Part 1 Entity Review 4-29-101 – 4-29-123
Part 2 Termination of Entities 4-29-234 – 4-29-248

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 4 > Chapter 29

  • Accumulated contributions: means the sum of all the amounts deducted from the compensation of a member, together with any amount transferred to the account of the member established pursuant to chapters 34-37 of this title from the respective account of the member under one (1) or more of the superseded systems, with interest thereon, as provided in §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • Actuarial equivalent: means a benefit of equal value when computed at regular interest upon the basis of the mortality tables last adopted for such purpose by the board of trustees. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • Adult: means an individual who is at least eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
  • 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.
  • Agent: means an individual:

    • (A) Authorized to make healthcare decisions on the principal's behalf by a power of attorney for healthcare or an advance directive. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102

    • Agriculture: means :

      • (i) The land, buildings and machinery used in the commercial production of farm products and nursery stock. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      • Alcoholic beverages: has the meaning given in §. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
      • 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.
      • Anatomical gift: means a donation of all or part of a human body to take effect after the donor's death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
      • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
      • 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.
      • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
      • Appointing authority: means a commissioner, department, officer or agency having power to make appointments to, and separations from, positions in state service. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
      • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
      • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
      • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
      • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
      • Attorney general: means the attorney general and reporter and any assistant thereto by whatever name known, any district attorney general and any assistant thereto by whatever name called, and any officer or full-time employee of the general assembly or any committee thereof established by statute, who is duly licensed to practice law in Tennessee, whose duty it is to provide facilities for drafting bills or to assist individual legislators in drafting bills or who renders legal advice and services to the members of the general assembly or committees thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Auxiliary food service operation: means a designated area located within or adjacent to a food service establishment sharing common ownership or management, and whose primary purpose is serving beverages. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
      • Balanced budget: A budget in which receipts equal outlays.
      • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
      • Bedding: means any mattress, mattress pad, mattress protector pad, box spring, upholstered spring, upholstered sofa bed, quilted pad, comforter, bolster, cushion, pillow, featherbed, sleeping bag, or any other bag, case, or covering that is:

        • (A) Made of leather, textile, or other material. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201

        • Beneficiary: means any person, persons or institution receiving a retirement allowance or other benefit as provided in chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
        • board: means the board provided for in part 3 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
        • Board of appeals: refers to the state employees' appeals board established by §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
        • Bonds: means bonds, notes, interim certificates or other obligations of a corporation issued pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 7-39-102
        • Claims data: means :

          • (A) A general claims data set aggregated by month and year, for the most recent thirty-six (36) months of available data, and describing the claims experience with the following information:

            • (i) Number of enrolled employees, including whether the individual is active or a retiree. See Tennessee Code 8-27-301

            • class of positions: means a group of positions in state service determined by the commissioner to have sufficiently similar duties, authority, and responsibility such that:

              • (A) The same qualifications may be reasonably required for. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103

              • 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
              • Comfort exchange policy: means a policy offered by a mattress manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer to a mattress buyer authorizing the buyer to exchange the mattress for a different firmness or for other reasons, within a certain period. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
              • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's duly authorized representative, and in the event of the commissioner's absence or vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
              • Commissioner: means any person in office as a member of the public service commission, as prescribed by title 65, chapter 1, prior to June 30, 1996. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
              • Commissioner: means the commissioner of transportation. See Tennessee Code 13-10-101
              • Commissioner: means the commissioner of agriculture. See Tennessee Code 43-27-101
              • Commissioner: refers to the commissioner of human resources appointed under §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
              • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's duly authorized representative, and in the event of the commissioner's absence or vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
              • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health, the commissioner's duly authorized representative, and in the event of the commissioner's absence or a vacancy in the office of commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
              • committees: means the state insurance committee created in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-101
              • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
              • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
              • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
              • Controlled substance: has the meaning given in the Tennessee Drug Control Act of 1989, compiled in title 39, chapter 17, part 4. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
              • Controlled substance analogue: has the meaning given in §. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
              • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
              • 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.
              • County mayor: means and includes "county executive" unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              • County official: means a county clerk, a clerk of a circuit court, a criminal court, or a probate court, a clerk and master of a chancery court, a clerk of a general sessions court where such general sessions court has an independent clerk who serves such court only, a register of deeds, a county trustee, a sheriff, a county road superintendent elected by a county legislative body, by a county road commission or commissioners, or by popular vote, and an assessor of property, any county commissioner elected by popular vote, serving in a county having a county commission form of government. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
              • Creditable service: means prior service plus membership service, as provided in part 6 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
              • Critical items: means those aspects of operation or conditions of facilities or equipment that, if in violation, constitute the greatest hazards to health and safety, including imminent health hazards. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
              • Critical items: means those aspects of operation or conditions of facilities or equipment that, if in violation, constitute the greatest hazards to health and safety, including imminent health hazards. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
              • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
              • Date of establishment: means the date as of which the retirement system is established as provided in §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
              • Decedent: includes a stillborn infant and, subject to restrictions imposed by law other than this part, a fetus. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
              • Decedent: A deceased person.
              • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
              • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
              • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
              • Department: means the department of transportation. See Tennessee Code 13-10-101
              • Department: means the department of agriculture. See Tennessee Code 43-27-101
              • Department: refers to the department of human resources pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
              • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
              • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
              • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
              • disabled: means the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
              • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
              • Disinterested witness: means a witness other than the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or guardian of the individual who makes, amends, revokes, or refuses to make an anatomical gift. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
              • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
              • Donor: means an individual whose body or part is the subject of an anatomical gift. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
              • Donor registry: means a database that contains records of anatomical gifts. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
              • Driver license: means a license or permit issued by the department of safety to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
              • Eligible: means an applicant meeting minimum qualifications whose name is on a list. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
              • Employee: means a person:

