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chattanooga law projectChattanooga 2012 A Comprehensive Guide to Area Employment, Training, Community and Legal Resources Table of Contents
Introduction and Overview
New and Noteworthy Laws and Opportunities
Emergency and Other Important Phone Numbers
Should I Represent Myself and Resources
Tennessee Access to Justice Online TN Justice TN Alliance for Legal Services Legal Aid of East Tennessee Southeast Tennessee Legal Services General Tennessee Legal Resources and Forms
Legal Aid of East Tennessee Southeastern Tennessee Legal Services Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services Tennessee Access to Justice Special Legal Assistance For Veterans
Hometown Legal Support Voting Rights
Understanding the Importance of Your Vote Restoration of Voting Rights Losing Your Right to Vote Registering to Vote: Resources Special Assistance for Veterans
Additional Veteran Specific Resources Earning your GED
GED/High School Equivalency Diplomas Job Training and Employment Resources Driver's License and Transportation Solutions
Restoring Revoked Driving Privileges Establishing Restricted Driving Privileges Local Driver's License Service Centers and Hours Is My Car a Lemon? Understand Your Rights Under TN's Lemon Law Transportation Alternatives Dressing for Success; Career Clothing Assistance
Child Support and Family Support Services
Resources for Individuals with Criminal/Felony Records
Help Finding A Job With A Criminal History Expungements – New Opportunities to Clean Up Your Record Former Offender Resources Former Offender Transition Resources Pre-Release Offender Resources Other Training and Resources for Former Offenders Useful Forms
Introduction and Overview
Congratulations! You've taken the first step in opening new brighter doors of opportunity in your life. Sometimes it is difficult to find opportunities, especially when you have made a few regrettable mistakes in the past. BUT…change is possible and you can move forward. There are many success stories and despite a tough economy there are still a large number of assistance programs in the Chattanooga/Hamilton County area to help. Any significant life change will feel intimidating and even scary. Putting a tough past behind you is worth it for you as an individual and your family. This guide is meant to promote awareness of some of those resources.
What this guide IS meant to be:
This resource guide will provide awareness and information of a variety of employment, training and education opportunities and seek to promote awareness of some of the general expectations of individuals dealing with certain matters in area courts. Chattanooga has made great economic strides and as a proud City resident, law student, future attorney and former journalist, I firmly believe that improved overall access to employment will also help resolve these court matters, assist individuals in complying with court orders and only further improve our quality of life here. This guide was first made available in the Fall of 2012. A special effort was made to offer it virtually both as a PDF and online via a Facebook Group called "Chattanooga Law Project." That is an open group and this guide can be accessed from that site. Much of the information is provided directly from the primary sources related to each area in an effort to simplify and promote accuracy. An intentional effort will also be made to update and expand information about available resources. I hope individuals who specialize in related services will share their resources and information and others will be inspired to expand this initial effort. I encourage you to join this group and stay updated.
What this guide is NOT meant to be:
This is a resource guide not legal advice. It also does not provide a list of all available
services. Any omission of a particular provider is not intentional. Please feel free to contact me atif you have questions and/or would like to be included in a future updated edition. Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the Tennessee Access to Justice Initiative for providing assistance in gaining resources which helped create this resource guide. Also deep gratitude to the Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum for sharing materials included in the Shelby County Reentry Resource Guide in 2011.
A Final Note:
It is my sincere hope the Chattanooga Law Project improves awareness and helps a great
many people in Chattanooga and the Hamilton County Area. Please share it with others that may benefit from its information. It is my hope that this guide will be improved and expanded in the years ahead. I welcome your questions and suggestions and most importantly success stories! Thank you and best wishes, Nancy Grimes Cogar Chattanooga, Tennessee Fall 2012 Contact me at: New and Noteworthy
Help Cleaning Up Criminal Records
T.C.A. § 40-32-101Amends TCA Title 40,
New Criminal Expungement Statute
As of July 1, 2012 those convicted of certain See Hamilton County Criminal Clerk of non-violent , non-sexual, misdemeanors and Court for local implementation. Class E felony offenses can have those criminal records expunged at local clerk of court for $350 fee and subject to judicial approval. For offenses committed on or after November 1, New Help in Regaining Driver's License 2120 Northgate Park, Suite 100.
Northgate Park Driver Service Center in 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Chattanooga. Open as of Monday, June 4 2012 Drivers may also renew or replace lost or stolen driver licenses at the Hamilton County Clerk's Office located in the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Avenue, Room 201
Tennessee Supreme Court Approves
Beginning September 1, the forms will be New Forms for Use in Certain Divorce
available for download atand As of July 2011, the Tennessee Supreme Court on the Court's new Justice for All website, adopted a new Rule that allows the high court which will be launched to make certain court forms universally accepted in courts across Tennessee. The Court also filed a second order today approving eight plain-language forms that can be used in uncontested divorces without minor or
New Legal Help For Emergency
Wills for Heroes programs provide essential legal documents free of charge to our nation's first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first responders plan now, they ensure their family's legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits. The 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit Wills for Heroes Foundation supports these Wills programs, protecting those who protect us." Created shortly after September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks Wills for Heroes has programs in ten states including Tennessee.
