The birthplace of country and blues has become far more than the agrarian state it once was. Tennessee's major urban centers are important cities with significant economies. And Tennessee fully supports economic growth and development -- which may be why it doesn't impose too much regulation on business. Unlike many states, Tennessee gives counties and cities significant leeway to decide on their own regulations -- often making state licenses required only at the discretion of local jurisdictions.
In Tennessee, alarm and security businesses bear the burden of serious responsibility. Not only do they protect homes and businesses from threat and violence, but they are entrusted with knowing when people come and go – and their very lives. The amount of knowledge and care required has prompted states to combat abuse, fraud and scams by requiring alarm and security companies to hold licenses. Many cities further these measures with local permits and registrations.