Penny Whaley, Blount County Register of Deeds was recently named East Tennessee Register of the Year. The impromptu ceremony at Whaley’s office on Sept. 26 was a surprise to her.
There are 32 other registers involved in the competition. Whaley was president of the East Tennessee Register’s Association for 2007 and 2008. “What I did was hold a couple of meetings and discussed legislation and how it affected our offices,” she said. “It’s a great organization. We really help each other and I was very honored and very surprised.”
Whaley said the register’s office is very important because the office is the keeper of the deeds and document that pertain to property. “When you own property you want (documentation and deeds) secure and safe and easy to access,” she said. “Since property is one of the biggest investments you make in a lifetime, this is a very important office.”
Whaley praised the efficient personnel in her office. “The staff is unbelievable. Anywhere I go I get compliments on our staff,” she said. “They’re very customer friendly, we keep up on the best technology. People can come to our office and get out fast.”
Whaley said the office’s documents go back to 1800s. “We’ve got Sam Houston’s (deed) documents in our office,” she said.