Secretary of State visits Lewisburg again

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett presents a grant check to Marshall County Library staff and local officials, which will provide partial funding to purchase new microfilm machines.

No, the Tribune is not rerunning pictures from past editions.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was in Marshall County for the third time in the last few months to present a grant check to the Marshall County Memorial Library.

The State Library, which falls under Hargett’s oversight, awarded MCML a $4,090 grant for the purchase of a new microfilm reader.

The library has a great many documents of county historical or genealogical importance preserved on microfilm for researchers to use.

Hargett said in a statement “Each one of these machines costs thousands of dollars. Many of our local libraries and archives simply can’t afford the expense alone. These grants, which would not be possible without the Tennessee General Assembly, offer a way to obtain the machines that are critical to preserving local records.’

Afterward, Hargett attended the weekly meeting of the Lewisburg Rotary Club, where he spoke on the responsibilities of his office and the improvements made in its functioning over the past several years.

Hargett proudly noted that the current budget for his office is lower than it was eight years ago but that it provided better service with greater efficiencies to Tennessee residents.

He also touched on the request for voter information from a federal commission exploring allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Hargett said that Tennessee law prevented him from turning over all of the information requested by the commission.

He added that his office had only found about two-dozen examples of voting irregularities in Tennessee of the several million claimed by the commission.