                • (A) In charge of a food establishment. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703

                • Employer: means :

                  • (A) The state or any department, commission, institution, board or agency of the state government by which a member is paid, with respect to members in its employ. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101

                  • energy acquisition corporation: means a public corporation formed under this chapter, which shall be a public instrumentality of its associated municipality and of the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 7-39-102
                  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
                  • establishment: means a private home, inn or other unique residential facility offering bed and breakfast accommodations and one (1) daily meal and having four (4), but not more than twelve (12), guest rooms furnished for pay, with guests staying not more than fourteen (14) days, and where the innkeeper resides on the premises or property or immediately adjacent to it. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                  • 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.
                  • Executive service: means all other positions that have not been placed under the preferred service and as are described in §. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                  • Executor: includes an administrator, where the subject matter applies to an administrator. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  • Eye bank: means a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of human eyes or portions of human eyes. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                  • Farm: means the land, buildings, and machinery used in the commercial production of farm products and nursery stock as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 43-26-102
                  • Farm operation: means a condition or activity that occurs on a farm in connection with the commercial production of farm products or nursery stock as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 43-26-102
                  • farm products: means forage and sod crops. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
                  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
                  • Filling material: means :

                    • (A) Hair. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201

                    • Firefighter: means a person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title who is a member of the fire department of such political subdivision, and is trained in firefighting and actively engaged in such work or subject to call for such services, providing such person's primary livelihood is derived from such work. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                    • 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.
                    • Food Code: means the 2009 Food Code as published by the United States department of health and human services, public health service, food and drug administration. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                    • Food service establishment: includes places identified in subdivision (9)(A) regardless of whether there is a charge for the food. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                    • 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
                    • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
                    • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
                    • Germane: On the subject of the pending bill or other business; a strict standard of relevance.
                    • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
                    • Governmental entity: means any state agency, authority, board, commission, department, or office within the executive or judicial branch of state government or any autonomous state agency, authority, board, commission, department, office, or institution of higher education. See Tennessee Code 8-31-102
                    • Guardian: means a person appointed by a court to make decisions regarding the support, care, education, health, or welfare of an individual. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                    • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
                    • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
                    • Hemp: means the plant cannabis sativa L. See Tennessee Code 43-27-101
                    • 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
                    • homestay: means a private home, inn or other unique residential facility offering bed and breakfast accommodations and one (1) daily meal and having less than four (4) guest rooms furnished for pay, with guests staying not more than fourteen (14) days, and where the innkeeper resides on the premises or property or immediately adjacent to it. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                    • Hospital: means a facility licensed as a hospital under the law of any state or a facility operated as a hospital by the United States, a state, or a subdivision of a state. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                    • Hotel: means any building or establishment kept, used, or maintained as, or advertised as, or offered to the public to be, a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished for pay to transients or travelers, whether or not meals are served to transients or travelers. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                    • Imminent health hazard: means any condition, deficiency, or practice that, if not corrected, is very likely to result in illness, injury, or loss of life to any person. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                    • Imminent health hazard: means any condition, deficiency, or practice that, if not corrected, is very likely to result in illness, injury, or loss of life to any person. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                    • Imminent health hazard: means any condition, deficiency or practice that, if not corrected, is very likely to result in illness, injury or loss of life to any person. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                    • infrequent casual sales: means sales not in excess of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per day on any particular day. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                    • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
                    • Innkeeper: means the owner, operator, manager or keeper of a lodging establishment. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                    • Instructional employee: means those persons employed by a local education agency as teachers, as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
                    • Internal Revenue Code: means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, codified in United States Code, title 26, as amended. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                    • Irrevocable trust: A trust arrangement that cannot be revoked, rescinded, or repealed by the grantor.
                    • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
                    • 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.
                    • Lands: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                    • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
                    • 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
                    • Legatee: A beneficiary of a decedent
                    • Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
                    • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
                    • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
                    • List: means a list of eligibles, including, but not limited to, a promotion list. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                    • List of eligibles: means a list of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for appointment to a position as determined by the department. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                    • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
                    • Livestock: means all equine as well as animals that are being raised primarily for use as food or fiber for human utilization or consumption including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and poultry. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                    • Local education insurance committee: means the local education insurance committee created in subsection (a). See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
                    • Local governing body: means the legislative body of a city, municipality, county, or other political subdivision of this state that has authority to enact a zoning ordinance, resolution, regulation, rule, or other requirement of any type regarding land use in its jurisdiction. See Tennessee Code 13-7-602
                    • Local government: means an incorporated municipality, county, agency or instrumentality of an incorporated municipality or county, two (2) or more of the foregoing acting jointly, or an authority established by law to provide mass transportation services, or a nonprofit corporation authorized to provide mass transportation services. See Tennessee Code 13-10-101
                    • Lodging establishment: means any structure or space, or any portion of a structure or space, that is occupied or intended or designed for occupancy by guests of the lodging establishment for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes, and includes any hotel, inn, tourist camp, tourist court, tourist cabin, motel, bed and breakfast establishment or any place in which rooms, lodgings or accommodations are furnished to guests for a consideration. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                    • Mass transportation project: means the planning, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance or operation of any mass transportation system or capital equipment used in connection therewith. See Tennessee Code 13-10-101
                    • Mattress: means any quilted pad, mattress, mattress pad, bunk quilt or cushion, stuffed and filled with wool, hair or other soft material, to be used on a couch or other bed for sleeping or reclining purposes. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                    • Member: means any person included in the membership of the retirement system, as provided in chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                    • Military duty: means :

                      • (i) Training and service performed by an inductee, enlistee, or reservist or any entrant into a temporary component of the armed forces of the United States. See Tennessee Code 8-33-101

