Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County


Tennessee is in an ongoing declared State of Emergency per order of Governor Bill Lee due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. To visit the state’s website on COVID-19 please CLICK HERE.


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.


COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus)

CLICK HERE to find COVID-19 related resources as well as Executive Orders from Gov. Bill Lee and the Carter County Mayor.


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!


Special Called Meeting for Appointment of Carter County Mayor

The Board of County Commissioners for Carter County, Tennessee is seeking to fill the vacancy in the office of County Mayor for the unexpired term of former Mayor Russell Barnett. To be eligible, applicants must meet the applicable general requirements to hold office in Tennessee as detailed in Tenn. Code. Ann. § 8-18-101, and also must: be at least 25 years of age, a qualified voter of Carter County and have been a resident of Carter County for at least one full year prior to being appointed.
Individuals who would like to be considered for this position may submit a general county application and/or any other desired documentation to the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 801 E. Elk Avenue, Suite 102, Elizabethton, TN 37643. All materials received by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 will be forwarded to the Board of Commissioners for review in advance of the special called meeting at which the appointment to fill the vacancy will be made. However, any registered voter of Carter County may submit an individual’s name for consideration either in writing addressed to
the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and delivered to the County Clerk’s Office by the deadline referenced above, or in person at the special called meeting.
A special called meeting of the Board of County Commissioners for Carter County will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hampton High School gymnasium, 766 1″‘ Avenue, Hampton, TN 37658, for the sole purpose of filling the vacancy in the office of County Mayor for Carter County.
Nominations to fill the vacancy will be made by members of the Board of County Commissioners at said special called meeting, and any qualified candidate may be nominated without the prior submission of materials to the Clerk and regardless of their attendance at the meeting. However, nominees not present at the meeting must submit a written statement in advance indicating they are willing to serve if appointed.
All nominees will be given the opportunity to address the Board of County
Commissioners, and may be interviewed by the Board at the discretion of the Chairman, during the special called meeting. The election to fill the vacancy will be held immediately thereafter, unless delayed to a later meeting by vote of the Board of Commissioners. The nominee receiving the majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners will be appointed as County Mayor.
For additional information contact the County Clerk’s Office at 542-1814.


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 October.

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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Free virtual Car Seat 101 classes

Join Child Passenger Safety Technicians virtually to learn more about car seat installation, selection, and more. Click Here to see the program flier: NsCH_Oct2020_CRC_Car_Seat_101_flier Space is limited. These classes are open to parents, grandparents, and organizations interested in finding out more about Child Passenger Safety. This class is funded through a grant provided

Carter County Interim Mayor extends local mask mandate

ELIZABETHTON – In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic in our region, Carter County Interim Mayor Patty Woodby issued Executive Order No. 8 today extending the requirement for masks to be worn in public places in Carter County until 11:59 p.m. on October 30, 2020. “While the number of active cases