Anderson County Register of Deeds Tim Shelton will seek re-election to a four-year term in the county elections next year.
Shelton has served as register of deeds since September 2002, and he has received statewide recognition for his work. Shelton was recognized as Tennessee’s register of the year in 2004 and 2009, and he was elected as president of the Tennessee Register of Deeds Association in 2005, a press release said.
He was elected as president of the County Officials Association of Tennessee in 2013.
“In 2017, Shelton received the ultimate award for a county elected official by being selected as the county official of the year for the State of Tennessee,” the press release said.
In the press release, Shelton gave credit to his staff for his accolades and awards.
“I believe that our Register of Deeds staff in Anderson County is one of the best staff in the entire state,” Shelton said in the press release. “They are the epitome of what public servants should be.”
Shelton said he has focused on implementing new state-of-the-art technologies, including making available to the public online documents that date back to 1801.
“One of my initial goals when running for Register of Deeds was to put all of our documents online making it easier for the public to access documents from home,” Shelton said.
In addition to making documents available online, Shelton also announced that the office completed a restoration project preserving some of Anderson County’s oldest records.
“As a custodian of public records, we have utilized designated funds for archiving purposes,” Shelton said. “(Anderson County) Commission approved a three-year plan that ultimately allowed us to preserve our oldest deed books from 1801 through the year 1927, ensuring they would be around for many years to come.”
Shelton shared his thoughts on having to serve as an elected official during this past year’s pandemic and the office’s response to it.
“Certainly no one was expecting such a massive change to how we do business and how we serve our constituents,” he said in the press release. “The adoption of new technologies a few years ago prepared us to meet the needs of the public while also protecting our citizens. Documents from our office were available online and we were able to forward copies by email as a result. E-recording, which we have been doing since 2007, allowed banks and attorneys to file online without having to even enter the courthouse. We have installed protective plexiglass, which provided a see-through shield for the protection of the public and our staff during the COVID crisis. I believe our response was well-received, and I am proud of our forethought that allowed us to serve our public while also providing the necessary caution for their protection.”
The office phone number for the Anderson County Register of Deeds is (865) 457-6235, and the website for retrieving documents is www.andersondeeds.