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Take Home Police Vehicles: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Six cities were asked about their policies for governing take home police vehicles.
Takeover of Utility District Water System by City
General (Created: 08/13/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to discuss procedures whereby cities can take over water utilities and to cite specific examples where this type of effort has been successful.
Taking Drivers Licenses in Municipal Traffic Ordinance Violation Cases to Insure the Appearance of the Violators in Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/1993; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the TCA prohibits the arresting officer from taking drivers licenses in municipal traffic ordinance violation cases to insure the appearance of the violators in court.
Taking Over or Providing Maintenance for the Decherd Cemetery
General (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about taking over a cemetery that is inside the City.
Taking Over Private Water Line and Theft of Utility Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS responds to a city regarding a request from a resident to take over their private line. This resident has also allowed other homeowners to connect to the resident's private line.
Taking the License of a Person Between the Ages of 18-21 -- for the Purchase of Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/1992; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge can take the license of a person between the ages of 18-21 for the purchase, or attempt to purchase, or possession of beer?
Taking Water Lines Belonging to a Private Non-Profit Water Company by Eminent Domain
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2002; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of a municipality to condemn water lines owned by a private water company.
Tap Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016 )

Seven cities were asked about the tap fees they charge for residential water and residential sewer, both inside and outside the city.
Tattoo Policies
Survey (Created: 12/17/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nineteen cities responded to a survey asking whether they have a policy regarding tattoos in the workplace; several cities shared their policies.
Tax Incentives to Improve the Appearance of Businesses and Residences
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/1997; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can promote beautification of the city by giving businesses and residential owners tax incentives to improve the appearance of their establishments and residences.
Tax Incentives to Tenants in an Industrial Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1993; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the City could provide tax incentives to tenants in its industrial park.
Tax Increment Financing
General (Created: 01/16/2003; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about a method of encouraging blighted or substandard housing improvements by using tax increment incentives.
Tax Map and Boundary Issue
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

An old tax map shows the property is located in the city but the map was changed sometime within the past 10 years to show the property is outside the city line, in the county.
Tax Suit Service of Complaint
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/2008; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a copy of the complaint must be served on defendants with notice and summons in delinquent tax collection suits.
Tax Treatment of Payments by Cities to Employees on Active Duty as a Reservist or Member of the National Guard
General (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

All pay going to activated municipal employees are wages and subject to all normal taxes.
Taxes to Help Finance Convention Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a hotel-motel tax increase, a car rental tax, and an airport departure tax could be levied to help finance a new convention center.
TCRS Participant May Buy Back Years of Part-Time Service
General (Created: 03/06/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a part-time city employee may buy back years of service with TCRS.
TDOT Contract Utility Relocation
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/2001; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to respond to issues related to a TDOT contract for a state highway project with respect to a utility relocation issue.
TDOT Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/2001; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate a proposed TDOT contract.
TDOT Transition Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 12/01/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding how they are handling the TDOT ADA Transition Plan.
Technical Assistance Resources Available to Local Governments in Tennessee
General (Created: 11/20/2003; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

A list of agencies and associations that provide technical assistance to aid in the economic development of local governments in Tennessee.
Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Its Impact on Tennessee Cities
(Created: 12/01/1996; Reviewed: )

The purpose of this technical bulletin is to describe what the basic ground rules are for local government, as far as they are known at this point, and to suggest to Tennessee towns and cities some strategies for exercising their rights under the new law.
Telecommunications Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Telecommunications Coordinator.
Telecommunications Update: Keeping Up With the Cable, Telephone, and Wireless Business
(Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: June 6, 2002 )

This short briefing will answer some frequently asked questions, give decision makers new or changed information, keep you current on changes in this area, and highlight what you should watch for when working with these businesses in your city.
Telephone Franchise Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the local telephone company should be paying franchise fees and what recourse city residents have if they want to use another telephone company.
Telephone System
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Request for proposals for a complete telephone system for the City of Morristown municipal building.
Temporarily Closing Certain Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1996; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can temporarily close certain streets, one or more of which are state highways, in the downtown area of the city for the purpose of permitting local private groups to hold a festival.
Temporary and Special Beer Permit Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of temporary and special beer permit ordinances.
Temporary Appointment of a City Attorney by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily appoint a city attorney.
Temporary Appointments to the Power Board by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/1997; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can make temporary appointments to the power board.
Temporary Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/1998; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the authority and propriety of a beer board issuing a three-day temporary beer permit for a fair.
Temporary Traffic Control Devices under MUTCD
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether traffic control devices in a construction work zone can be enforced by the city police.
Ten Questions Regarding the Potential Application of Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze ten questions regarding the potential application of Chapter 1101.
Ten Simple Questions on Code Adoption for Towns and Cities in Tennessee (2006)
(Created: 04/07/2006; Reviewed: )

