Officials in Blountville are considering ideas on how to make historical records more accessible to the public.

Sullivan County commissioner Bill Kilgore, who serves on the historic records commission, says that there's been discussion of charging a filing fee and using the revenue to relocate the records to a more central location.

Records like birth certificates, marriage licenses and wills are stored at the former Sullivan House, about five miles from downtown Blountville. The building is not open to the public.

Currently any requests for access to the documents must be handled by the Sullivan County director of archives and tourism, who is dealing with a backlog.