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Tittle embarks on ninth term as Register of Deeds

Contributed Photo • Debbie Tittle was sworn for a ninth term as Register of Deeds during a ceremony attended by family and friends. Tittle, center, is pictured with Kayla Bowman, right, and Adleigh Tittle, left. Bowman has stood with Tittle on three occasions for swearing-ins. 

By Ty Butler

In her 32nd year of public service, Debbie Tittle embarks on her ninth term in Unicoi County after winning the August general election while running unopposed for the Register of Deeds office.

“I’m humbled and honored to have, once again, been re-elected to the office of Unicoi County Register of Deeds,” said Tittle. “I’m grateful that the citizens have entrusted me inside of this office, and have been satisfied with the services that we provide for them.”

After capturing 1,102 votes, Tittle held a swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 30., as family and friends gathered in-support of the quadrennial commemoration.

“It feels so good,” said Tittle. “At this ceremony, I had to hold back tears.”

In a post-ceremony interview, Tittle shined light on the deed’s office, acknowledging her colleague’s efforts through the years.

“I have a top-notch team, and they have extensive experience,” Tittle noted. “They’re always willing to go the furthest mile to get the job done.”

Despite holding the Register of Deeds seat for over three decades, Tittle noted that her office continues to innovate various aspects of the job, including a fraud protection system.

“We offer a free fraud alert program, property assessment information, how to access our record online through title searcher.com, various methods of recording documents, community activities and records commission information,” Tittle added.

She encouraged community members to visit the office’s upcoming website makeover, which details much of the county’s history, dating back to 1876.

“We are nearing the completion of our new website that will be jam packed with information,” said Tittle. “There will be links and tabs revealing services that be of benefit to our citizens. We work closely with the planning commission, and it will contain information, answering many questions about subdivision of property and contact information.”

In addition, Tittle shared information regarding an ongoing, decade-long project.

“Since its conception in 2010, I have chaired the Unicoi County Records Commission,” said Tittle. “Years ago, the commission passed a resolution allowing us to collect an archiving fee through various offices. Over the years, we were able to save well over $400,000 dollars. Part of the funds supported the purchase of the First Horizon Bank Building on Gay Street. We will use the building as a records management center and archives. We were pleased to purchase the building without using tax dollars from the general fund.”

Tittle said that was responsible for sparing a significant amount of money in the county.

Tittle’s ceremony signals the beginning of her newest term, which is set to extend through 2026. For more information on this year’s election results, visit unicoivotes.com.

“Our office thrives on customer service,” Tittle said.  “We realize that citizens pay our wages and deserve their money’s worth.

“We strive to apply the golden rule: treating folks as we would want to be treated ourselves,” she continued. “I am so thankful for a ninth term, as we still have plenty to accomplish moving forward.”

For a story on other county swearing-ins, please click the link below:

Officials sworn in during ceremony before meeting of Unicoi County Commission