Veterans Services

Veterans Services

221 Morgan Street
Brownsville, Tn 38012

Alex Jones
Veterans Service Officer

Tel: 731-772-1440
Fax: 731-772-4931
[email protected]

Effective July 2014, Mr. Alexander (Alex) C. Jones will be serving at the New Haywood County Veterans Service Officer. He comes with plenty of military experience and veterans service officer’s experience, that will assist him in this new position.

Retired from the United States Marines in August 2007 after serving 20 years. Married with six adult children. Spouse (Cynthia) also served 6 and half years in the United States Navy. Four of his children have served with three currently serving all over the world. Two of his children recently graduated from College.


State of TN (07-2010 – 06/2014) – Veterans Benefits Representative, Jackson, TN. Retired from the State.

State of TN (11/2007 – 7/2010) – Veterans Benefits Representative, Dyersburg TN. Transferred to Jackson, TN.

United States Marine Corps (08-1987 – 08/2007) – Retired at Camp Lejeune, NC.

Click the links below for forms that are needed to apply for help and services.

Haywood County Solid Waste Department

Haywood County Solid Waste Department

Solid Waste Department
608 Landfill Road
P.O. Box 605
Brownsville, TN 38012

Tel: 731-772-7975
Fax: 731-772-9132
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Director: Dewayne Steele
Beverly Staggs, Administrative Assistant

The Haywood County Solid Waste Department has a Transfer Station and a Class III-IV landfill. The Transfer Station accepts household and municipal waste which is transferred to a landfill out of county.

Class III-IV Landfill accepts construction and/or demolition scrap and yard waste.

An anti-litter crew collects trash five days a week. Roadsides and illegal dump sites are picked up using an area rotation system. The Solid Waste Department also collects the household waste from county residents at a number of designated pick-up points throughout the county. This is handled by three garbage trucks, which run routes during the week.

In addition to the Director, the department operates with 12 full-time employees.

Haywood County Recycling Center

The Haywood County Recycling Center, located at 415 Morgan Street, opened in 1993. It is open seven days a week for drop off. The Recycling Center is part of the Haywood County Solid Waste Department.

Recyclable products include:

  • Paper products – newspapers, white note paper, Xerox paper and computer paper
  • Corrugated cardboard – storage boxes, shipping boxes, pizza boxes (no food contaminants), appliance boxes and brown grocery bags
  • Plastics – #1 Soft drink bottles and condiment bottles; #2 Milk and juice jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles and shopping bags (Please rinse out bottles and jugs before recycling.)
  • Metal/Aluminum – Soft drink cans, beer cans, aluminum foil (no food contaminants) (Please rinse out cans before recycling.)
  • Steel/Tin – Soup cans and juice cans (without paper), vegetable and meat cans, pet food cans and baby formula cans (Please rinse out cans before recycling.)

Haywood County is committed to recycling and trying to help the environment by keeping as much material as possible from being stored in a landfill.

Please feel free to contact the Haywood County Solid Waste Department at any time with questions or concerns.


Haywood County Trustee

Trustee, Tammie Staggs
1 North Washington Ave.
Courthouse, Brownsville, TN 38012

Tel: 731-772-1722
Fax: 731-772-8391
[email protected]
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday


Keisha Walker, Chief Deputy
Ali Moore
Lindsey Cates
Bettye Moody

It is our mission to provide quality service to the citizens with knowledge and efficiency.


The Trustee serves three primary functions:

  1. Collecting all county property taxes (all property, tangible and intangible, must be assessed for taxation by the state or its political subdivisions unless property is declared to be exempt by some provision of Tennessee law)
  2. keeping a fair regular account of all money received
  3. investing temporarily idle funds

The Trustee disburses sales tax revenues and may collect municipal property taxes and other state and local taxes. The Trustee generally acts as treasurer for the county.

The Trustee’s Office must keep a detailed account of these transactions. In addition, the Trustee administers a State funded Tax Relief Program to help the elderly and disabled citizens pay their property taxes.

