Part 1 Construction 39-11-101 – 39-11-118
Part 2 Burden of Proof 39-11-201 – 39-11-204
Part 3 Culpability 39-11-301 – 39-11-302
Part 4 Criminal Responsibility 39-11-401 – 39-11-407
Part 5 General Defenses 39-11-501 – 39-11-505
Part 6 Justification Excluding Criminal Responsibility 39-11-601 – 39-11-622
Part 7 Disposition of Forfeited Property 39-11-701 – 39-11-609

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 39 > Chapter 11 - General Provisions

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Alarm system: means any mechanical, electrical or electronic system, or any combination of those systems, designed to:
    1. Record, view, monitor, protect against, avoid or reduce the probability of personal or property loss or injury resulting from fire, smoke, heat, burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage or other losses of that type. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
    2. Alarm systems contractor: means any person, firm, association or corporation that sells or attempts to sell, installs, services or monitors alarm systems, signal devices, fire alarms, burglar alarms, television cameras or still cameras used to detect fire, burglary, breaking or entering, intrusion, shoplifting, pilferage or theft. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
    3. Alarm verification: means an attempt by a monitoring company or its representative to contact a burglar alarm location or a burglar alarm user by telephone or other electronic means to determine whether a burglar alarm signal is valid in an attempt to avoid unnecessary police response before requesting law enforcement to be dispatched to the location. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
    4. Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
    5. Annual percentage rate: The cost of credit at a yearly rate. It is calculated in a standard way, taking the average compound interest rate over the term of the loan so borrowers can compare loans. Lenders are required by law to disclose a card account's APR. Source: FDIC
    6. Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
    7. Antique firearm: means :
      1. Any firearm, including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system, manufactured in or before the year 1898. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
      2. Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
      3. Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
      4. Applicant: means a customer who applies for a refund anticipation loan through a facilitator. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
      5. Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
      6. Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
      7. Attorney general: means the district attorney general, and the district attorney general's assistants. See Tennessee Code 39-11-702
      8. Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
      9. Benefit: means anything reasonably regarded as economic gain, enhancement or advantage, including benefit to any other person in whose welfare the beneficiary is interested. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
      10. Board: means the state board for licensing alarm systems contractors created by § 62-32-306. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
      11. 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
      12. Borrower: means an applicant who receives a refund anticipation loan through a facilitator. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
      13. Branch office: means any office of a contract security company within this state other than its principal place of business within this state. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
      14. Business entity: means each location from which alarm systems are sold, installed or serviced. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
      15. Certification: means the authority granted by the board to do business as an alarm systems contractor. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
      16. Certified trainer: means any individual certified by the commissioner as qualified to administer and certify to successful completion of the minimum training requirements prescribed by this chapter for a security guard/officer. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
      17. Civil forfeiture: The loss of ownership of property used to conduct illegal activity.
      18. Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      19. Coercion: means a threat, however communicated, to:
        1. Commit any offense. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
        2. Commission: means the private investigation and polygraph commission, created by § 62-26-301. See Tennessee Code 62-27-102
        3. Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance or the commissioner's designee. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
        4. Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
        5. Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
        6. Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
        7. Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
        8. Contract security company: means any person engaging in the business of providing or undertaking to provide a security guard and patrol service on a contractual basis for another person. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
        9. Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
        10. conviction: means and includes the entry of a plea of guilty, plea of no contest or a verdict rendered in open court by a judge or jury. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
        11. Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
        12. Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
        13. Criminal negligence: refers to a person who acts with criminal negligence with respect to the circumstances surrounding that person's conduct or the result of that conduct when the person ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
        14. Custody: means under arrest by a law enforcement officer, or under restraint by an officer, employee or agent of government pursuant to an order of a court. See Tennessee Code 39-11-602
        15. Customer: means an individual for whom tax preparation services are performed. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
        16. Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
        17. Deadly force: means force that is intended or known by the defendant to cause or, in the manner of its use or intended use, is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. See Tennessee Code 39-11-602
        18. Deception: means that a person knowingly:
          1. Creates or reinforces a false impression by words or conduct, including false impressions of fact, law, value or intention or other state of mind that the person does not believe to be true. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          2. Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
          3. Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
          4. Defendant: means a person accused of an offense under this title and includes any person who aids or abets the commission of such offense. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          5. Department: means the department of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