Short answers to questions on the adoption of building and fire codes.
Ten Simple Questions on Code Adoption for Towns and Cities in Tennessee (2011)
(Created: 05/27/2011; Reviewed: February 24, 2012 )

Short answers to questions on the adoption of building and fire codes.
Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program Funding
(Created: 06/20/2008; Reviewed: June 23, 2008 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, announces the availability of Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) funds for community tree planting projects.
Tennessee Amusement Tax
(Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The State of Tennessee taxes certain types of amusements, and these taxes are levied in different ways and authorized under different sections of the Tennessee Code Annotated.
Tennessee Building and Fire Codes
(Created: 10/21/2003; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

The proposed rules provide for the adoption of the 2002 International Building Code and the 2003 NFPA Uniform Fire Code.
Tennessee Cities Where the City Governing Board Is Also the Beer Board
General (Created: 05/05/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A list of Tennessee cities where the city governing board is also the beer board.
Tennessee City Charter Types - Requirements to Hold Office
Survey (Created: 04/15/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Research done to find out what requirements Tennessee cities have in place to hold office.
Tennessee City Recorder
(Created: 07/22/2005; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

An in-depth publication on the duties of a city recorder in Tennessee.
Tennessee City Recorder Handbook
(Created: 08/31/2007; Reviewed: September 14, 2007 )

An in-depth publication on the duties of a city recorder in Tennessee.
Tennessee City Recorder Handbook
(Created: 10/31/2009; Reviewed: March 21, 2010 )

An in-depth publication on the duties of a city recorder in Tennessee.
Tennessee Code Annotated Model Municipal Charter Provisions Comparison
General (Created: 09/11/2009; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

A spreadsheet comparison of the differences and similarities found among the provisions of the modified manager-council charter, the manager-commission charter, and the board of mayor and aldermen charter.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2002 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 02/10/2002; Reviewed: February 11, 2002 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry is accepting Urban Forestry project proposals from local governments, private organizations, public organizations, and educational institutions in the categories of urban forestry personnel, program development, education/training, and tree planting.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2003 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 03/11/2003; Reviewed: March 11, 2003 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry is accepting Urban Forestry project proposals from local governments, private organizations, public organizations, and educational institutions in the categories of urban forestry personnel, program development, education/training, and tree planting.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2004 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 02/25/2004; Reviewed: February 27, 2004 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry is accepting Urban Forestry project proposals from local governments, private organizations, public organizations, and educational institutions in the categories of urban forestry personnel, program development, education/training, and tree planting.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2005 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 02/09/2005; Reviewed: February 7, 2006 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry is accepting urban forestry project proposals from local governments, private and non-private organizations, and educational institutions. Project categories for 2005 are urban forestry personnel, program development or educational/training, and tree planting.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2006 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 02/07/2006; Reviewed: February 12, 2007 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting urban forestry project proposals from local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Project proposals that address the development of ordinances, staffing, management planning, and advisory organization will be given priority for funding.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2007 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 02/12/2007; Reviewed: February 12, 2007 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting urban forestry project proposals from local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Project proposals for 2007 that address the development of ordinances, staffing, management planning, and advisory organization will be given priority for funding.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2008 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 04/17/2008; Reviewed: April 18, 2008 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, is accepting urban forestry project proposals from local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Project proposals for 2008 that address the development of ordinances, staffing, management planning, and advisory organization will be given priority for funding.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture 2009 Urban Forestry Funding
(Created: 02/24/2009; Reviewed: February 24, 2009 )

