Debbie Tittle, Register of Deeds

Debbie McInturff Tittle is a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. She is the daughter of the late Tom and Gladys McInturff and is married to Toney Tittle, son of Marie Tittle and the late A.D. Tittle. They make their home in the Fishery community and have two sons, Matthew and Jeremy. She is a member of Lighthouse Community Baptist Church where she serves as church treasurer.

Tittle is a graduate of Unicoi County High School and the Johnson City Vocational/Tech School of Nursing and served as President of her graduating class.

Tittle has earned her Certified Public Administrator certificate from the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Assistance Service training program. Tittle was invited to the UT Center for Government Training Leadership Program, which she completed and received certification. In addition, Tittle’s resume reveals numerous hours of continuing education with the University program.

In addition to her statutory duties as Unicoi County Register of Deeds, Tittle voluntarily hosts monthly Planning Commission meetings in the Register’s office and the office acts as a liaison between the First Tennessee Development District’s regional planning office and Unicoi County citizens. She is a member and serves as a chairman of the Unicoi County Records Commission.

Debbie Tittle has twice served as president of the East Tennessee Register’s Association, of which she is a charter member. Her peers selected her as East Tennessee Register of the Year in both 1995 and 2005, and again in 2011.

In 2007, Debbie was chosen by registers across the state to serve as president of the Tennessee Registers Association. During her tenure as president, she challenged fellow registers across the state to make a difference in their respective counties in educating citizens as to the need for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to reach out to families who have been affected by it.

In 2009, she was voted Tennessee Register of the Year. She is a member of the County Officials Association of Tennessee. Debbie was past chairman of the Unicoi County Republican Party and currently serves as female vice chairman.

In addition to her professional recognitions, Debbie has also been named a Tennessee Colonel Aide de Camp, the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed on a citizen in Tennessee, by governors Don Sundquist, Phil Bredesen, and Bill Haslam. The local GOP has recognized her with a Lifetime Service Award and she was presented the 2006 Record of Service Award by The Erwin Record. She was named Hometown Hero by the Modern Woodmen Association in 2008.

One of the nearest and dearest projects to Debbie’s heart during her tenure as Register of Deeds was the construction of the Veterans Memorial Parkin the early 2000′s. She was very instrumental in seeing the project come to fruition Debbie and the staff in the register’s office gathered and helped collect and prepare the names that today appear on the granite slabs at the memorial park. She was honored to have chaired the fundraising effort, which garnered more than $100,000 in donations and contributions. Debbie also coordinated the dedication celebration of the memorial park.

You can learn more about the park using the likk below.

Military Discharge Records

Recorded Unicoi County military discharge records are now sequestered for 75 years, according to Register of Deeds Debbie Tittle. The recently enacted TCA 10-7-513 completely revised the law on military discharge records and who can access those records in registers’ offices across the State of Tennessee.


Q. How do I add or put someone else's name on my deed?
A. A copy of your deed or your original deed must be taken to an attorney's office so that the attorney can see the description of the property and the name the original deed is in. The attorney will then prepare a new document and then the new document is brought to the Register's Office for recording.

Q. After I pay off my mortgage (deed of trust) will you send me my original deed?
A. We do not keep original documents in our office except for federal and state liens. The original deed is given back to the customer after the document is recorded. The only thing kept in our office is a copy.

Q. Can I register my will?
A. No, a will is only registered after a person is deceased and when the will is probated in Chancery court and pertains to real estate.

Q. How do I get a copy of a deed?
A. You may call or come by our office with the name of the current owner of the property. If you do not know the current owner then if you know the address or can locate the property on a map then start with the assessor's office. They can tell you the name of owner. Then come to the register office for assistance. We will be happy to mail, fax or give you a copy in person.

Q. Can I see what a previous owner gave for some property?
A. Everything is the register's office is public record. This is a constitutional law.

Q. Does this deed transfer have to be published in the local newspaper?
A. Everything is the register's office is public record. This is a constitutional law.

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