Tennessee Historical Commission
Meeting Details: Revised 4/26/18
On February 16, 2018, the Tennessee Historical Commission determined to convene a contested case regarding a petition for declaratory order submitted by the Descendants of Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #215 and to refer the petition to be heard by an administrative law judge sitting alone. Petition for Declaratory Order.
On April 5, 2018, an amended petition for declaratory order was submitted by the petitioners. Amended Petition.
No meeting scheduled for May.
A petition for waiver has been filed with the Tennessee Historical Commission
• The City of Chattanooga has filed a petition for the waiver of the memorials on Patten Parkway from the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016.
-Link to Petition
The petition was submitted on April 16, 2018 pursuant to Tenneessee Code Annotated § 4-1-412 of the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016. The City of Chattanooga has requested the Tennessee Historical Commission to include the petition on the June 15, 2018 agenda for an initial hearing. At the initial hearing, the Tennessee Historical Commission will determine which interested entities, groups, or individuals should be given written notice by the City of Chattanooga.
The Tennessee Historical Commission met on February 16, 2018, at 10:00 am EST / 9:00 am CST.
The meeting was held in the Multimedia Room on the 3rd Floor of the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, 37243.
On the agenda was the final hearing regarding a petition for waiver filed by Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Board of Regents to change the name of a building located on the Middle Tennessee State University campus from Forrest Hall to Army ROTC Building. The hearing was held in the presence of Administrative Law Judge Thomas G. Stovall and the Tennessee Historical Commission.
A Final Order was issued on March 19, 2018 pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 4-1-412. Tennessee Code Annotated Section 4-1-412(c)(8) provides, in relevant part, as follows:Within thirty (30) calendar days from the final hearing, the final determination of the commission shall be reduced to writing and shall state the commission’s findings and the grounds on which the relief is granted or denied. The effective date of the determination shall be not less than one hundred twenty (120) calendar days after notice of the commission’s determination is posted on the web site of the commission. Copies of the final determination shall be sent to the public entity seeking the waiver and to each interested entity, group, or individual who testified or submitted evidence at the final hearing. (9) A public entity seeking a waiver or interested entity, group, or individual who testified or submitted evidence at the final hearing who is aggrieved by the final determination of the commission on the petition for a waiver may file a petition for review in the chancery court of Davidson County or, alternatively, in the county in which the memorial is located or, in the case of a memorial that is located in multiple counties, the county in which the memorial is predominantly located. A petition for review shall be filed within sixty (60) calendar days after notice of the commission’s determination is posted on the web site of the commission. The court shall conduct a de novo review on the record of the issues. The review shall be conducted without a presumption that the determinations and findings of the commission are correct. Additional evidence may be introduced and considered by the court.
Final Order – posted March 20, 2018
The Tennessee Historical Commission met on January 19, 2018, at 10:00 am EST / 9:00 am CST, to determine whether to review the Initial Order issued by Judge Hilliard, APD, dismissing the Petition for Declaratory Order submitted by the City of Memphis and Memphis City Council regarding application of the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013 to the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest located in Memphis. The Commission determined no to review the initial order. The order became final January 23, 2018.
- View a video of the October meeting
- View the October meeting agenda
- View the Petition for Declatory Order
Twenty-nine members: 24 appointed by the Governor for terms of five years and 5 ex officio members.
- Governor of Tennessee
- State Historian
- State Archaeologist
- Commissioner of Environment and Conservation
- State Librarian and Archivist
- 24 members who shall be equally divided among the three grand divisions of the state
Commissioned under T.C.A. 4-11-102.
The statute authorizing this board expires June 30, 2019 and the one-year wind-down period begins.
|Ernie Bacon||10-15-2020||Middle Tennessee|
|David "Ray" Smith||10-31-2021||East Tennessee|
|Dr. Douglas Cupples||06-30-2021||West Tennessee|
|Elizabeth A. Campbell||06-30-2022||Middle Tennessee|
|Allen F. Carter, Vice-Chair||09-30-2021||East Tennessee|
|Dr. Kent Dollar||09-30-2020||Middle Tennessee|
|Sam D. Elliott||05-31-2020||East Tennessee|
|Governor||Ex Officio||Governor of Tennessee|
|Jeremy S. Harrell||09-30-2020||Middle Tennessee|
|Yolanda (Loni) Harris||09-30-2019||West Tennessee|
|Toye Heape||09-30-2019||Middle Tennessee|
|Don Roe||09-30-2022||West Tennessee|
|Alpha B. (Tiny) Jones||06-30-2019||Middle Tennessee|
|Bill Landry||06-30-2021||East Tennessee|
|Lucy W. Lee||11-15-2020||Middle Tennessee|
|William Lyons||02-28-2021||East Tennessee|
|Robert Martineau||Ex Officio||Commissioner TDEC|
|Linda Moss Mines||11-15-2020||East Tennessee|
|Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr., Chairman||06-30-2019||Middle Tennessee|
|Joanne Cullom Moore||09-30-2021||West Tennessee|
|Mike Moore||Ex Officio||State Archaeologist|
|Keith Norman||09-30-2020||West Tennessee|
|Beverly C. Robertson||09-30-2020||West Tennessee|
|Chuck Sherrill||Ex Officio||State Librarian and Archivist|
|Joe Swann||02-28-2021||East Tennessee|
|Judge David Tipton||09-30-2018||East Tennessee|
|Dr. Carroll Van West||Ex Officio||State Historian|
|Derita Coleman Williams, Vice-Chair||06-30-2022||West Tennessee|
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