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, is accepting urban forestry project proposals from local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Project proposals for 2009 that address the development of four elements of an urban or community forestry program, urban forest resource management, or education or training that pertain to urban and community forestry will be given priority for funding.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employer's First Report of Work Injury or Illness
Form (Created: 09/23/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The Workers' Compensation Division has released an updated version of the Tennessee First Report of Work Injury, Form C20.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employer's First Report of Work Injury or Illness
Form (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

The Workers' Compensation Division has released a new version of the Tennessee First Report of Work Injury, Form C20.
Tennessee Department of Safety General Order 410-1 Sobriety Checkpoints
General (Created: 01/15/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

This revised order establishes policy, procedures, and advisory guidelines concerning sobriety checkpoints.
Tennessee Department of Transportation ADA Compliance Toolkit
General (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: March 20, 2019 )

A toolkit of materials for municipalities to complete a ADA transition plan created by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer's Office.The toolkit includes: Presentation titled "ADA Compliance for Municipalities" (TDOT); Presentation titled "How to Develop an ADA Self-evaluation & Transition Plan" (FHWA); Document titled "ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices (NCHRP Project # 20-7 (232); and the following selection of forms: action plan, checklist, grievance procedure, public notice, transition plan and more.
Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook: A Guide for Protection of State Waters Through the Use of Best Management Practices During Land Disturbing Activities
(Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: March 5, 2010 )

The 2nd edition of a report by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Tennessee Fire Department Needs Assessment Survey
(Created: 06/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This survey's major goal is to identify gaps in Tennessee fire service coverage by comparing departments' personnel, equipment, and facilities against consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance for effective and efficient firefighting practices.
Tennessee Fire Dept. Grants by County 2001
General (Created: 10/10/2001; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

A summary of grants awarded to Tennessee fire departments for 2001.
Tennessee Fire Mortality Study
(Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Historically, Tennessee's fire mortality rate for civilians has been among the highest in the nation. During 2002-2010, the time period for this study, the national fire mortality rate declined, but the rate in Tennessee increased. The purpose of this study is to provide the analytical foundation for an informed plan of action to help reduce and prevent fatalities that occur in residential structures which is the type of incident that accounts for about three-fourths of all civilian fire deaths in the state.
Tennessee Fire Service Emergency Response Plan
General (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

The purpose of the plan is to provide local fire chiefs access to large quantities of fire service resources that may be needed in a large fire, disaster, or other major emergency.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2002
(Created: 01/01/2003; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2002 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2003
(Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

FY2003 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2004
(Created: 01/04/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

FY2004 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2005
(Created: 04/24/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

FY2005 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2006
(Created: 04/12/2007; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2006 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2007
(Created: 03/28/2008; Reviewed: September 21, 2017 )

FY2007 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. For the first time, this FY 2007 report contains trend analysis of several benchmark measures. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2008
(Created: 04/30/2009; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2008 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2009
(Created: 07/19/2010; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2009 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2010
(Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2010 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2011
(Created: 03/05/2012; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2011 annual report, there are a total of seven services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and code enforcement/building inspection/planning and zoning.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2012
(Created: 03/13/2013; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2012 annual report, there are a total of nine services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and building code enforcement, property maintenance code enforcement, and planning and zoning.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2013
(Created: 03/25/2014; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2013 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2014
(Created: 04/30/2015; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2014 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2015
(Created: 04/13/2016; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2015 annual report, there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2016 (Annual Report)
(Created: 04/06/2017; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2016 annual report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project (TMBP), there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2017 (Annual Report)
(Created: 05/01/2018; Reviewed: May 1, 2018 )

In this FY2017 annual report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project (TMBP), there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2018 Annual Report
General (Created: 05/14/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2019 )

This is the 17th and final report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project. Performance data from participating cities represents fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Cities participating in this data cycle were: Athens, Bartlett, Brentwood, Bristol, Chattanooga, Franklin, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Lewisburg, Morristown, and Spring Hill. The report highlights selected benchmarks and compares members on those benchmarks over a three year period.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project: An Investment in Tennessee's Cities
(Created: 09/21/2012; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

