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 Vaccine information and registration:

The Tennessee Department of Health is utilizing an online platform to help residents register for an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to receive the vaccine based on the current distribution phase their county is in.

TDH has launched a new online scheduling tool that allows users to book their appointment for COVID-19 vaccination at participating health department sites when they are eligible. Tennesseans can access the system at vaccinate.tn.gov, enter their demographic information and choose a date
and time for their vaccination appointment. Below is a link where a map can be found. People who are in the current phases we are vaccinating (for Carter County that is: 1a1, 1a2, 1b, and 65+ seniors) can use the map to click on their county and see the phases we are in and use the “More Info” button to open the Sign Up Genius registration program. Again, the Tennessee Department of Health is using an invitation-only system and those not in the current phases should not register yet. Description of Phases is provided in this link as well:


As long as seniors have a good phone number with area code, they can use the online sign up and provide a family or friend’s email address. Or, TDH staff will still help seniors 65+ to register – they may call the RHOC Vaccine Information Line, 423-979-4689 from 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday, or their local health department. The RHOC Vaccine Information Line, 423-979-4689, can also be given to folks with general questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you signed up for a vaccine appointment using the EventBrite or Sign Up Genius registration sites that list is still active so please do not re-register using the new online platform vaccinate.tn.gov.



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 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!


The meetings of the Buildings & Grounds; Health & Welfare; Rules & Bylaws; and Law Enforcement Committees set for Tuesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. will be held electronically with live public access for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public. You can view the meeting live on Carter County’s YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/cartercountytn1797

or you can access the meeting through Zoom using the following directions:

Join Zoom Meeting


Dial by telephone

877 853 5257 US Toll-free

Meeting ID: 478 766 9850


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 through March 2021 unless otherwise noted.

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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Carter County officials announce new renewal kiosk

Carter County is excited to now offer a full-service kiosk to allow residents to conduct their business without having to visit the courthouse. The new indoor self-service Kiosk Payment Station allows citizens to access and renew car tags, locate and pay property taxes, and pay court fines within a few simple