ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

Usually it's considered good manners to keep quiet in a library, but Elizabethton/Carter County library personnel couldn't contain their excitement Thursday.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett stopped by the library with check in hand. The Secretary presented the library with an archive of preservation grant of $2,400.

The library put the money to good use, buying a map storage cabinet and archive storage boxes.

Secretary Hargett tells us that even in today's high-tech, computerized world, archives like this are still vitally important. "These archives, as well as the Tennessee State Library and Archives, we're working to make things more and more accessible online," Hargett said. "But at the same time there's nothing quite like being able to go back to that source document, look at it for yourself, and feel history in your hands."

Library leaders say the new archive storage supplies will help them store records and documents much safer and more efficiently.