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Knox County, TN Public Records

Knox County Property Records

The Knox County Property Assessor’s Office is responsible for maintaining all publicly accessible data pertaining to ad valorem property tax rates. A comprehensive list of appraised properties that’s searchable by a dozen different criteria can be freely accessed by the public at the Knox County Assessor website.

Contact information is currently published as listed below:

Knox County Property Assessor
City County Building, Suite 204
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-215-2360
Fax: 865-215-3671

Legal documents pertaining to local property

The Register of Deeds maintains public documents that directly affect privately held legal interests in local properties, such as Trust Deeds, Liens and Powers of Attorney.   As of 1999, the Register’s Office reportedly had a computerized imaging system that auto records, indexes, and retrieves more than 10 million digitized files.

Contact the Knox County Register of Deeds at:

Register of Deeds
City County Building
400 Main Street, Suite 225
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-215-2330
Fax: 865-215-2332

Knox County vital statistics public documents (births & deaths)

Despite being so hard to believe that it might blow the minds of most folks alive today, Tennessee required no formal registration of deaths or births until 1914. Certified copies of birth or death certificates can be obtained from the State Vital Records Office in Nashville, or the Knox County Health Dept. Vital Records Office in Knoxville.

State Vital Records Offices maintain birth records dating back to January 1, 1949, while the Knox County Archives contain some birth records dating back to 1881. Conversely, statewide death record databases go back longer than 50 years, but localized Knox County death records are limited to a 5-year chronological timespan.

With these caveats firmly in mind, please contact whichever above-mentioned source(s) may be most appropriate for your specific needs as listed below:

Tennessee Vital Records                                          Knox County Archives
1st Floor, Central Services Building                       601 S. Gay St.
421 5th Avenue, North                                             Knoxville, TN 37902
Nashville, TN 37243                                                 Phone: (865) 215-8800
Phone: (615) 741-1763

Knox County Health Department Vital Records

140 Dameron Avenue, 1st Floor
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
Phone: (865) 215-5101

Marriage & Divorce Records

Whether widely known or not, local Knox County residents of any current marital status are lucky in at least one respect. Their collective good fortune resides in common legal residency inside a relatively large county governmental system, thereby giving them equally ready access to any certified marriage or divorce record desired. To obtain localized Knox County marriage and divorce certificates or licenses, contact:

Knox County General Sessions Court Clerk, Civil Division
300 West Main Street Rm 135
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865)215-2518

Knox County Sheriff’s Department keeps very good records

Judging by numerous outward signs posted very conspicuously in various cyberspaces, the Knox County Tennessee Sheriff takes his job seriously and gets it done quite well by locking up bad guys in local jails – right where they belong. One prime example of potentially high public value is an online inmate locator searchable by subject name with alphabetized embedded links which is available at the Knox County Sheriff website.

To contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Dept.:

Knox County Sheriff
400 Main Street, Suite L165
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone (865)215-2444