In May, 2013, the legislature in Tennessee passed the "Freedom of Unwarranted Surveillance Act."
According to "Tennessee Becomes Latest State To Limit Drone Flights, Citing Fourth Amendment" in the Mint Press News,
Several exceptions are granted in the Tennessee law, allowing the federal government to fly drones in order “to counter a high risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization if the United States secretary of homeland security determines that credible intelligence indicates that there is such a risk.”
State and local law enforcement agencies are still allowed to fly drones for surveillance purposes, but must first obtain a search warrant signed by a judge in order to do so. Only in cases “to prevent imminent danger to life” such as a terrorist attack, are police allowed to forgo the warrant approval process.
|Rep. James “Micah” Van Huss|
In spring, 2014, the law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC set up a group within its law firm to focus on the "unique regulatory and legal issues" related to the use of drones in Tennessee. (See "Law firm first in Tennessee to target drones" in The Tennessean)
As is the case in other agricultural states, there is increasing talk of use of drones for agricultural purposes in Tennessee. (See "Tennessee Farmers Shown The Potential In Drones, But Told To Hold Off Using Them" from Nashville Public Radio)
Department of Defense Report to Congress on Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability (April 2012), as one of the approximately 100 U.S. basing sites for drones. Savannah has been designated specifically for the Scan Eagle, a small scale surveillance drone.