An accompanying brief to a presentation given at the Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Conference in Trenton, New Jersey, on September 21, 2012.
Tennessee Municipal Growth Policy Survey
Survey (Created: 08/01/2006; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Eighty cities responded to several questions about annexation within their urban growth area (UGA).
Tennessee Municipal Police Recruitment and Retention: A Study by the MTAS Research and Information Center for the Tennessee City Management Association
Report/Study (Created: 11/06/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A study conducted by the MTAS Research and Information Center at the request of the Tennessee City Management Association. The purpose of this study is to analyze Tennessee municipalities’ ability to recruit and retain police officers. Many cities in Tennessee have hired and made significant investments in entry level police officers only to see them leave employment in the first three years. This short turnover impacts the cities financially and decreases their ability to maintain adequate staffing in their departments. By analyzing police officer recruitment practices and retention levels, this study can explore the factors affecting police recruitment and retention and offer insights into what works and what does not work when attracting and keeping talented police officers.
Tennessee Municipal Public Health Emergency Closures
General (Created: 03/17/2020; Reviewed: March 17, 2020 )

MTAS has been asked by several city attorneys whether cities have any authority to prohibit mass gatherings and close businesses. This seems to be the question with which all cities are struggling because no statutory or charter authority is directly on point for a pandemic. The options that are being explored by cities are using the charter police powers and/or declarations of emergencies. Cities could potentially use a combination of both authorities.
Tennessee Municipality Has No Authority to Pass an Ordinance Regulating EMFs From TVA Power Lines
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/1991; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is within the authority of the city to enact limitations on electromagnetic fields produced by TVA power lines.
Tennessee Open Meetings Law Applies to the Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/09/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the Tennessee Open Meetings Law applies to the Utility Board.
Tennessee Passes The Non-Smoker Protection Act (2007)
(Created: 07/27/2007; Reviewed: July 30, 2007 )

Smoking in public places (notably municipal workplaces) is now recognized by the Tennessee Legislature as a public health issue and is, therefore, banned.
Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/1998; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the phrase 'function as a sovereign' means.
Tennessee Public Acts 2001: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

Summarizes the year's public acts and provides date they become effective.
Tennessee Public Acts 2002: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 10/18/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

Summarizes the year's public acts and provides date they become effective.
Tennessee Public Acts 2003: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 09/13/2003; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

Summarizes the year's public acts and provides date they become effective.
Tennessee Public Acts 2004: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 08/01/2004; Reviewed: October 6, 2005 )

Summarizes the year's public acts and provides date they become effective.
Tennessee Public Acts 2005: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 10/06/2005; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

Summarizes the year's public acts and provides date they become effective.
Tennessee Public Acts 2006: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 09/12/2006; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2007: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 10/23/2007; Reviewed: October 24, 2007 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2008: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 09/03/2008; Reviewed: September 3, 2008 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2009: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 08/11/2009; Reviewed: August 17, 2009 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2010: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 08/10/2010; Reviewed: August 9, 2010 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2011: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: August 31, 2011 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2012: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 08/13/2012; Reviewed: August 13, 2012 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts 2014: Summaries of Interest to Municipal Officials
(Created: 09/17/2014; Reviewed: September 17, 2014 )

This publication summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Tennessee Public Acts of 1993, Ch. 509; Nashville Elec.Serv. v. Luna
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/25/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Public Ch. 509, Acts of 1993 covers all municipal utilities.
Tennessee Reservists' Leave of Absence (2007)
(Created: 06/27/2007; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Effective July 1, 2007, the number of paid days for public employee military reservists is increased from 15 to 20.
Tennessee Reservists' Leave of Absence (2010)
(Created: 04/14/2010; Reviewed: April 15, 2010 )

Effective July 1, 2007, the number of paid days for public employee military reservists was increased from 15 to 20
Tennessee Reservists' Leave of Absence (2011)
(Created: 06/15/2011; Reviewed: June 15, 2011 )

Military leave cannot be affected by date of employment or length of service, including employees who are still in the city's probationary period.
Tennessee's Governmental Tort Liability Act
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee's Governmental Tort Liability Act applies when a fire department goes out of state.
Tennessee's Non-Smoker Protection Act (2011)
(Created: 06/02/2011; Reviewed: June 2, 2011 )

Smoking in public places (notably municipal workplaces) is now recognized by the Tennessee Legislature as a public health issue and is, therefore, banned.
Tennessee's REAL ID: Why, Where, When, and How to Get It
General (Created: 04/13/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

