The state of Tennessee gave birth to many well-know people who left
their mark on the rest of the world. This state also has large
industries in tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing. Soybeans,
cotton, and tobacco are the largest crops to leave the state.
Electrical equipment, chemicals, and transportation equipment also come
from this Southern state.
Tennessee is governed by state laws as well as four specialized
entities that are single only to Tennessee: the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee State
Parks Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The state
government is responsible for maintaining the peace and safety of its
citizens. By creating laws Tennessee is able to provide this with ease.
Some of these laws include bankruptcy laws, divorce laws, labor laws,
expungement laws, felony convictions, drunken driving laws, and gun
The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act requires that all those living within
the United States be paid a minimum wage. Under this act employers
cannot lawfully pay their employees less than this amount. In 2009 the
federal government raised its minimum wage to seven dollars and
twenty-five cents. Like many other states, Tennessee chose to raise its
minimum wage to this standard, rather than exceed it.
It is fully legal to pay employees who are regularly tipped less than
this amount. The tipped minimum wage for Tennessee stands at two
dollars and thirteen cents an hour. This system is designed to have any
acquired tips compensate for the decrease in hourly wages. An hourly
tipped wage can only be constituted if an employee earns more than
thirty dollars in tips per month. When employees acquire tips in mass,
they are required to divide the tips at the end of the shift.
Tennessee law states that the use of a deadly weapon is fully legal
when used in self-defense, but only under certain circumstances. These
circumstances include being threatened with the necessity to defend the
life of another individual or the self. The location must be one where
the individual has full right to be and not trespassing. Self-defense
is lawful when an aggressor had forcefully entered a place of business,
a motor vehicle, a place of residency, and other place of dwelling.
Those who are charged with felony offenses will be tried by either a
jury or a judge. Once a verdict has been reached of guilty, a sentence
will be arranged. Depending on the number of charges against an
individual, as well as past criminal history, an individual can serve
prison time, be placed on probation, be required to pay a fine, or have
several consequences combined.
Tennessee law allows individuals to be charged with more than one crime
at a time, such as two misdemeanor offenses and a felony offense in the
same case. When prison sentences are distributed the sentences can be
added together for one large sentence. For instance an individual may
have three convictions for crime. One of these may sentence three years
of prison, another five years, and the last two years. The individual
will then serve the sentences together for ten years of incarceration.