For qualifying applicants, the State of Tennessee will pay a portion of the property taxes for their home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Time of the year are property taxes due?
A. Taxes are due and payable from the 1st Monday in October through the last day of February.

Q. What happens if I miss the tax delinquent date?
A. From the first day of each month beginning March 1, penalty and interest of 1.5 percent per month is added to your tax amount. If the Post Office fails to postmark your payment by the due dates, it is considered a late payment. This applies even if you mail your payment on time.

Q. What time period do my annual taxes cover?
A. The taxes that become payable October 1 cover the current calendar year.

Q. Does my mortgage company get a copy of my tax bill mailed to them?
A. Our office supplies tax information to mortgage companies upon their request. If a mortgage company is servicing your loan, contact them to verify that they have requested your tax information.

Q. What is the Haywood County tax rate?
A. Haywood County Tax Rate for 2022-2023 is $2.7563 @100.00 Assessed Value

Q. Do you collect city taxes?
A. Our office DOES NOT collect city taxes. Please, make inquiries to respective cities.

Telephone numbers:
093 – Brownsville – 731-772-1212
707 – Stanton – 731-548-2565

Q. Do you issue refund checks?
A. Refunds are issued on parcels already paid by another agency

Haywood County Sheriff

Haywood County Sheriff

100 South Dupree
Brownsville, TN 38012
Tel: 731-772-6158
Fax: 731-772-7705

[email protected]

Billy Garrett, Jr. has been serving Haywood County as Sheriff since November 2017.

He was born in Memphis and grew up in Haywood County where he graduated from Haywood High School in 1975. He joined the Memphis Police Department in 1978 as a jailer then graduated from the Memphis Police Academy in October 1979 as a police officer. He later graduated from Memphis State University with a BA degree in Criminal Justice in 1982.

Sheriff Garrett retired from the Memphis Police Department in 2010. During his tenure as police officer, he received numerous notable awards including the selection as Optimist Club Officer of the Year. He rose through the ranks of this large metropolitan police department where he was appointed as one of the department’s first Colonels in 2008. He was assigned as the precinct commander of Union Station in mid-town Memphis. As a young patrol officer, he served in many different assignments; from uniform patrol, school officer, investigator, first line supervisor, and then police manager. The Union Station led the department, under his guidance, in total part one crime reduction during the Blue Crush initiative. He served as one of the department’s first CIT officers, along with many other specialized assignments, such as the Organized Crime Unit, Internal Affairs, and Community Policing Units. After retiring, he worked two years as a Customer Relations manager for Phelps Security in Memphis, before joining the University of Memphis Lambuth as Campus Police Commander. He remained there for 5 years, where he grew the campus police office and served as a police consultant by the City of Memphis.

In 2017, following the untimely death of former Haywood County Sheriff Melvin Bond, Garrett was appointed by the county commission to complete his term. In 2018, Garrett was elected to a four year term, and then easily re-elected in 2022.

Sheriff Garrett has been married to his wife Vickie since 1977. She is a native Haywood Countian. Together they have one daughter, Brittney, son in law Jonathan and two grandchildren, Abby and Clayton.

Join the Team

We are experiencing exciting times in Haywood County with Ford and Blue Oval City locating here. Come be a part of growth and change in our community!

Come Grow with Us!
As Sheriff of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, I will always seek to ensure that our employees receive comparable wages and benefits compared to other similar law enforcement agencies in our surrounding area. The final decision for wages rests with the Haywood County Commission and the Budget Committee, who are elected officials. Our future is bright and promising for those who seek law enforcement as a long term goal and career. We expect many changes and growth to our agency as well as the Haywood County community as we prepare for the future.
Want to get in on the ground floor? Then choose to work for the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and be a part of positive change!

Billy Garrett Jr.

Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds

1 North Washington Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012

[email protected]
Tel: 731-772-0332
Office: 8:30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Haywood County Register of Deeds office records deeds and trust deeds, releases, modification agreements, federal tax liens, judgments, subdivision plats, and DD214’s for veterans. The Haywood County Register of Deeds office collects state transfer taxes ($3.70 per $1,000) and mortgage taxes ($1.15 per $1,000).

They also assess the following fees: Recording Fee – $10 for up to 2 pages, $5 per page extra, $1 for collecting tax, and $2 EDP (electronic data processing) fee.

Records before 2005 back to 1821 are available on site. To do a title search online from 2005 to present, subscribers may go to

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

11 South Lafayette Avenue
Brownsville, TN. 38012

The Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Department was formed by a group of individuals in 1979 to serve all the citizens of Brownsville and Haywood County. The board has five members. They meet monthly on every third Monday at 4:45 p.m., at the Parks and Recreation building. All meetings are open to the public. Board members are Chairman: Gem Bell, Vice Chair – Joe Barden, Leon King, Edith Giles Williams and Greg Vanstory.

Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation maintains all city and county public property used for recreation such as East Side Complex, Haywood Softball Complex, the public swimming pool, LZ Hurley Memorial Stadium and others. On site, at 100 Boyd Avenue, Parks and Recreation hosts weekly aerobics for Seniors, bingo, and is often used for special trainings, interest meetings or job fairs. The Parks and Recreation staff team makes sure our shared recreational spaces are well maintained and ready to use.

The Parks and Recreation Department also co-sponsors several charitable and community events, such as the American Cancer Relay for Life event, throughout the year with local groups and organizations. The Parks and Recreation Department runs a summer camp and serves more than 100 children each summer.

The WOW building, across from the Parks and Recreation Office, is a small event venue with a full kitchen. In the yard of the WOW Building, there is outdoor exercise equipment for public use. Anyone interested in using the Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation facilities may call 731-772-6693 for more information.

Haywood County Highway Department

Haywood County Highway Department

1306 South Dupree
Brownsville, TN 38012
Admin Tel: 731-772-9423
Shop Tel: 731-772-9134
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Perry Davis is the Haywood County Highway Supervisor. Mr. Davis, a life-long Haywood Countian, has been with the department for more than 35 years and previously served as Assistant Supervisor for four and a half years. When he was confirmed in 2017,  he was the first African-American Highway Supervisor in the state of Tennessee.

The position of Highway Superintendent is an appointed position. The department employs 19, including Delois Baggett, office manager; Tommy McCool, shop coordinator; and Milton Sills, general foreman over field operations. Together the three represent 71 years of service.

The Haywood County Highway Department is responsible for maintaining 532 miles of roads in the county and 111 bridges. The department’s shop also provides maintenance services on other county vehicles and equipment. Its annual budget is about $3.5 million, 70 percent of which comes from state funds. The department owns over 100 pieces of equipment valued at about $1 million.

The Highway Department is governed by a five-member elected board, members of which represent two each of the county’s 10 districts. They are elected to four-year terms.

  • George Floyd, Chairman – Representing Districts 4 and 10
  • Milton Booth – Representing Districts 2 and 6
  • Chuck Lonon – Representing Districts 3 and 7
  • Morris English – Representing Districts 1 and 5
  • James Boyd – Representing Districts 8 and 9

In case of a weeknight or weekend road emergency, call Central Dispatch at 731-772-7065 and someone will contact the county road department employee on call.

Haywood County Code Enforcement & Building Inspector

Haywood County Code
Enforcement & Building Inspector

Renee Hendrix
11 South Lafayette
Brownsville, TN 38012
Tel: 731-772-0432

Duties are to oversee Haywood County Property as to its presentation and its relation to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

She is responsible for working with all the builders and homeowners concerning new homes, remodeling, repair of existing homes, as well as mobile homes placement. She keeps the Haywood County Planning Committee informed on enforcement and inspection action in the County as well as obtains its approval on certain required projects.

The county adopted the 2018 International Building Codes on June 1, 2021 and these sets of codes are good for seven years.