                      • Minor: means an individual who is under eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • minor: has the meaning given in §. See Tennessee Code 68-14-601
                      • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
                      • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
                      • Municipality: means any county, incorporated city, town or metropolitan government, utility district, energy acquisition corporation or gas, electric or energy authority in this state. See Tennessee Code 7-39-102
                      • New: means an article of bedding or filling material that has not been previously used for any purpose. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                      • 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.
                      • nursery stock: means all trees, shrubs, or other plants, or parts of such trees, shrubs or other plants, grown or kept for, or capable of, propagation, distribution or sale on a commercial basis. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • Oath: includes affirmation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • 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.
                      • Official station: means the town or city where the employee performs a majority of the employee's duties. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                      • Organ procurement organization: means a person designated by the secretary of the United States department of health and human services as an organ procurement organization. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
                      • Parent: means a parent whose parental rights have not been terminated. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Part: means an organ, an eye, or tissue of a human being. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Part-time employee: includes any interim teacher who is employed on a temporary basis to teach for a regular teacher who is on unpaid leave. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • 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.
                      • Person: means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, agency, municipality, state or political subdivision, or the federal government and its agencies and departments. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                      • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • Person: means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Person: means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, agency, municipality, state or political subdivision, or the federal government and its agencies and departments. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                      • Person: means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, agency, municipality, state or political subdivision. See Tennessee Code 68-14-502
                      • Person in charge: means an individual present at a food service establishment who is responsible for the operation at the time of inspection. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                      • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • Personal 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
                      • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
                      • 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.
                      • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
                      • Pool alarm: means a device which emits a sound of at least fifty decibels (50 dB) when a person or an object weighing fifteen pounds (15 lbs. See Tennessee Code 68-14-802
                      • Position: means employment held by a public employee at the time of entrance into military duty, but does not include temporary or casual employment or an office filled by election. See Tennessee Code 8-33-101
                      • post-employment benefits: means non-pension benefits paid on behalf of former state employees, former state employees' beneficiaries, authorized local education agency employees or the authorized local education agency employees' beneficiaries after separation from service. See Tennessee Code 8-27-801
                      • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
                      • Preferred service: means all offices and positions of employment in the state service that have been placed under the preferred service provisions of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                      • Prior service: means service rendered prior to the date of membership in the retirement system for which credit was given under the terms of one (1) or more of the superseded systems as provided in part 6 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
                      • Procurement organization: means an eye bank, organ procurement organization, or tissue bank. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Project cost: means actual or estimated cost of a mass transportation project, including relocation assistance payments, or the estimated reasonable cost thereof as approved by the commissioner, whichever is lower, less any federal assistance received or to be received for the project. See Tennessee Code 13-10-101
                      • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                      • Property: means a tract of land as recorded with the register of deeds office of the county where the property is located. See Tennessee Code 13-7-602
                      • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
                      • Public employee: means any person holding a position in public employment who has successfully completed the probationary period required by the agency in which such person is employed. See Tennessee Code 8-33-101
                      • Public employer: means any government, department, or agency mentioned in subdivision (5) employing a public employee in a position. See Tennessee Code 8-33-101
                      • Public employment: means employment by the government of this state, or of any county, municipality or other civil or political subdivision thereof, including any department or agency thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-33-101
                      • Public swimming pools: means a structure of man-made materials, located either indoors or outdoors, used for bathing or swimming, or for instructional purposes in swimming, diving, or other aquatic activities by humans, together with buildings, appurtenances, and equipment used in connection with the structure. See Tennessee Code 68-14-302