An MTAS guide to the REAL ID in Tennessee. On March 26, 2020, President Donald Trump delayed implementation of REAL ID from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021.
Tennessee's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Its Stifling Effect on Local Government Police Powers
General (Created: 09/09/2009; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

The RFRA applied a strict scrutiny test on federal, state and local governmental entities when a petitioner claims a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. This scrutiny test requires a court to determine whether the petitioner's claim involves a sincere religious belief and whether the government action is a substantial burden on the person's ability to act on that belief.
Term Limits Applied to Appointments to Certain Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of the City's Board of Waterworks, Sewerage and Natural Gas Commissioners may be appointed to fill a vacancy in the board after he has already served two successive four year terms.
Terminating a City Employee with Property Interests
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1993; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the procedure for terminating a city employee with "property interests" in their employment.
Terminating and Rehiring a City Manager during a Board of Commissioners Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about firing and rehiring a city manager at the board of commissioners meeting and whether the city manager now has a three-month or 12-month contract.
Terminating Employees and Rehiring Them at a Lower Wage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can terminate its dispatchers (who do not handle E-911 calls, but 'local calls') and rehire dispatchers at a lower wage rate.
Terminating the Utility Board Superintendent
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2011; Reviewed: August 9, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board superintendent can be terminated by the city's governing body without financial penalty to the city.
Termination of an Employee in a Special Meeting of the Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/1990; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

If an employee is a threat to the health, welfare and safety of the municipality, he/she could be immediately suspended and a special meeting of the Board could be called, at which meeting, the Board could vote to terminate the employee.
Termination of Sewer/Water Service for Failure to Pay Garbage Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/23/2008; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities may terminate water or sewer service for a customer's failure to pay garbage fees.
Terms of Appointed Aldermen and Election of Replacements
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about electing replacements for two seated aldermen who resigned and were replaced by the board.
Terms of the City Recorder and the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about implied charter changes governing the terms of the city recorder and the city judge.
Testing Standards, Salary Survey, and Retirement Insurance
Survey (Created: 02/23/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked how often they offer testing for police and fire personnel; salary ranges for a sustainability coordinator and a stormwater coordinator; eligibility for and benefits of retiree health insurance.
The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employees
Survey (Created: 04/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center conducted a survey of Tennessee cities to find out which ones are subject to the Affordable Care Act regulations and what employee benefits are covered.
The Powers and Functions of the Local Planning Commission in Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A paper prepared for the citizen planning commission member to be used as a general guide in the performance of his/her duties. The original draft of this report was published in 1985 and then updates were published in 2005 and 2013.
Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service: Tennessee
(Created: 10/30/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This assessment was conducted in 2010 and includes comparisons to the 2001 and 2005 needs assessment surveys. The complete assessment and a fact sheet are also included.
Thirty Ways to Leave Incivility Behind and to Improve Governing Body Discussion
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

This document has been included in the Elected Officials Academy section on City Council at Work.
Threats and Violence Policy : Sample
General (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Sample of a policy related to threats and violence.
Three Applicants for a Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1993; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who among three applicants for a beer permit should receive a permit.
Three Hot Topics Affecting Tennessee Cities
(Created: 06/18/2002; Reviewed: September 3, 2004 )

New Vehicle Seizure Law For DUI Offenders and Driving on Revoked Driver's License -- Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 -- Municipal Clerk Certification Grandfather Period Repealed
Three Ordinances the Police Department Asked to be Put in the Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/1994; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about three ordinances the police department asked to be put in the code.
Three Questions on Municipal Court Procedures
General (Created: 11/19/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about collecting a delinquent city court fine, whether municipal courts are required to offer paupers' oaths, and whether a municipal judge may issue capias warrants. Includes Tenn. Op. Atty. Gen. No. 06-075 WL 1197469 (Tenn. A.G.), forms related to the pauper's oath, and a uniform civil affidavit of indigency.
Three Questions Related to a Referendum on a Bond Issue
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/29/1992; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked three questions related to a referendum on a bond issue.
Three Star Fire Department: Revised SOGs April 2007
(Created: 04/30/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The intent of this Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual is to provide an administrative, operational, and training framework to better manage emergency response personnel.
Three Types of Merchant: Peddler, Solicitor, and Traveling Vendor
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/1993; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about an ordinance to prohibit sales by peddlers.
TIBRS Conference (2003): Open Records Law and Ongoing Criminal Investigations
General (Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Powerpoint slides from a Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System presentation on open records relating to ongoing criminal investigations.
Ticket Splitting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS consultants advise cities to avoid ticket splitting and instead instruct officers to issue a single citation with multiple charges relating to one event.
Time limit for dumpster on residential property
(Created: 10/05/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

