It has been my pleasure to represent yo these past three years. In September, some information on this page will be rolled over to an Archived Page as we move into our forth year with a fresh page template. - NVR 8/6/2018
Several items from recent Maplewood/Broadmoor/Ben Allen Community Meetings in D8 are up This Thursday 6/28/18 on the Planning Commission Agenda.
Broadmoor/Ben Allen SP update for the School on Ben Allen This includes requirement for future Stop Light at Hart/Ben Allen at the Ellington Parkway exit
Ben Allen SP (The Hill) The typography is obviously challenging, but I believe the applicants have attempted to respect the Conservation policy, as well as incorporate elements of the trail-oriented development plan that was recently approved for several properties in the immediate vicinity.
Please email me Nancy.VanReece@Nashville.gov with any questions or concerns on any of these projects. After the meetings we’ve had - all concerns have been addressed that have been given to me and I will be offering my support to all three.
6/29/2018: The Broadmoor (The Hill) SP had been deferred 2 meetings to continue to work on conservation overlay issues. Feeling optimistic but taking the time to get it right!
We had 50 written responses from the 55 people that attended the meting requesting feedback on the future use of the Coarsey Farm land on East Campbell. That feed back will be applied to a draft plan that will come back to the community to review prior to submitting to the Planning Commission. Watch the email-newsletter and the District 8 social account for news concerning that next meeting. Property owners within 600 feet will get a reminder in the mail.
UPDATE: June 29, 2018
Owner ( The Coarsey Family), based on your feedback, is willing to drop down footprint to 79 single family homes with 6 acres of green space near Ronnie Rd. - Will come back when a buyer is ready to present to us a Specific Plan, (Autumn 18 /Winter 19)
This is additional information that we compiled as answers to some of our questions regarding current zoning as MUG and MUG-A. All of this information comes from the Metro Planning GIS website available here at https://www.nashville.gov/Planning-Department/Mapping-and-GIS/PropertyMapping.aspx in case you want to find out more information.
We have identified 600 MUG-A parcels and 430 MUG parcels in Nashville. The biggest concentrations of MUG-A are the Gallatin Road corridor from 5th St to Douglas and the Charlotte Ave/Elliston Place corridor - identified below. As you know MOST of our Nashville pikes were historically zoned CS (Commercial Services) similar to this Madison Square site and continue to have that zoning. It is generally more restrictive to land use, though the provision of Adaptive Residential (which allows residential along Arterials and Collectors and that doesn’t count toward FAR has been use din a number of instances. CS does not, however limit height, whereas MUG does.
Also some of the largest concentration of MUG (no “a” there) includes portions of Germantown, Vanderbilt and 21st Ave near that campus, Trevecca and many individual sites scattered across the city. We can send along some screen shots of those if needed.
I would imagine that many of these areas were rezoned during the Nashville Next process along with thousands of other parcels to be consistent with the Community Character Manual.
The property currently falls under CS (Commercial Service). CS zoning is described in 17.08.020 of the Metro code as the following:
CS, Commercial Service District. The CS district is intended to provide opportunities for a diverse range of commercial uses that include retail trade and consumer services, automobile sales and repair, small scale custom assembly, restaurants, entertainment and amusement establishments, financial, consulting and administrative services. This district may be used in areas policied for concentrations of mixed commercial community development, at selected locations within super community retail concentrations and regional activity centers, or in the vicinity of major intersections within existing arterial commercial areas.
The CS zoning designation has the following bulk regulations:
MUG, Mixed-Use General District and MUG-A, Mixed-Use General District Alternative. The MUG and MUG-A districts are intended to implement the moderately high intensity mixed-use policies of the general plan, being appropriate near major concentrations of employment, commercial or institutional uses. These districts also may be used near the central business district, within regional activity centers, or in areas otherwise policied for concentrations of mixed commercial development with high levels of accessibility, including public transit service. The bulk regulations are designed to encourage consolidation of land and large scale development on or near arterial streets. MUG-A is designed to create walkable neighborhoods through the use of appropriate building placement and bulk standards and is an alternative to a zoning district that requires a site plan.