Emergency and Other Important Phone Numbers
See forms section for more useful resources. City of Chattanooga Police Dept – (Non-emergency)
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (Non-emergency)
Hamilton County Emergency Management Services
North Georgia Emergency Management Services
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control
Bureau Chattanooga Human Services Department
City of Chattanooga Service Requests and Reporting
Chattanooga Area Family Domestic Violence Hotline
Other Area Agencies
United Way Hot Line
Red Cross for Southeast Tennessee
Red Cross for Northwest Georgia
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
PFC Emergencies -(Confidential 7 Days a week/24 hours a day)
Can I (or should I) represent myself in court?
Deciding Whether To Represent Yourself:
Going "Pro Se" and "Pro Se" Resources
Some important things to remember: The courts call the term "pro se" for those who chose to represent themselves without the representation or assistance of a licensed lawyer. Everyone has a right to represent themselves, but you will want to think carefully about this decision. The law is a very complicated matter and is always changing. You should always make every attempt to find licensed professional legal representation. In addition, there are vast rules of conduct, evidence and procedure including: - Rules of Civil Procedure - Rules of Evidence - Local Rules of Court - Understanding the Law and Precedent - Legal Terminology - Specific guidelines about case filings and pleadings Legal Help:
There are a variety of resources available if you chose to represent yourself "pro se" in a legal matter. Here are some of those in Tennessee. More information may be found in the Legal Resources section which follows on the next page. Legal Resources When Representing Yourself
Tennessee Access to Justice
Initiative of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Includes general legal help, forms, booklets on specific legal issues and court information, alternative resolutions and a program allowing individuals to email an attorney for assistance via onlinejustice.org
A joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association. Special thanks to Microsoft, Dell, and to the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission for their critical support of this project. These entities share the goal of increasing access to legal advice to those who cannot afford it.
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
TALS is an alliance of legal aid providers and notes that anyone seeking legal assistance should contact local Legal Aid Offices. See
contact information below.
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
535 Chestnut Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 (423) 756-4013 Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
821 Houston Street Chattanooga, TN 37403 (423) 756-0128 Forms and Other Resources are available on General Legal Resources including Assistance and Forms
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
This mission of Legal Aid is to ensure equal 535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360 justice for elderly, abused, and low income Chattanooga, TN 37402 persons, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy. LAET has been part of Website and resource the community structure of East Tennessee for over 40 years, serving 26 counties.
Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
A public interest law firm seeking justice and opportunity for Tennesseans Legal Forms available on website related to property, estates, conservatorships, divorce, housing, consumer, general sessions, juvenile court, circuit and chancery court, protective orders, family issues. Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
Also features many free booklets in both English
and Spanish on a variety of topics.
Tennessee Access to Justice
This website is a project of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The Tennessee Supreme Court hopes that everyone will get help from a lawyer for their legal questions. The best thing you can do if you have a legal problem is to talk with a licensed lawyer. But the Court realizes that sometimes people cannot get help from a lawyer because they cannot afford one or they decide they want to represent themselves. Because of this, the Court created this website. Most of the information on this website is for people who cannot afford a lawyer and need legal help in civil cases (cases that do not have to do with a crime). You can use this website to find a lawyer to help you with all or part of your case, to find an agency to help you with your legal problems, or find information to help you understand what you need to do to represent yourself. Special Assistance for Veterans
Hometown Support: Legal Help For Our Military
Legal Aid of East Tennessee Hometown Support is a program that makes free legal Chattanooga Area help available to service members and their families with Contact: Charlie McDaniel limited income who are facing legal problems. Voting Rights
Frequently Asked Questions About Voting:
1. Why is voting important?
Answer: President Abraham Lincoln called democracy "government of the
people, by the people and for the people." It means that we are not here to
serve our government, but that our government is here to serve us — and we
have the right to decide who will represent us and how we want to be
represented. It means that we have one of the greatest rights any free people
can have: the right to vote. Just as important as representative government is
the idea of being an active citizen. Our government and country is only as
healthy as the investment we are willing to put into it.
2. Why should I vote?
Answer: Maybe you're asking yourself, "With all the millions of people
who vote in any given election, does my vote really count?" Or perhaps you
believe like you can't really make a difference, so why bother? The truth is
that your vote does count and you do make a difference every time you vote!
Your vote holds your local and national leaders responsible for the decisions
they make. Your vote sends a message about the issues you think are
important. Your vote affirms our rights as free citizens to elect our
government and take part in democracy. Without voting, there could be no
3. What is the significance to young people?
Answer: In 1971, the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution
gave everyone 18 years of age or older the right to vote. As more young
people register to vote and head out to the polls, the more you will see your
elected officials taking an active interest in what's important to young
voters. This is already happening and you can make a difference by casting
your vote and encouraging your friends to do the same.
4. What are the specifics of Tennessee's new "Voter Photo ID" Law?
Answer: Starting in 2012, registered voters in Tennessee will have to show
government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot at the polls.
Acceptable forms of ID include: Tennessee driver license with a photo
(current or expired); a driver license issued by another state (current or
expired); U.S. passport; Federal employee ID with photo; State employee ID
with photo (including those issued by state universities); U.S. military ID; or
Gun permit card with a photo. Student ID cards from state universities are
NOT acceptable. The new law requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote applies only to those voting at polling places. It does not apply to those casting absentee ballots under state law, including those age 65 or older who wish to vote absentee or those voting at licensed nursing homes. 5. Does Tennessee law allow restrictions on the right to vote?