          6. Department: means the department of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          7. Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
          8. Division: means the division of fire prevention. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          9. Embezzlement: In most states, embezzlement is defined as theft/larceny of assets (money or property) by a person in a position of trust or responsibility over those assets. Embezzlement typically occurs in the employment and corporate settings. Source: OCC
          10. Escape: means unauthorized departure from custody or failure to return to custody following temporary leave for a specific purpose of limited period, but does not include a violation of conditions of probation or parole. See Tennessee Code 39-11-602
          11. Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
          12. Extinguisher specialist: means an individual who is or is designated to be in active and responsible charge of the work of installing or servicing portable fire extinguishers or installing or servicing fixed fire extinguisher systems. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          13. Extinguisher technician: means an individual who may perform the work of installing or servicing portable fire extinguishers or installing or servicing fixed fire extinguisher systems and who services portable extinguishers or fixed systems only under direct supervision of a licensed extinguisher specialist. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          14. Facilitator: means a person who receives or accepts for delivery an application for a refund anticipation loan, delivers a check in payment of refund anticipation loan proceeds or in any other manner acts to allow the making of a refund anticipation loan. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
          15. Fair Credit Reporting Act: A federal law, established in 1971 and revised in 1997, that gives consumers the right to see their credit records and correct any mistakes. Source: OCC
          16. Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
          17. Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
          18. Fire protection sprinkler system: means an assembly of underground or overhead piping or conduit, including fire pumps, valves and fire hydrants, that conveys water or other agents to dispersal openings or devices to extinguish, control or contain fire and to provide protection from exposure to fire or other products of combustion. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
          19. Fire protection sprinkler system contractor: means a person that contracts, offers to contract or represents that the person is able to contract with a general contractor, subcontractor or the general public for the undertaking of the sale, installation or service of a fire protection sprinkler system or any part of a fire protection sprinkler system or that actually installs or services a fire protection sprinkler system. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
          20. Firm: means any person, partnership, corporation or association offering service and servicing of portable fire extinguishers or fixed fire extinguisher systems, including installation. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          21. Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
          22. Fixed fire extinguisher system: means a device mounted to a permanent structure and containing powder, liquid or gases that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing a fire. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          23. Force: means compulsion by the use of physical power or violence and shall be broadly construed to accomplish the purposes of this title. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          24. Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
          25. Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
          26. Fraud: means as used in normal parlance and includes, but is not limited to, deceit, trickery, misrepresentation and subterfuge, and shall be broadly construed to accomplish the purposes of this title. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          27. Good moral character: means an individual with high legal, moral and ethical values. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
          28. 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
          29. Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
          30. Harm: means anything reasonably regarded as loss, disadvantage or injury, including harm to another person in whose welfare the person affected is interested. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          31. Highway: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
          32. Hydrostatic testing: means pressure testing by hydrostatic methods. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
          33. Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
          34. Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
          35. Insane: includes all persons of unsound mind. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
          36. Installation: includes work throughout the entire fire protection sprinkler system. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
          37. Installation: means the installation, maintenance, service and repair of alarm systems. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
          38. Intentional: means that a person acts intentionally with respect to the nature of the conduct or to a result of the conduct when it is the person's conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct or cause the result. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          39. Interest holder: means a secured party within the meaning of § 47-9-102(a), a mortgagee, lien creditor, one granted a possessory lien under law, or the beneficiary of a security interest or encumbrance pertaining to an interest in property, whose interest would be perfected against a good faith purchaser for value. See Tennessee Code 39-11-702
          40. Internship: means the study of polygraph techniques and of the administration of polygraph techniques by a trainee, referred to as an "intern" in this chapter, under the personal supervision and control of a local licensed polygraph examiner in accordance with a course of study prescribed by the commission at the commencement of the internship. See Tennessee Code 62-27-102
          41. Jail: includes workhouse and "workhouse" includes jail, whenever the context so requires or will permit. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
          42. Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
          43. 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
          44. Law enforcement officer: means an officer, employee or agent of government who has a duty imposed by law to:
            1. Maintain public order. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            2. Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
            3. Licensee: means any contract security company licensed in accordance with this chapter. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