The majority of the adjacent lots are under one of the above three mentioned zoning designations. However, directly across Madison St. to the Northwest there is a Planned Unit Development (PUD), and there are a couple of Mixed-Use Neighborhood (MUN) designations that are in the immediate vicinity as well.
MUN, Mixed-Use Neighborhood District and MUN-A, Mixed-Use Neighborhood District Alternative. Designed to implement the lower intensity mixed-use policies of the general plan, this district also may be used as an alternative to commercial zoning along prominent streets, or to promote the preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings that contribute to the historical or architectural character of an area. Bulk standards are designed to maintain a residential-scale of development. At a minimum, these districts should have good access to collector streets and public transportation service. MUN-A is designed to create walkable neighborhoods through the use of appropriate building placement and bulk standards and is an alternative to a zoning district that requires a site plan.
MUG-A has the following bulk regulations:
There are no Specific Plan sites or significant developments in progress within ½ mile radius of the parcel.
UPDATE: Here is the Madison draft Strategic Plan recommendations PowerPoint from December 11th Community meeting. This final draft represents highlights of what will be included in the full written Madison Strategic Plan report to be released in January. The full written report will provide in-depth details, data and extensive market analysis info too. Illustrated Renderings for this written report are not yet completed for review as this was recently funded by an anonymous donor.
All Together Madison and our community partners are pleased to present the Draft Madison Strategic Plan for the community's input and review.
The strategic plan evolved through grassroots efforts aimed at Madison's revitalization. With generous funding from the Memorial Foundation and private investors, Randall Gross / Development Economics was hired to examine Madison's economic potential, work with the community to identify issues and opportunities, and develop a Strategic Plan for Madison's future.
After more than a year of hard work and community input, draft strategies for Madison's revitalization will be presented on December 11. You are invited to provide your final input before the written plan is completed for distribution to the community, funders, investors, and Metro leadership in January.
Come celebrate the community's hard work, along with Madison's glorious past and it's exciting future. In addition to the strategy presentation, Metro Arts will introduce the artist engaged to lead Madison's public art project and food will be provided by Gresham & Smith Architects and other sponsors as part of the festivities.
And ATM decided to make this gathering and celebration of Madison an annual holiday tradition as a pop-up, potluck so If anyone would like to bring a tasty treat to share, you are welcome to it. Show off your small businesses! Come and celebrate Madison's exciting future!!
Come to the Presentation of Madison's Strategic Plan located at Due West Towers (formerly Memorial Hospital). Go to second entrance on Due West, at the Pavilion Church community gathering room. (across from Good Pasture School)
Planning Commission: This Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 marks the much awaited application along the Trail Oriented Development property along Ellington Parkway from Broadmoor to Ben Allen. We have had several meetings and neighborhood walks through the property at Studio615 since October 2016. The owners have applied all community feedback as well as that of all metro departments and this project is on consent for Thursday's meeting.
If you have any questions at all, please write to me firstname.lastname@example.org
2017SP-034-001 On Consent: Yes BROADMOOR AND BEN ALLEN SP Public Hearing: Open Council District 08 (Nancy VanReece)Staff Reviewer: Latisha BirkelandA request to rezone from RS10 to SP-MU zoning on properties located at 288, 292 and 296 Broadmoor Drive and 329, 341 and 349 Ben Allen Road, at the southwest corner of Broadmoor Drive and Ellington Parkway (51.89 acres), to permit up to 321 residential units and a mixed use development, requested by Hawkins Partners, Inc., applicant; Ben Allen Land Partners, LLC and Paro South, LLC, owners.Staff Recommendation: Approve with conditions and disapprove without all conditions.
