Office of Open Records Counsel to offer free training statewide in October

The Office of Open Records Counsel is offering seven two-hour training sessions across the state from Oct. 1-22 on public records and open meetings laws.

Lee Pope, the state’s Open Records Counsel.

The sessions are free and open to government employees, elected officials, media, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Tennessee’s public records and open meetings laws.

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The time, dates and places are:

Cookeville: Tuesday, October 1, 10 am – 12 pm, Upper Cumberland Regional Health Facility, 1100 England Drive, Cookeville.

Kingsport: Wednesday, October 9, 10 am – 12 pm, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, #100, Kingsport.

Knoxville: Thursday, October 10, 10 am – 12 pm, UT Conference Center . 600 Henley Street, Knoxville.

Chattanooga: Friday, October 11, 10 am – 12 pm, The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad Street, Chattanooga.

Jackson: Tuesday, October 15, 10 am – 12 pm, Jackson Energy Authority Training Center, 320 Highway 45 By-Pass, Jackson.

Memphis : Wednesday, October 16, 10 am – 12 pm, Auditorium C, One Commerce Square • 40 S. Main Street, Memphis.

Nashville: Tuesday, October 22, 10 am – 12 pm, Cordell Hull Building, Volunteer Conference Center, 425 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville.

Open Records Counsel Lee Pope and Assistant General Counsel Rachel Buckley will lead each class through a variety of topics including public records laws and procedures, open meetings requirements, and exceptions to the Tennessee Public Records Act.

The Office’s flyer on the training says it qualifies for Certified Municipal Finance Officer and Utility Commissioner training credits.

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