The Tennessee Homeowners Assistance Fund (TNHAF) program launched January 10th to assist homeowners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance can be used for mortgage payments and other housing related costs for homeowners. Households may apply for assistance up to $40K. To learn more and apply, homeowners should access the HAF Application Portal at: https://thda.org/help-for-homeowners/haf.
Local officials gathered Tuesday afternoon to sign the contract for a project years in the making to get water to an underserved area in Carter County.
“I want to thank everyone for working together to make this happen,” said Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby. “This project really pulled on my heart strings. I grew up in Little Milligan, so I know what it’s like to go without water.”
The project will provide clean water to residents in the Dry Hollow community in Stoney Creek. The residents in the area previously used a private water system which became contaminated and State officials ordered the system to cease operation.
The First Utility District, which serves Stoney Creek, was willing to take the residents onto their system, but the construction costs were going to be more than the utility could afford on its own. Carter County applied for and received a Community Development Block Grant which covered nearly half the total cost of the project. The estimated total cost for the project is $647,000. Of that amount, $363,750 will be covered by the CDBG grant, leaving the local share of the cost at $283,250. The local share was funded using money received by Carter County as part of the American Rescue Plan federal funds designated for utilities and infrastructure.
“It has been a blessing for everyone to come together and make this happen so we didn’t have to pass the costs of this on to the customers,” said David Bowers, Chairman of the Board for First Utility District.
State Senator Rusty Crowe praised the teamwork in Carter County that helped make the project a reality.
“I want to thank Mayor Woodby and the Commission for making this happen,” Senator Crowe said. “I have to say Mayor Woodby has really pushed us hard to make this happen.”
“This is a great opportunity for us with this federal funding,” Senator Crowe added. “We will never have this kind of money to use again, and I cannot think of a better use than waterlines. Even with all the technology available in this day an age, we still have people without clean water.”
Both Mayor Woodby and Senator Crowe spoke regarding previous community leaders who have worked over the years to help get clean water to residents in this community.
The project began under the previous Carter County Mayor, the late Rusty Barnett.
“This was something he was very passionate about,” Mayor Woodby said. “I am proud to have been able to see this through.”
Getting reliable, clean drinking water for residents in the Dry Hollow area was something that former State Representative the late Ralph Cole hoped to achieve, according to Senator Crowe.
“Ralph really wanted this to happen,” Senator Crowe said. “He would be here today hugging everyone.”
The contract for construction of the new water lines was awarded to Hayes Contracting. Jimmy Hayes told those in attendance at the contract signing that they hope to begin construction in mid-December and the estimated construction time for the project is 150 days.
CDC Approved Booster Dose Recommendations for Certain Populations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health will begin offering booster doses of
COVID vaccine to certain populations, beginning Friday, September 24.
A single dose booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be administered for individuals
who met these criteria:
• People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster
shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech
• People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot
of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary
• People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary
series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
• People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission
because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of PfizerBioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
based on their individual benefits and risks.
More information on the CDC’s recommendation for a booster dose is available online HERE.
Local health departments across the state will be administering the booster dose. Information on
appointment availability can be found at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/availability/.
Appointments are not required. The Federal Pharmacy Partnership (FPP) for Long-Term Care (LTC)
Program is facilitating on-site vaccination for residents in long-term care facilities. Additional
vaccine providers offering the Pfizer vaccine can be found by visiting http://www.vaccines.gov.
Patients do not need to prove their diagnosis or health condition to be eligible for the booster dose.
ELIZABETHTON – Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby and other local officials met with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to share plans for an education and workforce development project in the works for Carter County students.
The proposal is a collaboration between Carter County government, the Carter County School System, Northeast State Community College, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton. On Thursday, representatives from all four partner agencies met with Gov. Lee to share their ideas and seek support from the state to see them implemented. Those attending the meeting included Mayor Woodby, Commissioner Daniel McInturff, Carter County Director of Schools Dr. Tracy McAbee, TCAT Elizabethton President Dean Blevins, TCAT Elizabethton Vice President Danny O’Quinn, Northeast State Community College Dean of Science Chris Hitechew, and Northeast State Community College Professor Nathanial Weber.