The applicant would like to change the approved Mixed Use Buildings in Phase 5 of the Broadmoor/BenAllen to Community Education Buildings. Your input is needed. Community Meeitng June 2 / Planning Commisison June 28
Saint Thomas Medical Partners Maplewood
Friday, August 4th 10 am
St. Thomas Clinic Grand Opening at Maplewood High School
Friday, August4th 10 am
The 2,935-square-foot project will be staffed by Saint Thomas Health physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants. The clinic will be open to the public and will be able to help with chronic health conditions that require immediate and long-term care.
Maplewood’s Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness provides its students with real-world insights into healthcare careers through internships and job shadowing. The new clinic will create more learning opportunities available to students, according to school leadership.
There will be 101 high school seniors in the program. When they graduate, they will be certified as medical assistants.
Teachers, staff, and students can be treated by clinic staff. Jere Baxter and Gra-Mar students can also be referred to the clinic due to their proximity to Maplewood. Family and community members will be able to access the clinic without entering the main school building through the clinic’s external entrance.
location: Maplewood High School 401 Walton Lane Nashville TN 37216
Neighborhood Zoning Meeting
Community Meeting on New SP Zoning Request
Cheron Road Village Center
Wednesday, August 9th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm location: Nossi College of Art 590 Cheron Road Madison, TN 37115
blue stars potential or active development
red x - primary locations: Skyline HCA, Due West Towers, Station Blvd.
green Stars - Metro Parks potential or active
purple star (former KMart) plans unknown
*as of July 31, 2017
Members of the Due West Ave, Goodpasture, and surrounding communities are invited to join us Saturday, May 13 10-11am at Sidekicks Cafe for a look at the proposed Phase 2 of the Bashaw Village town home project. Phase 1 Plans for the first 10 homes were well received and approved by the Community, the Planning dept, Planning Commission and Metro Council. Bringing home ownership next to the I65 Bridge is a great way to promote pride in Madison. I want to hear your feedback.
QUICK DEVELOPMENT NOTES
April 1, 2017
Station Blvd - still in Design Phase - Working with Civic Design Center and Metro Parks on Park behind Madison Library as part of the road project. - Madison Square Shopping Center supports Round-About at Fifty Forward - more soon!
Oakwood Park - We've finished the additional survey we needed and have started working on layout and grading plans for the revised Master Plan concepts. We will have some preliminary plans and details available for Park staff review mid-April. On Schedule
Due West Towers - Charles Jones and his daughter Lynn Golden have invested nearly 500k in the property cleaning out asbestos and completely restoring the commercial kitchen. They have hired Tom White as legal counsel and Dale & Assoc. as an engineer for planning and tenant acquisition. The property is 54 acres and development of it will happen in phases. Each phase requiring rezoning will have community input. - They have been showing the office towers to many interested parties and may have a tenant on a 2-year lease for two of the floors in one of the buildings soon.
House of Brews on Old Hickory Blvd and Diamond Gusset Jeans on Cheron still planning but positive.
"Development for us, not to us" continues to be the mantra as weekly meetings with developers take place.
Click Here to see a PDF the Presentation from by Metro Parks on the Updated Designs Given at the February 11, 2017 Meeting.
This amendment was approved 2/23/2017
Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works has designs ready for the completion of the sidewalk on Maplewood Trace from Dickerson Pike to Walton Lane. They joined us for coffee to show the plans and address questions. This was broadcast on FaceBook Live from SideKicks Cafe in Madison, TN on Tuesday, January 24th 8am.
This was approved.
Community Feedback requested: For consideration for a Land Policy Amendment to the East Nashville Community Plan on various properties west of Ellington Parkway. I have been working with the land owners (all local) and the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department on preparing a comprehensive explanation of this request for community input.
The date has been set for that meeting at Studio 615 on January 7th at 10am. Please make plans to come!
This waa approved.