Haywood County Board of Zoning Appeals BylawsHaywood County Future Land Use MapHaywood County Growth PlanHaywood County Major Road PlanHaywood County Regional Planning Commission - BylawsHaywood County Regional Planning Commissioners TermsHaywood County Subdivision RegulationsHaywood County Zoning ResolutionHaywood County Zoning

Emergency Services

Central Dispatch

P.O. Box 449 Brownsville, TN 38012

Tel: 731-772-7065
Fax: 731-772-4400

To provide prompt, efficient all-inclusive Emergency Services to the best of our ability; to serve the public with fairness and professional conduct.

Board Members

Central dispatch is governed by a nine-member board. These members are made up of the head of the departments for which we dispatch as well as one private citizen appointed by the city mayor and one private citizen appointed by the county mayor.The State of Tennessee, under Tennessee Code Annotated 7-86-201, has established strict guidelines that all dispatchers must meet before being employed. This law states that all such persons shall:

  1. Be at least eighteen 18 years of age
  2. Be a citizen of the United States
  3. Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency
  4. Not have been convicted or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances
  5. Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable or medical discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States
  6. Have such person’s fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  7. Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician
  8. Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency.

Our county went a step further and raised the minimum required age for dispatchers to 21 years of age.

Each dispatcher must also attend a 40 hour course in TIES (Tennessee Information Enforcement System) techniques given in Nashville at the TBI building, before being allowed to dispatch without a trainer.


Central Dispatch is a 24/7 operation, divided into three shifts of dedicated dispatchers. There are always two operators available, on each shift every day, to protect the general public. With a grant from the State of Tennessee, our dispatch center is now fully automated. All operators have been trained on our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system. All 911 calls that are received by our 911 center, whether landline or wireless, are mapped on our state-of-the-art mapping system, that allows us to virtually see where all 911 calls are originating from and allows for faster response times to all incidents. Central Dispatch moved to a state-of-the-art facility in early 2011 located at the Criminal Justice Complex. The interim director for Central Dispatch is Carvetta Maclin.

Brownsville-Haywood County
Ambulance Authority

1601 Welch Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Tel: 731-772-4979
Emergency number 911 or 731-772-4141

The Brownsville-Haywood County Ambulance Authority currently has 20 full-time employees, 12 part-time employees, five ambulances and Hospital Wings in the same complex at 1601 Welch Street in Brownsville.

With three shifts, the Ambulance Authority operates five ambulances; all five are advanced life support units. The advanced units run emergency calls and are stocked with advanced monitoring equipment. The basic EMT-IV training currently takes one year. Paramedic training is currently an additional year of intense training with more invasive life-saving techniques which can make the difference between life and death. The call volume now runs in excess of 350+ calls per month. The Authority also uses the services of about 60 trained First Responders in the community.

In addition to emergency medical care, the authority also offers several community services: First Responder classes, CPR classes, Health Fairs and lectures, blood pressure checks, and public service assistance for falls, and assisting with loading into and unloading patients from vehicles.

The Brownsville-Haywood County Ambulance Authority had its beginnings over 25 years ago when the state regulated the EMS system. The Ambulance Authority had two Cadillac hearse-style ambulances originally used by the Brownsville Funeral Home when it ran the service. During the early EMS days, patients were transported to the hospital as quickly as possible. In 1973, people were trained for three months in advanced first aid.

Also in 1973, the authority placed into service two new 1973 Ford Type I ambulances, one purchased by the county, the other by a private citizen. Having obtained the stocked ambulances and running three shifts of trained personnel, the call volume increased to about 20 calls per month.

In 1976, Haywood County sent its first two EMTs to Shelby State Community College in Memphis to paramedic school, where they were trained to administer certain drugs, interpret heart rhythms and start IVs.

Under the direction of Jimmy Studdard, who worked with the authority for 36 years, the Ambulance Authority was classified as a Class A service by the State of Tennessee.


1 North Washington
Brownsville, TN 38012
Jeremy Qualls – Director
Heather Smith – Operations Officers

The responsibilities and duties of the agency and its director are:

  • Develop overall emergency preparedness training objectives to meet national standards and provide guidance and assistance to other local agencies, municipal governments and citizens.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to affected local governments in disaster response.
  • Coordinate disaster response and recovery actions of local agencies.
  • Provide overall coordination of quasi-public and private disaster assistance.
  • Maintain liaison with state and federal agencies.
  • Inform individuals, local officials, and businesses of authorized disaster assistance and procedures for obtaining such assistance.
  • Manage logistics operations during emergency operations.
  • Manage the use of volunteers during emergencies/disasters.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to the Brownsville-Haywood County Rescue Squad.
  • “On call” for response to any type of disaster or major emergency, natural, man-made or technological.
  • Provide and maintain outdoor warning system & sirens.

EMA Support Unit

1 North Washington
Brownsville, TN 38012

Members of the Rescue Squad serve on a volunteer basis, and there are about 43 members now, all from the Brownsville-Haywood County area. Leading the group is Captain Frank Fawcett. They meet every Tuesday night to perform maintenance duties on their equipment.

The squad is the search and rescue team for all of Haywood County and surrounding areas, and it also responds to mutual aide calls from neighboring areas and communities. These volunteers are some of the first to respond when there is severe weather that causes flooding and other natural disasters. They work with city and county officials and both law enforcement agencies in the community. They are the first to respond to calls from these agencies when roads need clearing. Some members are certified First Responders and EMTs.

The squad also volunteers to help with a number of community events, and for about 20 years, its members organize and coordinate the annual Christmas parade the first Saturday in December.

Formally known as the Rescue Squad, EMA Support Unit was formed in 1974 under the guidance of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department until the Emergency Management Agency was formed under Mayor Joe Taylor with the help of Ray Ellington in the late 1970s. Today it remains under the umbrella of the EMA.

The Rescue Squad started with the following equipment: Command Post, five support vehicles, three four wheelers, one six wheeler and four boats, in addition to other emergency equipment such as chain saws, generators, etc., and it has increased and upgraded its equipment over the years.

Election Commission

Election Commission

1 North Washington Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012
Tel: 731-772-1760
[email protected]
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Duties of the Haywood County Election Commission

The Haywood County Election Commission conducts all elections, including city, county, state and federal. State election laws are the foundation of all administrative election procedures in the State of Tennessee.

Voter registration, candidate qualifications, petitions for offices, legal notices, early voting, and Election Day voting are some of the major responsibilities that the Election Commission oversees.

Under state law, each county has an election commission of five-members who are appointed by the State Election Commission.

The mission of the Haywood County Election Commission

  1. Keep the ballot pure and secure so that legally registered voters are allowed to vote and so that those not legally registered are prevented from voting.
  2. Secure a correct and accurate count of the ballots cast.
  3. Allow voters the freedom to cast their votes in secret without fear, intimidation or influence.

Administrator of Elections – Andrea Smothers

Haywood County Election Commission
Jody Lea, Chairman
John Ashworth, Secretary
Ida Ruth Bradford
Macon Thornton
David Mannn

County Clerk

County Clerk

1 North Washington Avenue,
Brownsville, TN 38012
Tel: 731-772-2362
Fax: 731-772-1213
[email protected]
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Sonya Castellaw

County Clerk

Sonya Castellaw is a Haywood County native and graduated from Haywood High School. She worked in the County Clerk’s office for 18 years before she was elected County Clerk. Sonya is a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee/County Technical Assistance Service.