“We are very excited about the opportunities this project will create for our students in Carter County, and we are thrilled that Governor Lee is supportive of our goals,” Mayor Woodby said. “This is a chance for us to invest in our students and give them a first chance at success instead of waiting until something unfortunate happens and they end up in trouble and needing a second chance.”
The proposal has three components which will work hand-in-hand to improve educational and workforce development initiatives for Carter County.
The first component is the development of a centralized Career and Technical Education (CTE) campus for Carter County High Schools at the Workforce Development Complex. This will allow students access to any of the CTE programs, not just specific ones at their school or part of the transport offerings. It will also help decrease program duplication by not having to offer the same program at four different sites. By cutting back on program duplication, that will free up resources to begin offering new CTE programs.
The second component is the newly developed Summit Project in the Carter County School System through a partnership with Northeast State Community College. Through this project, students can access special dual enrollment opportunities which will allow them to earn an Associate’s Degree at the same time they earn their high school diploma.
The third component is the development of a true dual enrollment program between Carter County Schools and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton which will allow high school students to participate in dual enrollment with TCAT and earn their career certification while earning their high school diploma.
“Governor Lee was very supportive of our plan and said he was impressed by the cooperative effort by everyone involved to make this happen for our students,” Mayor Woodby said. “This project has the potential to have not only a local impact, but a regional and state impacts as well.”
During the meeting on Thursday, State Senator Rusty Crowe, State Senator Jon Lundberg, State Rep. Scotty Campbell, and State Rep. John Holsclaw Jr. were in attendance as well and voiced their support for the project, including their intention to draft legislation to create a Pilot Program for dual enrollment opportunities at TCAT.
“I am very proud of Mayor Woodby, our Director of Schools Dr. Tracy McAbee, our TCAT, and Northeast State Community College for coming together and making this project possible for our students,” Sen. Crowe said. “I think we had a very productive meeting with Governor Lee, and this project goes right along with his plans for CTE programs for our students.
“This is very exciting to me as our students that are graduating from high school will actually be able to graduate with college level skills and training because they worked hard using the dual enrollment process,” he added.
Senator Lundberg also expressed his support of the initiative.
“I am very proud of the strong regional cooperation that’s taking plans and turning those plans into action,” Sen. Lundberg said.
The project is also getting support from the other side of the State Legislature.
“This has clear potential to help students and build a stronger workforce for Northeast Tennessee,” said Rep. Campbell. “I hope the State can partner with Carter County to make this a reality.”
Rep. Holsclaw also offered praise for the project.
“Leaders from our community have really developed a great idea by thinking outside of the box to create a middle college idea that would greatly benefit our youth as well as businesses across all of East Tennessee,” Holsclaw said.
Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Washington County Director of Schools Jerry Boyd also attended the meeting to lend their support for the project which they believe has the potential to impact the region as well.
“Any time you can get 45 minutes with the Governor it is a big deal. The mayors in our region are focused on presenting a regional face any time we deal with the folks in Nashville,” Mayor Grandy said. “I’m supporting this project for two reasons. First, what benefits one county in the first development district impacts all counties in the first district. Both directors of schools from Washington and Carter counties were at the meeting along with representatives from Northeast State and the Elizabethton TCAT. Many legislators from our region were in the room as well.”
“We make a bigger impact when we all work together as a region,” Grandy added. “Second, improving workforce development is a strategic goal for Washington County. This project presents a significant opportunity to enhance the workforce not only in Carter County but the region.”
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 steps.
Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby joined with County Clerk Mary Gouge, Trustee Randall Lewis and Circuit Court Clerk Johnny Blankenship to announce the new kiosk service on Friday, Jan. 22. The kiosk is located inside the Redi-Mart Supermarket, located a 5110 US-19E in Hampton. Patrons can access the kiosk any time when the store is open. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Mayor Woodby stated the county has purchased a second kiosk and will hopefully reach an agreement soon on the location for it.
Customers can renew their car tags by scanning their driver’s license or their current registration to search for their vehicle. Once selected, the customer can submit their payment via credit card. The renewal decal will print-on-demand at the end of the transaction.
Customers can locate their property taxes by searching for their bill by name, address, or bill number. Once selected, the customer can select the record and submit their payment via credit card. A receipt is printed at the end of the transaction.
Customers can input their name, case information and the amount they wish to pay, and submit their payment via credit card. A receipt is printed at the end of the transaction.