Time to Plant! Please join us on Sunday November 20 to help plant these amazing gifts! You may see Public Works at the schools Friday using an auger from Metro Parks to get some of the trees in. We have plenty of bushes and mulching to do on Sunday - join us where we begin at Maplewood or drop by at Gra-Mar Middle and Madison Middle and pitch in! We'll be working all morning
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tennessee Green Industry Expo gifts trees to Metro Nashville District 8's East Nashville/Madison communities.
Nashville, TN / October 10, 2016
Two organizations came together in McMinnville on October 6-7, and when they left, they made a donation that will benefit East Nashville and Madison. The Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association and the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association held their joint conference and expo in McMinnville, providing their members education, exhibits, and a chance to give back – and many of them did. Neighborhood volunteers brought a flatbed truck and strong backs to help load up the gifted trees and landscaping on Friday afternoon for the return trip to Nashville.
Nashville neighborhood volunteers brought a flatbed truck and strong backs to help load up the gifted trees and landscaping on Friday afternoon for the return trip to Nashville.
Property owner Christian Paro has graciously offered to store the gifted vegetation on his property at Studio615 on Broadmoor. " I was on board as soon as I heard "tree donation"!!" said Paro.
Nancy VanReece, the Metro Councilmember for the District explained, "Paro was the former District Manager in the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and I've seen his true love of his wooded property and his respect for green space. I was thrilled that he could help."
Madison volunteers met on-site at Studio 615 on Saturday to help unload the truck full of trees.
In total, the two associations donated over 60 trees and numerous more shrubs and plantings. With the help of volunteers, these will be placed to maximize their impact and ability to enhance the greater community. Dale Bennett, the TNGIE trade show coordinator, was critical to making the connection and ensuring there was enough help to get the donations loaded.
"Clint Camp and Janey Camp made this wonderful connection and I'm amazed and the result!, said VanReece. "We already have a home for one of the trees at Maplewood High School!"
She continued, "Plans are to consult with Public Works and Metro Schools first to see about proper planning and placement."
Volunteers interested in helping with the remainder of the project can reach out to Abby Eitneier. District 8 Beautification Commissioner at AbbyTolen@gmail.com
Public Works Beautification
Welcome Abby Eitneier-Tolen as our newly appointed Metropolitan Beautification and Environment Commissioner for District 8. After my nomination to the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works, she was confirmed by Mayor Megan Barry to a three-year term to expire July 31, 2018.
Thank you Abby for your commitment to the welfare and beautification of our city. Nashville is indeed fortunate to have citizens like you who are willing to volunteer their unique talents and sacrifice their time for our community.
Because D8 represents a number of amazing neighborhoods, I will be helping Abby make contact with community leaders in North Inglewood, Gra-Mar, Maplewood, Madison, and points in between.
Help me congratulate Abby!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville city leader wants to fix an issue that’s both unsightly and unhealthy.
Illegal dumping has been described by metro officials as a city-wide threat.
So far, Metro Public Works says its received over 350 calls for illegal dumping that they must respond to and clean up.
News 2 obtained photos that frustrated homeowners took of tires that had been dumped in neighborhoods in Bellevue and East Nashville.
City councilwoman Nancy VanReece says she wants to see people participate in neighborhood watches for trash.
“If we can get just as diligent in regard to trash and litter then it would be extremely beneficial,” VanReece told News Two.
Most items that are dumped illegally can be recycled for free. People can recycle up to four tires a month at any of the city’s waste facilities.
Refrigerators and couches are accepted at certain facilities. For more information visit Nashville gov.
You can even ask for curbside pickup for bulk items through the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.
Requests are taken directly by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. For more information call 615-880-3897 or visit the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office website.
Please see the attached notice and map for work Metro Water Services will be performing in District 8. The map has been highlighted to show the customers who will be notified of upcoming work.
Ronnie Road. The Walker Building Group, LLC has been awarded the Storm Water Improvement Project and is approved to begin construction on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. With a construction length of 120 calendar days, Ronnie Road is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
September 2016 Updates
The 609 Cheron Road project has been filed with the Planning Commission for hearing on August 11, 2016 - This passed on Consent and proceeds to legislative process.
