Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

Local State of Emergency Declaration:

On March 30, 2020, Carter County Mayor Russell Barnett issued an Executive Order declaring a Local State of Emergency for Carter County. To see a copy of the Executive Order please CLICK HERE.

Service Changes due to ongoing State of Emergency in response to COVID-19:

EFFECTIVE March 24, 2020:

Beginning March 24, 2020, the Carter County Courthouse will be limiting in-person business to emergency business only. Citizens are being encouraged to utilize the mail, telephone, or on-line options for conducting their business whenever possible. These restrictions will remain in place until April 6, 2020. At that time, elected officials will evaluate the situation to determine if the restricted access needs to be extended. As part of the restricted access, entry to the courthouse will be limited to a single point of entry, which will be the handicap accessible double doors on the Main Street side of the courthouse. Courthouse security will speak with all visitors to the building to determine if they have emergency business before permitting them entry.

To see the press release regarding these temporary restrictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak please click here: PRESS RELEASE – Courthouse Restrictions


On March 19, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 15. Under the terms of the order, all valid motor vehicle registrations set to expire between March 12, 2020, and May 18, 2020, are extended and will now expire on June 15, 2020, but shall return to their original renewal schedules in subsequent years.

To see a copy of Governor Lee’s Executive Order 15 please click here: Executive Order 15 – Lee


As of March 13, 2020, due to the State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Carter County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will cease all passport processing until April 1, 2020.

Individuals needing to make court payments for fines or fees are being required to use the payment drop box system instead of coming into the office. The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will mail your receipt to you.

TN Supreme Court Order – Covid-19

Chancery Court suspension of in-person services:

Please see the order from Chancellor Rambo regarding Chancery / Probate proceedings:

Chancery & Probate Suspension Order


COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus)

CLICK HERE to find COVID-19 related resources as well as Executive Orders from Gov. Bill Lee.


Tennessee’s Mountain Playground

As a gateway to the Southern Highlands, Carter County is known for its beautiful natural sites. From the Watauga River, a trophy trout stream, to the peaceful waters of Watauga Lake, along the winding Appalachian Trail to the mile high Rhododendron Gardens on Roan Mountain, there’s something for everyone.

With the 2000 mile Appalachian Trail as the centerpiece, hikers, campers, walkers and nature enthusiasts have a wide selection of destinations. Waterfalls, lakes, mountain views and trails through peaceful forests allow visitors to choose any level of activity (or inactivity) that suits their fancy.

Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery, a summer get-away, or maybe even a new place to call home, Carter County is the place for you. Come on down and visit Tennessee’s Mountain Playground!

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**NOTE** Carter County Planning Commission schedule for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been cancelled.


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TEMA, TN Dept. of Health issue statements about Corona Virus

On Friday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Health each issued statements regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and the state's preparedness should the disease make it's way to the state. Please see those statements below: TEMA Statement: http://www.cartercountytn.gov/wp-content/uploads/TEMA-Novel-Coronavirus-Resource-Guide.pdf Tennessee Dept. of Health Statement: http://www.cartercountytn.gov/wp-content/uploads/TDH-Commissioner-Message-on-COVID-19-Preparedness-22820.pdf

County mourns loss of Commissioner Ronnie Trivett

On Friday evening officials and employees of Carter County were saddened to hear of the passing of Carter County Commissioner Ronnie Trivett. Commissioner Trivett served on the Carter County Commission for more than twenty years over the course of two tenures with the Board. As a commissioner, Mr. Trivett served