• As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires:
    • (1) “Public servant” means a person elected, selected, employed or otherwise designated as one (1) of the following, even if the person has not yet qualified for office or assumed the duties:

      • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 39-16-501

        • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
        • Government: means the state or any political subdivision of the state, and includes any branch or agency of the state, a county, municipality or other political subdivision. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
        • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
        • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

        (A) An officer, employee, or agent of government;

      • (B) A juror or grand juror;

      • (C) An arbitrator or other person who is authorized by law or private written contract to hear or determine a controversy;

      • (D) An attorney or notary public performing a governmental function; or

      • (E) A candidate for nomination or election to public office; and

    • (2) “Statement” means any representation of fact.