Tennessee Health Department

Kyra Senese filed this request with the Department of Health of Tennessee.
Due Sept. 25, 2020
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Kent Hoover

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Email correspondence, and all underlying documentation, attachments or other media associated with the responsive emails, between May 1, 2020, and the date this request is ultimately fulfilled sent to, from or copied to Lisa Piercey containing any of the following non-case-sensitive key-strings: “farm*”; “migrant”; “H2A”; “Henderson.” We also consider any official business conducted by personal email addresses to be responsive to this request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

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


Kent Hoover

From: Department of Health

Thank you for contacting the Tennessee Department of Health. By copy of this email, I am sharing your email with the appropriate team member to address your inquiry.

Best regards.

From: Department of Health

Mr. Hoover, this appears to be a revision of a request you sent to us in July, and which we acknowledged Aug. 25. upon confirmation of your Tennessee citizenship.

Your request will go through Sept. 16, the date on which we received this request. Under the Open Records Act, a “public record” means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output, films, sound recordings, or other materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any government entity. TCA 10-7-503(a)(1)(i) [emphasis added]. The Open Records Act does not require the department to produce records in the future, beyond the date of the request.

In addition, the department will provide an estimated cost to produce these records. After you receive the cost estimate, please confirm that you agree to pay for the copies so we can proceed with your request. The Public Records Act states, “If a person makes a request for copies of a public record and, after copies have been produced, the person fails to pay to the governmental entity the cost for producing such copies, the governmental entity is not required to comply with any public records request from the person until the person pays for such copies; provided, that the person was provided with an estimated cost for producing the copies in accordance with subdivision (a)(7)(C)(ii) prior to producing the copies and the person agreed to pay the estimated cost for such copies.” T.C.A. 10-7-503 (a)(7)(A)(vii)(b).

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