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Tennessee Historical Commission

The Tennessee Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for its Certificate of Merit Awards to honor individuals or groups that work to preserve Tennessee’s heritage.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019.

“For over forty years, our awards program has offered an opportunity to give thanks and recognition to those working to revitalize Tennessee’s historic places. The Merit Awards program also highlights people and organizations for the work they do in the areas of publication, commemoration, and education regarding our state’s unique history and heritage,” said Patrick McIntyre, State Historic Preservation Officer and executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Tennessee Historical Commission Awards program began in 1975. Certificates of Merit are presented annually to individuals, groups, agencies or organizations that have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of Tennessee’s heritage during the 12 months prior to the application deadline. Award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony in May, 2020.

Applications may also be requested by calling Susan McClamroch at the Commission’s offices at 615-532-1920, by writing to 2941 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214, or by contacting Susan McClamroch via e-mail at

White & Polk, P. C. , counsel for Charlie B. Mitchell Jr., has filed a petition to relocate remains from cemetery off Beasie Road, located in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County.  The letter of notification is available here.  In accordance with TCA 46-4-103 the petition is available here.

Lisa K. Helton, counsel for D. R. Horton, has filed a petition for terminating use of land as burial ground and for removal and reinterment of remains of decendents in the Rutherford County Chancery Court pursuant to TCA 46-4-103.  The petition is available here

TNHomesites has filed a petition to terminate a cemetery in Sumner County.  In accordance with TCA 46-4-103 the petition is available here.

Sherod, Roe, Voight, & Harbison, PLC, counsel for Robert and Melissa Beckham, has filed a petition to terminate a cemetery in Williamson County.  In accordance with TCA 46-4-103 the petition is available here

The Tennessee Historical Commission is the State Historic Preservation Office for Tennessee and has multiple programs related to historic preservation and history. Its mission is to protect, preserve, interpret, maintain, and administer historic places; to encourage the inclusive diverse study of Tennessee's history for the benefit of future generations; to mark important locations, persons, and events in Tennessee history; to assist in worthy publication projects; to review, comment on, and identify projects that will potentially impact historic properties; to locate, identify, record, and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places all properties which meet National Register criteria; and to implement other programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. The Tennessee Historical Commission is an independent state agency, administratively attached to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The staff and executive director are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office.

The Tennessee Historical Commission is also a twenty-nine member board. Twenty-four members, equally divided among the three grand divisions of the state, are appointed by the Governor and five are ex officio members. The ex officio members are the Governor, the State Historian, the State Archaeologist, the Commissioner of Environment and Conservation, the State Librarian and Archivist.  When mandated by state law, the Commission is authorized to vote on new laws generated through the legislative process.  More information on the appointed Commission can be found in Boards and Commissions below.