Answer: Yes. See the following section for more information and
information about restoring revoked voting privileges.
Tennessee and Legal Restrictions on Right to Vote
Article 4, §2 of the Tennessee Constitution provides that the Tennessee legislature
may deny the right to vote to persons convicted of "infamous" crimes. Pursuant to
this provision in the Tennessee Constitution, the Tennessee legislature has
excluded individuals convicted of various felonies from the right of suffrage.
However, the legislature has also established conditions and procedures through
which individuals who have lost their voting rights may regain them. The manner
in which a person may restore a lost voting right depends upon the crime
committed and the year in which the conviction occurred.
Registering to Vote and Restoration of Voting Rights
One of the goals of the Hamilton County Election Commission is to encourage
every eligible citizen to register to vote. See links below for more information
about registering to vote and upcoming elections.
Tennessee law does allow for former offenders can have voting rights
restored. In order to do that must meet very specific criteria. To learn more
there is a form available which must be completed in order to restore voting rights.
The state link to access this form is below which also includes specific instructions
about completing the form. Also important to note the state requires this form to
be completed by an agent of the pardoning authority or an agent or officer of the
incarcerating authority or probation/parole officer of the supervising authority.
Currently, in Tennessee persons convicted of any of the following, CANNOT
have his or her voting rights restored:
• Between July 1, 1986, and June 30, 1996 - first degree murder, aggravated rape, treason, or voter fraud • Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2006 - murder, rape, treason, or • On or after July 1, 2006 – Any of the above, or any degree of murder or rape or any felony offense under TCA Title 39, Chapter 16, parts 1, 4, or 5; or any sexual offense under TCA § 40-39-202(17) or any violent sexual offense under TCA § 40-39-202(25) designated as a felony and where the victim of such offense was a minor.
Important Note about Voting Eligibility and Outstanding Child Support
A person is not eligible to apply for a voter registration card and have their voting
rights restored unless the person is current in all child support obligations. Before
restoring the voting rights of an applicant, the Coordinator of Elections will verify
with the Department of Human Services that the applicant does not have any
outstanding child support payments or arrearages. Refer to the section on Child
Support Obligations for more information.
Hamilton County Election Phone: (423) 493-5100
Email:Or simply click on the following link to connect with applications for voting registration. Restoration of Voting
Eligibility, Instructions and Forms available from State of Tennessee at: American Civil Liberties
Voting Rights: A How-To Brochure for Former Union (ACLU)
Felons in Tennessee Available at: Tennessee Division of
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue Elections
Snodgrass Tower, 9th Floor Provides information that Nashville, TN 37243 explains how individuals Phone: 615-741-7956 or 877-850-4959 convicted of felonies in Tennessee can have their right to vote restored. Assistance for Veterans
Hometown Support: Legal Help Legal Aid of East Tennessee
For Our Military
Chattanooga Area: Charlie McDaniel 423-756-4013 Hometown Support is a program that makes free legal help available to service members and their families with limited income who are facing legal problems in Tennessee.
Tennessee Career Centers
TN Career Center – Chattanooga 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5 All Tennessee Career Centers Chattanooga, TN 37411 provide priority of service to Veterans. Make sure to notify Lawrence, Angela - DVOP them of your military service and ask to speak to the representative who assists veterans. afterdeployment.org Wellness Resources for the Military Community Application for 10 Point Vet Career One-Stop for Military and Spouses DD214 Requests from National G.I. Jobs Magazine Goodwill Online Learning GOV - Central Guide for Military Handbooks Military Onesource Newslink to Newspapers Occupational Net Online TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development Veteran's Guide Transition Assistance US Department of Labor - US Department of Labor elaws USA Jobs (Employment with Federal Government) VA - National Center for PTSD Veterans Administration VA - Veterans Benefits Booklet VetCentral Job Link Earning Your GED
Also known as a High School Equivalency Diploma General Information:
All persons wishing to take the GED in Tennessee must complete an Official GED Practice Test (OPT), and present a notarized copy of their OPT scores to the GED Testing center. FREE OPT testing and GED preparatory classes are available throughout the state of Tennessee. Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What are GED Tests?
Answer: GED Tests are designed to measure the skill and concepts
generally associated with four years of regular high school instruction. The
GED Test is a battery of five tests which can be administered only through
an official GED Testing Center. The GED Tests provide an opportunity to
earn a high school equivalency diploma in an alternative mode, a credential
recognized as a key to educational and financial awards.
2. Who is eligible to take GED?
Answer: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and not have
received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
Individuals who are seventeen (17) may be tested, providing the applicant
presents to the Test Examiner an age waiver signed by the superintendent of
the school system where the applicant resides, and is not presently enrolled
in high school, or currently enrolled in a state approved GED Option
3. What are the requirements needed to earn a GED or High School
To earn a High School Equivalency Diploma the applicant must have an average score of 450 on the total test (total standard score of 2250) with no score below 410 on any of the five tests. 4. Do they offer GEDs in other languages and are they available for
individuals with certain disabilities?
