Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses § 39-14-301




(a) A person commits an offense who knowingly damages any structure by means of a fire or explosion:

(1) Without the consent of all persons who have a possessory, proprietary or security interest therein;  or

(2) With intent to destroy or damage any structure to collect insurance for the damage or destruction or for any unlawful purpose.

(b)(1) Arson is a Class C felony.

(2)(A) Arson of a place of worship is a Class B felony.

(B) As used in this subdivision (b)(2), “place of worship” means any structure that is:

(i) Approved, or qualified to be approved, by the state board of equalization for property tax exemption pursuant to § 67-5-212 , based on ownership and use of the structure by a religious institution;  and

(ii) Utilized on a regular basis by such religious institution as the site of congregational services, rites or activities communally undertaken for the purpose of worship.





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