Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination information:

COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the Carter County Health Department:

COVID-19 self-collect home test kits are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Call 423-543-2521 for test questions.


COVID-19 vaccines are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Appointments for vaccines are encouraged but not required. Call 423-543-2521 to schedule. Walk-ins are also welcome or individuals can schedule a date/time at https://vaccinate.tn.gov/  


COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the region and state. To check for vaccination sites and hours, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ 


COVID-19 testing is available throughout the region and state. To check for testing sites and hours, visit https://covid19.tn.gov/testing-sites/ 


Tennessee Department of Health Offering third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding an additional dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals. To see the full announcement, please click here: Additional Dose mRNA Vaccine News Release 8-16-21


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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 2,000 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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A Public Meeting has been scheduled to address food insecurity and how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Corona Virus Relief funding might address those needs.   Carter County is considering submitting a CDBG-CV application to the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.  The meeting will be held at the Carter County Mayor’s Conference Room, 801 E. Elk Ave, Suite 201, Elizabethton, TN on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.  Residents of Carter County will be given the opportunity to comment on potential projects, and all persons of any race, age, or gender are welcome to attend.  Any person wishing to attend with special needs of accessibility should contact the Mayor’s Office at (423) 542-1801.

Carter County receives ARC funding to support high school CTE programs

Carter County will be receiving $250,000 in grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help purchase new and updated equipment for the career technical education (CTE) programs in Carter County Schools. “I am thrilled that Carter County was selected to receive this grant,” Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby said. “We

Mayor Woodby appointed to state planning committee by Gov. Bill Lee

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby to serve on the Local Government Planning Advisory Committee. “In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, your individual characteristics and professional qualifications were exceptional among the number of nominees who expressed interest,” Governor Lee stated in his letter