EBT restrictions (Tennessee)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Department of Human Services of Tennessee.


From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

–Specific foods, products, or services that cannot be purchased using EBT cards
–Types of establishments that do not accept EBT cards (for example, jewelry stores, firearms dealers, etc.)

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Arkansas, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.


Vanessa Nason

From: Stephanie Jarnagin


I have forwarded your request to our records custodian to confirm requirements.

Thank you!
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From: Jeffrey Blackshear

Dear Ms. Nixon:

The Department of Human Services has received your request for records. Please be advised that Tennessee Code Annotated §10-7-503(a) provides that public records shall be open for personal inspection by any citizen of Tennessee. The public records statute does not apply to non-citizens of the State of Tennessee.

Jeffrey W. Blackshear | Assistant General Counsel
Citizens Plaza Building, 15th Floor
400 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243
phone: 615-313-5711 fax: 615-532-3016

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