Thank you for everyone that attended the visit of the Mayo property on Gibson. The Historic Landmark and Historic Overlay will track on the Metro Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department Commission meeting on September 22nd.. This is to allow the property request designated as a Historic Landmark (HL) at the same time it’s designated as a Neighborhood Landmark (NL).
The first community meeting for The Maybelle overlay is scheduled at 11am on Saturday, July 9th at Nossi College of Art 590 Cheron Rd, Madison, TN 37115 Todd Mayo, the owner of the property who will remain the resident of the home, and Councilmember Nancy VanReece will be there to talk to neighbors and get feedback.
-- July 31, 2016 UPDATE: Still in design phase - Updates about this light to be shared as soon as they are reported to me. I have asked them to try some signage in the meantime for the safety of pedestrians going to and from the school.
-- July 31, 2016 UPDATE: In the works, currently in survey phase, close to being in design phase
After study, this issue will be on the Agenda 3pm March 14, 2016 @ 700 2nd Ave South at the Traffic and Parking Commission meeting.
UPDATE MARCH 8, 2016: After further review from a lead engineer, regarding the Lemont Drive and Maplewood Lane 4-way stop request, due to limited sight distance on Lemont Drive (the hill) , Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works revised the recommendation. Our recommendation to make this a 4-way stop will be presented to the Traffic and Parking Commission in their April 14 , 2016 meeting for approval . The 4-way stop will be installed after we receive approval from the commission.
Staff’s recommendation is issuing a work order for the items listed as follows: -Install Cross road signs
-Install stop bar markings - Revise Stop Ahead signs - Revise Stop sign plates “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs. In addition, Public Works staff will continue to investigate this location for possible solutions to traffic concerns in this area. 3/1/2016
FY17 Budget -- District Specific Projects: Read more HERE
Spring Paving Program in D8 via Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works. With more capital funding the possibility of more paving increases.
After further review from a lead engineer, regarding the Lemont Drive and Maplewood Lane 4-way stop request, due to limited sight distance on Lemont Drive (the hill). The recommendation to make this a 4-way stop will be presented to the Traffic and Parking Commission in their May 9, 2016 meeting for approval . The 4-way stop will be installed by the end of the year, I will be trying to get it done before the school year begins.
Resolution for Los Nietos Taqueria beer permit completed 3/1/2016
UPDATE MARCH 9, 2016: Saunders Avenue Stormwater Detention/Retention Project: Crews are on their way to 4419 Saunders Avenue to begin demolition of the house. We should be completed by the end of the work day tomorrow.
This was this was initiated before I took office so I asked for a copy of the plans. Basically we could not come up with a feasible plan to take the flooding away from the home, so we are removing the home from the flooding.
Attached is a site plan for the proposed improvements to 4419 Saunders Avenue. This property will be used as a detention/retention pond to provide temporary storage of stormwater runoff during rain events. The improvements that are proposed for 4419 Saunders Avenue are part of the overall stormwater drainage improvements for 4419 & 4421 Saunders Avenue. Currently these design plans are 60% complete and as we draw closer to the completion of the design we will meet with you and go into greater detail of our proposed stormwater work.
February 18/16: We have run into a slight delay with beginning demolition operations on Saunders Avenue. We found out that Piedmont Gas has not killed their service connection and removed the meter box from this address and per the demolition permit requirements all utilities must be disconnected and meter boxes removed from site be demolition operations can begin.
We are in the process of having all utilities located and marked at 4419 Saunders Avenue to make certain that all utilities are killed and associated meter boxes removed before we move any demolition equipment onsite. I will update everyone when we have verified that all utilities have completed this task.
Grand Opening of Patriot Place - Feb 26th, 2016 // 314 Williams Avenue. Madison , TN 37115
Dellway Codes Violation given extension to Feb 26 to clean up
333 Gallatin Pike Trash /Codes reviewed and will be abating them for the trash situation.
As described in the attached letters FEMA has approved our application to purchase homes in the Gibson Creek watershed. We held 2 public meetings in October 2014, and submitted the application to TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency) in early 2015. The funding for this project is the same funding that was made available to us following the May 2010 flood. The cost share for this project will be 75% federal, 12.5% State of TN, and 12.5% Metro.