In addition, customers can still renew their tags online at tncountyclerk.com, in person at the Carter County Clerk office, or by mailing them to the clerk’s office.
Property tax payments can be made in person at the Carter County Trustee’s Office, online at tennesseetrustee.com, by calling the automated phone system at: 877-768-5048 or by mailing them to the Trustee’s office.
Court Fees can be paid in person at the Carter County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, online at courtfeepay.com, by calling the automated phone system at: 866-658-0845 or by mailing them to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
We are excited to offer even more options for citizens to renew in a safe, contact-free, user-friendly payment solution for Carter County citizens!
Extended Hours at Select Locations Bookend Tennessee’s Thanksgiving Holiday to Encourage COVID-19 Testing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group is making more COVID-19 testing options available for Tennesseans statewide leading up to and just after Thanksgiving.
The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee National Guard will extend operating hours at 35 county health departments, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, on Mon., Nov. 23, and Mon., Nov. 30. A list of the county health departments operating with extended hours is below.
Tennessee National Guard personnel will also support testing during extended hours at health departments in the Davidson, Hamilton, and Knox counties.
COVID-19 testing at county health departments is free to those who want to receive a COVID-19 test.
A complete, statewide list of all COVID-19 testing sites is available at https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.
All 89 rural county health departments will be open Mon., Nov. 23, through Wed., Nov. 25. County health departments will be closed and will not provide COVID-19 testing from Thurs. Nov. 26, through Sat. Nov. 28, 2020.
Participants should receive their test results within 72 hours, depending on test processing volume at laboratories. Information will be provided to participants at the testing locations on what they can expect after being tested. This information is also available at: www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention has a guide available with recommendations for making Thanksgiving safer to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among family and friends. The guide is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.
Governor Lee formed the UCG on March 23, 2020, bringing together the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Military, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to streamline coordination across key Tennessee departments to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
County Health Department with Expanded Hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Local Time – Nov. 23 & Nov. 30, 2020
Carter – Carter County Health Department 403 G St., Elizabethton
Greene – Greene Valley Campus 4850 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., Greeneville
Hawkins – Rogersville – Hawkins County Health Department 201 Park Blvd., Rogersville
Washington – Washington County Health Department 219 Princeton Road, Johnson City
Anderson – Anderson County Health Department 710 N. Main St., Ste. A, Clinton
Blount – Blount County Health Department 301 McGhee St., Maryville
Campbell – Campbell County Health Department 162 Sharp-Perkins Road, Jacksboro
Hamblen – Hamblen County Health Department 331 W. Main St., Morristown
Sevier – Sevier County Health Department 719 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville
Bradley – Bradley County Health Department 201 Dooley St., SE, Cleveland
Franklin – Franklin County Health Department 266 Joyce Lane, Winchester
McMinn – McMinn County Health Department 393 County Road 554, Athens
Rhea – Rhea County Health Department 344 Eagle Lane, Evensville
Cumberland – Cumberland County Health Department 1503 S. Main St., Crossville
Dekalb – Dekalb County Health Department 254 Tiger Drive, Smithville
Macon – Macon County Fairgrounds 231 Russell Drive, Lafayette
Overton – Overton County Health Department 5880 Bradford-Hicks Drive, Livingston
Putnam – Putnam County Fairgrounds 155 Fairgound Lane, Cookeville
Warren – Warren County Health Department 1401 Sparta St., McMinnville
Cheatham – Cheatham County Health Department 162 County Services Drive, Ste. 200, Ashland City
Montgomery – Civitan Park 650 Bellamy Lane, Clarksville
Rutherford – Rutherford County Health Department 100 W. Burton St., Murfreesboro
Sumner – Gallatin – Sumner County Health Department 1005 Union School Road, Gallatin
Williamson – Williamson County Ag Expo Center 4215 Long Lane, Franklin
Wilson – Wilson County Fairgrounds 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon
Bedford – Bedford County Health Department 140 Dover St., Shelbyville
Coffee – Coffee County Fairgrounds 99 Lakeview Drive, Manchester
Lawrence – Lawrence County Health Department 2379 Buffalo Road, Lawrenceburg
Maury – Maury County Health Department 1909 Hampshire Pike, Columbia
Dyer – Dyer County Health Department 1755 Parr Ave., Dyersburg
Fayette – Fayette County Health Department 90 Yum Yum Road, Somerville
Hardin – Hardin County Health Department 1920 Pickwick St., Savannah
Haywood – Haywood County Health Department 950 E. Main St., Brownsville
Obion – Obion County Health Department 1008 Mt. Zion Road, Union City
Tipton – Tipton County Health Department 4700 Mueller Brass Road, Covington
Special Called Meeting for Appointment of Carter County Mayor
**Changed to Electronic Meeting – No Public Location**
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. for the sole purpose of filling the vacancy in the office of County Mayor for Carter County. Although the meeting was originally scheduled to occur in person at the Hampton High School gymnasium, the meeting will now be conducted electronically based upon the advice of public health officials and due to concerns over the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Carter County. There will be no physical location for the meeting 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 1-877-853-5257, 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.