                      • Quick fast food establishment: means those food establishments that only prepare food to be eaten off premises and that provide delivery services for such food but provide no set up, serving, or clean-up services. See Tennessee Code 68-14-703
                      • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
                      • 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
                      • 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
                      • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Recourse: An arrangement in which a bank retains, in form or in substance, any credit risk directly or indirectly associated with an asset it has sold (in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) that exceeds a pro rata share of the bank's claim on the asset. If a bank has no claim on an asset it has sold, then the retention of any credit risk is recourse. Source: FDIC
                      • Refusal: means a record under §. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                      • Regular interest: means interest at such rate or rates compounded annually as may be set from time to time by the board of trustees in accordance with §. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Relative: means a parent, foster parent, parent-in-law, child, spouse, brother, foster brother, sister, foster sister, grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, or other family member who resides in the same household. See Tennessee Code 8-31-102
                      • 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.
                      • 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).
                      • 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
                      • Residential dwelling: means a one-family or two-family dwelling structure. See Tennessee Code 68-14-802
                      • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
                      • Retiree: as used in this part , means any former state employee, higher education employee, or teacher receiving a monthly retirement allowance from the Tennessee consolidated retirement system, or the optional retirement system established in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-209
                      • Retirement: means withdrawal from membership with a retirement allowance granted under chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Retirement allowance: means the sum of the member annuity and the state annuity. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • Retirement system: means the Tennessee consolidated retirement system as defined in §§. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                      • sale: includes any of the following activities, or any combination of them:

                        • (A) Sell. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201

                        • Secondhand: means any article of bedding or material, or part of bedding or material, of which prior use of any kind has been made, including, but not limited to, a mattress that has been returned by a buyer to a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer pursuant to a comfort exchange policy. See Tennessee Code 68-15-201
                        • Service: means service as a general employee, a teacher, a state police officer, a wildlife officer, a firefighter, a police officer, a state judge, a county judge, an attorney general, a commissioner or a county official which is paid for by an employer, and also includes service for which a former member of the general assembly is entitled to under former §§ 3-401 and 3-406. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                        • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
                        • 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.
                        • Sign: means , with the present intent to authenticate or adopt a record:

                          • (A) To execute or adopt a tangible symbol. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102

                          • 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
                          • State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                          • 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
                          • State: means the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
                          • State agency: means an authority, board, branch, commission, committee, department, division, or other instrumentality in state service that is subject to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-30-103
                          • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
                          • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
                          • Support staff employees: means those persons employed by a local education agency who are not instructional employees. See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
                          • Swimming pool: means any structure that is intended for swimming or recreational bathing and contains water over thirty-six inches (36?) deep, including, but not limited to, in-ground, aboveground, and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and nonportable spas. See Tennessee Code 68-14-802
                          • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
                          • THC: means delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. See Tennessee Code 43-27-101
                          • Tissue: means a portion of the human body other than an organ or an eye. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                          • Tissue bank: means a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of tissue. See Tennessee Code 68-30-102
                          • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
                          • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
                          • Trustees: means the four (4) trustees designated in §. See Tennessee Code 8-27-801
                          • unit: means a residential dwelling that is rented wholly or partially for a fee for a period of less than thirty (30) continuous days and does not include a hotel as defined in §. See Tennessee Code 13-7-602
                          • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                          • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
                          • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
                          • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
                          • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
                          • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105