She threatened to come to my place of residence via an email message she sent to someone else
Yes, you could file for a protective order in Tennessee with the likely issue in doing that being getting proper service on "her" in North Carolina which is something that often falls through the cracks. I will, however, note that you may have significant evidentiary problems if the only evidence you have is an email that was sent to someone else, which will then call into question whether the email is legitimate and opens all kinds of potential problems with ever presenting that evidence in court. I think much ought to depend on how truly serious you believe the threat to be and that assessment should inform your decision making particularly IF you live in Nashville since that would be a pretty lengthy drive for someone to come harm you from anywhere in NC. I should also note that there often is "more to the story" with these kinds of situations and you want to be completely honest in your motives if you ask for court protection since Judges don't tend to react kindly if they think someone is using the legal system to try to harass another person, particularly where you are asking the Court to deal with a person from another state. Nothing in your question indicates that but again it does tend to be a recurring issue and one that your local court system may, no doubt, raise depending on ALL of the relevant facts and precisely what she has or has not stated (e.g. "come to my place of residence" may not really indicate any threat to do harm if there's not more to the story).
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