Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

September 3, 2013

More about Tennessee fence, branding laws

CROSSVILLE — If you will look at the lot behind the new Art Circle Public Library, where the Wilson house was torn down on Webb Avenue, you can still see their old “open range” fence posts. They are shown in the photo when they were in use.

The Chronicle of March 30, 1904, had this notice, quoted as written, “There is a spirit growing among our people that makes for cleaner streets and better walks, along with other needed sanitary measures. The hogs should be banished from our streets and will be. It is only a question of a short time. We say, speed the day when hogs, and their accompanying multitude of flees, will become conspicuous on our streets by their absence.” 

Go on your computer and put in “Tennessee Fence Laws” and “Tennessee Brand Laws,” you will get more information than you ever wanted to know, unless you are a farmer. 

A few excerpts from the Tennessee Brand Laws, Title 44 Tennessee Statutes, Animals and Certification: 44-7-101, “Any person owning any cattle, hogs, sheep or goats, horses or other animals, running at large, shall have an earmark or band different from those of such person's neighbors.” #102: "Such marks or brands shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk of the county in which such animals run, but the same brand or marks shall not be recorded to more than one (1) person in the same county." #103: "When a dispute occurs in regard to a brand or mark, the person first recording the same is entitled thereto."

Fences & Confinement, 44-8-110, “All persons owning notoriously mischievous stock, known to be in the habit of throwing down or jumping fences, shall be required to keep the same confined upon their own premises." #111, "Owners of such livestock shall be liable for all damages done by the same to enclosure or crops of others. Various fencing materials included: Stone, Plank & Post & Rail, Worm or Crooked Rail fence five feet high, Bank, Plank & Wire, Osage orange, and Wire as described in statute."

Title 44, Part 4: Running at large. 44-8-401: "(a) It is unlawful for the owners of any livestock, as the same are commonly known and defined, to willfully allow the same to run in this state. (b) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor." #404: “Such animal running at large may be brought before a judge of the court of general sessions of the county, who shall cause the same to be advertised, with a description of its marks, color, size, and age, and the name and residence of the taker-up, in three (3) public places in the county, one (1) of them being the courthouse door.” 

Goodness, if any loose livestock wanders in front of my place I can hardly wait to hold it to take it to the office of the General Sessions Judge! Thus ends our discourse on Open Range, with the hope that someone enjoyed the information.

Text Only
Area News
  • quackers at the library.jpg Spring jamboree

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspect charged in Sportsman Club break-in

    A Crossville man has been arrested and charged in connection with the burglary of a shooting club's building in the county that occurred last week, according to arrest reports.

    April 17, 2014

  • Panel discusses auditing hotel/motel tax collections

    Commissioners on the budget committee discussed the possibility of auditing hotels and motels in the county regarding the collection of hotel/motel tax collection figures being down.

    April 17, 2014

  • Repent burglar must serve time

    Some defendants cry, because they get caught, and others are tearful with remorse. No one in the courtroom doubted Robert Killeen's sincerity when he apologized to his victim, his loved ones and supporters for committing crimes against an elderly widow, stealing the money her late husband left her.

    April 17, 2014

  • Panel OKs budget amendments

    The Cumberland County Budget Committee approved a $134,506 budget amendment for the Cumberland County Solid Waste Department in order to accept a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for enhanced waste oil collection.

    April 16, 2014

  • Council votes to seek RFQs for wastewater operation

    The city of Crossville has had a 20-year relationship with Veolia Water, the contractor that currently operates the wastewater treatment plant for the city, and while council members say they don't have a problem with the company's service, they have voted to send out requests for qualifications (RFQ) to determine if they have the best company operating the facility.

    April 16, 2014

  • Police: Couple sets up house in Tansi pool

    A Lake Tansi couple who suddenly found themselves without shelter set up a temporary home in an indoor pool area at the resort/retirement community, according to police arrest reports.

    April 16, 2014

  • certifying machines.jpg Certifying early voting machines

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mobile Vet Center in town Wednesday

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will have a Mobile Vet Center (MVC) in Crossville at the Cumberland County Community Complex 1398 Livingston Rd. on Wednesday, April 16. MVC 844 will be at the Community Complex from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    April 15, 2014

  • The Palm Tree Revisited

    Palm Sunday is right around the corner. Since we don't have palm trees in our neck of the woods, there probably aren't many people who think about their unique characteristics. Several years ago I read a devotional by Dr. Cecil A. Fayard Jr., “The Palm Tree Revisited,” and want to share some highlights.

    April 15, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice