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Tennessee Code Title 46. Cemeteries § 46-1-111

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(a) A record shall be kept of every burial in the cemetery of the cemetery company, showing the date of burial and name of the person buried, together with the designation of lot or space in which the burial was made.  In addition, the cemetery company shall keep records showing the date of the sale, the contract number, the name of the purchaser, and the amount of the sale to be held for inclusion in the improvement care trust fund and the date of the receipt of any payment on the sale, all on a form approved by the commissioner.  The cemetery company shall also keep records showing the full amount received for installation of each commodity and the full amount deposited into the improvement care trust fund for memorial care of each commodity, identified by lot owner and decedent occupying the grave space.  The identical information is required if deposits to the improvement care trust fund are made on a collection basis.  All sales records, trust fund records, accounting records, and all other records of the cemetery company shall be available at its principal place of business or principal office in this state, and shall be readily available at all reasonable times for examination or inspection by the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized representatives.

(b) A record shall be kept of every interment site or interment right sold to a consumer.  The record required under this section shall contain a detailed description of the location of the interment site or interment right sold.

(c) Any consumer purchasing an interment site or interment right in a cemetery located in this state shall receive from the cemetery company at the time of purchase a copy of the executed purchase contract.  If a specific interment site is selected by the consumer at the time the purchase contract is executed, the contract shall contain a detailed description of the location of the interment site purchased.

(d) After January 1, 2007, all cemetery companies applying for and obtaining a new registration in accordance with § 46-1-103 shall develop and maintain a map of the cemetery detailing the location of interment sites.  For all cemetery companies registered January 1, 2007, a map must be developed and maintained for all interment sites newly developed or planned for development before the sites may be made available for sale to consumers.

(e) All records required to be kept under this section shall be considered as part of the cemetery, and shall be included in any sale or transfer of the cemetery.  All burial and interment rights records, including copies of contracts for the sale of lots, shall be retained indefinitely.  All other records shall be retained for at least ten (10) years, unless the commissioner approves a shorter period of retention.

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