An ordinance of the Town of Bulls Gap, Tennessee adding a new section to Title 13 of the Bulls Gap Municipal Code limiting the time a dumpster can be kept on residential property.
Time Limit to Override a Mayor's Veto
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how long the city council has to vote on the question of overriding the mayor's veto.
Tipping Fee Charged by the County Landfill for City Residents' Garbage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the tipping fee charged by the county landfill for city residents' garbage hauled to the landfill by an independent contractor.
Tips for New Board Members
General (Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: March 29, 2011 )

A brief guide to assist with the orientation of new board members.
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 03/14/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for a sample Title VI policy and ordinance.
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 01/23/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

A policy to put city into compliance with Title VI and TEMA requirements, so that it would be eligible for financial assistance, in the event of a disaster.
Tobacco-Free Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seventeen cities were asked whether their organization is tobacco-free, whether there is a health-care premium surcharge for employees who use tobacco products, and what tobacco cessation programs or support the city offers.
Tort Liability at Railroad Crossing Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2009; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about relief from tort liability at railroad crossing improvements made with federal funds.
TOSHA Fire Service Inspection Checklist
Form (Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) uses this checklist from South Carolina OSHA, when inspecting Tennessee fire departments.
Tourism Marketing Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

The promotion of tourism is a legitimate public purpose for which hotel-motel tax revenues could be spent.
Tower Site Lease Agreement
General (Created: 04/09/2008; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a communication tower lease agreement.
Towing Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2001; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

Municipalities may still regulate the price for non-consensual tows, but all other business regulation of towing businesses is not allowed.
Towing Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

The requirement that wrecker services must either reside in the city or have their businesses in the city probably is preempted and thereby rendered invalid by federal statutes that deregulated the motor carrier industry, including towing or wrecker businesses.
Town Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Town Center Manager.
Town Has No Authority to Refund Taxes That Were Voluntarily Paid
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1994; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the authority of a municipality to refund property taxes.
Town of Alexandria Annexation Study
(Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An annexation study prepared for the Town of Alexandria; includes resolutions for adopting a plan of services.
Town of Ashland City Information Technology Review
(Created: 04/26/2011; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the Town of Ashland City's current IT status and make recommendations for future planning and growth.
Town of Baxter, Tennessee 2005-2006 Budget Goal Setting Session
(Created: 05/11/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

The purpose of this session was to prioritize key issues confronting the Town's 2005-2006 budget.
Town of Carthage Excavation Safety Policy
(Created: 09/27/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

The Town of Carthage requested an excavation safety policy including an ordinance approving such a policy.
Town of Dandridge Fire Department Management Study
(Created: 09/07/1999; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study made recommendations in an effort to retain or improve the current class 6 ISO rating.
Town of Dandridge Refuse/Recycling Collection/Disposal Operational Review
(Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate costs of town crews for collection of refuse and recycling materials for the Town of Dandridge, Tennessee.
Town of Erwin Job Description Director of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Public Works. Under the general direction of the Town Administrator, this is responsible technical and supervisory work in planning, organizing and directing the overall work and activities of the streets, right of way, sanitation, storm sewer, parks and recreation, and fleet maintenance functions.
Town of Erwin Job Description Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Parks and Recreation Supervisor. This employee is responsible for the maintenance of municipal parks. At times the position is reassigned by the Public Works Director to alternate responsibilities, including assistance with street repair and maintenance. The employee is given general instructions for the completion of work, and independent judgement may occasionally be required to complete tasks. The employee trains and supervises the work of subordinate personnel.
Town of Erwin parks and recreation works laborer and equipment operator job description
Job Description (Created: 03/09/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a parks and recreation laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Erwin Public Works Laborer and Equipment Operator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 03/09/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a public works laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Greeneville Organizational Structure Study
(Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities for the departments of engineering, environment, public works, building codes, and planning.
Town of Jasper Fire Department Study
(Created: 06/26/2000; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study provides recommendations on how to improve the delivery of fire protection in the most cost effective manner.
Town of Mosheim Water and Sewer Funds Rate Study
(Created: 05/12/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate current water and sewer financial statements, to prepare projections for revenues and expenses, and suggest any changes to the city's current water and sewer rates in order to keep the operations on a sound, self-sufficient financial basis.
Town of New Market Policy on the Use of Fuel Cards
General (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

