Part 3 Hotel and Public Swimming Pool Inspection Act 68-14-301 – 68-14-323
Part 4 Swimming Pools 68-14-401 – 68-14-403
Part 5 Bed and Breakfast Establishment Inspection Act of 1990 68-14-501 – 68-14-519
Part 6 Guests of Lodging Establishments 68-14-601 – 68-14-607
Part 7 Tennessee Food Safety Act 68-14-701 – 68-14-726
Part 8 Katie Beth’s Law [Pool Alarms] 68-14-801 – 68-14-807

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 68 > Health > Chapter 14

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
          • 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: 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
          • 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.
          • 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: 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.
          • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
          • 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

              • 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
              • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
              • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
              • 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
              • 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
              • 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.
              • 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
              • 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.
              • 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
              • 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.
              • Local education insurance committee: means the local education insurance committee created in subsection (a). See Tennessee Code 8-27-301
              • 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
              • 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
              • 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
              • 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.
              • 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.
              • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
              • 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 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
              • 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
              • 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
              • profit: means the excess revenue over expenditures prior to the expenditure of the amount which may be optionally made available for employees in cash or placed in trust by the state on behalf of the employees under the plan. See Tennessee Code 8-25-302
              • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              • 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
              • 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
              • 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
              • 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.
              • 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: 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.
              • Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
              • 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
              • 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
              • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
              • 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