            4. Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
            5. Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
            6. Merchandise: means any consumer item that is or is represented to be new or not previously owned by a consumer. See Tennessee Code 62-30-101
            7. Minor: means any person under eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            8. Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
            9. Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
            10. Monitoring: means any off-site central monitoring station or location that receives electronic burglar alarm, closed circuit television or fire alarm signals from multiple locations and notifies or dispatches, or both, other persons to emergency burglaries, hold ups, thefts, vandalism, civil unrest, personal emergencies or fire alarm conditions. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
            11. Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
            12. Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
            13. Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
            14. Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
            15. Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
            16. Obtain: includes , but is not limited to, the taking, carrying away or the sale, conveyance or transfer of title to or interest in or possession of property, and includes, but is not limited to, conduct known as larceny, larceny by trick, larceny by conversion, embezzlement, extortion or obtaining property by false pretenses. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            17. Owner: means a person, other than the defendant, who has possession of or any interest other than a mortgage, deed of trust or security interest in property, even though that possession or interest is unlawful and without whose consent the defendant has no authority to exert control over the property. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            18. Owner: means a person, other than an interest holder, who has an interest in property. See Tennessee Code 39-11-702
            19. Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
            20. Person: means any individual, firm, association, company, partnership, corporation, nonprofit organization, institution or similar entity. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
            21. 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
            22. Person: means a natural person, corporation, association, partnership or any organized group of persons. See Tennessee Code 62-29-102
            23. Person: means an individual, a firm, a proprietorship, an association, a corporation or another entity. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
            24. Person: means a natural person, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, governmental entity or any other legal entity. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
            25. Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
            26. Person: means any natural person, firm, association, copartnership or corporation. See Tennessee Code 62-27-102
            27. Personal property: All property that is not real property.
            28. Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
            29. Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
            30. Plea agreement: An arrangement between the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for special considerations. Source:
            31. Polygraph examiner: means any person who purports to be able to detect deception or verify truth of statements through instrumentation or by means of a mechanical device. See Tennessee Code 62-27-102
            32. Portable fire extinguisher: means a portable device containing powder, liquid or gases that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing a fire. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
            33. Preparer of tax returns: means a person who, in consideration of compensation received or to be received by the person, offers to perform or holds that person out to perform services for residents or taxpayers of this state that involve advice concerning the preparation of returns required under state law, except the tax on income. See Tennessee Code 62-29-102
            34. Principal corporate officer: means the chief executive officer, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or comptroller, as well as any other responsible officer or executive employee who performs functions for the corporation corresponding to those performed by the chief executive officer, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or comptroller. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
            35. Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
            36. Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
            37. Property: means anything of value, including, but not limited to, money, real estate, tangible or intangible personal property, including anything severed from land, library material, contract rights, choses-in-action, interests in or claims to wealth, credit, admission or transportation tickets, captured or domestic animals, food and drink, electric or other power. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            38. Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
            39. Property: means anything of value, and includes any interest in property, including any benefit, privilege, claim or right with respect to anything of value, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible. See Tennessee Code 39-11-702
            40. Proprietary security organization: means any person or department of the organization that employs a security guard/officer solely for the person in an employer/employee relationship. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
            41. Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
            42. Public place: means a place to which the public or a group of persons has access and includes, but is not limited to, highways, transportation facilities, schools, places of amusement, parks, places of business, playgrounds and hallways, lobbies and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
            43. Public servant: means :
              1. Any public officer or employee of the state or of any political subdivision of the state or of any governmental instrumentality within the state including, but not limited to, law enforcement officers. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
              2. Qualifying agent: means a principal corporate officer meeting the qualifications set forth in this chapter for operating a contract security company. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
              3. Qualifying agent: means any individual licensed by the board whose qualifications have been demonstrated to the board for overseeing and supervising alarm systems contractor operations of any classification or combination of classifications. See Tennessee Code 62-32-303
              4. Qualifying manager: means an individual designated by a proprietary security organization to be responsible for compliance with this chapter on behalf of the organization. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