Deputy Clerks

  • Michelle Granberry
  • Casey Firmin
  • Kristen Goodman
  • Marilyn Stokely

Motor Vehicles Services

Tag Renewal

  • Residents may renew their tags on line at There is an additional fee for using the credit card. The fee is 2.25 percent plus $1.00 of the total transaction.
  • The fee to renew a passenger vehicle in the city limits is $126.00 in the office. If you mail in your renewal, the fee is $128.00, which includes $2.00 for postage.
  • The fee to renew a passenger vehicle is $119.00 in the county. If you are mailing in your renewal, the fee is $121.00, which includes a $2.00 for postage.
  • Any specialty plate is an additional $36.00. If you have a specialty plate that has been personalized, then you will need to add another additional $36.00.
  • A donation of $1 to promote Organ Donor Awareness is optional.
  • New residents of Tennessee are required to apply for a license plate and/or the county wheel tax immediately after moving.
  • Residents moving from another county to Haywood County must show two (2) proofs of residency. Some examples include: utility bill, property tax statement or paycheck stub showing current home address.

Automobile Title

  • The application for a title to a vehicle is $14.00. The total fee for a new title and license plate is $140.00 for city residents and $133.00 for county residents.
  • If you would rather have a specialty plate, then you will need to add an additional $36.00 to the $140.00 or $133.00.
  • Transfer of a tag and application for title is $18.00
  • If there is a lien on the vehicle, you will need to add an additional $11.00 to the transaction.

Marriage License

The license fee is $97.50. The cost is reduced to $37.50 if the couple completes a premarital preparation course from a qualified instructor and submits the Certificate of Completion form when applying for the license.

  • Both the applicants must appear in the office to sign the permanent record book.
  • There is no waiting period. The license must be used within 30 days from the date of issue.
  • The State of Tennessee does not require a blood test.
  • Both parties must be 18 years or older. A driver’s license or certified copy of birth certificate is required for identification.
  • A license issued in Haywood County is valid throughout the State of Tennessee.

Business Tax

  • The application fee is $15.00 for the original license.
  • Each year the license is renewed and a tax is paid, based on the gross receipts earned during the tax period, with the Department of Revenue, Nashville, Tennessee. You may go to the Department’s website at and click on “online services.”
  • A business located within the city limits of Brownsville must also obtain a city license.
  • For an application for new business tax license use the following link: Business Tax License

Tennessee Drivers License

The Haywood County Clerk’s office issues Tennessee Driving License renewals, replacements and ID renewals on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Genealogy Information

  • Marriages are recorded in Haywood County for the years 1859 to the present. To request copies, you must submit in writing the names of the applicants and the date of the marriage. The fee for this is $5.00 per copy.
  • Wills or probate records in the Haywood County Clerk’s office may be obtained for the years of 1826 through 1982. The fees for these copies are $0.25 per copy. If you desire certified copies, a $5.00 fee is applicable. If you desire copies of wills after the year of 1982, you must contact the Haywood County Chancery Court at 731-772-0122 since probate was transferred to that office in 1982.
  • Divorce records in the Haywood County Clerk’s office may be obtained for the years 1941 through 1965. The fee for these copies is $0.25 per copy. If you desire certified copies, a $5.00 fee is applicable. If you desire copies of divorces after 1965, you must contact the Haywood County Chancery Court at 731-772-0122 or the Haywood County Circuit Court at 731-772-1112 since divorces were transferred in 1965 to these courts.
  • County Court minutes are recorded in this office for the years of 1826 to the present. To obtain copies, you must call and give a description of the minutes desired. A different fee is applicable to each type of minute copies desired.

Holiday Schedule

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Martin Luther King Day – 3rd Monday in January
  • Good Friday – Friday before Easter
  • Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day – July 4
  • Labor Day – 1st Monday in September
  • Veteran’s Day – November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day – 4th Thursday in November
  • Day after Thanksgiving – 4th Friday in November
  • Christmas Holiday – December 25 and an additional day

Circuit Court

Circuit Court

100 South Dupree Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012
Tel: 731-772-1112
Fax: 731-772-8139
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Circuit Court Judge, Clayburn Peeples

Circuit Court is a court of record. The Circuit Court Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining and keeping all records and minutes of the court. This includes misdemeanour and felony criminal cases, civil cases over $25,000.00, post convictions, workers compensation, hospital liens, garnishments, executions, name changes, restoration of citizenship and foreign judgments.