This policy is established in order to provide direction on fuel expenses incurred by Town employees on Town business.
Town of Palmer FY 2000-2001 Annual Budget
General (Created: 08/20/2001; Reviewed: February 25, 2006 )

FY 2000-2001 budget for Town of Palmer.
Town of Petersburg Recreation Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with creating bylaws for the recreation commission.
Town of Rutherford Water and Sewer Fund Rate Study
(Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

A rate study for the Town of Rutherford.
Town of Rutledge Water and Sewer Rate Study
(Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS evaluated the Town of Rutledge's current water and sewer system financial statements, prepared projections for revenues and expenses, and modeled water and sewer rates
Town of Smyrna Employee Handbook
General (Created: 10/13/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The Town of Smyrna has a comprehensive Internet and computer use policy within the employee handbook.
Town of Smyrna Fire Department Management Survey
(Created: 10/12/1998; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study seeks to answer four questions: What level of fire protection does the Town want to provide?; How many fire stations are needed to provide this level of protection?; Where should these stations be located?; and, How should these fire stations be staffed?
Town of South Carthage, Tennessee: An Ordinance Amending Title 4, Chapter 2 of the South Carthage Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 09/19/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for policies and procedures on absences, tardiness, and bereavement or funeral leave.
Town of Thompson's Station, Tennessee, Position Profile for Town Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2013; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

An example of a job advertisement for a town administrator.
Town of Wartrace Monthly Utility Reporting
General (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to make recommendations for a monthly reporting system for water and wastewater utilities.
Town of Woodbury : An Ordinance Amending Title 16, -- Section 109 of the Woodbury Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that allows the city to construct and maintain sidewalks.
Town's Municipal Code Provision Requires Employees Running for Political Office to Resign Their Office or Position
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a town's Municipal Code provision that requires employees running for political office to resign their office or position is constitutional.
Tracking Municipal Vehicles Survey
Survey (Created: 03/26/2015; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS asked thirteen cities about the technology used to track movement of municipal vehicles.
Tracy City Eminent Domain
General (Created: 05/10/2004; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may take private property for a public purpose.
Tracy City Meeting Procedures
Ordinance (Created: 04/30/2003; Reviewed: January 25, 2006 )

Tracy City requested that MTAS prepare an ordinance providing for orderly citizen participation in city board meetings.
Traffic Calming
(Created: 05/31/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on applying traffic calming measures.
Traffic Engineer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Traffic Engineer.
Traffic Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1997; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to address several problems related to traffic violations.
Trailer Being Used for School Purposes on the Property of a County School Located Within the Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/1990; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality's zoning ordinances apply to county property.
Train the Trainer -- Respect in the Workplace
(Created: 11/18/2011; Reviewed: August 16, 2018 )

This project involved the collaborative effort of three MTAS training consultants, three MTAS legal consultants, two MTAS HR consultants, the HR Director and three HR staff members from the City of Chattanooga and sixteen other employees from the City of Chattanooga over a period of approximately 14 months. The tangible outcome of the effort is reflected in the accomplishments of the sixteen people trained in the project. They, in turn, served 1539 employees of the City of Chattanooga by facilitating 53 training sessions between August and October 2011.
Training Requirement for Planning Commissioners and Staff
General (Created: 07/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the annual training requirement for planning commission members and staff.
Training Standards
General (Created: 06/28/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked for information on training hours standards.
Tranquilizer Guns and Animal Control (2008)
(Created: 04/17/2008; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

The law does not include using tranquilizer darts to catch dogs and cats.
Tranquilizer Guns and Animal Control: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
(Created: 11/01/2000; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