As is our normal process with home buyout, the purchase of these properties will be on a willing seller basis. All these property owners signed a letter of interest so that we could include their property in the application, however they have the choice as to whether or not they accept our offer.
The appraisals have been completed so the next step will be that our contractor Bankers Title will contact the property owners to make an official offer. They should begin making offers by the end of February. Once the offers are accepted we will move forward with the real estate closing, abatement of any hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint, then demolition and property restoration.
All the improvements on the property will be removed and the land will remain under the ownership of Metro and will be maintained as grassed open space for perpetuity.
Provided are lists of projects that were completed during FY15 (approximately the past year) and the projects that are projected to started in the near future. The reports include projects that are overseen by the Engineering, System Services and Stormwater divisions of Metro Water Services. The reports can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding link(s)
Any projects past FY16 are projections that are based upon the most current information available at the time of these reports. Schedules, scopes, and estimated cost can be affected by the following: easement acquisitions, EPA/DOJ and TDEC plans approvals, market constraints, project coordination opportunities with other Metro departments or State agencies and internal priorities. Even though construction is shown in a particular district(s), the improvements can potentially benefit constituents outside the listed council district(s), those inside the listed district(s) or both.
The following is additional general information related to divisionalreports:
Note: FY is from July 1st to June 30th(e.g. FY15 is from July 1st , 2014 to June 30th ,2015)
Project Type: Large capital water and wastewater (Clean Water Nashville) projects
Reporting Period: FY 15 to FY21 | See Link
Contact: Hal Balthrop email@example.com (615)862-4847
Project Type: Repairs and maintenance to the water and wastewater distribution system (e.g. fire hydrants, water & waste water lines)
Reporting Period: FY 15 | See Link
Project Type: Stormwater capital and maintenance projects
Davidson County Property Assessor's Slides on Property Value Trends in the Heritage area
For Information on Further Neighborhood Meetings and future Home Owners Association Action in the houses contact:
For Information on the Heritage Village Condo Association please visit this website
Special Thank You to Greg Claxton and Stephanie Mccullough from Metro Planning and Development Kaitlin Dastugue from MDHA for presenting to the Standing Room Only meeting on Redevelopment. The event was presented by the Madison Community Alliance.
Here is a link to the material that was presented
Community Meeting was held to discuss the private street maintenance of the Heritage area.
Thank you to the nearly 30 households that attended the meeting.
Thank you again Metro Nashville Assessor of Property / Metro Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department / Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works / Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Service / Metro Nashville Police Department Madison Precinct
Because I have already received several requests, I have added a page to this website for weddings.
I would be honored to officiate your wedding. Scheduling preference will be given to residents of District 8.
Although I am licensed to perform marriages anywhere, I have chosen for management the location you marry must be inside Davidson County.
If you are interested in reserving a date, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce is your trusted source to find local LGBT-friendly wedding vendors in Nashville
It has been my honor to perform 22 marriages since taking office
1 heterosexual couple
1 transgender bride
17 lesbian couples
3 gay couples
Proof of date of birth (Government Issued Photo Identification or Certified Birth Certificate)
Proof of Social Security Number (for individuals that have been issued one.)
Both parties must appear together at the 700 2nd Ave South, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37210 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M-F) and must have proof that they are 18 or older. If either party is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by his/her parents. Tennessee law does not permit those under the age of 16 to marry without a court order.
The fee for a marriage license is $99.50. However, license applicants who have completed a premarital preparation course within a year prior to the date of application for the license are exempted from paying $60.00 of this fee. The couple must provide a Certificate of Completion form that has been completed and signed by the course provider. (Course provider’s signature on the Certificate of Completion must be notarized).
