Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County


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 further notice.

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!


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Governor Lee’s Executive Order permitting governing bodies to continue to hold meetings electronically, some meetings of the Carter County Commission and its committees will remain in an electronic format in September.

There will be no physical location for the meetings for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Live public access to the meeting will be available by toll-free telephone call in to Call 1-877-853-5257 and entering Meeting ID 478-766-9850, on the internet by visiting https://zoom.us/j/4787669850 or through the Zoom mobile app by logging into your Zoom app and entering Meeting ID 478-766-9850. 

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New Fund Announced to Support Local Businesses Impacted by COVID Crisis in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

(Northeast TN/Southwest VA) – Regional business organizations and companies have united to support local businesses severely impacted by the COVID Crisis. The group has established the Local Business Recovery Fund that will share monies received through a fundraising effort with grants to small businesses that are found to be in the greatest need. “Organizations across