Answer: Yes. The GED is available in English, Spanish, or French. Also,
special tests for the visually impaired may be provided. Special Testing
Needs -To ensure that handicapping conditions of some candidates do not
prevent their being tested or tested fairly; special testing accommodations
have been made available. Extended time, individualized testing, frequent
breaks, use of a calculator, adjustable furniture. Please contact your local
testing center for further information.
5. Are classes available to prepare for GED?
Answer: Yes. See listings below for area locations.
Area GED Preparation Classes
General Education Development (GED®) classes are designed to prepare students to successfully pass the GED® tests as well as to assist them in setting and meeting personal, educational and employment goals. Class structure is self directed in an effort to cultivate an environment where learners accept responsibility for their learning and progress. Most classes are offered at both the Chattanooga State Eastgate Campus and at the St. Andrew's Center site, with both morning and evening schedules available. Chattanooga State Community
Visit the following link for general and registration information: Adult Basic Education (Basic GED® Preparation Classes GED® FAST TRACK and Official GED Practice Test to qualify for the GED® exam English as a Second Language English as a Second Language classes with focus on English Literacy and Civics Re:Start The Center for Adult
1501 Riverside Drive, Suite 260 Education
Chattanooga, TN 37406 P 423.855.4443 At Re:Start - The Center for Adult Education, we believe educated adults Website: www.restartchattanooga.org/ have greater economic opportunity, are less vulnerable to those who would take advantage, are less likely to live in poverty, make more productive citizens and better parents therefore making Chattanooga a better community. General Help Finding Employment/Jobs
Job seekers can also self register at nd look for job listings through the Tennessee Career Center at Chattanooga or at other offices Explore Training throughout the state. Skills Assessments The Southeast Tennessee Career Centers receive new job listings from local employers every day. Visit any of our locations to browse through the most recent job postings from employers in your area. At any time, we may have job openings available in a variety of occupations such as administrative, maintenance, business and financial operations, social services, information systems, food and lodging, health care, production, sales, and distribution. AIM Center (For Individuals
472 West MLK Blvd. with Mental Disabilities)
Chattanooga, TN 37402 AIM Center helps people with mental illnesses reclaim their lives, treating the individual— teaching them to manage their
condition across their living,
working, learning and social
First Things First
620 Lindsay Street, Suite 100 FTF is a not-for-profit Chattanooga, TN 37403 organization dedicated to strengthening families in Website: firstthings.org Hamilton County, Tennessee
through education, collaboration
and mobilization. FTF is a
community resource that
collaborates with and is
supported by a broad cross-
section of community
organizations, groups and
Hope For Chattanooga
2517 McCallie Avenue Hope for the Inner City is a Chattanooga, TN 37404 Christian ministry in East Chattanooga that helps the urban Website:poor to become self-sufficient.
Urban League of Greater
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403 The mission of the Urban League (423) 756-1762 is to enable African-Americans and other disadvantaged persons
to secure economic self-reliance,
parity, power and civil rights.
Goodwill Industries (For
3500 Dodds Avenue Individuals with Physical
Chattanooga, TN 37404 United States Department of
951 Eastgate Loop Road Bldg. 5700 - Suite 300 Veterans Affairs –
Chattanooga, TN 37411 Chattanooga Vet Center
Phone: 423-855-6570 Or 877-927-8387 Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the VA.
Eligibility for most VA benefits
is based upon discharge from
active military service under
other than dishonorable
conditions, and certain benefits
require service during wartime.
The Bethlehem Center
200 West 38th Street The Bethlehem Center's vision is Chattanooga TN 37410 to transform the Alton Park community and beyond into literate, spiritually enriched and economically self-sufficient neighborhoods, that are safe and enjoyable for all residents to live, work and play." Restoring Driving Privileges and Gaining Driver's Licenses
General Information: Remember driving is not a right. It is a privilege. The
State has the right to revoke those privileges for a variety of reasons, many of
which are listed below. Driver's licenses can also be restricted.
The Tennessee Financial Responsibility Division administers the Financial Responsibility Law by coordinating all cancellation, suspension, and revocation actions against driving privileges arising from crashes and/or moving traffic violations. This division maintains information on out-of-state traffic violations by Tennessee licensed drivers, as well as offenses committed in this state. The Financial Responsibility Division is responsible for processing the reinstatement of driving privileges by seeing that an individual has met all requirements of the law. Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What are some of the reasons I might lose my driving privileges in
Answer: In Tennessee a driver license may be revoked or suspended for the
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including the failure to submit to a test to determine the blood/alcohol level. (Implied Consent) Allowing unlawful use of a driver license, including fraudulently altering a driver license or allowing another individual to use your license or identification. Mental or physical difficulties that interfere with a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, seizures and loss of consciousness). Leaving the scene of a personal injury or fatal crash; failure to stop and render aid in a vehicle crash. Perjury or giving false information on the use or ownership of a vehicle, or for the issuance of a driver license. A felony that involves the use of a vehicle. Evading arrest while operating a motor vehicle. Manslaughter/vehicular homicide involving the operation of a Two reckless driving violations within 12 months. Drag racing. Habitual recipients of moving traffic violations. Not complying with the terms of a judgment found against the driver for damages resulting from a motor vehicle crash. Purchasing or possessing any alcoholic beverage, if under 21 Failure to comply with child support requirements. Driving a motor vehicle away from a gas station without paying for dispensed gas or diesel fuel. Failure to show evidence of vehicle insurance/financial responsibility to an officer when involved in a crash or charged with a moving violation. Possession by a driver of five or more grams of methamphetamine in a vehicle. In addition, persons under the age of 18 may lose their driving privileges for: • Convictions of any drug or alcohol offense, whether or not the offense occurred while driving; • Dropping out of school (which is defined as having 10 consecutive or 15 total days in a semester of unexcused absences); • Failure to make satisfactory progress in school (which, in general, means passing three subjects per grading period); or • Possession or carrying weapons on school property. 2. How do I gain potential restricted driver's license privileges?
