File With Property Assessor For State Militia?

Sep 26, 2020 at 02:17 pm by WGNS


 

(MURFREESBORO)  Rutherford County Assessor of Property Rob Mitchell told WGNS that several residents are asking about Tennessee Militia registration.

Mitchell noted, "In order to comply with Tennessee State Law and in accordance with Article 1 Sections 24 and 26, as well as Article 8 Section 1 of the Tennessee State Constitution, the Rutherford County Assessor’s Office shall begin to collect and compile militia rolls. Individuals are requested to send an email to: assessor@rutherfordcountytn.gov. In the subject line put “Rutherford County Militia”.

What Is State Militia?

TN Code § 58-1-104 (2016)

 (d) The militia shall consist of all able-bodied male citizens who are residents of this state and between eighteen (18) and forty-five (45) years of age and who are not members of the army or navy as hereinabove defined, and who may not otherwise be exempted by the laws of this state or the United States.

Does Tennessee Have A Militia?

Technically and legally yes.

Who Is Eligible?

TN Code § 58-1-104 (2016)

 (d) The militia shall consist of all able-bodied male citizens who are residents of this state and between eighteen (18) and forty-five (45) years of age and who are not members of the army or navy as hereinabove defined, and who may not otherwise be exempted by the laws of this state or the United States.

Assessor Mitchell explained why his department is working on this, “As a vital part of the required Continuity of Operations Planning directed by Homeland Security, FEMA and TEMA; every agency and government office is required to develop a plan which will permit the continued operation of vital services in the event of a disaster or state of emergency. Having a process established in which to comply with this statute (TCA 58-1-301) becomes a part of this Continuity of Operation plan which we may not ignore.”

Again, in accordance with the Tennessee State Constitution, the Rutherford County Assessor’s Office shall begin to collect and compile militia rolls. Individuals are requested to emails to: assessor@rutherfordcountytn.gov”.  In the subject line put “Rutherford County Militia”.