Cash, debit/credit cards, and money orders are acceptable forms of payment. The County Clerk’s Office does not accept checks for the purchase of a marriage license.
The marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days from issuance and is good for ceremonies performed anywhere in Tennessee. The only marriage law information available from this office pertains to Tennessee only. We do not provide information on divorce or annulment.
MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION
You may apply online by clicking here and clicking on Marriage Application.
Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. 36-3-104(a) (1997), “No county clerk nor deputy clerk shall issue a marriage license until the applicants make an application in writing, stating the names, ages, addresses and social security numbers of both the proposed male and female contracting parties and the names and addresses of the parents, guardian or next of kin of both parties.” The application must be sworn to by both parties. Id. The requirement of a social security number was added by legislative amendment, Acts 1997, ch. 551, 30, effective July 1, 1997.
PREMARITAL PREPARATION COURSE
To qualify for the exemption by attending a premarital preparation course, both applicants must submit anotarized Certification of Completion completed by the course provider confirming the couple attended the course together, or separately, within one year of the date of application to the County Clerk for the license. The Certification of Completion form was developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts and defines the qualifications of persons who are eligible to conduct the four (4) hours of premarital preparation training as required by Chapter No. 854. Click here to print the Certificate of Completion form. This is the only form that can be accepted as proof of counseling.
The law gives minimal guidance as to the content of the course. It states that the course may include:
Conflict management and resolution
Children and parenting responsibilities
Data compiled from available information relating to problems reported by married couples that seek marital or individual counseling
Personalities and families-of-origin
Intimacy and sexuality
The types of persons who can provide the approved premarital preparation course are:
Psychologist (as defined under TCA 63-11-203)
Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (as defined under TCA 63-22-115)
Professional Counselor (as defined un TCA 63-22-104)
Official representative of a religious Institution (recognized under TCA 63-22-204)
Clinical Social Worker (as defined under TCA Title 63-Ch.23, Part 1)
Clinical Pastoral Therapist (as defined under TCA Title 63, Ch. 22, Part 2)
Psychological Examiner (as defined under TCA 63-11-202)
Any other instructor approved for the judicial district
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How may I obtain a copy of a Birth Certificate?
You may download an Application for Certified Copy of Certificate of Birth.
How do I obtain a certified copy of my marriage license?
If you obtained your marriage license in Davidson County within the past ten years, your records are located in our office. Mail a written request including both applicants full names, the date of the marriage, and $5.00 for each copy requested. To request online click here. Please make your check payable to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office. Mail your request to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office, Attention Marriage Department, P.O. Box 196333, Nashville, TN 37219-6333. Requests are processed and returned the same day they are received. Download a form to request a copy of your marriage certificate.
If you need a copy of a marriage license of someone married in Davidson County between 1780 and 1992, contact Metro Archives.
If you need a copy of a marriage license of someone married in Tennessee within the last 50 years, contact Tennessee Vital Records.
Who can solemnize a marriage?
The rite of matrimony may be solemnized by any of the following persons listed in T.C.A. § 36-3-301:
All regular ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, and other religious leaders of every religious belief, more than 18 years of age, having the care of souls.
Current and former members of county legislative bodies.
County mayors/executives and former county mayors/executives.
Current and former judges and chancellors of this state.
Current and former judges of general sessions courts.
The county clerk of each county.
Current and former speakers of the senate and speakers of the house of representatives.
Mayors of municipalities.
In 1997 the General Assembly authorized all elected officials and former officials who are authorized to perform marriages to do so in any county in the State of Tennessee. T.C.A. § 36-3-301(i).6
For all marriages after April 15, 1998, in order to solemnize the rite of matrimony a minister, preacher, pastor, priest, rabbi, or other spiritual leader must be ordained or otherwise designated in conformity with the customs of a church, temple, or other religious group or organization, and such customs must provide for ordination or designation by a considered, deliberate, and responsible act. T.C.A. § 36-3-301(a)(2) (added by 1998 Public Chapter 745). The county clerk, however, has neither the authority nor the duty to examine the qualifications of persons seeking to solemnize the rite of matrimony. Op. Tenn. Att’y Gen. 97-139 (10/9/97). The county clerk cannot require proof that an officiant is, in fact, a minister or other authorized person. Op. Tenn.