Answer: The State of Tennessee says individuals are eligible for a restricted
license after being revoked or suspended for certain violations. Any other
cancellations, suspensions, or revocations must be reinstated before eligible
for a restricted driver license. The following links will provide more
information on requirements for obtaining a restricted license, violations in
which a restricted license can be applied for, and common reasons for being
denied a restricted license.
3. Why was my application for restricted driver's license privileges
Answer: When an application is received by Financial Responsibility, the
application and driving record are reviewed. The State of Tennessee gives
the following common reasons that a restricted driver license will be denied:
1. A subject DUI occurred on or after July 1, 2000 and there is a prior conviction of DUI, Child Endangerment -DUI, Allowing an Intoxicated Person to Drive, within 10 years, or Vehicular Homicide, Intoxication Proximate Cause, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, or Adult Driving While Impaired on the driver's record. 2. The order is issued for a suspension/revocation for which we do not have the authority to issue a restricted license. 3. The requested route is not for a location designated by law (alcohol program, school, work, or interlock appointment). 4. The order does not have the violation, date of violation, conviction
date, and disposition. 5. The order is not signed by the judge or if Driver Improvement Section approval not been granted. 6. A check of the driver records shows person has other revocation/suspension/cancellations. Person must reinstate everything on driver record except for the violation for which the restricted license is being requested. If person has a violation that cannot be reinstated, a restricted license cannot be issued. 7. If the person has a revocation/suspension in another state, a check is done to determine the problem in the other state. If person has a problem other than the violation for which the restricted is being issued, the person is denied the restricted until the problem in the other state is cleared. 8. The SR-22 is not for the State of Tennessee or the company is not licensed in Tennessee. 4. How do I apply to have my driver's license privileges reinstated?
Answer: Steps you need to follow to have your driver license reinstated
depend on several factors, including why you lost your license and what else
is on your record. To clear your record, you must contact:
Tennessee Department of Safety Financial Responsibility Nashville, Tennessee 37202 Phone: (866) 903-7357, or TDD—Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: (615) 532-2281 Email Address: FinResp.Safety@tn.gov or; Internet Website: 5. Answers to more frequently asked questions are available online at:
Local Driver's Service Centers
Loca 5>5NTS FOR MOVING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS AND RASHES
State of Tennessee Department of
2120 Northgate Park Lane, Suite 100 Safety Motor Vehicle Local Driver's
Chattanooga, TN 37415 License Reinstatement Office ONLY
Applications, request forms, affidavits Monday thru Friday and other information are available on 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) the State's website listed in the next Website: apps.tn.gov/tndlr/ column.
State of Tennessee Department of
Full Service Driver Service Centers in
Safety Motor Vehicle Driver's License Hamilton County - 6502 Bonny Oaks
Drive and 4873 Dayton Blvd Driver's Manual Available at Website: www.tn.gov/safety/driverlicense/license.shtml Is My Car a Lemon?
Your Rights Under Tennessee's Lemon Law
To view the law in its entirety, please visitand search for [Title 55, Chapter 24 - Motor Vehicle Warranties, Part 2]. WHAT IS A LEMON?
A "Lemon" is a motor vehicle sold or leased after January 1, 1987, that has a defect or condition that substantially impairs the motor vehicle; and the manufacturer, its agent, or authorized dealer cannot repair the vehicle after three attempts or the vehicle is out of service for repairs for a cumulative total of 30 or more days during the term of protection. This Law is only applicable if the vehicle was bought new. Under the statute, the manufacturer must replace the motor vehicle or refund the purchase price (less a reasonable allowance for use). "Substantially impair" means to render a motor vehicle unreliable or unsafe for normal operation, or to reduce its resale market value below the average resale value for comparable motor vehicles. The term of protection is defined as one year from the date of original delivery or the term of the warranty, whichever comes first. The Law is unclear about whether you have to have reported your problem during the "term of protection" in order to have a claim under the "Lemon Law." The Division has adopted the view that the problem essentially has to be reported within the first year or within the term of the warranty, whichever comes first. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A LEMON?
If you have a lemon, you must notify the manufacturer of the problem in writing by certified mail. The manufacturer has an additional opportunity to repair your car within 10 days. If the manufacturer cannot repair your car and the manufacturer has an informal dispute settlement procedure that complies with Federal Trade Commission regulations, the refund and replacement provisions of the Lemon Law won't apply until you submit to the procedure. You are not bound by the decision and can still seek available legal remedies, including asking a court to award a replacement vehicle or reimbursement of the purchase price (less a reasonable allowance for use), plus attorney fees and court costs. WHEN CAN I TAKE ACTION?
