Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 22:17:02 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: Re: English-Only States I have not checked on the status of the TN law recently, but I recall that in 1985 the legislature passed an "English-only" law. One of my law school classmates took a look at it and said that it was clearly unconstitutional (at the state level). The reason? TN had a law that made it illegal for a law to have a title longer than it was, and the English-only law had such a title. Someone else did a little research and announced that in such a case prior law obtianed and there was some evidence that Cherokee had once been an "official" of the area occupied by TN, so it followed that from 1985 to the present (unless the law has changed again) the official language of TN is Cherokee. (Yes, I'm joking, but just barely.) Bethany Dumas English/UTK