The court is responsible for preparing and transferring all records for cases on appeal to a higher court. The court also collects, receipts and accounts for all fines, court costs and restitution payments, which are disbursed to various agencies monthly. We offer an online payment option at Credit Card convenience fee is 3 percent. Payments can be made online or in person and can also be made through a convenient payment center. That number is 866-658-0845.

The Clerk’s office does not provide background checks. There is a public access terminal in the lobby of the office that anyone can use to look up information for Haywood County.

Clayburn Peeples

Year Elected/Appointed: 2000

Previous Employment:

  • District Attorney General, 1982 – 2000
  • Assistant District Attorney General, 1977 – 1982
  • Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Tennessee at Martin, 1974 – 1977
  • Captain, JAGS Corp, US Army, 1971 – 1974


  • University of Tennessee, 1970
  • University of Tennessee at Martin, 1968

Animal Shelter

Brownsville-Haywood County Animal Shelter

The Brownsville-Haywood County Animal Shelter, under the supervision of the Brownsville Police Department, is located on Russell Street in Brownsville. The shelter has a building with 18 pens inside and 3 large runs outside. All animals in the shelter are given ample food and water, are cleaned and kept in a clean, safe environment.

Healthy adoptable puppies are given their first shots and worm medicines when they are brought to the shelter. All cats and kittens are kept inside the shelter facility.

The shelter offers an adoption program to all qualified applicants. To adopt a pet, a person must fill out an application, pay $20 and sign an agreement that they will have the pet spayed or neutered.

Animal Control Officers are Mike Walker in the city and Michal Rhodes in the county. Donations are accepted at City Hall.

Brownsville-Haywood County Animal Shelter
217 South Russell Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

Haywood County Humane Society

PO Box 565, Brownsville, TN 38012
Contact: Alice Nunn, 731-780-9037

For the past 20 years, the Haywood County Humane Society has spent tens of thousands of dollars assisting the lost and homeless animals in our county.

For many years, they would “pull” dogs from their shelter and foster them until they could travel to rescues in order to be adopted. Now, for the most part, the rescues are brought here. To keep our animals healthy, we spend thousands of dollars partnering with our shelter.

Some of the ways in which we help the animals include purchasing medicines, shot trays, paying veterinary bills, buying fans, new fencing, special dog beds, dog houses and transportation. Also, a Shelter Board was established to oversee the shelter. Several Humane Society members sit on that board.

If you are interested in helping to continue our support of the animals, you can make a donation by contacting us anytime!

As always, we thank you for your continued support of a cause that means so much to so many! The animals cannot thank you with words, but they will always wag a grateful tail.

Chancery Court

Chancery Court

100 South Dupree Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Judge Michael Mansfield

Chancery Court is a court of equity. Jurisdiction includes real estate disputes, breach of contract cases, divorces, adoptions, injunctions, name changes, and delinquent property taxes.

Probate Court – Since 1982, the Chancery Court has had exclusive jurisdiction to probate wills and administer estates. Conservatorship and guardianship petitions are also filed here.

Records in the Chancery Court Clerk’s Office date back to the early 1800s. Some of the early 1800s records have been converted to microfilm, which is stored at the Elma Ross Public Library, 1011 East Main Street, Brownsville, TN 38012. Telephone: 731-772-9534.

Haywood County Chancery Court records, except sealed records, may be viewed on site pursuant to the Public Records Policy.

Please call the Haywood County Chancery Court Clerk’s Office for information regarding filing fees and any other questions you might have.

Michael Mansfield is the Chancellor of the Chancery Court for Tennessee, 28th Judicial District, which is comprised of Haywood, Crockett and Gibson Counties. He is currently the Presiding Judge in the district.

Local Rules of Court

Felicia R. Bond
Chancery Court Clerk & Master

Roxana Rodriguez
Chief Deputy Clerk

Raeann Williams
Deputy Clerk