The MTAS Police Manual and state statues prohibit the use of a firearm on a stray pet that is not threatening or dangerous.
Transfer of Beer License
General (Created: 03/19/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of transferring ownership of a beer license.
Transferring a Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/1993; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to transfer a beer permit from the location of the present establishment of the beer permit holder to an establishment within 400 foot of a church and whether the beer board can grant a variance with respect to the 400 foot rule in the city's beer ordinance.
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
Transient Vendors
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1998; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about potential commerce clause and equal protection problems.
Transient Vendors and Regulation of the Sale of Fireworks
Ordinance (Created: 11/22/1999; Reviewed: December 11, 2006 )

MTAS was asked for sample ordinances on transient vendors and regulation of the sale of fireworks.
Transparency Toolbox: Using a Website to Facilitate Access to Public Information
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, explains the requirements of the Tennessee Public Records and Open Meetings Acts, suggests records to be made available on a city or county website, and includes information on how to provide such information on a website. Sections include: Public Meetings Act, Public Records, Website, Types of Records, and Transferring Documents. (MTAS City Byte series)
Transportation Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Transportation Director.
Transporting and Taking Prisoner into Custody
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/22/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the legal duty to transport prisoners for medical attention resides with the Sheriff.
Travel Expenses for City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/05/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city's municipal judge is subject to either the travel reimbursement policy as set forth in the city ordinance or reimbursement for expenses.
Travel Expenses Paid Directly to Provider
General (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee
Treating Another Town's Wastewater
General (Created: 05/18/2004; Reviewed: April 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the validity of the contract and the rates to treat another town's wastewater.
Treating Utility Customers in Annexed Areas Differently
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can treat utility customers in annexed areas differently from utility customers in the "old" city in terms of the provision of services.
Tree on City Street Right of Way
General (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town should cut a tree on a city street right of way.
Tri-County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority
General (Created: 03/08/2004; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to review Senate Bill 3213/House Bill 3426 creating a Tri-County Regional Utility Authority in Knox, Union, and Grainger Counties .
Truck Driver Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: August 14, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Truck Driver Operator in the Solid Waste Department.
TTY (Text Telephone) Equipment Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2017; Reviewed: February 21, 2017 )

Thirteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their usage of TTY (Text Telephone) or TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) equipment.
Tuckaleechee Cove Task Force
(Created: 01/14/2003; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to discuss the formation of a new city, annexation, tax structures, etc . and prepare a follow up report.
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
Tullahoma Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures 2008
(Created: 04/14/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this updated SOP manual is to provide uniform standards for the operations of the Tullahoma Fire Department.
Turnout Gear at Vehicle Accidents
General (Created: 10/30/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Questions regarding OSHA compliance on personal protective equipment for firefighters and ambulance service employees.
TVA Not Bound by Local or State Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/1997; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the Tennessee Valley Authority was mandated to submit plans to the municipal planning commission prior to commencing construction on certain real property it owns that is located within the city limits.
TVA Payments for Construction Activity
General (Created: 03/22/2000; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Answers question regarding payments to the City of Loudon from TVA for construction activity on TVA power production facilities in the Loudon area.
TVA Power Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1991; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to address several issues related to power contracts with TVA.
TVA Set to Increase Wholesale Power Rates to Distributors
(Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

TVA will decide at its August 2003 board meeting on changes to the wholesale power rate (the rate charged to power distributors) and could increase rates that affect residential and some commercial and industrial customers by approximately eight percent.
TWA and Local Zoning of Cell Towers
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a letter from TWA related to a proposed ordinance the city drafted pertinent to cell tower siting.
Two Cities Try to Annex Same Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/23/1996; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether City A could annex by ordinance an area where City B has an annexation ordinance pending the resolution of a quo warranto suit.
Two Questions Relative to Court Cost and the Implications for the Word "Permanent" Employee in a Personnel Policy
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/28/1991; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asksed two questions relative to court cost and the implications for the word "permanent" employee in a personnel policy.
Two-In, Two-Out and the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard
(Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

The respiratory standard adopted by OSHA is in full effect in Tennessee.
Types and Staffing of Fire Departments
General (Created: 02/06/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

There are five types of fire departments, which may be staffed in one of three ways.

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