              5. Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
              6. Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
              7. real property: include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              8. Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              9. Refund anticipation loan: means a loan, whether provided through a facilitator or by another entity such as a financial institution, in anticipation of and whose payment is secured by a customer's federal or state income tax refund, or by both. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
              10. Refund anticipation loan fee: means any fee, charge or other consideration imposed by a lender or a facilitator for a refund anticipation loan. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
              11. Registrant: means an individual who holds a valid registration card. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
              12. Registration card: means a pocket card issued by the commissioner evidencing that the holder has met the qualifications required by this chapter to perform the duties of a security guard/officer in this state. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
              13. Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
              14. Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
              15. Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              16. Responsible managing employee: means an individual who is or is designated to be in active and responsible charge of the work of a fire protection sprinkler system contractor. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
              17. Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
              18. Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              19. Savings and loan association: includes a building and loan association, a federal or state savings and loan association, a federal savings bank, and any other financial institution, the accounts of which are insured by the federal savings and loan insurance corporation (FSLIC) or any successor of such corporation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              20. Security guard and patrol service: means protection of persons or property, or both, from criminal activities, including, but not limited to:
                1. Prevention or detection, or both, of intrusion, unauthorized entry, larceny, vandalism, abuse, fire or trespass on private property. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
                2. Sentencing guidelines: A set of rules and principles established by the United States Sentencing Commission that trial judges use to determine the sentence for a convicted defendant. Source: U.S. Courts
                3. Serious bodily injury: means bodily injury that involves:
                  1. A substantial risk of death. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
                  2. Service and servicing: means servicing portable fire extinguishers or fixed fire extinguisher systems by charging, filling, maintaining, recharging, refilling, repairing or testing. See Tennessee Code 62-32-203
                  3. Services: includes labor, skill, professional service, transportation, telephone, mail, gas, electricity, steam, water, cable television, entertainment subscription service or other public services, accommodations in hotels, restaurants or elsewhere, admissions to exhibitions, use of vehicles or other movable property, and any other activity or product considered in the ordinary course of business to be a service, regardless of whether it is listed in this subdivision (a)(37) or a specific statute exists covering the same or similar conduct. See Tennessee Code 39-11-106
                  4. Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
                  5. signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  6. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  7. Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
                  8. Street patrol service: means the utilization of foot patrols, motor patrols or any other means of transportation in public areas or on public thoroughfares in order to serve multiple customers or facilities. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
                  9. Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
                  10. Subscription: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  11. Sworn peace officer: means any individual who derives plenary or special law enforcement powers, such as the power of arrest, from, and is an employee of, a federal, state, or local governmental agency or instrumentality. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
                  12. Tax return: means a return, declaration, statement, refund claim or other document required to be made or filed in connection with state or federal income taxes. See Tennessee Code 62-29-201
                  13. Temporary premises: means any public or quasi-public place, including a hotel, rooming house, storeroom, building or part of a building, tent, vacant lot, railroad car or motor vehicle, temporarily occupied for the purpose of exhibiting stocks of merchandise to the public. See Tennessee Code 62-30-101
                  14. Tenancy by the entirety: A type of joint tenancy between husband and wife that is recognized in some States. Neither party can sever the joint tenancy relationship; when a spouse dies, the survivor acquires full title to the property.
                  15. Testify: Answer questions in court.
                  16. Transitory vendor: means any person who brings into temporary premises and exhibits to the public stocks of merchandise for the purpose of selling or offering to sell the merchandise to the public. See Tennessee Code 62-30-101
                  17. Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
                  18. Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
                  19. Truth in Lending Act: The Truth in Lending Act is a federal law that requires lenders to provide standardized information so that borrowers can compare loan terms. In general, lenders must provide information on Source: OCC
                  20. Undercover agent: means an individual hired by another person, through a contract security company to perform a job in or for that person, and while performing the job, to act as an undercover employee, independent contractor or operative of the person, but under the supervision of the contract security company. See Tennessee Code 62-35-102
                  21. United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  22. Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
                  23. Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
                  24. Work in progress: means any work for which bids are complete and a contractual agreement has been reached among the parties but the necessary labor to fulfill the contract is not yet complete. See Tennessee Code 62-32-101
                  25. written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  26. Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105