You can file a lawsuit at anytime within one year from the date of original delivery of your car or within six months from the expiration of your expressed warranty, whichever is later. Extended warranties are not considered. You should consult an attorney well before the expiration of your time limit to be sure of preserving your legal rights. More info visit Tennessee website at:
Getting Around Without a Car: Transportation Assistance and Options
1-800-GO2-MEGA 0r 1-877-462-6342 Website:Driver does not accept cash and all reservations must be made in advance. Greyhound
1-800-231-222 Website: Website: www.carta-bus.org/#routes Dressing For Job Success
The following groups provide clothing assistance to eligible individuals seeking employment but without career style clothing. Consider the Lilies
739 E. 11th Street Chattanooga, TN 37403 423-756-4222 Junior League Bargain Mart
3935 Hixson Pike Chattanooga, TN 37343 423-870-9686 Ladies of Charity
1800 E. Main Street Chattanooga, TN 37404 423-624-3222 Northside Neighborhood House
211 Minor Street Chattanooga, TN 37405 423-267-2217 Salvation Army
800 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 423-756-1023 Child Support Enforcement
Information below comes from the Tennessee Child Support Handbook which is produced by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The booklet is available in its entirety along with additional information about Child Support and Enforcement issues in Tennessee. Copy or click the following link for more information: In Tennessee, child support enforcement services are available locally through the
district attorney's office, a state DHS office, or private agencies under contract
with the state. The services available through these local offices are:
1. Locating a child's parent(s) for the purpose of obtaining support or establishing
2. Establishing paternity of a child.
3. Establishing and enforcing child support orders.
4. Establishing and enforcing orders for medical support, including health
insurance coverage and cash medical support. Medical support will be sought in
every child support case, to include a money amount or percentage to be paid
where there is no insurance available and for uncovered medical expenses.
5. Modifying child support orders.
6. Enforcing spousal support orders if child support is also involved.
Child support offices CANNOT perform the following services:
- Assist in resolving custody or visitation issues, - Handle restraining orders, protective orders, or harassment issues. - Handle divorce proceedings. Special Assistance Programs for Those with a history of
Criminal and Felony Records
Employment (including unemployment benefits)
Remember getting (and keeping) a job is perhaps the best way to avoid returning to
"I served my time. Why can't I be a full member of society? I am living in a
community where I cannot exercise my right to vote to challenge decisions that
affect my life."
- Tim convicted of two felonies.
Good news Tennessee offers more alternatives than most states. In a recent
national report by the Legal Action Center, Tennessee ranks in the top 20 of all
states in the United States in the least number of reentry roadblocks for former
Former Felons Face Special Challenges in Finding A Job
The following is an excerpt from National Report on Roadblocks to ReEntry
People with criminal records seeking reentry face a daunting array of
counterproductive, debilitating and unreasonable roadblocks in almost every
important aspect of life. In 2004, the Legal Action Center (LAC) completed and
published a comprehensive analysis and
grade report of state laws and policies that serve as legal barriers to reentry in the
areas of employment, public housing, public benefits, voting, access to criminal
records, adoptive and foster parenting, and drivers' licenses. In 2009, LAC issued
thto highlight states' progression or
regression in improving opportunities for people with criminal histories to
successfully reintegrate into society to become productive, law-abiding citizens.
For More information or to view the report in its entirety go to the following
Even though the economy has strained agencies and other groups who provide
assistance, there are any programs in Hamilton County and across Tennessee offer
career guidance. Importantly, many of these programs also enjoy connections to
employers. Take advantage of these opportunities to see if something fits with your
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Are Employers Permitted to Ask Applicants about Arrests on Job
Applications? Answer: In Tennessee, Yes. Laws vary from state to state
on whether and to what extent an employer may consider an applicant's
arrest and/or conviction history in making hiring decisions. Some states
prohibit employers from asking about arrests, convictions that occurred well
in the past, juvenile adjudications or sealed records. Some states allow
employers to consider convictions only if the crimes are relevant to the job.
Ordinarily, however, employers are permitted to ask job applicants about
their conviction history.
How can I find a job with a criminal record?
Answer: A criminal record's effect on employment varies greatly from state
to state. Some states prohibit or limit what employers are entitled to ask
about a job applicant's criminal record. However, few states actually prohibit
employers from obtaining, asking about, or considering arrests that did not
lead to conviction. Moreover, mostly all of the states permit employers to
ask about and consider convictions. Juvenile cases are usually treated with
Knowing the rights and obligations of job applicants who have criminal
records will help these individuals prepare to answer pre-employment
inquiries completely, directly, and honestly. There are many ways to find
assistance. Many of those resources follow. In addition, there are
opportunities for eligible individuals to have criminal records expunged. The
Tennessee legislature just passed a new law which will assist with certain
expungements. For more information see section on new and noteworthy
How do I complete job applications with a criminal record?
