held at Stephen Frost’s.

15th The line of the fifteenth District to begin at the Anderson County line on Clinch River thence with the said line and the Knox County line to the top of the Comb Ridge thence up the top of the said Ridge against Joseph Smith’s thence a direct line to Dotson’s Creek passing Joseph Smith’s, David Yadin Junr, and Joab Capps thence down the said creek to Clinch River thence down the said River to the beginning the Election to be held at Robert Huddleston’s.

Given under our hands this third day of February 1836

Jas Salling

Thos McBroom

W Clark

Commissioners

Private Acts: Taxation

By , May 9, 2011

Most of the general law on taxation can be found in title 67 of Tennessee Code Annotated.

The chief revenue source for county government is the ad valorem tax on real and personal property.

The statutes dealing with the county property tax, including assessment, levy, collection, and enforcement, are found in title 67, chapter 5. Assessments are reviewed by the county board of equalization, which is covered by title 67, chapter 5, part 14.

Another large source of county revenue is the local option sales tax. The authority for the local option sales tax is codified at T.C.A. title 67, chapter 6, part 7.

While the property tax may be levied by the county legislative body alone, the local sales tax must be approved by the qualified voters in a referendum.

Other general law granting taxing authority for counties may be found in other sections of the code. These may be found through use of the combined general index to the Tennessee Code Annotated.

In some areas private acts may be used for authority to levy a tax at the county level. The revenue sources available to county governments, and the authority for such taxes and fees, either in general law or private acts, are summarized in the CTAS publication County Revenue Manual.

The following is a listing of acts pertaining to taxation in Grainger County which are no longer effective. Also referenced below is an act which repealed prior law without providing new substantive provisions.

  1. Acts of 1796 (1st Sess.), Chapter 28, set the tax rate and enumerated the things to be taxed for the new county of Grainger.
  2. Acts of 1799, Chapter 29, set the tax rate again and regulated the methods of collection and accounting.
  3. Acts of 1801, Chapter 60, authorized the Grainger County Court to levy an additional tax of the purpose of building a new courthouse.
  4. Private Acts of 1931, Chapter 612, authorized Grainger County to levy and collect a tax on all the personal and real property and all ad valorems when an appropriate order was made by the county quarterly court which authorized such levy for county purposes in a sum not to exceed .30¢ on the $100 of taxable property in Grainger County.
  5. Private Acts of 1976, Chapter 2, would have imposed a $1.00 litigation tax to be used for courthouse refurbishing and maintenance. This act was not ratified and never became effective.
  6. Private Acts of 1982, Chapter 202, imposed a $1.00 litigation tax, with the proceeds to be used to refurbish and maintain the Grainger County Courthouse. This act was repealed by Private Acts of 1983, Chapter 19.

Assessor of Property

The assessor of property is a constitutional officer provided for in article VII, section 1 of the Constitution of Tennessee to be elected by the qualified voters for a term of four years. For general law on the office of county assessor of property, see Tennessee Code Annotated title 67, chapter 1, part 5.

The following acts were superseded, repealed or failed to win local ratification, but they are listed here as a reference to laws which once affected the Grainger County Assessor. Also referenced below is an act which repealed prior law without providing new substantive provisions.

  1. Acts of 1845-46, Chapter 116, placed a tax on Grainger County for the purpose of building a courthouse. The tax was to be collected by the tax collector or sheriff of the county and given to the commissioners appointed to superintend the building of the courthouse.

[Acts passed in the 20th Century were not transcribed for this site.]

Law Enforcement: Sheriff

By , May 8, 2011

The office of sheriff is one of the county offices established by article VII, section 1 of the Constitution of Tennessee, and it is regulated by the general statutes found in title 8, chapter 8 of Tennessee Code Annotated.

The qualifications for the office of sheriff are more stringent than for most county offices. These qualifications are detailed in T.C.A. §8-8-102. Many of the duties of the sheriff are specified in T.C.A. §8-8-201. The sheriff’s salary is determined in accordance with T.C.A. §8-24-102.

The statutes authorizing the sheriff to petition the court with criminal jurisdiction for the employment of deputies and assistants and the setting of salaries for deputies and assistants are found in T.C.A. §8-20-101 et seq. Also, the sheriff may appoint such personnel as may be provided for in the budget adopted for the sheriff’s department. T.C.A. § 8-20-120.

For additional statutes relating to the sheriff, refer to the combined general index of Tennessee Code Annotated, volumes 14, 15, and 16, under specific topics relating to law enforcement, county jails and workhouses.

The following acts have no current effect but are included here for reference purposes since they once applied to the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office.

 

  1. Private Acts of 1825, Chapter 269, fixed and regulated the compensation of the Grainger County Sheriff to $800 per annum.
  2. Private Acts of 1825, Chapter 290, authorized the sheriff of Grainger County to appoint an additional deputy.
  3. Private Acts of 1833, Chapter 246, authorized the sheriff of Grainger County to appoint an additional deputy.

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