WASTE WATCH: Tennessee Blue Book Costs You Money - Erika Lathon
Updated: Thursday, March 13 2014, 06:07 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - You could be paying for a book you might never get a copy of. The Tennessee Blue Book is published is published biannually by the Secretary of State's Office. The 800 page reference book is divided into 8 sections detailing the history of the state and General Assembly. 55,000 copies are distributed to schools, libraries and handed out to constituents by State Lawmakers. According to Secretary of State, Tre Hargett 55,000 of leather bound books are printed at a cost of $250,000, roughly $4.50 per copy. This year additional money was spent to print 25,000 special edition copies in orange to honor, former Tennessee Volunteers Women's Basketball Coach, Pat Summitt. Hargett says publishing costs haven't increased much in the last decade thanks to the competitive bidding process. The Blue Book is now available online but Hargett says hard copies of the book are an important part of preserving the state's heritage and history.
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