Att’y Gen. 87-151 (9/17/87).
For marriage purposes, the several judges of the United States courts, including United States magistrates and United States bankruptcy judges, who are citizens of Tennessee are deemed to be judges of this state. However, the term former judges does not include any judge who has been convicted of a felony or who has been removed from office. T.C.A. § 36-3-301(a). The term “retired judges of this state” shall be construed to include persons who served as judges of any municipal or county court in any county which has adopted a metropolitan form of government and persons who served as county judges (judges of the quarterly county court) prior to the 1978 constitutional amendments. T.C.A. § 36-3-301(e). Also, any person who was a member of a quarterly county court on August 1, 1984 can perform marriages. T.C.A. § 17-1-206. All judges, including city judges, are included among the officials who may solemnize marriages. An elected city judge may perform a marriage in any county in Tennessee, but an appointed city judge is authorized to solemnize a marriage only in the city where the judge holds office. Op Tenn. Att’y Gen. 02-112 (10/10/02).
Deputy county clerks under the authority of T.C.A. § 18-1-108(4) have full power to transact the business of the county clerk and therefore, according to Op. Tenn. Att’y Gen. 85-243 (9/18/85), have the power to solemnize a marriage.
Why should we participate in the premarital preparation course?
There are not many couples that get married with the intention of ever getting a divorce although there are about 33,000 Tennessee couples that do divorce every year, typically affecting around 60,000 children. Tennessee has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. Going through a divorce is not a pleasant experience nor are the things that led up to the reason for divorce. Tennessee’s voluntary premarital preparation course is an attempt to lessen the number of divorces in the state.
What happens if I purchase a marriage license but don’t get married?
If a marriage license application is not signed by an officiant solemnizing the marriage and returned to our office the marriage is not recorded in the County’s Marriage Registry. The marriage license fee is non-refundable, however, the $5 fee for a certified copy of the marriage certificate will be refunded upon request.
What are some of the restrictions of who can get married to whom?
If either applicant is under 18 years of age, the parents, next of kin, guardian, or person having custody of the applicant are required to join in the application, under oath, stating that the applicant is 16 years of age or over and that the applicant has their consent to marry. If the applicant is in the legal custody of any public or private agency or in the legal custody of any person other than a parent, guardian or next of kin, then such person or the duly authorized representative of such agency must join in the application with the parent, guardian or next of kin, stating under oath that the applicant is 16 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age and that the applicant has their consent to marry. This provision does not apply to applicants who are in the custody of the department of mental health and mental retardation. Tenn. Code Ann. 36-3-106.
Does Tennessee recognize Common Law Marriages?
Marriage is controlled by statute and not common law in Tennessee. Although Tennessee does not recognize common law marriages, Tennessee will recognize a valid common law marriage entered into in a jurisdiction which recognizes common law marriages. In re Estate of Glover, 882 S.W.2d 789 (Tenn. App 1994); Andrew v. Signal Auto Parts, Inc., 492 S.W.2d 222 (Tenn. 1972); Lightsey v. Lightsey, 407 S.W.2d 684, 56 Tenn. App 394 (Tenn. App 1966); Troxel v. Jones, 322 S.W.2d 251, 45 Tenn. App 264 (tenn. App. 1959). But see Crawford v Crawford, 198 Tenn. 9, 277 S.W.2d 389 (1955) (parties may be estopped to deny marriage, as between themselves, in exceptional circumstances).
How can I research or get a copy of a family member’s marriage license?
Contact the Tennessee Vital Records office at 615-741-1763.
If you have any questions not answered in the above information, please call us at (615) 862-6256.