As previously advertised, 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 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 via email to Board Chairman Travis Hill at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations to fill the vacancy will be made by members of the Board of County Commissioners during the special called meeting, and any qualified candidate may be nominated without the prior submission of materials to the Clerk and regardless of their attendance electronically at the meeting. However, nominees not present electronically at the meeting must submit a written statement to the Clerk or Board Chairman 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 during the special called meeting, unless it is delayed to a subsequent 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.
ELIZABETHTON – In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic in our region, Carter County Interim Mayor Patty Woodby issued Executive Order No. 9 today extending the requirement for masks to be worn in public places in Carter County until 11:59 p.m. on December 27, 2020.
“As we saw the number of cases begin declining in September and early October, I, like many of you, had hoped we might be nearing the end of this pandemic. Sadly, this was not the case,” Woodby said. “Carter County, like other areas of Tennessee, is seeing a resurgence in cases.”
Woodby said local and regional health officials told her the rise in cases is not due to increased testing because testing numbers have remained fairly stable while the infection rate has increased.
“I know this pandemic has been going on for a long time. I am weary of it, too, but we must not let ourselves become complacent,” Woodby said. “We all need to continue taking what precautions we can to slow the spread of the virus so we can help protect our community.”
“That includes social distancing, avoiding large crowds when we can, practicing good hand hygiene, and wearing our masks when we are out in public,” she added. “And, perhaps most importantly, we need to remember that if we are not feeling well, we should remain at home to avoid the risk of spreading the virus to others.”
Woodby said health officials are also cautioning residents that we are moving into flu season, which could present additional risks. “Many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to flu symptoms according to health experts,” Woodby said. “It is very important that if you begin feeling ill that you get tested so you know what you are facing, and what precautions you need to take.”
As the pandemic continues, it is also important to remember the impact the pandemic can have on a person’s mental health as well as their physical health, Woodby said.
“There are resources available for anyone who finds themselves struggling with mental health or substance abuse,” Woodby said. “It’s okay to not be okay.”
Anyone in need can reach out to the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line 24 hours a day by calling 1-855-274-7471 or by texting TN to 741741. You can also reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s distress hotline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746.
In addition to extending the mask requirement, Woodby said the Carter County Commission and its committees will continue to hold their meetings electronically through the month of November to help protect the health and welfare of the public. Live public access to these meetings is available for everyone by accessing the Zoom meetings either electronically at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4787669850 or by telephone by calling toll-free to 1-877-853-5257 and entering Meeting ID: 478-766-9850. The meetings are also broadcast live on Carter County’s YouTube channel.
To see copies of Executive Orders issued by the Carter County Mayor as well as the Executive Orders issued by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee along with other COVID-19 information and resources please visit www.cartercountytn.gov/covid-19-resources.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Called Workshop Meeting: Members of the Carter County Commission will meet with local and regional health officials in a special workshop session on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. to discuss health and safety concerns regarding holding in-person government meetings. This will be an electronic meeting and there will be no physical location for the meeting 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.
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 by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.
Forward Facing Seats:
October 13, 2020 – from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Ages 1-4) – https://eventbrite.com/e/122106709455
October 20, 2020 – from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Ages 4+) – https://eventbrite.com/e/122108556981
Rear Facing SEats:
October 22, 2020 – from 5-6 p.m. (Ages 0-3) – https://eventbrite.com/e/120084380615