Answer: Always best to be honest. In addition, many resources are listed in
this guide. Additional job success strategies are available at
Experts at Hirenetwork
suggest you should be prepared to discuss their convictions during a job
interview, including a brief summary of the circumstances surrounding the
conviction. Individuals should highlight any successes and accomplishments
since the conviction and present evidence of rehabilitation. For example, if
convictions were drug-related letters from treatment providers/counselors
confirming successful recovery would be of value.
Remember – the key to success is preparation!
Former Offender Resources
Chattanooga Endeavors Program
Chattanooga Endeavors Offering Employment Options for Former Offenders & Other Resources. Chattanooga, TN 37404 Assists recently released individuals through a number of services including 423-266-2196 fax preparation for employment. Assistance Web Site: includes assessment, re-socialization, soft skills training, skill acquisition (applications, interviewing; and
retention), extensive case management,
group sessions and positive
reinforcement. Computerized software
is used to increase job skills and for
National H.I.R.E. Network
Established by the Legal Action Center,
the National Helping Individuals with
criminal records Re-enter through
Employment Network is both a national
clearinghouse for information and an
advocate for policy change. The goal of
the National H.I.R.E. Network is to
increase the number and quality of job
opportunities available to people with
criminal records by changing public
policies, employment practices and
public opinion. The National H.I.R.E.
Network also provides training and
technical assistance to agencies working
to improve the employment prospects
for people with criminal records.
Project Return provides a number of
1200 Division St., Suite 200 programs that assist individuals with Nashville, TN 37203 criminal histories. The Jobs & Futures Program is available to any adult who 615-327-3881 fax has been incarcerated or is currently incarcerated and is planning for release by providing: life skills and job readiness training; employment
placement services; direct aid (bus
passes, emergency food boxes); and
information and referral to support
services, as well as on-going follow-up
and job counseling. Pre-Release
Activities/Job Readiness Program is an
intensive four-week program that
prepares inmates for a productive job
search. The curriculum includes
instruction in the application process,
want ads, networking,
Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Corrections The Free-Enterprise program was 240 Great Circle Rd., Suite 310 established in 1994 for skilled workers Nashville, TN 37228 who have served their sentences and can 615-741-5705 no longer work for TRICOR industries. 615-741-2696 fax The program utilizes the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program and information about the federal bonding program as incentives to for-profit business to hire individuals with criminal records. Job placement coordinators cover the entire state. Workers must meet the following eligibility criteria: complete at least one year of successful training in a TRICOR program within three years of release; be within six weeks of release if the sentence does not involve parole; be approved for release by the Board of Probation and Parole and the employment requirement is the only factor that prevents release; have a high school diploma or G.E.D.; completed a TRICOR Life Skills program prior to release; completed a TRICOR Date
Sheet and Resume indicating skills
acquired and the number of years in
training; and, agree to communicate
with TRICOR staff regarding
employment status after release for a
period not to exceed three years.
Families of Incarcerated Individuals,
1380 Poplar Avenue Inc. (FII)
Memphis, TN 38104 FII provides referrals to various organizations that help with rent, www.familiesofincarcertaed .org utilities, mental health counseling, bus passes, clothes, food, ID's, personal hygiene products, healthcare, VA assistance, ITA vouchers for school, job lead list for ex-offenders, Cover Kids, Food Stamps, prescription discount cards, cell phone, housing lists, shelters for both men and women, support groups and more. Former Offender Transition Resources
Criminal Record Repository
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation This is the agency individuals may 901 R.S. Gass Blvd. contact to obtain a copy of their state rap Nashville, TN 37216 sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record. Tennessee is considered a "closed record" state, i.e. the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will not provide criminal history information. The subject of a criminal record may go to any County Court Clerk and request a criminal history background check to be run in that particular county.
Tennessee Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General Employers and service providers may 425 5th Ave. North obtain information from the state Nashville, TN 37243 attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment
discrimination based on a criminal
Prison Industry Program: The
Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in 240 Great Circle Rd., Suite 310 Correction (TRICOR) is responsible for Nashville, TN 37228 oversight of prison industries in Tennessee. Manufactured products 615-741-2696 fax include office furniture, institutional furniture and bedding, custom wood and metal fabrication, textiles, institutional clothing, license plates, signage, paint, office panel and furniture refurbishing and agricultural products. Services include data processing, printing, janitorial, TennCare Information Line and office relocation. TRICOR offers a life skills program where participants receive training to improve interviewing skills and acquire certificates for completion of training or job achievement. Pre-Release Offender Resources
Work Release Program
Tennessee Department of Correction Ground Floor, Rachel Jackson Building Work release is available to inmates in 320 6th Ave. North Tennessee when they are within 24 Nashville, TN 37243 months of release. Once an inmate obtains employment, he or she is required to pay room and board fees in addition to any court ordered restitution due.
Tennessee Department of Correction Ground Floor, Rachel Jackson Building Pre-release programming begins 90 320 6th Ave. North days prior to release and includes 80 Nashville, TN 37243 hours of classroom instruction and community service work. Classroom instruction relies mainly on video tapes and volunteers. Job readiness, family reintegration, parenting skills, financial
planning, domestic violence, survival
skills, housing, AIDS awareness, public
assistance coping skills and decision
making are topics covered. Tennessee
Women's Prison contracts with
YWCA's Project NewStart for pre-
release services. The Board of Probation
and Parole mandates New Start
participation before any woman can be
Tennessee Board of Probation and
Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole Parkway Towers, Suite 1300 Probation and parole officers are 404 James Robertson Pkwy. responsible for supervising and Nashville, TN 37243 investigating the conduct, behavior, and 615-741-4543 progress of probationers and parolees assigned to them for supervision from the court and by the Board. Officers
provide supervision progress reports to
the court and board.
