Friday, January 10, 2014

Tennessee Blue Book to Honor Pat Summitt

The Tennessee Blue Book is a valuable source of information about Tennessee government and Tennessee history. One of the history-making figures in our state is former University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball coach, Pat Summitt.

In her 38 years coaching, Summitt received hundreds of honors. Her teams won more than 1,000 games, 32 Southeastern Conference championships and eight national championships. Her players who completed their playing eligibility at UT had a 100 percent graduation rate. And since being diagnosed with early onset dementia a little over two years ago, she has led a foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund Alzheimer's research.

For all of those reasons and more, the next edition of the Tennessee Blue Book is being dedicated to Coach Summitt.

The Tennessee Blue Book, published every two years, is the definitive manual on Tennessee state government, with detailed information about all three branches of government, including biographies of all members of the Tennessee General Assembly. It also contains information on the federal government, Tennessee history, election statistics and much more.

The Tennessee Blue Book is published by Secretary of State's office and is available in print and online. The 2013-2014 edition of the Blue Book will be available for distribution soon, and the Tennessee State Library and Archives is proud to have a role in its production, especially in this year of dedication to a Tennessee legend, Pat Summitt. Congratulations, Coach Summitt!

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

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