• (a) It is unlawful for any person to:

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 39-16-502

      • Bodily injury: includes a cut, abrasion, bruise, burn or disfigurement, and physical pain or temporary illness or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
      • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
      • Knowing: means that a person acts knowingly with respect to the conduct or to circumstances surrounding the conduct when the person is aware of the nature of the conduct or that the circumstances exist. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
      • Law enforcement officer: means an officer, employee or agent of government who has a duty imposed by law to:

        • (A) Maintain public order. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106

        • Person: includes the singular and the plural and means and includes any individual, firm, partnership, copartnership, association, corporation, governmental subdivision or agency, or other organization or other legal entity, or any agent or servant thereof. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
        • Statement: means any representation of fact. See Tennessee Code 39-16-501

      (1) Initiate a report or statement to a law enforcement officer concerning an offense or incident within the officer’s concern knowing that:

      • (A) The offense or incident reported did not occur;

      • (B) The person has no information relating to the offense or incident reported; or

      • (C) The information relating to the offense reported is false; or

    • (2) Make a report or statement in response to a legitimate inquiry by a law enforcement officer concerning a material fact about an offense or incident within the officer’s concern, knowing that the report or statement is false and with the intent to obstruct or hinder the officer from:

      • (A) Preventing the offense or incident from occurring or continuing to occur; or

      • (B) Apprehending or locating another person suspected of committing an offense; or

    • (3) Intentionally initiate or circulate a report of a past, present, or impending bombing, fire or other emergency, knowing that the report is false or baseless and knowing:

      • (A) It will cause action of any sort by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with those emergencies;

      • (B) It will place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or

      • (C) It will prevent or interrupt the occupation of any building, place of assembly, form of conveyance, or any other place to which the public has access.

  • (b)

    • (1) A violation of subdivision (a)(1) or (a)(2) is a Class D felony.

    • (2) A violation of subdivision (a)(3) is a Class C felony.