See Section on Legal Resources Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law. Other Training and Assistance Resources for Former Offenders
Tennessee Career Center
Andrew Johnson Tower, 8th Floor Tennessee Career Centers are one-stop 710 James Robertson Pkwy. career centers operated by the Nashville, TN 37243 Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There are 14 615-741-5078 fax comprehensive career centers located
across Tennessee. These centers provide Chattanooga location: Eastgate Town
comprehensive employment and
Center: See General Employment
training services for job seekers and Resource and Training Section for more employers on a regional basis. Each center offers access to a resource room which allows both print and electronic access to relevant information.
Computers, telephones and fax
machines are provided. Free workshops
in areas such as computer training,
resume writing, and financial
management are also available. Affiliate
sites offer basic employment and
training services. Access to other
services is offered electronically on a
limited basis. Local offices can provide
one or more services and are able to
make electronic referrals. A complete
listing of career centers is available on
the web site listed below
Federal Bonding Program
Job Service Program & Technical The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to Tennessee Department of Employment individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are 500 James Robertson Pkwy. qualified, but fail to get jobs because Nashville, TN 37245 regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds. 615-741-6392 fax Domestic Violence Protection
Personal Safety Plan Worksheet
Area Domestic Violence Protection advocates with Catholic Health Initiatives created the following template as a Personal Safety Plan worksheet. Every individual is strongly encouraged to complete this form as a means of preparing and protecting yourself in the event of an emergency. There are also shelters available in the area. You might consider saving and printing this worksheet and storing it in a secure location once it is completed. In such an emergency, call the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline at:
To increase my safety, I can do some or all of the following: 1. When I have to talk to my abuser in person, I can 2. When I talk with my abuser on the phone, I 3. I will make up a "code word" for my family, co-workers, or friends so they know when to call for help for me. My code word is: _. 4. When I feel a fight coming on, I will try to move to a place at home or work or in public that is lowest risk for getting hurt such as 5. I can tell my family, co-workers, boss or a friend about my situation. I feel safe 6. I can use an answering machine or ask my co-workers, friends or other family members to screen my calls and visitors. I have the right not to receive harassing phone calls. I can ask _ to help screen my phone calls. 7. I can call any of the following people for assistance or support if necessary and can ask them to call the police if they see my abuser bothering me. Friend/Phone #: _ Relative/Phone#: _ Co-Worker /Phone #: _ Counselor/Phone #: _ Shelter/Phone #: _ 8. When walking, riding or driving home, if problems occur, I can 9. I can attend a support group for women who have been abused. (Confidential support groups are available through the Family Violence Hotline.) 10. Telephone Numbers I need to know: Police/Sheriff's Department: Probation Officer: _ Counselor: _ Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline: 423-755-2700 Job Search Activity Log
Contact Name/Email Interview/Follow Up Status and Date Sample Resume Template
Company Name, City, STATE
Position Title, Month Year – Present List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate Company Name, City, STATE (Create Listing for Each Job Listed)
Position Title, Month Year – Present List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate List Accomplishment/Achievement; quantify and illustrate EDUCATION
School Name, City, STATE
Degree in Subject, Year Graduated List Positions held in Student Associations, Awards Won, Deans List, List Positions held in Student Associations, Awards Won, Deans List, TECHNICAL
Enter one per line Enter one per line Enter one per line Enter one per line Enter one per line Enter one per line LICENSURE
List Certifications, Licenses (e.g.; Series 7 for Finance, DEA License for ADDITIONAL
List Foreign Languages List Software/Hardware Name, Phone Number, How do you know this person? References
Family Emergency Plan and Contact Form:
Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Available to download/copy at the following link: Emergency Contact and Medical Information for a Child
Parent's/Guardian's Name Parent's/Guardian's Name City, ST ZIP Code City, ST ZIP Code Alternative Emergency Contacts
Primary Emergency Contact Secondary Emergency Contact City, ST ZIP Code City, ST ZIP Code Medical Information
Hospital/Clinic Preference Physician's Name Insurance Company Allergies/Special Health Considerations I authorize all medical and surgical treatment, X-ray, laboratory, anesthesia, and other medical and/or hospital procedures as may be performed or prescribed by the attending physician and/or paramedics for my child and waive my right to informed consent of treatment. This waiver applies only in the event that neither parent/guardian can be reached in the case of an emergency. Parent's/Guardian's Signature I give permission for my child to go on field trips. I release [Organization] and individuals from liability in case of accident during activities related to [Organization], as long as normal safety procedures have been taken. Parent's/Guardian's Signature Witness Signature EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
FIRE DEPARTMENT: FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE: SECURITY (If applicable): _ BUILDING MANAGER (If applicable): UTILITY COMPANY EMERGENCY CONTACTS
(Specify name of the company, phone number and point of contact) ELECTRIC: _
GAS (if applicable):
TELEPHONE COMPANY: _
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